Book Club (5)

In our book club meeting we decided to read a banned book (or multiple!) in honor of Banned Books Week.  So… How are your books?  Do you agree with them being banned?  Have you done any research on why it’s banned? 

Here’s my list of banned books that I am proud to have read and provide in my classroom library 🙂

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Speak / Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
Weetzie Bat by Francesca Lia Block
Forever by Judy Blume
The House of Night Series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Mortal Instruments Trilogy by Cassandra Clare
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan
I Am the Cheese / The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
Deadline by Chris Crutcher
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
Looking for Alaska by John Green
Crank, Glass, Burned, Impulse, Identical, Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Boy Toy by Barry Lyga
The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things / Vegan, Virgin, Valentine by Carolyn Mackler
Cut by Patricia McCormick
The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult
Angus, Thongs and Full-frontal Snogging / On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God: Further Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones
Give a Boy a Gun by Todd Strasser

I didn’t realize how many banned books I’ve read!  I know I’m forgetting some, and I’m purposely leaving off Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird because I teach those.


  1. I’m proud to say I have read 21 books on this list 😀 but only 9 if you count a series as one lol

  2. Wow, they are banning books that are not even worthy of being banned. Twilight? Seriously people? Harry Potter? Unwind? House of Night? I’m going to cry if I find out more. What was the purpose in banning those, were they truly that terible that you could not let your TEENAGER decide to read it or not? No, those books are harmless and I’m sure they could find worse ones if they tried.

  3. Chelsi Green says:

    I know we talked a lot about this is Y.A. lit and alot of the reason most of these books and more are banned is dumb in my opinion. Maybe put a recommended age limit on books but its the parents responsibility to control what their children read. And we are in high school and im almost out of high school. I’ve been introduced to all this stuff in ral life outside of books. So i dont see the point in banning them. I wanted to finish before i fall before i started reading another book but i soon plan to read Fallout by Ellen Hopkins, which by the way is my favorite author. I cannot wait to read it and i will for sure let you know what i think about it!

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      Thanks for the comment, Chelsi! I agree with you about the parents choosing. They should have a voice in what their child reads, but not an entire school or district.

      I’m starting Fallout tomorrow because I should finally be done with It’s Kind of a Funny Story by then.

  4. Mrs. Andersen says:

    Interesting info- I linked my Living Dead Girl post to Twitter with @escottwrites so Elizabeth Scott would see it and she sent back a message saying thank you and how cool it is. Then she re-tweeted it onto her page with “blushes” before the link 🙂 I told her about how popular the book is, and today I got a message from her thanking me again and offering to send me some copies if I need them!! Isn’t that awesome?! Authors are so very cool 😀 It totally made my day.

  5. Why can’t they just rate books like they rate movies?

    • They should!!! That would make things easier for those over sensitive parents.

    • Mrs. Andersen says:

      That works for movies and video games because the visuals are right there in your face. It’s more clear-cut. I don’t know how it could really work for books b/c who would decide? Would the author have a voice in the decision? I think that’s getting too close to censorship. Plus, if it’s published as young adult, then it’s written for that age group.

  6. I don’t understand the backing behind a lot of the books that are being banned. Just listen, really has no reason to be banned at all, it talks about a girl who deals with anorexia, thats nothing that should cause a book to be banned, it’s something that people see and deal with quite often. Just because someone is not comfortable reading about something that is reality to many people does not mean that it should be banned for everyone, it’s not right. However, I don’t think that all books are for everyone, I definitely agree with Ellie that books should simply be rated as movies are.

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