Rants, Raves, and Rhetoric v4

Compiled List of Challenged Books 2008-2012

Comments on my Banned Books Week 2013 post yesterday via Facebook made me wonder which of the books recently challenged according the American Library Association’s data I have actually read or plan on reading. So I compiled the 2008-2102 top 10 challenged books for 2008 through 2012 (five years) and sorted and de-duplicated the list. That is a list of 34 books or series.

Those I have already read are in bold. That appears to be five.

Those already on my to-read list are in underlined. That appears to be three.

Those I just have no interest or failed to finish are in strike-through. That appears to be three.

This gives me a starting point to look for additional books to read.

Click through to see the list.

  1. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
  2. Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  3. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
  4. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
  5. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
  6. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
  7. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
  8. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
  9. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
  10. The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
  11. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
  12. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
  13. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
  14. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
  15. Flashcards of My Life, by Charise Mericle Harper
  16. The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
  17. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
  18. His Dark Materials trilogy, by Philip Pullman
  19. The Hunger Games trilogy, by Suzanne Collins
  20. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
  21. Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
  22. Lush, by Natasha Friend
  23. My Mom’s Having A Baby! A Kid’s Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
  24. My Sister’s Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
  25. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
  26. The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
  27. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
  28. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
  29. Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
  30. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  31. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
  32. Twilight (series) by Stephenie Meyer
  33. Uncle Bobby’s Wedding, by Sarah S. Brannen
  34. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones






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