Banned Books Week


In celebration of Banned Books Week, I’m listing my favorites.  When I scanned the books from each decade, I soon found out that most of the banned books are the most popular books of each time–and most are on my bookshelves. (Please excuse the four books on the bottom right of the first case.  We all have our weaknesses.) 

Human truths are not always pretty, but we are drawn to them to learn about ourselves, reassure ourselves, or receive validation through shared experience.  Banned books seem to portray human truths without restraint or censorship.  After perusing the lists, it would appear that if you’ve made it on the list, you’ve “made it” as a writer.

Click here for a list of banned classics. Tell me your favorites. Here are mine.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini

Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling



One thought on “Banned Books Week

  1. I love The Awakening, and Charlotte’s Web, and Huck Finn!

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