The Most Frequently Challenged Books
The most frequently challenged books that people try to ban. (From the lists at ALA) Which ones have you read?
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 3,177,169 ratings
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 1,421,943 ratings
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 1,365,521 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,357,824 ratings
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 1,309,715 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 1,394,821 ratings
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 1,367,376 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,509,862 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,500,237 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,623,903 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,025,122 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 747,801 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,168,587 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 854,500 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 276,255 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,279,099 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 811,393 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,079,364 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 472,455 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 326,766 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 173,276 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 489,184 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 217,707 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 370,590 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 406,175 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 682,134 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 410,328 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 756,986 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 408,683 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 709,129 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 205,869 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 102,010 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,401,173 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 183,973 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 438,638 ratings
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4.39 of 5 stars 4.39 avg rating — 3,425,430 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 411,973 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 242,312 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 324,355 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 686,404 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 408,100 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 672,877 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 169,503 ratings
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 227,386 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 207,102 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 165,929 ratings
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 133,955 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 127,067 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 108,971 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 11,473 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 872,297 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 127,550 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 162,397 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 357,017 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,901,776 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 404,989 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 134,040 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 156,840 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 149,640 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 192,623 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 161,689 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,589,845 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 39,118 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 127,566 ratings
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4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 4,258 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 440,294 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,466,768 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 234,123 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 100,916 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 222,029 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 264,527 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 81,482 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 70,423 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 432,603 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 172,560 ratings
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 55,518 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 194,010 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 86,427 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 31,132 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 332,155 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 57,610 ratings
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 35,471 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 98,013 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 109,698 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 51,464 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 80,794 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 136,546 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 317,136 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 243,718 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 19,650 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 179,357 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 299,316 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 27,345 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 99,207 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 66,465 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 99,488 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 93,860 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 992,859 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 369,808 ratings
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239 books · 116 voters · list created October 2nd, 2009 by Rora (votes) .
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Rora 1210 books
38 friends
Pam 191 books
24 friends
Tom 88 books
0 friends
Lobstergirl 3908 books
151 friends
Thom 6022 books
277 friends
Sharon 1567 books
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Katie 374 books
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message 1: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn This is nothing less than the best list I've seen for young readers, a list of books many of them might actually want to read ! What the hell is wrong with people ?
Hmmmm (WTHIWWP ?)


message 2: by Lindz (new)

Lindz The great gatsby? What is in there too ban? Too much symbolism?

I always laugh when I see 1984 on these lists, it is wanted the ban because it apparently promotes young sensitive minds towards communism. Bah hahah has anyone actually read 1984?


message 3: by Thom (new)

Thom Dunn Lindsay wrote: "The great gatsby? What is in there too ban? Too much symbolism?

I always laugh when I see 1984 on these lists, it is wanted the ban because it apparently promotes young sensitive minds towards c..."


I had my paperback copy confiscated in 1957 when I was in high school in Milton, Massachusetts just because it was a "paperback" book and those were assumed to be bad. The teacher gave it back eventually, but asked me "What do you want to read that junk for ?" Most readers feel that Orwell was specifically inveighing AGAINST communism and other forms of totalitarianism in 1984. I read it three times without stopping --all of us (male) "geeks" did, and we thought then it was the best science fiction we'd ever read. I still feel that way;


message 4: by Mary (new)

Mary Yeah. my goal is to read all of the books on the list by the time I graduate high school. I'm going off of the list at ALA which looks to be the same list, just with only 100 books. A lot of these books we read in school.
A truly great library contains something in it to offend everyone. ~Jo Godwin


message 5: by Talyn (new)

Talyn Books should NEVER be banned, unless they're so badly written they should be burned on sight, lol..

But seriously. No book should ever be banned. My English teacher printed out 'Banned Books from 1990-2009' and it had stupid-ass reasons like 'anti-ethnic' (The Hunger Games, of all books) and 'sarcastic'.

People are scared children will be scarred for life if they read a certain book. Why? Why would they be scarred for life or scared or whatever?

They were living a lie since the day they were born up until now. You need to break the bubble some how, open them up to the harsh realities that this world unfortunately has.

It's better for them to KNOW and LEARN about it from a book or a teacher than for them to make mistakes first-hand and regret it later.

And children are stronger and smarter than you think.

I read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn when I was six and guess what? I wasn't all weirded out by the word --yeah I'm gonna write it out, don't have a cow-- nigger being in the book.

Granted, I wasn't old enough to understand it was a bad word, but I didn't go using it and repeating it.. And so what if it's an offensive word? You take out that word in those old books, you are taking out part of the book itself. That's HISTORICALLY ACCURATE! That was just how it was! Mark Twain wasn't racist, despite living in the 1800s and being white with an awsome mustache and some Einstein-ish hair going on, like a flip-up at his forehead.. anyways! The point is, don't ban books.

Now if you excuse me, I need to go eat some salami.


message 6: by Erica (new)

Erica Charlotte's Web? Banned? By who, the proud owners of bacon and pesticide factories? Somebody tell me why.


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads The most likely reason I can think of is that some religious conservatives have a real problem with talking animals in fiction.


message 8: by Yblees (last edited Mar 06, 2013 08:18PM) (new)

Yblees I think I kinda get "Green Eggs and Ham" - Sam-I-Am is obviously an incarnation of Satan tempting innocents to sin... But "Where's Waldo"? *facepalm*


message 9: by Ela (new)

Ela Winnie the Pooh? Really? Just why? Because it is actually intelligent?


Susanna - Censored by GoodReads Poor Winnie was #22 on the ALA's list of banned and challenged books as of 2011. Again, some fundamentalist Christians have a problem with talking animals in literature. Some Moslems have a problem with Piglet.

Also, Russia banned it as potentially subversive and pro-Nazi (really weird story).


message 11: by Ela (new)

Ela People make me want to cry sometimes.


message 13: by Ela (new)

Ela *sigh*


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