Top 5 Wednesday: Banned Books That I Read

Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m back for another T5W post and so far, my schedule’s been pretty kind to me to be able to keep up to this book meme religiously.

Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by the booktuber, Lainey aka gingereadslainey. You can find the topics and the Goodreads page of the book meme here.

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This week’s topic is banned books. I didn’t know much about prohibited/challenged books but sweet Lainey gave references regarding this. Thanks, hun! I have to admit, while doing this post, it was to my astonishment there were actually several books I’ve read falling to this category. Today, I’m too lazy to be lazy so I researched a little on the bases these books were forbidden on libraries.


  1. Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine

    I got into this book the same time I got hooked to this show that aired in Disney called “Are You Afraid of the Dark?” (Only kids of the 90’s relate). Yeah, I was a total sucker for some blood-curdling stuff…. when I have company. Turns out, this book series was challenged to be forbidden in public libraries for claims that it possessed themes too petrifying, some satanic, for its target readers, the kids.


    2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

    Seriously, why would someone ban such a majestic sci-fi children’s book? Numerous religious groups advocated to ban A Wrinkle in Time saying it was a blasphemy. While the book was very blatant in displaying themes as family and love, there were critics claiming there were underlying subjects of Satanism. Well, if you ask me, it’s only probably because Wrinkle in Time outsmarted any other space-related suppositions ever laid out.


3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

While the book was acclaimed for brilliantly tackling serious issues as rape and racism, it was likewise booed for the same reason. The use of the word “nigger” which were spread all over the pages had become too offensive and thus, many wanted it taken down from libraries. To be honest, in my 23 years of existence, I made several attempts to finish To Kill a Mockingbird but for some reasons, I keep putting it off. The story was captivating and eye-opening but reading classics is something I never learned (before this year ends, I swear).


4. Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Apparently, the older folks wanted this book taken down for its extremely vulgar themes. The way Chbosky described stuff like underage sex, masturbation, illicit drug use, etc. were just too explicit there’s a fat chance of them being adopted by young readers.  It’s ironic how an introverted Charlie who talked only on his diaries could cause so much stir in the real world.

5. Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

This series has been considered the most banned book of the 21st century according to the American Library of Association. There were a number of accusations on the book globally. One of which can be traced from it promoting witchcraft and satanism to the juvenile group. Clearly, this isn’t too Christian for many Christian groups. My say? Whoever moved to banish this series on the face of the earth must be some bitter prickly muggle who didn’t get his/her Hogwarts letter.


There’s still a handful which surprisingly made it to the list which you can find here and here. I was expecting it to be dominated by names of Dan Brown or some porno stuff, but no.

To top this list, I need to highlight a book that contains a well of wisdom and empowerment which I’m lucky to have read many times. Due to religious differences, others don’t have the luxury to get a hand on this which is rigorously outlawed in many nations. Despite this, it’s uplifting to realize these people could still keep the faith intact.


Thank you for reading!

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7 comments

  1. I mentioned Goosebumps in my own T5W but I didn’t think to put it on the list. Thankfully they were never banned at my school, that would have been terrible because I was so addicted!

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  2. Had no idea some of these were close to being banned, wow!
    I did know about the Bible being banned from several countries though, which is a sad thing. Makes me appreciate the copy I have even more. 🙂

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