Top Five Wednesday – Banned Books


Top Five Wednesday is a weekly feature created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey (and on Goodreads). 

This week’s topic is top five banned books that you’ve read.

Please note that I really enjoyed all of these books and think the world would be a better place if these books (any books, for that matter) were not banned/censored. 


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence, religious viewpoint


Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 

Reason: offensive language


Everything by John Green 

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, offensive language


Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Reasons: occult/Satanism, offensive language, violence, anti-family, religious viewpoint

(Sources: ALA & ILA)

I’ve obviously read more than just these, but they’re among my favorites. 

How do you feel about banning media?

On what level do you think there should be censorship? Family, school district, state, federal? 


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