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message 1: by Cami (new)

Cami I have never ead this book.


message 2: by Ruth (new)

Ruth I haven't even heard of these books before...


message 3: by Karena (new)

Karena wat is this?


message 4: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra Hard list for me. My parents weren't too restrictive in my reading, and most of what they would have disapproved of didn't interest me anyway. But, I did come up with a couple :)


The Kawaii Slartibartfast My mother was never restrictive. Teachers, on the hand...


message 6: by haania (new)

haania Forever... was a book I had to hide from my parents!


message 7: by Isabel (new)

Isabel I was 10 when Tear My Life Up (Arráncame la Vida) came out. Since the author is my aunt I was dying to read the book, which of course I was told by my parents I shouldn't. So I sneaked to read the first chapter. I honestly didn't get much, and was caught. So my mom took me to see Ángeles. She told me to wait until I was 15 or 16. I decided to read the book when I was 17. When I finished it, I had to agree with my parents and the author, 10 was not the right age to read it. At least not in México in 1985.


message 8: by Daria (new)

Daria I had to sneak under the cover of night to read Annie on my Mind (my parents are extremely homophobic).


message 9: by Madi (new)

Madi My parents never restricted my reading, it was mainly what school wouldn't let me read.


message 10: by Danna (new)

Danna Flowers in the attic was very good! I can't believe my mom let me read it, after she read it in her teens. She bought me this book not because I have asked her to, but on her own. It was surprising. She really wanted me to read it and I can't stop wondering why and how. I am currently reading the second book, and can't stop thinking: mom! what the hell??


message 11: by Carolyn F. (last edited Nov 05, 2011 11:58AM) (new)

Carolyn F. My mother was not restrictive at all EXCEPT I bought at 15 Steal This Book by Abbie Hoffman at the Goodwill, which shows you how to roll a joint, hitch hike, shop lift. In fact, I used it for shop lifting for quite awhile before I got caught. When my mother opened up the book, she threw it away with me yelling at her that she had no right. This was a counter-culture book written during the hippy days.


message 12: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. Another book I was way too young to read was The Happy Hooker by Xaviera Hollander , I read it at about 14 or 15. This woman jacks off a dog while laying at the pool, has mile high sex, etc., and I have no sexual experience at all. Way too much information. I don't think my mother saw me reading this one or she would have thrown it away too.


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The Happy Hooker is on here twice.


message 14: by Carolyn F. (new)

Carolyn F. For good reason! LOL :)


message 15: by [deleted user] (new)

Carolyn F. wrote: "For good reason! LOL :)"

LOL! too funny!


Aure, The Bored of the Quarantine Well.. It's good that I haven't added these books to my TBR list then :))


message 17: by Danna (new)

Danna Oh, no, some of them are really good! Take Flowers in the Attic for example, it's great!


message 18: by Jacob (new)

Jacob Seager What's wrong with Catcher in the Rye? And House of Leaves?


message 19: by Wendy (last edited Jul 16, 2014 03:06PM) (new)

Wendy Great list! Oh the memories. My mother had me reading all sorts of stuff that got me a talking to by teachers. In seventh grade I brought The Clan of the Cave Bear to school and my teacher exclaimed, "Does your mother know you're reading that?!" Umm...she's the one who recommended it to me! I was a bit more sneaky around teachers after that, until I hit high school and everyone suddenly stopped worrying about me catching some sort of bookish-related perversion from the printed page.


message 20: by Rebecca (new)

Rebecca McNutt My school was big on banning books, Good Omens and Annie on my Mind caused a big fight between parents and the school. I'm glad some schools are bringing banned books back, because some of them have valuable lessons and are part of society in general.


message 21: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 07, 2015 02:33PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Although I know several of the books on this list, most of those I read as an adult, so they don't really count. But there are three I read in my mid-teens, when I undoubtedly was not supposed to :-)


message 22: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 07, 2015 02:27PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Jacob wrote: "What's wrong with Catcher in the Rye? And House of Leaves?"

I noticed a copy of Pobby and Dingan (#127) as well. The Dutch edition was given to me a short while ago, and although I haven't read it yet, from its description I can't for the life of me see why this should be a book one isn't supposed to read, no matter what age.


message 23: by Booklovinglady (last edited Apr 07, 2015 02:30PM) (new)

Booklovinglady Wendy wrote: "In seventh grade I brought The Clan of the Cave Bear to school and my teacher exclaimed, "Does your mother know you're reading that?!"..."

A Dutch edition of the book was given to me several years ago, by someone who was cleaning out her shelves. Sounds like I should really start reading it sometime soon... :-)


message 24: by Terelyn (new)

Terelyn Marks There were only two books I was ever explicitly forbidden to read. The Godfather and The Exorcist. Of course, I went straight to the library and got them both!

Enjoyed The Godfather. The Exorcist scared the bejeepers out of me!


message 25: by Terelyn (new)

Terelyn Marks I'm surprised by some of the books on this list! They were required reading when I was in school!


~☆~Autumn♥♥ The Kawaii Slartibartfast wrote: "My mother was never restrictive. Teachers, on the hand..."

I had a teacher who wanted us to read Lady Chatterley's Lover! It was on our required reading this!!


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