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 — 3,222,358 ratings
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 1,438,516 ratings
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4.58 of 5 stars 4.58 avg rating — 1,380,740 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,373,149 ratings
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4.49 of 5 stars 4.49 avg rating — 1,324,278 ratings
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4.42 of 5 stars 4.42 avg rating — 1,407,128 ratings
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4.48 of 5 stars 4.48 avg rating — 1,381,142 ratings
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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81 avg rating — 1,527,024 ratings
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4.1 of 5 stars 4.10 avg rating — 1,518,887 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 1,632,002 ratings
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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 2,052,269 ratings
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4.12 of 5 stars 4.12 avg rating — 759,120 ratings
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3.8 of 5 stars 3.80 avg rating — 1,180,744 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 858,035 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 279,232 ratings
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3.61 of 5 stars 3.61 avg rating — 1,286,122 ratings
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3.94 of 5 stars 3.94 avg rating — 818,551 ratings
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4.11 of 5 stars 4.11 avg rating — 1,099,499 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 478,573 ratings
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4.44 of 5 stars 4.44 avg rating — 330,068 ratings
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4.32 of 5 stars 4.32 avg rating — 175,014 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 496,943 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 219,960 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 377,035 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 411,374 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 689,538 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 414,535 ratings
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3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 764,045 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 411,711 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 716,105 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 209,017 ratings
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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60 avg rating — 103,282 ratings
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4.22 of 5 stars 4.22 avg rating — 1,416,393 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 186,503 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 445,211 ratings
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4.38 of 5 stars 4.38 avg rating — 3,477,310 ratings
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4.29 of 5 stars 4.29 avg rating — 416,323 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 245,472 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 327,502 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 693,204 ratings
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4.17 of 5 stars 4.17 avg rating — 412,306 ratings
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4.2 of 5 stars 4.20 avg rating — 684,416 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 171,387 ratings
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3.39 of 5 stars 3.39 avg rating — 229,609 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 208,994 ratings
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4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 167,922 ratings
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3.55 of 5 stars 3.55 avg rating — 135,374 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 128,505 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 110,400 ratings
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4.08 of 5 stars 4.08 avg rating — 11,590 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 884,708 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 129,120 ratings
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3.77 of 5 stars 3.77 avg rating — 164,133 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 360,468 ratings
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3.56 of 5 stars 3.56 avg rating — 2,938,691 ratings
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3.86 of 5 stars 3.86 avg rating — 409,994 ratings
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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87 avg rating — 135,293 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 157,778 ratings
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3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 151,940 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 194,548 ratings
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 163,239 ratings
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 1,605,473 ratings
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3.63 of 5 stars 3.63 avg rating — 39,466 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 129,479 ratings
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4.07 of 5 stars 4.07 avg rating — 4,357 ratings
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3.99 of 5 stars 3.99 avg rating — 443,580 ratings
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4.03 of 5 stars 4.03 avg rating — 1,480,872 ratings
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3.82 of 5 stars 3.82 avg rating — 236,446 ratings
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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76 avg rating — 101,577 ratings
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3.66 of 5 stars 3.66 avg rating — 223,995 ratings
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3.88 of 5 stars 3.88 avg rating — 268,163 ratings
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3.58 of 5 stars 3.58 avg rating — 82,256 ratings
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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75 avg rating — 71,280 ratings
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3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 437,577 ratings
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4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 174,474 ratings
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3.46 of 5 stars 3.46 avg rating — 55,998 ratings
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 197,254 ratings
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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92 avg rating — 87,519 ratings
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4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 31,437 ratings
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4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 334,436 ratings
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4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 58,178 ratings
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3.28 of 5 stars 3.28 avg rating — 35,784 ratings
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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96 avg rating — 98,944 ratings
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4.19 of 5 stars 4.19 avg rating — 111,511 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 52,198 ratings
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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74 avg rating — 81,549 ratings
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3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 137,545 ratings
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4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 319,279 ratings
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4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 247,963 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 19,975 ratings
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4.35 of 5 stars 4.35 avg rating — 181,009 ratings
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 301,885 ratings
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3.47 of 5 stars 3.47 avg rating — 27,554 ratings
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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 100,109 ratings
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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72 avg rating — 67,197 ratings
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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 100,386 ratings
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4.34 of 5 stars 4.34 avg rating — 94,521 ratings
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3.71 of 5 stars 3.71 avg rating — 999,330 ratings
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4.26 of 5 stars 4.26 avg rating — 373,918 ratings
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239 books · 117 voters · list created October 2nd, 2009 by Rora (votes) .
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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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