Friday, September 23, 2011

Banned Books Week kickoff!

Tomorrow begins Banned Books Week! I find it unbelievable that others still attempt to control what we're able to read. So in the spirit of banning banned books, let's all read one!

I'm part of the Banned Books Week Blog Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. Thanks so much for putting this blog hop together, Kathy! When I last checked, more than 200 blogs had signed up, each with a giveaway or some sort of information about Banned Books Week.

I'm celebrating with a giveaway of the set of Twilight books, on the list of challenged reads for several years. NOTE: This giveaway's open to U.S. residents only, sorry.

To enter, all you need to do is comment on this post, and be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. The blog hop runs through Oct. 1, so I'll announce a winner on Oct. 2.

You can find lists of books challenged by year here.

You can find more information at the Banned Books Week site, or at the American Library Association



Margi said...

Excellent! Thank you so much for being a part of this. I still flip out a bit that this form of censorship is around in this day and age. argle bargle anyhoo! I am so thankful that my parents let me read what I wanted, anything under an "X" rating. It allowed me to find and love my own reading style without limitations.

Isis Rushdan said...

So glad to another person who is participating. I'll have mine posted tomorrow.

No need to enter me in the giveaway.

LuAnn said...

I also read anything I wanted when I was a teen. In fact, one teacher asked me if my mother knew what I was reading. I just looked at her ... couldn't figure out why she would ask me such a question!

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

Unknown said...

I have always, since my teen years, read whatever I wanted to, and I guess I always will.

Banning books is childish, churlish, and plain stupid.

The More the Merrier said...

Banning books to me makes no sense. If someone wants to read a banned book they will find a way to get it. Thanks for participating, love your selection.

Courtney Reads said...


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Gaby said...


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Unknown said...

Thanks for the chance into this giveaway.

unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

scottsgal said...

It's amazing what books they consider "banned" - some great ones
msboatgal at

Jennifer said...

Awesome giveaway!
It's so sad that people still wish to force their ideas on others. Books should be the last thing they worry about.
Banning books is wrong no matter how you look at it.


JBarr5 said...

wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
jbarrett5 at

Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

Thank you!

chelle2006 @


Anonymous said...

Awesome giveaway. Enter me please!

sixteenpaperhearts at

Lindsay Cummings author said...

awesome giveaway!!

americangirlie1991 at yahoo dot com

Audrey said...

Thanks for the great giveaway!
GFC- audreyclair

The Happy Booker said...

Wonderful giveaway! I was lucky as a teen to have been able to freely enjoy books like Go Ask Alice and Are You There God, Its Me Margaret. I want to be sure my own kids continue to have the same freedom!

Donna @ The Happy Booker
ahappybooker at gmail dot com

Mary said...

It's hard to believe what some people consider offensive. Thanks for the giveaway and for supporting banned books.


Mary said...

It's hard to believe what some people consider offensive. Thanks for the giveaway and for supporting banned books.


jcwega27 said...


Liz said...

Not entering giveaway but wanted to thank you for your post.

The American Library Association website for banned/challenged books--short list for classics only--includes To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. The first four were required reading in my school days.

A commenter on Murder She Writes, however, took me aback by mentioning the Bible, which of course is banned in some places.

Anonymous said...

Such a great post. I didn't realize Twilight was on the list. This is my favorite book series! It is so nice to see who what people are thinking about the banned book week, and standing up for our books!!
THank you!

Jen Bigheart said...

I came by to personally thank you for participating this year!


The Romanceaholic said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

romanceaholic at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Count me in please!

-Britt T.


kira meier said...

AWESOME!! Thanks for being apart of this amazing event. It's very important to me! My small town LOVES to challenge books at our library!

hk11kira (@) gmail (.) com

debbie said...

Thank you for the giveaway.

Judy said...

Thanks for participating in the giveaway. I do not understand why most of these books were banned or challenged.


Diana said...
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Diana said...

re-posting my previous comment! Thanks for the giveaway!

Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

Nichelle Riann said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway! I have listened to these books on tape and would love to have paper copies. riann216 (at) gmail (dot) com.

LD Masterson said...

Thank you for the links in your post. No need to enter me in the giveaway - I already have that series.

kristina shields said...

great giveaway! i love this series!

Unknown said...

Thanks I hate the idea that someone thinks they can tell me what I can and cannot read... lisapeters at yahoo cot com I follow Lisa GFC thanks

Dominique said...

Thank you for this awesome giveaway!

couponcookie at gmail dot com

Krystal Larson said...

I read anything I can get my hands on, thank you for the giveaway. edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

Rebecca Leigh said...

I have these books, so no need to count me for the giveaway -- I just wanted to leave a comment to say bravo on your participation in Banned Book Week!!

Linda Kish said...

Thanks for the chance to be included for your giveaway. I am glad I have the choice to read any books I choose.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

CrystalGB said...

Awesome giveaway. Please count me in. I have been wanting to read these books.

Michele said...

What an awesome giveaway!! Thanks so much for the chance to win


jmluker at winco dot net

Alisia said...

thanks for the giveaway.
books shouldnt be banned, its just silly.

Juana said...

Thanks for the fab giveaway!

GFC follower = Juana Esparza


Mia J. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I have always been encouraged to read all types of books and many of my favorites are among the banned books lists.

mia at jacobsracing dot com

Catherine Lee said...

Thanks for participating in the BBW hop!

Stacey Brucale said...

Thanks so much for this great giveaway! I've always read what I wanted. My parents just liked the fact that I enjoyed reading. If you put limitations on it, then kids won't want to pick up any books!


~April~ said...

Thanks so much for this great giveaway... I do not agree with banning any books...

Karli said...

Wow, what a generous giveaway! Thank you so much! :D


ashley said...

Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

Cool giveaway. Thank you for the chance.

supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

Danah said...

I actually have read only one book from the Twilight Series, which obviously the first book. I'm giving myself a chance to read the series. I really hope the books are way way better than the movies. Thank you for the giveaway.


Unknown said...

thanks for the amazing giveaway! :D amazing_alex.0818[at]yahoo[dot]com

Unknown said...

Thank you so much :D


Angie said...

I'm speechless. I'm like screaming inside. All I can say is Thank You! Thanks for this excellent giveaway :)
Email: osnapitzAngiex3 [AT] aol [DOT] com

Mona said...

Thanks for the giveaway and for participating in this hop :)
I've been wanting to read these books forever.


Tara W said...

Thanks for the chance!
mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

Anonymous said...

Thanks for spreading the word on banned books! I also love the Twilight series. Banning books is for the narrow minded and comes from fear.
Nikki Oz

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

Thanks for being a part of the blog hop. Thanks for the giveaway.

Katie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
gfc- Katie


Cate Masters said...

Thanks for participating, everyone! So glad to see such great support for banned books.
I've tossed everyone's name into a bowl, and my daughter drew out...
Congrats Crystal! I'll be emailing you today for your mailing address.

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