So I found this topic in the Top 5 Wednesday archives and thought it was really interesting. As I’ve said a few times, we’re in rewind month so Top 5Wednesday’ers can choose old topic to complete.
I thought it was an interesting topic, I didn’t realise so many books I’ve read were actually banned. For that reason, I’m gonna do more than five books since I’ve read more than five, but the top 5 will be my favourites that were banned.
1: Harry Potter (series) by J.K Rowling: Apparently between 2000-2009 this was the most challenged & banned book. Obviously, Harry Potter is my favourite and I love it.
2: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: This was challenged in 2010 at an American school. This is one of my favourite series, and at the time especially I loved it. I adored the complex exploration of it’s themes and the characters too. I honestly have been CRAVING rereading this lately, since I recently rewatched the movie.
3: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerland: Apparently this book was challenged in 1987 by a Baptist church. The Great Gatsby is one of my favourite classics and one of the few classics I’ve willingly reread. I’ve read it three times, once on my own time, once for school and once after I finished high school. I don’t know why I like this book so much, but I just really enjoy reading it and always get something new out of it each time I do.
4: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky: This book has been challenged multiple times, especially in America and as recently as 2016. I read this when it was getting super popular (2013 era?) and it became one of my favourite books at the time. I loved the characters and the story and I felt really attached to the characters. I also thought the movie adaptation was SO good. I’d love to reread this book some time now that I’m older to see what I think.
5: The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood: This is one of the top 100 most challenged books of all time. I read this during highschool (even though it wasn’t required) and I ended up really enjoying it. Ok, confession: I actually like the tv show more than the book. But I’m glad I read this book and a lot of it stayed with me, which doesn’t always happen with classics.
Other banned books I’ve read:
- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
- Looking for Alaska by John Green
- Paper Towns by John Green
- An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
- Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
- Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
- All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- The Witches by Roald Dahl
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
- A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
- Animal Farm by George Orwell
- Snakehead by Anthony Horowitz
- Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
And that is my whole post for today! There are actually A LOT more banned books than I thought, researching this post was so interesting. What banned books have you folks read? I actually realised so many of these books are on my TBR too thanks to this, so maybe I’ll talk about that another time
until next time!