I Read Banned Books – And I Love Them

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I Read Banned Books

I proudly read banned books. In a world where knowledge is celebrated and freedom of expression is cherished, it is disheartening to think about censorship. Throughout history, countless books have been banned or censored, their words silenced, and their ideas suppressed. Let’s explore the importance of reading banned books and the profound impact they can have on our lives.


Expanding Horizons

Banned books challenge our preconceived notions, question societal norms, and ignite conversations that would otherwise remain dormant. By reading these forbidden works, we gain access to alternative perspectives, untamed ideas, and profound narratives that can broaden our understanding of the world.

To Kill A Mockingbird

“To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a classic American novel, banned for its exploration of racial injustice. It compels readers to confront uncomfortable truths about discrimination and inequality. Through the eyes of Scout Finch, we witness the ugliness of prejudice, but also the resilience of the human spirit.

“Remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” In this passage, the symbolism of the mockingbird, represents the innocent and defenseless. It highlights the moral duty to protect those who cannot protect themselves. By reading “To Kill a Mockingbird,” we are reminded of the importance of empathy and the ongoing struggle for justice

Preserving Cultural Heritage

Banned books often hold a mirror to society, reflecting the triumphs and tribulations of different cultures and time periods. These literary treasures provide invaluable insight into our shared history, fostering understanding and empathy among readers.


George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, “1984,” is a prime example. It has been banned in several countries for its critique of totalitarian regimes. This novel warns of the dangers of unchecked government control and the manipulation of truth. This book confronts the fragility of individual freedom and the power of collective resistance.

“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.” This paradoxical slogan reveals the insidiousness of propaganda and the manipulation of language. “1984,” makes us aware of the importance of critical thinking and the need to safeguard our freedom of thought and expression.

Challenging Conventional Wisdom

Banned books can make the reader uncomfortable because they confront deeply ingrained beliefs and challenge the status quo. In reading these books, we open ourselves up to new ideas and alternative perspectives. This, in turn, can lead to personal growth and societal progress.


This book by Toni Morrison is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. It was banned due to its explicit depiction of slavery, racism, and the psychological trauma endured by African Americans. Through the haunting story of Sethe and her enslaved community, Morrison forces readers to confront the harrowing legacy of slavery and the profound impact it continues to have on society.

“It was not a story to pass on,” is a poignant line that encapsulates the silence and erasure of history. It reminds us of the importance of acknowledging and learning from our past. By reading “Beloved,” we confront the uncomfortable truths of our collective history, fostering compassion and a commitment to justice.

I Read Banned Books

In a world where censorship still prevails, we must demand the freedom to read and express ideas. Banned books possess the power to expand our horizons, preserve cultural heritage, and challenge conventional wisdom. By embracing these forbidden narratives, we can foster empathy, encourage critical thinking, and cultivate a more inclusive and compassionate society.

I invite you to join me on this literary rebellion and proudly declare, “I read banned books.” Celebrate the diversity of ideas, protect intellectual freedom, and embrace the transformative power of literature.

Liz Brenner

Liz Brenner

Everyone has a story to tell.

Even you.

Especially you.

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