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Banned book meme

Its Banned Books Week and you might have noticed I like to read, so I’m going to follow the lead of Dana & Silver Fox.   (Dana assembled the list from the ALA 2000-2009 challenged book list, just in case you were curious.)   Rules: “I’ve highlighted the ones I’ve read in bold. Feel free to do the same, my darlings – and do treat yourself to some delicious literary contraband this week.”   I’m placing a * next to ones I read because they were required by a school or college class.

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling — all seven & in multiple languages 🙂
2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck*
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou*
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain*
15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker*
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger*
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee*
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry
24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison*
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier*
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson*
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley*
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut*
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor*
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury*
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison*
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George*
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona and Peter Opie
99. Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank

From About Banned & Challenged Books on the ALA website:

Free Access to Libraries for Minors, an interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights (ALA’s basic policy concerning access to information) states that, “Librarians and governing bodies should maintain that parents—and only parents—have the right and the responsibility to restrict the access of their children—and only their children—to library resources.” Censorship by librarians of constitutionally protected speech, whether for protection or for any other reason, violates the First Amendment.

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oo, Sci-Fi / Fantasy book meme!

I’m still catching up from being in MN last week for the SERC workshop, so I’m a bit behind on participating in the NPR sci-fi / fantasy book meme.   But this is one of my favorite genres (is it really two???), so better late than never 🙂

Previous participants:

The basic rules, get the list here or at NPR, bold the books you’ve read.

Note: NPR did not include “children’s fiction” so some of my all time favorites are missing.   I also seem to read quite a bit more “girly fantasy” than is represented on this list…

My count: 24


1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien – I only got through ~50 pages & was recently scorned by an 11-year old who had read the series MULTIPLE TIMES


2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams


3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card


4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert


5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin


6. 1984, by George Orwell


7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury


8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov


9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley – I was “forced” to read this for a GS badge in high school; really, really did not like it


10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman


11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman – people keep stealing my copy!


12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan


13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell


14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson – OC’s favorite author, so it was lying around


15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore


16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov


17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein


18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss – read about 10 pages before just abandoing


19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut – somewhere I have pics of the appropriate section of Dresden


20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley – volcanic eruption lead to this book 🙂


21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick


22. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood


23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King


24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke


25. The Stand, by Stephen King


26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson


27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury


28. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut


29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman


30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess


31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein


32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams


33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey


34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein


35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller


36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells


37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne


38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys


39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells


40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny


41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings


42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley


43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson


44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven


45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin


46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien


47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White – I have a copy bouncing around somewhere…


48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman


49. Childhood’s End, by Arthur C. Clarke


50. Contact, by Carl Sagan


51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons


52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman


53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson


54. World War Z, by Max Brooks


55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle


56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman


57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett


58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson


59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold


60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett


61. The Mote In God’s Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle


62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind


63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy


64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke – could not get past 100 pages…


65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson


66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist


67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks


68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard


69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb


70. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger


71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson


72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne


73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore


74. Old Man’s War, by John Scalzi


75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson


76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke


77. The Kushiel’s Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey


78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin


79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury


80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire – I finished it but swore never to pick up another book from Maguire ever again


81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson


82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde


83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks


84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart


85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson


86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher


87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe


88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn


89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan – its on my iThingy unread…


90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock


91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury


92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley


93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge


94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov


95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson – started the first one then purposely set it free on a plane


96. Lucifer’s Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle


97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis


98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville


99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony


100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

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