Banned Book Week!

I love to read and I love to read books that have been on the banned book list. What is the banned book list? It is a list of books that have once or frequently challenged to be removed from public libraries and/or school libraries due to questionable content.

Every September the ALA (American Library  Association) dedicates a week of celebrating these books that have been or are currently challenged. Because I as an avid reader I do not like having what I read controlled. Books are meant to broaden your horizon, challenged your mind and imagine.

So here are ten books from the lists of the Classic Challenged Books list and why:



American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis- published in 1991. Reason why it is on the list: Overt sexual tones and violence towards women.


Scary Stories (all volumes) by Alvin Schwartz- published 1981-1991. Reason why it is on the list: Not appropriate for children and countless examples of violence in the stories.


Where’s Waldo? by Martin Handford published in 1987 Reason why it is on the list: Nudity is depicted in the illustrations.


My Brother Same is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier published in 1974. Reason why it is on this list: Offensive language and violence.


Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam published in 1987. Reason why it is on the list: Violence and stories about cults and Satan.


Christine by Stephen King published in 1983. Reason why it is on the list: Sexual content and offensive language.



An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser published in 1925. Reason it is on the list: various examples of sexual content, murder and abortion.


Deenie by Judy Blume published in 1973. Reason why it is on the list: examples of mastrubation.


Detour for Emmy by Marilyn Reynolds published in 1993. Reason it is on the list: overt examples of sex and teen pregnancy.


On my Honor by Marion Dane Bauer published in 1986. Reason why it is on the list: examples of divorce, death and suicide.



To see the full list the link is below:

List of most commonly challenged books in the United States

What books have you read from the list? Comment below!


Until next time!


Source: Wikipedia and ALA website


2 thoughts on “Banned Book Week!

  1. Reading through this list I’m nodding my head like “alright, I understand at that time why they may have put this on such a list” then I scroll by ‘Where’s Waldo?’ and facepalm immediately. What? Really? Where’s Waldo? Ha-ha.

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