read banned books!

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I know I missed Banned Books Week, but whatever.  I still wanted to list all the banned books I’ve read + all the ones I want to read in the future, beause I’m a book rebel, and proud to be so.  It’s a crime to ban books, people.  FREADOM FOREVER.  Right?  So whip out your copies of To Kill A Mockingbird and Farenheit 451 and join me in the wonderful world of banned books!  (There are some books like Mein Kampf or 50 Shades of Grey that I think the censors were right to ban, but a lot of banned books don’t need to be on the list, in my opinion.)

Banned Books I’ve Read

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  • The Bible (King James Version)
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss (what???)
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 

Banned Books I Want To Read

WWII Presidential Posters, 1939-1945:

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • All Quiet On the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
  • The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
  • Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • Moby Dick by Herman Melville

And don’t forget…

Barry Lyga talks about comic books, banned books, and more. #bannedbooksweek:

Eva

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9 thoughts on “read banned books!

  1. Freedom is important 🙂
    Wait a second–Green Eggs and Ham??? Did I read that right??? Anyone who bans THAT book needs to have their head examined.
    Not to sound like an Annoying Adult here, but . . . are you sure you want to read “1984”? I just got through it myself for Conspiracy Theories. It was . . . okay, it was powerful. I’ll say that. But I seriously would not recommend it to anyone–unless you’re prepared to deal with some seriously graphic sexual immorality. Really. I’m not kidding. Honestly, I was reading it with my eyes half-shut at some points–and I’m 21!!! (Same goes for Gulliver’s Travels, actually–it’s not so graphic but it’s still pretty messed-up.)
    Really, I don’t mean to come across as annoyingly pushy or what-not. It’s just that I saw that title and I was like, YIKES! 1984! HELP! Because I thought it was really nasty 🙂

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    • Apparently it was banned because of its Marxist ideology…? Or something. 😛

      Whoa. Thanks for the heads-up! 🙂 I wasn’t going to read it without my mom previewing it first, but I had no idea it was like that – all I know about 1984 is that it’s a classic dystopian novel written by George Orwell (and I really enjoyed Animal Farm). So, yeah. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂 (And you definitely didn’t come across as annoying or pushy or anything.)

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      • You might want to do some checking into Brave New World also. I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve heard from people who have read it that there’s a lot of sexual content in that too. Basically, the whole thing takes place in a society that encourages promiscuity and believes that chastity is abnormal. Thought you might like to know.

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      • Okay, thanks–I’m so glad you don’t mind me saying that! 🙂 I know–people always talk about 1984 as though it were JUST a great political story, but it’s actually quite pornographic. I REALLY didn’t appreciate being made to read it for school, so I wanted to let you know that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be 🙂

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  2. Hear, hear, Eva! 😀

    Seriously?!! Green Eggs and HAM!!!??!! People get too upset about things. Seriously. And GWTW will ALWAYS be on my bookshelf. DUhhh.

    One question though – what, exactly, do you mean/ is meant by ‘banned’? Because these books are still to be found everywhere.

    ~ Naomi

    PS Did you get my last email? I just want to be sure – not pushing or anything. 😛

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    • People are soooo easily offended these days. And that offends me! 😉 I was quite surprised to see GWTW on the list, but it is pretty racist in its portrayal of black people, so it’s understandable – at least more understandable than Green Eggs and Ham. Anyway, here’s the Wikipedia article that lists many of the books that have been banned. I think in North America, you can get pretty much all of these, ’cause FREE SPEECH, but there’ve been a lot of Communist/Muslim countries that have banned most of these books and I think you could get arrested for owning certain volumes. At least that’s how I understand it. And some of the books on the list have been banned in public schools (even ones in America).

      Yes, I did get it, but I’ve been so busy with planning for NaNo and stuff that I haven’t gotten to it. 😛 But I’ll see if I can answer it this afternoon!

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