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You Can’t Read These: Top 10 Banned Books

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You Can’t Read These: Top 10 Banned Books

This week (September 30 to October 6, 2012) is the 30th annual Banned Books Week, an event that celebrates the freedom to read, as well as aiming to raise awareness of how many books are challenged or banned outright every year.

According to the Banned Books Week website, over 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, in libraries, schools, and bookstores all around the U.S. In 2011 alone, there were 326 challenges officially reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom, in addition to the challenges and complaints that go unreported every year.

Here are the 10 most challenged book titles of 2011. It’s especially interesting that, while some of them were written in the last several years, a few of them are classic novels written decades ago, which still manage to stir up controversy.

Check out this list (from the American Library Association), and then tell us in the comments: what are your favorite banned books?

1. ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle

The first book in the series, ttyl, was the first novel ever written in the style of an instant messaging conversation. The books deal with three high-school-aged girls who talk to each other about their challenges and decisions, including issues like drinking alcohol and whether to have sex.

Reasons given for the challenges: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

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5:54PM PST on Feb 8, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird, one of my all-time favorites, waiting for the sequel due out in 2015!

10:26AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

To Kill A Mockingbird is still on the list? Soon the only thing left to read is the banned book list. Crazy. Thanks.

12:20PM PDT on May 13, 2013

Informing article, great comments, I am sorry to find out that these Ban List still exist. There will always be books that are right for one age group and not for another, that does not mean they should be put on a Ban List.

2:19AM PDT on May 13, 2013

Truly sad, guess the freedom to read what you want was never granted in the constitution!

2:41AM PDT on May 12, 2013

I love the way the US does things
It bans so many things based on sexual content/religious viewpoints and stuff, but allows violence and gore galoreXD (as long as you don't kill people of a different race/religion or the blows of the shotgun somehow rip off the women's clothing)

I guess you could easier get your hands on a book talking about how it's awesome to strangle toddlers than on one talking about lesbian phantasies or something

2:29AM PDT on May 12, 2013

How to make something more popular and increase potential sales: ban it.

Syd H. the literalist version of the Qur'an and Bibles do appear to imply that killing etc. is acceptable, and indeed, required, and that is what the intellect/ego usually latches onto. These spiritual texts have layers, and contain metaphor and allegory, and are about the reader and the human race, and are a complex map for how to live and awaken, within one's self. When one realizes this, these books need to be studied in greater depth to fathom their meaning, and consequently learn and develop within one's self. You don't really think that Eve was talking to a literal snake do you? One aspect of a snake involves its shedding its skin, which is a symbol and metaphor for change, within. If you don't get this, or your intellect/ego dismisses it, better not bother with the rest of those types of books, as they clearly aren't for you. Those who have latched onto these texts and only read literally, are the dangerous fundamentalists within our world.

Interesting also that Hunger Games was banned as a book, but the movie came out. Is there a different emphasis on the word and its effect on the reader's imagination, when contrasted to one's visual memory and capacities, when watching a movie. Most books when compared to their movie versions, contain more detail and depth.

10:57PM PDT on May 9, 2013

“Censorship is telling a man he can't have a steak just because a baby can't chew it.”

― Mark Twain

10:52PM PDT on May 9, 2013

seriously i didn't know these were "banned"

10:47PM PDT on May 9, 2013

I often used banned book lists when I'm looking for advice on what to read next. With some exceptions, the most intriguing, honest, thought-provoking books I've ever read have been banned at one time or another.

7:49PM PDT on May 8, 2013

Can someone release "The Banned Books Library" through a "Banned Book of the Month club"?

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