The Banned Book Meme

Via hamstermotor:

Bold what you’ve read completely.

Italic for partial reads.

Continue to ignore the rest.

1 The Bible

2 Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

3 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

4 The Koran

5 Arabian Nights

6 Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

7 Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift

8 Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer (In modern and middle English)

9 Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (hideously bad book that I would never have read had I a choice)

10 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

11 Prince by Niccol� Machiavelli

12 Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

13 Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

14 Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

15 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

16 Les Mis�rables by Victor Hugo

17 Dracula by Bram Stoker

18 Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin

19 Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

20 Essays by Michel de Montaigne

21 Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

22 History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

23 Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

24 Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

25 Ulysses by James Joyce

26 Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio

27 Animal Farm by George Orwell

28 Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

29 Candide by Voltaire

30 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

31 Analects by Confucius

32 Dubliners by James Joyce

33 Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

34 Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

35 Red and the Black by Stendhal

36 Capital by Karl Marx

37 Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire

38 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

39 Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D. H. Lawrence

40 Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

41 Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

42 Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

43 Jungle by Upton Sinclair

44 All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

45 Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx

46 Lord of the Flies by William Golding

47 Diary by Samuel Pepys

48 Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

49 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

50 Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

51 Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak

52 Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant

53 One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

54 Praise of Folly by Desiderius Erasmus

55 Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

56 Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

57 Color Purple by Alice Walker

58 Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

59 Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke

60 Bluest Eyes by Toni Morrison

61 Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe

62 One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

63 East of Eden by John Steinbeck

64 Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

65 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

66 Confessions by Jean Jacques Rousseau

67 Gargantua and Pantagruel by Fran�ois Rabelais

68 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

69 The Talmud

70 Social Contract by Jean Jacques Rousseau

71 Bridge to Terabinthia by Katherine Paterson

72 Women in Love by D. H. Lawrence

73 American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

74 Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler

75 A Separate Peace by John Knowles

76 Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

77 Red Pony by John Steinbeck

78 Popol Vuh

79 Affluent Society by John Kenneth Galbraith

80 Satyricon by Petronius

81 James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

82 Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

83 Black Boy by Richard Wright

84 Spirit of the Laws by Charles de Secondat Baron de Montesquieu

85 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

86 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

87 Metaphysics by Aristotle

88 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

89 Institutes of the Christian Religion by Jean Calvin

90 Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse

91 Power and the Glory by Graham Greene

92 Sanctuary by William Faulkner

93 As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner

94 Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

95 Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

96 Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

97 General Introduction to Psychoanalysis by Sigmund Freud

98 Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

99 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Alexander Brown

100 Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

101 Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman by Ernest J. Gaines

102 �mile by Jean Jacques Rousseau

103 Nana by �mile Zola

104 Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

105 Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin

106 Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

107 Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

108 Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck

109 Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark

110 Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes


  1. HMT says:

    you didn’t have to read Flowers for Algernon?

  2. Phelps says:

    Nope. We had enough retards in our school that they didn’t want to remind anyone.

  3. guy in the UNLV jacket says:

    I don’t see go dog go on that list

  4. HMT says:

    hey phelps..


  5. Peggy says:

    Have you ever noticed how many of the required reading books for high school and college are just depressing?

  6. Phelps says:

    If they weren’t the students might enjoy reading them. If they enjoyed it, they might do more of it, and then they would be learning on thier own, rather than having learning forced on them in the classroom. We couldn’t have that. They might learn things that the NEA doesn’t want them learning.