Best Banned and/or Censored Books (or Worst to Have Banned)
This is a list of books that have at one point either been banned, censored, or requested for removal from libraries. This list includes books banned in and out of the US (list is incomplete due to limitations on list size)
101 Madame Bovary
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 114,388 ratings
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102 The Claiming of Sleeping Be...
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 30,868 ratings
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103 Beauty's Punishment (Sleepi...
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 18,405 ratings
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103 Uncle Tom's Cabin
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 100,253 ratings
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105 The Master and Margarita
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4.33 of 5 stars 4.33 avg rating — 86,468 ratings
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106 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 23,487 ratings
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107 The Crucible
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3.49 of 5 stars 3.49 avg rating — 161,427 ratings
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108 Fanny Hill, or Memoirs of a...
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3.31 of 5 stars 3.31 avg rating — 5,297 ratings
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109 Peyton Place
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 4,858 ratings
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110 The Outsiders
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 421,613 ratings
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111 For Whom the Bell Tolls
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 135,189 ratings
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112 Naked Lunch
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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48 avg rating — 42,852 ratings
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113 Maurice
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 11,700 ratings
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114 A Farewell to Arms
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 138,644 ratings
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115 The Lord of the Rings (The ...
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4.43 of 5 stars 4.43 avg rating — 278,594 ratings
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116 Daddy's Roommate
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 284 ratings
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117 Twelfth Night
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 88,162 ratings
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118 Oedipus Rex
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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 89,622 ratings
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119 Forever Amber
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 10,958 ratings
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120 Fallen Angels
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 5,709 ratings
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121 The Great Gilly Hopkins
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 11,569 ratings
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122 Little Red Riding Hood
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 11,684 ratings
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123 Musical Chairs
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 232 ratings
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124 Leaves of Grass
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 46,404 ratings
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125 A Separate Peace
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3.53 of 5 stars 3.53 avg rating — 115,281 ratings
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126 Fables, Vol. 7: Arabian Nig...
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 8,512 ratings
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127 From Here to Eternity
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 9,499 ratings
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127 One Day in the Life of Ivan...
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 48,537 ratings
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129 I Have to Go!
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 1,385 ratings
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130 Moll Flanders
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3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 21,227 ratings
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131 Harriet the Spy (Harriet th...
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 49,962 ratings
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132 The Bastard (Kent Family Ch...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 11,946 ratings
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133 The Supernaturalist
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 17,117 ratings
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134 Tropic of Cancer
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 32,804 ratings
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135 City of Bones (The Mortal I...
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 635,484 ratings
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136 The Freedom Writers Diary: ...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 7,531 ratings
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137 Tiger Eyes
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 9,239 ratings
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138 The Bluest Eye
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 87,045 ratings
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139 The Prince of Tides
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 110,099 ratings
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140 The Book Your Church Doesn'...
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 201 ratings
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141 Native Son
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 47,964 ratings
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142 Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 36,673 ratings
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143 A Day No Pigs Would Die
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 5,760 ratings
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144 Areopagitica
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3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 886 ratings
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144 Our Bodies, Ourselves for t...
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 4,470 ratings
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146 Bless Me, Ultima
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 13,654 ratings
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147 Selected Stories
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 16,292 ratings
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148 Andersonville
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 3,981 ratings
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149 The Vagina Monologues
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3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 13,011 ratings
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150 Story of O
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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40 avg rating — 9,025 ratings
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151 The Complete Essays
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 6,585 ratings
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152 Nausea
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3.89 of 5 stars 3.89 avg rating — 38,398 ratings
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153 Père Goriot
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 20,211 ratings
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154 Beloved
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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 169,609 ratings
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155 Carrie
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 217,393 ratings
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156 Dialogue Concerning the Two...
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 368 ratings
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157 Scary Stories to Tell in th...
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 24,559 ratings
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158 Halloween ABC
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 144 ratings
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159 The Time Traveler's Wife
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 871,897 ratings
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160 The Fellowship of the Ring ...
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 1,105,350 ratings
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161 Whale Talk
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 6,705 ratings
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162 The Return of the King (The...
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 333,820 ratings
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163 Deadly Deceits: My 25 Years...
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164 The Joke
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 13,136 ratings
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165 The Headless Cupid (Stanley...
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 2,102 ratings
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166 The Mystic Princesses and t...
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 55 ratings
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167 Last Exit To Brooklyn
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 11,057 ratings
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168 The Droll Stories of Honore...
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3.73 of 5 stars 3.73 avg rating — 214 ratings
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169 Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Conf...
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170 Little House on the Prairie...
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 130,359 ratings
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171 The Girl with the Dragon Ta...
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 1,133,884 ratings
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172 Angels & Demons  (Robert La...
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 1,210,606 ratings
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173 Death Note, Vol. 1: Boredom...
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 73,174 ratings
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174 The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 36,186 ratings
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175 Jumper (Jumper, #1)
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 6,794 ratings
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176 Revolutionary Voices: A Mul...
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176 The Golden Lily (Bloodlines...
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178 Burger's Daughter
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 877 ratings
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179 Club Dead (Sookie Stackhous...
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 160,443 ratings
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180 Revolting Rhymes
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4.09 of 5 stars 4.09 avg rating — 9,441 ratings
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181 Stand on Zanzibar
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 7,528 ratings
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182 Teacher Man (Frank McCourt,...
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183 The Kite Runner
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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21 avg rating — 1,194,988 ratings
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184 The Oresteia
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 17,106 ratings
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185 Band of Brothers: E Company...
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186 Green Eggs and Ham
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 337,058 ratings
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187 Absalom, Absalom!
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 22,971 ratings
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188 Curses, Hexes and Spells
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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29 avg rating — 7 ratings
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188 The Winds of War (The Henry...
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 28,242 ratings
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190 The Figure in the Shadows
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 1,170 ratings
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190 Chinese Handcuffs
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 1,113 ratings
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190 The Immoralist
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 4,579 ratings
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193 Gargantua and Pantagruel
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3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 6,907 ratings
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194 The Education of Harriet Ha...
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195 The President
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196 Mein Kampf
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2.95 of 5 stars 2.95 avg rating — 11,393 ratings
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196 The 120 Days of Sodom and O...
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198 The Learning Tree
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198 Murder in the High Himalaya...
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198 Will Work For Peace: New Po...
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447 books · 1,594 voters · list created January 14th, 2009 by Theresa (votes) .
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message 1: by Vicki (new)

Vicki Kelley I feel that it is crazy to ban a book at all, and I can't believe some of the books that are on this list. Oh the ignorance and shallow mindedness of people.


message 2: by Helena (new)

Helena I bookmarked the list under "to-read books"... if someone does not want us to read it, well it must be interesting stuff.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm amazed at the number of children's books listed; and, of those so listed, the number I shared for many years with my students...


message 4: by Poietes (new)

Poietes I know that I shouldn't be, but I am simply amazed by some of the titles that are still on this list. Anytime someone mentions banning a book in the news, I always think back to those images of Nazi' bonfires made from banned books. Don't people get it: Being able to read without censorship is one of the more treasured things of belonging to a democracy. Just think of all of the countries in the world that censor what a person can read. Banned Book Week should be banned.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Uh, Banned Book Week celebrates the books that some people try to ban. And urges people to go read a banned book.


message 6: by Poietes (new)

Poietes Meant the need for banned book week should be banned...


message 7: by Adam (last edited Oct 09, 2009 01:50PM) (new)

Adam i do not believe in "banned" books. that is just pure junk that a book would be "banned"


message 8: by Adam (new)

Adam who would want to ban how to eat fried worms? the giver? the giver is AMAZING. i dont get "banned books"


message 9: by Mikayla (new)

Mikayla A wrinkle in time is pretty interesting.It's like my favorite book!!!!!


message 10: by Mukesh (new)

Mukesh Censhorship in any form, outside of an elemantary school, is intolerable. Everything should be avalible to everyone.


message 11: by Barb (last edited Dec 12, 2009 05:56PM) (new)

Barb Johnson Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall


message 12: by Darius (last edited Feb 17, 2012 10:31AM) (new)

Darius 1984 by George Orwell was banned in Eastern Europe between 1950-1980 and people were prosecuted and went to jail for having it at home.
Also Gulag Archipelagos, Master and Margarita and many, many more.


message 13: by Jenn (new)

Jenn Um darius, I believe Adam meant that the idea of banning books is 'pure junk'. Not that it didnt/doesnt happen.


message 14: by Shauna (new)

Shauna Tyndall I love writing and hope to get a book published someday. If my book were banned, I would feel I was doing something right. Only books with something to say get banned. Be it for religious, moral or magick reasons.


message 15: by Imani ♥ ☮ (new)

 Imani ♥ ☮ It's pretty ironic Fahrenheit 451 is on this list since it IS about censorship.


message 16: by Elana (new)

Elana im sorry but most of these r not never mind...


message 17: by Rachael (new)

Rachael i think it's horrible to ban books!!!! i can't belive eaast of eden is banned thats my favorite book in the world


message 18: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell I'm not sure why Robert Munsch's book I have to Go is a banned book. Why was it banned?


message 19: by Mina^_^ (new)

Mina^_^ Imani wrote: "It's pretty ironic Fahrenheit 451 is on this list since it IS about censorship."

LOL!!! i thought the exact same thing...I also didnt understand why Shel Silverstein's A Light In The Attic was banned.Well i kind of see cause i think there was something about somebody dying or something along the lines like that in there but come on, really? Does anybody know why this book was banned? And i have to agree banning books are horrible well unless...hmmm i see clearly now why they ban so many books...its still not cool though


message 20: by Adaji (new)

Adaji Victor i think if a writer is inspired and write a book there should be no reason or whatsoever to banned that bbook


message 21: by Ariel (new)

Ariel The Giver is one of the best books ever written. It has a TRUE meaning and shows us what can happen if we let everything in our world become undistinct and without a unique quality. The Messenger and Gathering Blue are also extremely good books, some of my favorites. His Dark Materials is just showing everyone the fallacies and faults in some organized religion, and it is up to the reader to decide whether the author is right or wrong.


A book should never be banned! Books allow us to explore places we havenot been and extends the mind of children to where they understand more and think freely and without restraints. Reading should have no consequences nor should we have barriers. Even in schools, books with erotic or romantic scenes shouldn't not be kept on the shelves. All literature is to be enjoyed by all ages.


message 22: by Ariel (new)

Ariel Mina wrote: " Imani wrote: "It's pretty ironic Fahrenheit 451 is on this list since it IS about censorship."

LOL!!! i thought the exact same thing...I also didnt understand why Shel Silverstein's A Light In T..."


Even if someone dies, what about Wizard of Oz, where a man is hanging from a noose in the background? Banning book just shows the true trophies of modern society, entertainment in the form of watching and being told rather than reading and figuring out. I am apalled that there are banned books at all, especially books as creative as Shel silverstein's Light in the Attic.


message 23: by Emily (new)

Emily Darius wrote: "Adam wrote: "i do not believe in "banned" books. that is just pure junk that a book would be "banned"

"you are an idiot !!!
read some history books or have a conversation with a foreigner or two for a change

the USA is not the center of the world you moron!

just for example the book 1984 by George Orwell was banned in Easter Europe between 1950-1980 and some people were prosecuted and some went jail for having it at home."


I completely agree with you


message 24: by Karolina (new)

Karolina Where's "Master and Margarita"?!?


message 25: by Diane (new)

Diane Quist Freedom of Press, Freedom of speech .... You best not be banning ANY book. You don't like a book? Don't read it! Simple as that ....


message 26: by Gaile (new)

Gaile I was a teen in the fifties and back then, when we were told NOT to read a book, it was a sure thing we would read it! I can remember Lady Chatterly's Lover and Peyton Place being slipped from locker to locker. I didn't vote for all the books on the list because some I didn't read but I do think if you ban a book or tell a kid not to read it, he will READ it!


message 27: by Georgi (new)

Georgi Norris Gaile...I was just going to say the same thing. If someone said we couldn't read it, that was the first book I was going to find a way to get my hands on. LOL

It's unimaginable to me that some of these books are in/have been on the banned list. Many of them were required reading when I was in high school, and there were several that I purchased for my kids.

Just my opinion, but I have always felt that those who ban books are either of the closed minded group or those who fear that people will learn from them (i.e. Eastern Europe with 1984).


message 28: by Karen (new)

Karen Some of the best books ever!!!!on this list!


message 29: by Janet Flora (new)

Janet Flora Corso I was trying to vote for them all, starting with the children's picture books and poetry (that are harmless!) and the diaries and memoirs and classics and essays and freaking important contributions to literature and culture, all the way down to the ones that I haven't read and don't even want to, but which I would never limit someone else's choice or ability to read, but GR put a limit on my votes so... :(
STOP BOOK BANNING! Books are for reading, not burning!


message 30: by Howard (new)

Howard Clark the "man hanging from a noose" in the Wizard OZ movie is actually a peacock walking around in the background of the scene (when they find the tin man). I studied that portion of the film over and over until I figured it out.


message 31: by Gaile (new)

Gaile Karen wrote: "Some of the best books ever!!!!on this list!"

I had to look at your photo twice to make sure it wasn't Jamie Lee Curtis.


message 32: by Maja (new)

Maja who the f'ck would bann harry potter?! i thought it should be on list of awfully most profitable books of all time or something like that


message 33: by ♥Xeni♥ (new)

♥Xeni♥ Amazing how many dystopian novels make it onto banned lists... perhaps that should be looked into more deeply and not just used as a means to ban wonderful books?


message 34: by Morgan (new)

Morgan i agree wuth Xeni. A few of these books I can see why they were banned or chanllenged, but for the most part those are books I've wanted to read and there were TONS more I couldl think of that aren't on this list. I dont think people are idiots for saying that books shoudlnt be banned. It depends. there are some subject realy young kids shouldn't be subjected to. The fact is, these books are peoples opinions, maybe even people you know and it's un fair to keep these books away from people, when they;ss fund a way to read then anyway


message 35: by Morgan (new)

Morgan i agree wuth Xeni. A few of these books I can see why they were banned or chanllenged, but for the most part those are books I've wanted to read and there were TONS more I couldl think of that aren't on this list. I dont think people are idiots for saying that books shoudlnt be banned. It depends. there are some subject realy young kids shouldn't be subjected to. The fact is, these books are peoples opinions, maybe even people you know and it's un fair to keep these books away from people, when they;ss fund a way to read then anyway


message 36: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Maja wrote: "who the f'ck would bann harry potter?! i thought it should be on list of awfully most profitable books of all time or something like that"
its mostly just because it talks about witchcraft. that's the only reason


message 37: by ♥Xeni♥ (new)

♥Xeni♥ Morgan wrote: "its mostly just because it talks about witchcraft. that's the only reason"

Surprisingly enough, it's not the only reason. Harry Potter revolts against the current government (Ministry of Magic) and governments feel that this could rouse today's youth into revolting against them.


message 38: by Morgan (new)

Morgan ♥Xeni♥ wrote: "Morgan wrote: "its mostly just because it talks about witchcraft. that's the only reason"

Surprisingly enough, it's not the only reason. Harry Potter revolts against the current government (Minist..."

ahh i see.


message 39: by Amanda (new)

Amanda I remember when the Harry Potter books came out when I was in grade school. I began to read them and fell in love with them, but whenever my best friend would come over I had to hide them because her parents thought they were satanic. I'm STILL scared of her parents finding out I've read Harry Potter. That's how bad it is.


message 40: by Janie (last edited May 22, 2011 09:28AM) (new)

Janie I'd really like more information on where, when and why these books were censored or banned. Some we know about but Harry Potter, Blubber (Judy Blume) and Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) are just three for which I cannot fathom why - there are plenty more mysteries on this list. Even those that I know the reasoning behind I just cannot understand!

In the words of Walt Whitman: Damn all expurgated books; the dirtiest book of all is the expurgated book.

As for banning - it says far more about those doing the banning than the book itself or those who might read it.


message 41: by Gaile (new)

Gaile The kids see worse on TV and on the computer than they would in books.


message 42: by Katie (new)

Katie Janie wrote: "I'd really like more information on where, when and why these books were censored or banned. Some we know about but Harry Potter, Blubber (Judy Blume) and Catcher in the Rye (Salinger) are just thr..."

I don't know about Judy Blume (I thought she was a 4th grade-ish level book writer??), but I know that Harry Potter was banned from some area Catholic schools because there's magic and that goes against the Bible. Heaven forbid!! As for Catcher in the Rye, I'd assume it's because of the profanity. They think that the kids will actually say the cuss words if they read it.

It's nonsense, really.

I'm not sure anybody really understands except for the ones who do the banning.


message 43: by Bobbie (last edited Jul 20, 2011 01:08AM) (new)

Bobbie The more they ban / challenge a book, the more interested people--especially teenagers--are in the book. Young adults are curious, as well as mutinous. When an organization bans a book, young adults realize the "power" the book holds because of how it scares authorities. Hence, they get curious. Hence, they get more interested. Hence, they read.

Thanks to book-banning, I'm discovering more of the best contemporary books written. :)


message 44: by Bridget R. (new)

Bridget R. The Anne Rice books, when I read the reason they were banned I laughed. All I can say is look at the genre, it's supposed to be like that.


message 45: by Becky (new)

Becky I go alonge with my locol book store: cencership is the assanation of a good idea.


message 46: by Lynn (new)

Lynn Ceo These are good decent books. How dare the goverments try to force us to be alike. Not everybody likes/dislikes these books nor is there ANY reason why people should try to censor something they "think" is not good to read. Ofcourse you wouldn't give a ten year old "Lord of the flies" to read but they are banning the books appropraite for high schoolers too. Freedom of speech. Its in the constitution. Read it!


message 47: by Talyn (new)

Talyn People have banned books like "Huckleberry Finn" because it features the "N" word and has racism towards blacks. That was the times! And if you censor that, you're basically censoring history. You're making it too "politically correct". And history was NOT politically correct back then. And if you hide the truth, what else will you hide from the public that it NEEDS to know happened?


message 48: by Clíodhna (new)

Clíodhna It is depressing to see how far the human race hasn't come in the freedom of speech and expression. So what if a book talks about revolting or witchcraft or the absolute wreck that past governments have made of countries? For revolting, REVOLUTIONS HAPPENED BECAUSE THE GOVERNMENT WAS BAD! So making -- no wait make that trying to make us unable to read about when the government was bad or when a government would be bad is stupid! The people should know whether they're being fleeced or not. As for witchcraft, yes, there are some people who believe in it, including me (in a way) if you don't like, don't believe in it!! People should also know that things in the past were bad but we have come a long way in knowing what is right and what is wrong but if they try to ban these books then clearly we haven't come far enough.


message 49: by Melissa T. (new)

Melissa T. Liban A list full of some of the best books! I can't believe in this day and age people still try to ban books!


message 50: by Amelia (new)

Amelia Where the Sidwalk Ends was banned? Who made this list?


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