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Banned Books: Most Challenged Classics

Read a Banned Book

This week is Banned Books Week. There seems to be less publicity for it than in years past so I thought I’d share a list of the most challenged classics and highlight which ones I’ve read. This list if from the American Library Association.

Bold = I’ve read it.

The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
Ulysses, by James Joyce
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
1984, by George Orwell
Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller (tried to read)
Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
 A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Native Son, by Richard Wright
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
All the King’s Men, by Robert Penn Warren
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
Lady Chatterley’s Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess (tried to read  2x)
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron
Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (favorite book ever)
Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Not an eye-opening amount but I’ve read several. I lean towards content that challenges me in different ways so I suppose it’s not surprising that I’ve read a handful of these.

The one book on here that I’d really like to read is A Clockwork Orange. I have tried to read it two times but rather unsuccessfully. I think both times, I gave up on it less than fifty pages in. It’s just a challenge I’ve set for myself.

What’s the one book on here that you’d like to read?

Best of 2015: My Favorites

Book Chatter's Best of 2015

The new year is just around the corner so it’s time to wrap-up 2015. Here are my top eight books read this year.

I had a hard time coming up with books because I liked many of them but there were a few that really stuck with me in some way.

Here’s my list in no particular order:

West of Sunset by Stewart O’Nan
The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagahira
The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal
Summerlong by Dean Bakapoulos
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Norwegian by Night by Derek B. Miller

I hope you all have a safe and wonderful New Year’s Eve!

Happy New Year 2016