Books I Am Going to Hell For Reading
Since so many of my favorite books tend to wind up bashed by the media, I just thought I'd make an official list. Anyone else?
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219 books · 311 voters · list created August 9th, 2008 by Lizzy (votes) .
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message 1: by Becky (new)

Becky Wow... "To Kill A Mockingbird"??



message 2: by Dixie Diamond (new)

Dixie Diamond That's what I was thinking, too: "Who would go to Hell for reading that?" The whole book is about tolerance and honesty.


message 3: by [deleted user] (new)

I think the list is a good idea... but it should be made a bit more apparent that this is about banned books and not about books that will damn you to an eternity of hellfire.


message 4: by C-tim (new)

C-tim Reading The The Da Vinci Code is like being in Hell.


message 5: by Raven (new)

Raven Black Twilight, yeah you already in hell as you reading the damn.


message 6: by Rita (new)

Rita Awesome list, this one! :)
Will definitely pick quite a few titles from it! :)


message 7: by Stacy (new)

Stacy The only one I agree on in this list is American Psycho. That is the most twisted novel I have ever read. I would say the Twilight books are runner-ups. Reading those books were a waste of time but hardly reasons to go to hell.
I love this list name though.


message 8: by Xenophon (new)

Xenophon Hendrix The Exorcist seemed quite religious to me.


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

Sarahbeth0404 wrote: "Great List except for Twightlight.."

how boring! there is always one on every list


message 10: by Sarah Beth (new)

Sarah Beth Breck Great list...Twilight..not so much..


message 11: by [deleted user] (new)

Raven wrote: "Twilight, yeah you already in hell as you reading the damn."

oops...two but at least one can spell


message 12: by Lizzie (new)

Lizzie How can someone go to hell for reading another religouse text. I mean if you do read Twilight there is something up with your literally taste but the Quar'an(soory for any misspellings)? Come one people let's try for some tolarnce.


message 13: by Sky (new)

Sky I've just found quite a few books to read now. Thanks!!!


message 14: by D.M. (new)

D.M. Cherubim Maybe this is a hot button, but could someone tell me why the Bible King James Version would be on a list entitled "Books I Am Going to Hell For Reading"? Is this like, mysticism or something? Or do you find out in the Book the awful truth about yourself?


ΣometimesIwonder No one is just going to go to hell for reading a fictional book. And there's nothing wrong with Harry Potter. It's not about the devil defeating God, it's about a boy who learns he's a wizard and goes to a special school :P


message 16: by Jeanette (jema) (new)

Jeanette (jema) are there ANY lists on GR with no Harry Potter in them?


message 17: by Tweedledum (new)

Tweedledum LOL not many!


message 18: by Tweedledum (new)

Tweedledum D.M. wrote: "Maybe this is a hot button, but could someone tell me why the Bible King James Version would be on a list entitled "Books I Am Going to Hell For Reading"? Is this like, mysticism or something? Or d..."

Because it was in ENGLISH!


message 19: by Tweedledum (last edited Oct 19, 2013 01:21PM) (new)

Tweedledum Lizzie wrote: "How can someone go to hell for reading another religouse text. I mean if you do read Twilight there is something up with your literally taste but the Quar'an(soory for any misspellings)? Come one p..."

Depends which side of the religious fence you are on. And there are a great many fences......
I speak or am I tweeting? as a liberal Anglican....... no one ever tried to censor my reading except my older brother who was dismayed to discover his sister reading Goldfinger aged 13.


message 20: by Tweedledum (last edited Oct 19, 2013 01:47PM) (new)

Tweedledum Surely the point of the list is that some one one somewhere or maybe a lot of folk all over the place or back in history actually believe or believed that reading certain books set your feet firmly on the road to eternal damnation.

Now you can be "damned " for asking to be educated if you are a girl living under Taliban rule...... That means All Books are banned and All Reading is forbidden to you. Oh and a career is against the rules too. Also no marrying for love.... Sorry what century are we in now?


message 21: by Tweedledum (new)

Tweedledum SomeoneWhoWonders wrote: "No one is just going to go to hell for reading a fictional book. And there's nothing wrong with Harry Potter. It's not about the devil defeating God, it's about a boy who learns he's a wizard and g..."

Sadly many people do not get this! They do not understand the symbolism or appreciate the fact that JK Rowling is a Christian...... The same people by the way also condemn Narnia.


message 22: by Tweedledum (new)

Tweedledum C-tim wrote: "Reading The The Da Vinci Code is like being in Hell."

LOL


message 23: by Tweedledum (new)

Tweedledum Wow this list has certainly got people talking!


message 24: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Seager Perfect excuse for religious nuts and hypocritical racists to argue for hours. Why can't we just stick to what we enjoy, and not focus on all this negative crap? If you don't agree with the issues dealt with or the overall messages in a book, don't read it, and don't take waste your time giving it a heated review or putting it on some bullshit list like this. Go play golf or climb a mountain or join a monastery (for you oh pious ones) or do something you haven't done before that everyone says it great. Just get off this website, restrain your subversive nature for a bit, and stop making me nauseated.


message 25: by Kirsten (new)

Kirsten Rodning So basically this is a "Banned Books" list with a more creative title...?


message 26: by Carly (new)

Carly Nicholas Thank you for creating this list. I look forward to reading some of these books, since they seem funny.


message 27: by KT (new)

KT "You've read 11 of the top 100 books".
Geez, thanks. And most of them are Harry Potter, too.


message 28: by Julie (new)

Julie I didn't take this just as a list for banned books but also books that the critics panned, books accused of plagiarism, etc. To me it was more about controversy, past or current, than anything else but this list seems to have different meanings to everyone.


message 29: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady Interesting list... I noticed a lot of these titles can also be found on the Forbidden books Listopia.


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