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For me 1984 gets the win on this one. :)

David, can you believe I've never read 1984? Maybe I need to skip re-reading the Hemingway and read 1984 for the first time (it's about time I think!)

It's definetly a must read.

I am with David ... 1984 for me too! Also, I do love Michel Houellbecq who is divinely nasty ... but exceptionally bleak. Don't know if he has been banned ... I am sure he has somewhere in the world ;)

Great post Sharon. Thought provoking and so true. Mainstream society has always railed against innovative minds, yet it is these minds that change the world. I have found that doing the opposite to everyone else is often the most rewarding approach. Going with the pack will only deliver average results.....going in the opposite direction can be life-changing.

Oh forgot this....favourite banned book "The Monkey Wrench Gang" Edward Abbey. Viva le revolucion!

Hmmm...not reading any on the list but I am reading the brilliant Sam Harris book, which I expect to be banned at any moment and I do wonder if he has bodyguards:-(

Hey Gavin--Okay, another vote for 1984. I've gotta read that one!

Perfect Life--you are so right. Cutting edge thinkers are destined to be thought "different". It's just the nature of having new ideas. We have to just become comfortable with it and hope that the world will morph to our ideas (like it did with Mister Rogers).

Thanks for sharing your banned book pick--I've never read "The Monkey Wrench Gang"--that's another one that I need to check out!

Hey Maryam,

LOL-yeah, sometimes I get that feeling while reading some books--it's just a matter of time before this one is banned! :-)

Now you've got me curious about the Sam Harris book...I have a weak spot of controversial thinkers. ;-)

Such an excellent post, Sharon! I'm going to re-read this --- there is so much here. I like how you've turned being banned into a good thing. It's so true!

I have to go with 1984, too. I'll also have to vote for the "Captain Underpants" series by Dav Pilkey. Pilkey's books are so incredibly silly -- and appeal strongly to those with a 9-year-old's sense of humor -- I cannot believe that they're among the most banned of the 21st century so far.

Just proves what I know too well -- some folks have absolutely no sense of humor at all! (Sad, sniff, sniff.)

Hey KG--thank you! :-)

So many votes for 1984--I must read it! To tell you the truth, I have no idea what it's about, but it's definitely a classic, so I need to educate myself!

I have never read the "Captain Underpants" series by Dav Pilkey, but I love children's books so I need to look him up. The name sounds innocent enough--I wonder what got him banned for that series...hmmm...

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