Reading Recommendations: Banned Books (Diverse Books Edition)

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Next week is Banned Books Week! I haven’t quite decided which banned book(s) I will be reading, but I still wanted to share a few of my favorite banned books. Last year, I shared my favorite banned classics, so this year, I want to share some of my favorite diverse banned books. There are so many great diverse books out there, and some of my favorites have at one point been banned or challenged (let’s face it, a lot of amazing books have). If you’re looking for something to read next week, here are a few diverse banned books that I love:

The Color Purple by Alice Walker. I was not expecting to fall in love with this book, but I did. I read this two and a half years ago now, and I’m still thinking about it. It’s about discovering yourself, and it’s absolutely brilliant.

Persepolis by Marjane SatrapiPersepolis is a graphic memoir about a woman coming of age during the Islamic Revolution. I’m a huge fan of memoirs, and this one is no exception. It’s interesting and fun and exposed me to a bit of history I wasn’t familiar with.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. I’m sure you’ve all heard about this book. I think it’s the only one on this list I read before starting this blog. It’s a poignant and heartbreaking novel that has stuck with me for years.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. Yes, The Hate U Give has already been banned (for inappropriate language). But, I think this is an incredibly important book that should be handed out at high schools, not banned from them. If you haven’t read it yet, now is the perfect time (the movie is coming out soon!).

Habibi by Craig Thompson. I read this for Banned Books Week a couple of years ago, and absolutely loved it. Not only is this the most gorgeous graphic novel I’ve ever read, the story is absolutely beautiful, too. Don’t let the price tag – it’s almost half off on Amazon right now! – and size scare you, this book is 100% worth reading.

Have you read any of the books on this list? Are there any you would add? And what are you planning on reading for Banned Books Week this year?

Also, a side note that has nothing to do with this post: my reading and blogging might slow down for a bit. Lately, I’ve been having some issues with my eyesight – I have astigmatism, but was told three years ago I no longer needed glasses, which apparently wasn’t true. I’ve been to the optometrist four or five times in the last week and a half, tried out four different prescriptions, and think I finally ended up with the glasses that work for me. But my eyes are still getting used to them, and it’s a challenge to do anything like reading or writing for long periods (I had to take quite a few breaks just while writing this post). Since I have a full-time job, that doesn’t leave much time for blogging and reading. But I’m hopeful my eyes will adjust soon and I’ll be back to spending all my free time with books. Thanks for being patient for a bit!


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