And the Most Banned Book of 2013 is…

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Actually, I’m not sure if this list is 2013 or 2014, but let’s just say 2013. Eh. Before we delve into the list let me first say that I see no point in banning books at all. Actually, I do have one exception. I apologize beforehand if you happen to be a fan of this author or her writing, but there’s an author on WordPress who writes a series of stories that follow a stepbrother and stepsister who are involved with each other. Sexually. Yeah, ban that. Ban it here. On Amazon. Everywhere. And the titles of the books are so horrible. Ugh. I’m leaving it alone. Other than that, I’d say most everything else is fair game.

10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

I honestly have never heard of this series of books. But the reasons listed for its placement on this list were political viewpoint, racism, and violence. I won’t comment because I simply am unaware. I will say that the cover shown in the article I’m referencing looks to be aimed at children. I think it would be understandable for a book aimed toward a younger audience to be included on this list if it has racism and violence.

9. Bless me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Another book I’m unfamiliar with. The reasons given were Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, and sexually explicit. Hmm. Okay.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

I haven’t read the book, but I have seen the movie. I thought it was great. But I also find its placement on this understandable. I mean, this is geared toward teens, right? Well the nature and things discussed in the book are definitely serious in nature. The reasons given were drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Can’t say I disagree with any of those. Though this is a book I want to read at some point since I’ve seen the movie.

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Hasn’t John Green become something of a superstar recently? I’ve never read his books but I hear his name all the time and see blog posts about him just as often. I assume this is a YA book? The reasons given were drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. And here I thought YA was all about vampires and paranormal romances. Guess not. But then again I have no earthly idea what this about.

6. A Bad Boy Can be Good for a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

I’m starting to see a patten here. The reasons given were drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, explicit language, sexually explicit. Never read this. Never will. Moving on.

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

WHAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTT?! Last I checked Katniss isn’t running around having sex with everyone or drinking or smoking or anything besides trying to stay alive! This is stupid. Do I agree with this making the list? No. Do I understand it making the list? No. Do I want to find someone who helped come up with the list and punch them in the face? Yes. The reasons given were religious viewpoint and unsuited to age group. Shut up. Before I get angry.

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by EL James

I can honestly say that there was not single tidbit of surprise in me when I saw this book made the list. I mean, it doesn’t get any more self-explanatory than this, right? I’m not going to list the reasons given because you all know them already. If you don’t, good. Stay away from the internet!

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

Never read, Reasons given were drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. I’m assuming that this is another YA book or geared toward even younger audiences because that seems to always be the case when you see “unsuited to age group.”

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I thought Toni Morrison was one of those authors who everyone loves today? I’ve never read her books, but I swear I’ve read plenty about her. Hm. Reasons: offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence. What’s with all the sex and drugs in these books? I guess someone’s got to write about it all, right?

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Ha. Seriously, this just tells me what a joke this list is. I mean, most of the books are so understandable that explanations aren’t necessary when you see the content you’re dealing with. But this? Really? I remember EVERYONE reading these books when I was in elementary school. I never read one, but everyone else did. Because they were pretty funny, I assume. Reasons: offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence. I’m done. This is no longer relevant. To find this book on the same list as some of the other titles. And I’m seeing here that it’s not the first time it’s made it. Oh well.

So there you have the most banned books of 2013. What do you think? If you’re anything like me, about a third of the list is a laughing stock.

You can read an article about the list on The Huffington Post here.


68 thoughts on “And the Most Banned Book of 2013 is…

  1. Interesting post, and my only objection to Captain Underpants was the poor grammar. But my grandson loved them and it was hard enough to get him to read anything. Geeze.


  2. I would love to know why “religious viewpoint” is tagged to The Hunger Games. That makes no sense.

    You might want to check this out It gives a better explanation as to why some of these books were banned/challenged. Though…Hunger Games is no where on this list and I can’t find a better explanation why it was banned/challenged.

    Most of them have a certain case that brought up the ban/challenge. I was a little sad when I saw Ender’s Game on the list. It was such a great book, I can’t imagine why parents would be mad that their kids were reading it.


  3. wow really? you’re that young that you read Captain Underpants in elementary school???? i was reading them in high school!!!! I can understand the rest of the books but Captain Underpants. That book got my nephews into reading and it is really hard to get boys to read around here. now stop making me feel old!!!!


  4. First I want to say I stumbled onto your blog without even trying, and I completely love it! I completely agree, banning books is generally bad, save that instance you gave and others like it, at least they should go to their own corner of their own store. This list is ridiculous, and you made me laugh as you showed exactly why.


  5. I agree with you that books shouldn’t be banned, except maybe books like 50 shades of grey :’D But honestly, they just can’t put that piece of shit into one list together with The Hunger Games, The perks of being a wallflower, or Toni Morrison! I mean, honestly, WTF! Who did this list? Probably a religious, prude who doesn’t know what true art is. There is sex, drugs, and alcohol almost in every book. Not as explicitly as in 50 shades of grey though, but still. I mean, those things are somehow a part of our lives, and some of them become problems for some people. Writing about problems in books is one of the essential reasons of authors to begin writing.

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    • It was the American Library Association. I agree with pretty much everything you said. Supposedly the list is compiled by adding the number of complaints a particular book gets. But I’d like to meet a parent who complains about THG or Captain Underpants. So I can slap them. Multiple times.


  6. to be honest there are some books I dont understand why they were banned. But Fifty Shades I can understand


  7. I’d felt embarrassed seeing the Captain Underpants books in stores, but they never inspired in me any thoughts beyond “that seems kind of juvenile, doesn’t it?” … which, I suppose, shouldn’t be a problem for juvenile readers. Actually I’m kind of more amazed that people are apparently still reading them, since it’s surely been most of a generation since the series started, hasn’t it?


  8. What “Captain Underpants” no way. My son loved those books, it got him reading. I asked my dad to buy him one for his birthday and he misheard me and went to the store and asked for “Cats in Underpants” the girl thought he was very strange indeed. haha


  9. There are some strange choices on the list, embarrassingly I have only read Fifty Shades but i hasten to add that it was for a book review which I promised to do after having imbibed copious amounts of alcohol.


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