Sunday Confession Sept. 25, 2011

Sunday Confessions is back after a summer long hiatus. This is a weekly meme started by yours truly as a way to get to share a bit about myself and also learn more about you. Sometimes its about books and book related topics and sometimes it's not. This is all in good fun and I would love it if you would participate.

Today's topic is about ALA Banned Books Week. Every year during the week of Sept. 24-Oct. 1 the American Library Association celebrates the freedom to read and brings attention to the detriment of censorship. Over the years many books have been challenged by individuals and groups of people for their unconventional points of view. This struggle to overcome censorship is a daily battle. It seems like everyday a book is being challenged. It doesn't surprise me  much anymore to hear about this but sometimes I hear about a particular book being challenged and it baffles me. Some of these books include: Harry Potter, James and the Giant Peach, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, and Little Women. 

My question for this week is: 
What are the most surprising books to you on this list?

  1. Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger. 
  2. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. 
  3. Forever by Judy Blume. 
  4. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman. 
  5. Lord of the Flies by William Golding. 
  6. The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling. 
  7. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson.
  8. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. 
  9. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.  
  10. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. 
  11. The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier. 
  12. The Giver by Lois Lowery. 
The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie. 
  1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. 
  2. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. 
  3. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriett Beecher Stowe. 
  4. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. 
  5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. 
  6. 1984 by George Orwell. 
  7. Animal Farm by George Orwell. 
  8. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. 
  9. Candide by Voltaire. 
Ldy Chatterley’s Lover by DH Lawrence. 
  1. Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. 
  2. Fanny Hill by John Cleland. 
  3. Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman. 
  4. The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. 
  5. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. 
  6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. 
  7. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes. 
  8. The Awakening by Kate Chopin. 
  9. Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. 
  10. Rabbit, Run by John Updike. 
  11. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. 
  12. Lolita by Vladmir Nabokov. 
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. 
  1. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. 
  2. The Color Purple by Alice Walker. 
  3. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. 
  4. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. 
  5. Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. 
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. 
  1. Native Son by Richard Wright. 
  2. Beloved by Toni Morrison. 
  3. As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner. 
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kessey. 
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. 
  6. In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. 
  7. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut. 
  8. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. 

*Find more lists of banned books:
ALA pdf file of banned books from May 2010-May2011

Also this week I'm encouraging you to be rebellious. Go read a challenged book. That's my Sunday Confession this week. If you answer this question on your own blog, leave me a link in the comments.


  1. Well, Marcie, that sure is a good reading list. I've read 28 of the books there, and now I have 22 more to gather for my to-be-read pile. Frankly, I'm an elderly fellow and have been around long enough not to be surprised by much. So, no surprises, but perhaps a slight feeling of sadness.

  2. Steve, it saddens me also when a book is challenged. It's impressive that you've read at least 28 books on the list. I've added some of these books to my TBR as well. Happy reading!


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