Tuesday Thingers: Banned Books Week – The 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 1990-2000 (hosted by The Boston Bibliophile)
- Scary Stories (Series) by Alvin Schwartz
- Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
- I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
- The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
- The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
- Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
- Harry Potter (Series) by J.K. Rowling
- Forever by Judy Blume
- Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
- Alice (Series) by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
- My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
- The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
- The Giver by Lois Lowry
- It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris
- Goosebumps (Series) by R.L. Stine
- A Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Newton Peck
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- Sex by Madonna
- Earth’s Children (Series) by Jean M. Auel (Sort of…I read up through The Mammoth Hunters, and then I guess I lost interest)
- The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
- Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
- In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (No, but I read Where the Wild Things Are to my son countless times)
- The Stupids (Series) by Harry Allard
- The Witches by Roald Dahl
- The New Joy of Gay Sex by Charles Silverstein
- Anastasia Krupnik (Series) by Lois Lowry
- The Goats by Brock Cole
- Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane
- Blubber by Judy Blume
- Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan
- Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
- We All Fall Down by Robert Cormier
- Final Exit by Derek Humphry
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
- Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George
- The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
- What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Girls: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Daughters by Lynda Madaras
- To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
- The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
- The Pigman by Paul Zindel
- Bumps in the Night by Harry Allard
- Deenie by Judy Blume
- Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
- Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
- The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar
- Cross Your Fingers, Spit in Your Hat by Alvin Schwartz
- A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Sleeping Beauty Trilogy by A.N. Roquelaure (Anne Rice)
- Asking About Sex and Growing Up by Joanna Cole
- Cujo by Stephen King
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl (Never read this one, but my son did, in third or fourth grade – he loved Roald Dahl. Should I have stopped him?)
- The Anarchist Cookbook by William Powell
- Boys and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
- Ordinary People by Judith Guest
- American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
- What’s Happening to my Body? Book for Boys: A Growing-Up Guide for Parents & Sons by Lynda Madaras
- Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
- Crazy Lady by Jane Conly
- Athletic Shorts by Chris Crutcher
- Fade by Robert Cormier
- Guess What? by Mem Fox
- The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende
- The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline Cooney
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
- Lord of the Flies by William Golding
- Native Son by Richard Wright
- Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women’s Fantasies by Nancy Friday
- Curses, Hexes and Spells by Daniel Cohen
- Jack by A.M. Homes
- Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo A. Anaya
- Where Did I Come From? by Peter Mayle
- Carrie by Stephen King
- Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume
- On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
- Arizona Kid by Ron Koertge
- Family Secrets by Norma Klein
- Mommy Laid An Egg by Babette Cole
- The Dead Zone by Stephen King
- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- Always Running by Luis Rodriguez
- Private Parts by Howard Stern (I saw the movie, though. It was not nearly as offensive as I might have expected.)
- Where’s Waldo? by Martin Hanford (WHY?)
- Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene (I may have read this, but can’t remember for certain; I do remember it was made into a TV movie with Kristy McNichol back in the late ’70’s, though)
- Little Black Sambo by Helen Bannerman
- Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
- Running Loose by Chris Crutcher
- Sex Education by Jenny Davis
- The Drowning of Stephen Jones by Bette Greene
- Girls and Sex by Wardell Pomeroy
- How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
- View from the Cherry Tree by Willo Davis Roberts
- The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Keatley Snyder
- The Terrorist by Caroline Cooney
- Jump Ship to Freedom by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
I’ve read 21 (or 29, if you count all 7 Harry Potter books and 3 from the “Earth’s Children” series), and there are quite a few on here that I’ve never even heard of. Considering this is a list for the 1990’s, though, I’m not all that surprised that so few of them are in my LT library; most of the ones I’ve read are long gone from my possession.
Which of these books have you “challenged” – and by that, I mean “conquered, by reading”?
TEASER TUESDAYS (hosted at Should Be Reading)
Let the book fall open to a random page.
Share with us two (2) “teaser” sentences from that page, somewhere between lines 7 and 12.
You also need to share the title of the book that you’re getting your “teaser” from … that way people can have some great book recommendations if they like the teaser you’ve given!
Please avoid spoilers!
Two review books showed up in my mail at the end of last week – both are memoirs.
“During those turbulent times, my aunt Sue was a teacher at one of the most troubled and overcrowded public high schools in Buffalo. A faculty meeting was called to assign teachers a riot-duty position – a place they’d head in an uprising, so as to maintain control of the agitated student body.” (page 72/ARC)
– Buffalo Gal, by Laura Pedersen
“I looked down at the table. ‘I never understood why she didn’t stay in touch with your family,’ I said.”
– The Pages in Between: A Holocaust Legacy of Two Families, One Home, by Erin Einhorn
Your turn (looking at you, Janet!) – what are you reading?
I thought this was an interesting question. Basically, it’s asking you to name a book – the book – that just doesn’t do it for you, even though you can objectively recognize its literary worth .
As it happens, I really didn’t have to think too hard about this one, since it’s probably my stock answer to this sort of query. While the question specifies that it’s not asking about my “most-hated” book, this one would be way up on that list too; I really don’t like it. Neither does Jessica at The Bluestocking Society, since she named the same book, for similar reasons: Wuthering Heights. This is actually the best book I didn’t like twice – I read it a second time to see if my reaction was any better. Nope.
I think there are valid reasons for this book’s place in classic English-language literature – it’s well-written, highly dramatic, captivating, and hard to forget. It may have invented the romantic melodrama with Gothic overtones, and it features one of the all-time archetypal antiheroes. That character is the biggest reason I dislike it so much. If anyone has identified a single redeeming quality in Heathcliff, please let me know what it is. I blame an entire tradition of women trying to “save” men from their tortured souls on this book. Granted, maybe that’s just not my idea of romance, but I think it’s a dangerous mythology, and one that many of us have seen play out countless times in other novels, and probably once or twice among our real-life circles as well. Also, Cathy is just annoying.
(And to be honest, in retrospect I’ve realized that my first husband had some Heathcliff qualities, which doesn’t really help the case for either one of them.)
What really good book – accomplished, skilled, well-written, and impressive – just doesn’t do it for you?
1. October is the tenth month, not the eighth as its name would imply – AND it’s our last month in this apartment! (that’s what I couldn’t talk about last week)
2. Wingnuts of the political kind (from either end of the spectrum) scare me!
3. Leaves are falling all around, it’s very windy (we don’t really get “fall” around here).
4. My favorite horror movie is something I can’t answer because I don’t like them.
5. Good company sharing good food = good memories.
6. It was a dark and stormy night the night we had the big storm.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to goofing off with Tall Paul, tomorrow my plans include errands and chores (including a few moving-related ones, maybe) and Sunday, I want to do whatever didn’t get done on Saturday!
What’s on your calendar this weekend?