No Wonder I’m a Divergent Thinker

Capt. Picard: [citing] "With the first link, the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably." Those words were uttered by Judge Aareon Satie, as wisdom and warning. The first time any man's freedom is trodden on, we're all damaged. 

Star Trek: The Next Generation, "The Drumhead" (4/27/91)
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According to the Interesting News That Everyone Reads, Naturally Everything's True (do your own math), Sarah Palin was, depending on whom you ask, somehow responsible for the ultimate departure of the librarian in Wasilla, Alaska. Numerous sources that state that there was no specific list of books have proven to be useless, as a list materialized nonetheless. However, the list turned out to be the usual list of books that have been banned anywhere, any time. 

Yellojkt took the time to turn it into a meme. Boldface the ones you've read, italicize the ones that you're interested in reading. Feel free to report a total when you're done. 

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
Blubber by Judy Blume
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (nerd that I am, I read this on my own in HS)
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
Carrie by Stephen King
Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Christine by Stephen King (the first time I suspected that King was publishing script treatments)
Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Cujo by Stephen King
Curses, Hexes, and Spells by Daniel Cohen
Daddy’s Roommate by Michael Willhoite
Day No Pigs Would Die by Robert Peck
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Decameron by Boccaccio
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
Fallen Angels by Walter Myers
Fanny Hill (Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure) by John Cleland
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Forever by Judy Blume
Grendel by John Champlin Gardner
Halloween ABC by Eve Merriam
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Impressions edited by Jack Booth
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
It’s Okay if You Don’t Love Me by Norma Klein
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
Love is One of the Choices by Norma Klein
Lysistrata by Aristophanes
More Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
My House by Nikki Giovanni
My Friend Flicka by Mary O’Hara
Night Chills by Dean Koontz
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer
One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (tried it a couple of times)
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Our Bodies, Ourselves by Boston Women’s Health Collective (I read this before I gave it to Daughter a couple of years ago)
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
Scary Stories 3: More Tales to Chill Your Bones by Alvin Schwartz
Scary Stories in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz
Separate Peace by John Knowles
Silas Marner by George Eliot
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (really? This is banned but not God Bless You Mr. Rosewater? Not Slapstick?)
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (don't tell anyone but this is on the list twice.) 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Bastard by John Jakes (didn't much enjoy this one, so I never bothered with the rest of the series)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Devil’s Alternative by Frederick Forsyth
The Figure in the Shadows by John Bellairs
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (one of my favorite books assigned in HS)
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The New Teenage Body Book by Kathy McCoy and Charles Wibbelsman
The Pigman by Paul Zindel
The Seduction of Peter S. by Lawrence Sanders
The Shining by Stephen King (this book scared me far more than the movie)
The Witches by Roald Dahl
The Witches of Worm by Zilpha Snyder
Then Again, Maybe I Won’t by Judy Blume
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee (on my to-do shelf)
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary by the Merriam-Webster Editorial Staff
Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth

Twenty-six books read, only six on the "want to read" list. Most of the ones left over I have very little knowledge of.
 
Having the dictionary on the banned books list is interesting; sure it's got (let's say it softly) words in it, but wouldn't they be unattached to a context? Isn't that usually the problem?
 
A couple of these books have titles which are intriguing enough to at least look into; others I may read just to see what the fuss is about. Which, I guess, is the downside to maintaining a "banned" list; people like me can turn it into a kind of literary Bucket List. 

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