Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Banned Books Week!


I am always astounded anew when Banned Books Week rolls around again. Censorship is always outrageous, but in this day and age, I expect people to be more educated, more open minded and accepting of others' views. Knowledge is power. The best way to conquer your fears about a subject is to learn more about it. READ about it.

So I'm proud to be part of the Banned Books Week celebration kicking off Friday (I am a little early) and running through Oct. 6. Thanks to I Am A Reader, Not A Writer for organizing this hop. Crazy as my schedule has been, I couldn't not be part of this. Be sure to visit all the blogs on the list - there are tons of great giveaways!

My giveaway
A $10 gift card to Amazon or Barnes and Noble

How to enter
Easy - just leave a comment below. Tell me what banned book interests you. Be sure to include your email address!

I hope that sign strikes you as ridiculous. It does me. In fact, it makes me wonder about anyone who might want to impose such restrictions on others. What are they afraid of?
Yet incredibly, the American Library Association still receives requests every year to remove books from libraries.
In 2010-2011 (the most recent list), some of the books include: 
Anne Frank, the Diary of A Young Girl
Water for Elephants
The Hunger Games
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (now a movie)
Brave New World
Snow Falling on Cedars
The Koran
And too many more, sadly. What can we do? Promote tolerance. Promote education. Promote the right to read.
Help spread the word. Join the Banned Books Week Facebook group here.

Visit more Banned Books Week participants!
If the linky code doesn't show below (and it usually doesn't), then visit I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, where you can find links to all the participants (the hop officially starts Friday, so check then).

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71 comments:

Elizabeth H. said...

While I understand why people ban books, I think that those people underestimate the intelligence of younger readers. I've read the Hunger Games trilogy and it was difficult to get through because of the content. My issue was that being poor and not having food are things that hit too close to home for me. The same content in this book is what you see on the news all the time. The news is rarely censored anymore and that is truth, these books are fiction. I just don't get the logic in banning books. Thanks for the chance to win and to share my opinion!
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Yolanda Renee said...

I just find it hard to believe, like you, that any book is banned. But to find Anne Frank on the list is utterly ridiculous.
Great post -- I hope all authors and readers get behind the cause.

LD Masterson said...

I'm okay with parents wanting to decide on what is age-appropriate for their own children, but they should do it by exercising parental control - NOT by banning the book. All other reasons for book banning are narrow minded bullsh*t.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I think it would be very interesting to know what groups push for each book to be banned. I'd like to think younger generations are more open-minded but sometimes they're more prejudiced than those who have experienced more life.
How can The Hunger Games be on there.

Texas Book Lover said...

I would love to have the Hunger Games.

Thanks so much!
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Misha Gericke said...

... They banned the Quaran? Seriously? So religious freedom isn't an option? :-/

As for what interests me, pretty much any banned book does, because I always wonder what the heck got the prudes' backs up.

Redheaded Bookworm said...

WOW, I didn't realize most of those were on the list! I loved Hunger Games, Of Mice and Men, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Giver, Huckleberry Finn, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and many more. Who "bans" them? Thanks for the giveaway!!!!
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j. barrett said...

John steinbeck, grapes of wrath is one of my favorites and i try to watch the movie or read the book yearly.

i also love green eggs and ham by dr. seuss, i just shake my head cuz to me it's the story of trying to get a kid to eat foods that don't always look good. it has worked on my grandson.

Cordelia Fitzgerald said...

I also enjoyed the Hunger Games and Harry Potter w/o any extreme side effects.
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Tiffany Drew said...

I realy enjoyed The Hunger Games, but I am looking forward to reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower. There are so many books on the list that I haven't read, it makes me want to lock myself up in a room for a week and read them all.

Thank you for taking part in the hop!

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holdenj said...

I have unknowingly read many banned books. One I have missed is Perks of Being a Wallflower. Thanks so much.
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Julie Rupert said...

I have read a lot of these books. I want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower. julierupert@gmail.com

crystaley73 said...

I believe that banning books is wrong because everyone has the right to choose what they can and want to read. Parents have the right to say that their children can or can't read a book because they know their child best.
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BLHmistress said...

I really want to read Anne Frank, the Diary of A Young Girl though there are so many on the list that interests me as well.

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Erika said...

There are a lot on the list that I love and read in school. I would really like to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower soon too. Thanks!
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Dominique said...

Some of the banned/challenged books I've enjoyed are Of Mice and Men, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Hunger Games.

Ones that I haven't read yet, but have on my TBR list are Water For Elephants, My Sister's Keeper, Crank, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win and get The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier or Unwind by Neal Shusterman!

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elin said...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower seems very interesting.

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Lexi said...

I loved Perks of Being a Wallflower as well as The Hunger Games :)
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Beth Gallinger said...

My favourite banned book (and, incidentally, my all-time favourite movie) is Fahrenheit 451.

amy beth marantino said...

I like To Kill a Mockingbird

Doodle said...

I've been dying to get my hands on a copy of Lolita.

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Kitty said...

I'd really like The Hunger Games, since I feel like I'm the only person in the world who hasn't read it by this time ;) I absolutely understand that parents don't want their kids to read certain books, but that doesn't mean that people should ban those books across the board.

Kitty said...

I'd really like The Hunger Games, since I feel like I'm the only person in the world who hasn't read it by this time ;) I absolutely understand that parents don't want their kids to read certain books, but that doesn't mean that people should ban those books across the board.
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Darlene said...

I think I'd choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower, thanks!

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laceyblossom said...

It's really sad that there are still banned books. I have a ton of favorite books that are banned: Harry Potter, Perks of Being a Wallflower, The Hunger Games, and To Kill a Mockingbird!
Lacey T
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ThePixieSprinkles said...

ttyl...I am very interested in the epistolary style of reading and would love to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win! =)

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Krista said...

I would love to read Perks of being a Wallflower. Thanks for doing this giveaway!
~Krista
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Sayomay said...

The Color of Earth series! Ive never seen it before so I def want to read it!
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TY so much for the giveaway!

Jennifer Haile said...

I'd love to read the last two books of The Hunger Games trilogy!

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Joy said...

The Hunger Games. Can't wait to see book 2.
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xxsquigglesxx said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm interested in The Perks of Being a Wallflower!

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donnas said...

I have heard Water for Elephants is good.

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Kristen said...

Looking for Alaska by John Green would be great!

Jacklin updegraft said...

Like I said trying to ban books is just a bad way to go about it. The kids are just going to be even more interested in reading what the libraries ban!

What My Mother Doesn't Know is a banned book that really interests me!

Jacklin updegraft said...

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Jennifer Wells said...

I'm interested in reading Tropic of Cancer.
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Catie @ Movies in my Head said...

I've been wanting to read Lolita, I really liked the movie and I've heard the book is quite beautiful and strange.

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Cryscringle said...

I'm very interested in the book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.

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amandawk said...

I would probably get the first book in the Alice series.
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Luisa Freiheit said...

I think its ridiculous to ban books, the news are not even censored and sometimes they are way worse then books.
I would love to read one of John Green's books, or Anne Frank :D
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Cheryl said...

I don't understand why they ban books!

I would love to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Thank you!

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Anme said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
I am curious to read some of Kurt Vonnegut's books to see what the fuss is about.

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CindyWindy2003 said...

I've already read the hunger games and really loved it but I don't have my own copy so I would be interested in getting my own copy, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

Caitlin said...

Water for Elephants is one I've been meaning to read.

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Kayla (Lelvzen) said...

The Giver is one of my favorite books - and I get very sad every time I see it on a banned lost.
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Misha said...

I'd love to read The Perks of being a Wallflower or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.
I'm amazed to see how many books I've read are on the challenged/ban list when I didn't even know it! Thank you for the chance to win. :)

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Brandi Slater said...

I really want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle said...

Anne Frank, the Diary of A Young Girl interests me. I read it when I was in school but it's been a really long time. Book I haven't read would be Perks of Being A Wallflower.

tragedy6996 said...

Water for elephants
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Kaci Verdun said...

I'd like to read the Harry Potter series, i've seen the movies but haven't read them yet. Thanks for the chance to win!
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MissMannah said...

My favorite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird.

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Jesse Kimmel-Freeman said...

kATE cHOPIN'S THE AWAKENING!

Alicia said...

I've heard amazing things about the Hunger Games, and although I normally don't read sad books (I prefer escapism) everyone I know who has read it says that it is worth it.

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Deranged Pegasus said...

I am very interested in the TTYL series and I hope to be able to read it soon.

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sary said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I am interested in the book "Ulysses" by James Joyce.

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Cassandra said...

I would have to say Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher or Crank by Ellen Hopkins.
Thanks for the awesome giveaway!
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LB said...

Hunger Games and Harry Potter!

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Cassi said...

I thinks that banned books are banned..especially because their banned :)
Thanks! cassinz 10 at gmail dot com

Merry said...

I would love to read A Clockwork Orange! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!
Lisa Hackney
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Stacy said...

I would love to read 13 Reasons Why

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Gabbie said...

Looking for alaska!

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Stephanie Huff said...

I would love to read the Perks of Being a Wallflower. Thanks for the giveaway!

Andrea said...

I would love to finish the rest of the Hunger Games trilogy.

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Mona said...

I would like to read The Chocolate War.
Thanks :)

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nrlymrtl said...

I'm interested in reading The Goats by Brock Cole.

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Linda Kish said...

I would like to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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Karen Arrowood said...

I think I would like to read The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

Marlene Breakfield said...
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Marlene Breakfield said...

i would like to try The Hunger Games
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ruthhill74 said...

I might get The color Purple or One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.
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