Hell yes, I’m reading all the banned books

All of the news lately about books being banned – or restricted, as legally they can no longer be banned in the US – has simply made me want to read or reread them all again.

Well, not ALL of them. I’m looking at you, Fifty Shades.

So many of these controversial books were a staple in the curricula of the schools I attended, so I have grown reading and appreciating these stories. Newer ones have been favorites that I discovered on my own. So many of them have important messages within them. Of course, this is why they are restricted. Sometimes the reasoning behind the restriction is just as entertaining, so I enjoy reading up on that as well.

What I love, though, is the more of a fuss that you make about them, the more they will be read.

My goal is to share about them regularly here at Andi Explains It All as I find my way back to them. I can’t promise an actual schedule for doing so, because these come in between my other obligations. But I am squeezing them in as often as I can.

There are tons of lists out there. Here are a few that I’ve used:

As I make my way through my lists, I will link to my thoughts below, as well as what I am currently reading. If a title is listed and not clickable, that just means I recently read it but have not yet published my thoughts. They will come soon.

So check back frequently. Or follow me on social: Twitter is @AndreaCoventry and Facebook is AndiExplainsItAll.

Which banned books are your favorites?

Banned Books Currently Reading

Banned Books Recently Read or Revisited

I am making this list alphabetical. Click on a book cover to be taken to its listing on Amazon. If my thoughts on that particular book are published live, I will have that text link below the book cover for you to click on. If not yet, they will be up soon!

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
***Taught at my high school***

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
***Taught at my high school***


Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling (and subsequent titles) because my grandmother told me to read them.


Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
***Taught in my elementary school***

Island of the Blue Dolphins
Thoughts on Zia (Island of the Blue Dolphins #2)
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

My review of Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: The Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Why Montessorians Need to Read Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: The Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi
Thoughts on Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: The Remix by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas and related books
 Why You Need to Read The Hate U Give as a Montessorian
My review of THUG
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin D’Angelo

Thoughts on reading White Fragility as a Montessorian

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