We conducted our very first CHB Poll last week during Banned Books Week, and it was a rousing success! Tons of people cast their vote for their favorite banned book, both in store and on the web! Now it's finally time to reveal our CHB Poll winner of Favorite Banned Book! The winner of the first CHB Poll is...
The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling! Our customers picked HP as their number one favorite banned book (ahem...series), which, if I may say so, was my personal vote as well! This is a particularly coincidental win, as today is the release date for the highly anticipated illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (which is absolutely goegeous). So cheers to the Boy Who Lived, and may books always be given a Hogwarts, libraries, and bookstores to those who ask for them!
Coming in a close second place in our poll was the ever-beloved To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which, considering the book's lasting popularity in addition to the release of the controversial and highly anticipated Go Set a Watchman this summer, is not surprising at all! As we saw this summer, To Kill a Mockingbird has long been held dearly in the hearts of nearly all who read it. Clearly those who have tried to ban such a lovely book did not first dive into its pages!
Coming in third place in our poll was actually a tie between George Orwell's Animal Farm and Lois Lowry's The Giver, both, coincidentally, dystopian novels of different sorts. The popularity of these novels along with other dystopian stories just goes to show that sometimes reading about the darkness of dystopian societies can shed light on how to improve our own!
We've included all the other banned books that people voted for in a list below, so check out which other banned books people love! We'd like to thank everyone that participated in our first CHB Poll, and we hope everyone had a wonderful week celebrating Banned Books!
The beloved first book of the Harry Potter series, now fully illustrated by award-winning artist Jim Kay.
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
George Orwell's timeless and timely allegorical novel--a scathing satire on a downtrodden society's blind march towards totalitarianism."All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others."
The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.
Golding's iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
This classic Beginner Book makes an ideal gift for Seuss fans and is an especially good way to show Pop some love
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all timeSlaughterhouse-Five, an American classic, is one of the world's great antiwar books. Centering on the infamous firebombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we fear most.
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In 1922, just four years after the war to end all wars, an unknown Austrian then living in Bavaria planned a pamphlet to be called Settling Accounts. In it he intended to attack the ineffectiveness of the dominant political parties in Germany which were opposed to the new National Socialists (Nazis).
Now hailed as an American classic, Tropic of Cancer, Henry Miller's masterpiece, was banned as obscene in this country for twenty-seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934.
Anyone who has read J.D. Salinger's New Yorker stories, particularly A Perfect Day for Bananafish, Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut, The Laughing Man, and For Esme--With Love and Squalor, will not be surprised by the fact that his first novel is full of children.
Ray Bradbury's internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.
Perhaps the most notorius How To manual on the market. This is the most asked for book that we know of. Is it any good? Well, it's now in its 29th printing since 1971, has chapters on home preparation of weapons, electronics, drugs, and explosives. Extensively illustrated, 8.5 x 11, 160 pp., softcover.
Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers' bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.