A Little Point of Pride

September 29th, 2005 · 4 Comments
by Booksquare

Cover for A Wrinkle in TimeIt is rare that we brag*, but as part of our personal Banned Books Week celebration, we perused the list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books, 1990 – 2000. You can imagine how our black heart swelled upon learning that we are aces when it comes to reading banned books. As it turns out, much of our misspent youth was spent devouring books that are bad for us.

Perhaps the mother was right — we needed to trying playing instead of reading. Clearly reading A Wrinkle in Time lead to such deviant behavior as voting regularly and stopping for red lights. Celebrate by comparing your childhood favorites to the list!

* – Also, it is rare that we tell the truth.

File Under: Square Pegs

4 responses so far ↓

  • Kate Rothwell // Sep 30, 2005 at 8:11 am

    I still do not understand how Where’s Waldo made it onto that list.

  • David Thayer // Sep 30, 2005 at 10:09 am

    A lot of my favorites authors on that list. A Wrinkle in Time…right up there with Das Kapital.

  • Bella Stander // Oct 4, 2005 at 12:39 pm

    I don’t get WHERE’S WALDO being on the list either. Maybe because the challengers couldn’t find him? Or maybe they didn’t want their kids wasting time “reading” a book without words.

    What amazes me is that Phillip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy isn’t on the list (not that I want it there!). With all the brouhaha over Harry Potter, no one seems to have noticed that Pullman lambastes organized religion, turns the biblical creation story inside out, has gay angels, and posits God as a doddering old sham. I guess he confounded the book-banners with all them big words and fancy language.

  • Booksquare // Oct 4, 2005 at 7:18 pm

    Okay, I have to admit that I skimmed over the Waldo entry, but now I am puzzled. I think it’s his outfit. Surely that will lead the youth of today to do stuff like, oh, wear clothes.