Saturday, September 26, 2009

Banned Book Week

From Sept 26-Oct 3 it's time to show your love for all books.

So I went to the website with the list of 100 Banned Books and was shocked to see a few titles on there. I knew about a few of them, as we had a great English staff at our high school who always managed to get a few of the "black listed books" into the reading groups. Infact, have read a nice bunch of them. At lest three from that list still sit on my book shelf.

The ones I knew about

*Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs
* A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
* Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Ones I was shocked about

*On the Road by Jack Kerouac
* Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
*Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
*Call of the Wild by Jack London
* Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne

Are you kidding me? Charlotte's Web and Winnie the Pooh? For real? What have they got in them to be banned? And Mrs Dalloway?

Now, I have Mrs Dalloway, On the Road, Clockwork Orange, Naked Lunch; in my collection. Read all of them except Clockwork Orange, that is still on my to read list.
In high school I read Catcher in the Rye and Call of the Wild. I think the only two times in high school I finished the reading projects early.

In support of these books and others on this list, check out a few other bloggers and their thoughts on the issue.
Chick with Books is what brought it to my attention.


  1. Great picks...Im celebrating banned books as well...;D
    Welcome to Blog with Bite!


  2. A great post! Thanks for stopping by and saying hello at Chick with Books! I've linked to your blog with my post so everyone can check your blog out too!

    Take care,

  3. I think you misread the ALA list. According to the information at the top of the page, what follows in the top 100 books from the Radcilffe Publishing course, and "The titles in bold represent banned or challenged books"
    Mrs. Dalloway, Winnie the Pooh and Charlotte's Web are not in bold, so, I assume, never banned or challenged. If you have other information, I'd love to see it.