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Banned Books Week is here.

Throughout this week, bloggers will be participating in the Banned Books Hop as a way to bring attention to the books that are considered by some to be worthy of removing from the shelves. I’m an ardent supporter of intellectual freedom, free speech, and the freedom of choice, so I’m participating in banned books week as a way to protest censorship.

Everyday this week I’ll be posting my musings about book banning, reviews of some of my favorite frequently challenged titles, asking for you guys to share your experiences with frequently challenged books, and oh yeah, I’m hosting an epic giveaway.

This is the list of the most frequently challenged books of 2010, according to the ALA

  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 
    Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie 
    Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
    Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
  4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins 
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 
    Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  6. Lush, by Natasha Friend 
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  7. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones 
    Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich 
    Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
  9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie 
    Reasons:  homosexuality and sexually explicit
  10. Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer 
    Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence
I think it’s important that people have access to the books that may end up saving their lives or at least help them to feel less alone. For my part, I’ll be giving 10 people their choice of any book from this list. The giveaway is open to readers in the US, Canada, and UK.  To enter via rafflecopter, follow the directions below. Winners will be announced on 02 October 2011.

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Check out the first stop in the blog hop, I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, by clicking the image below:

Book Journey will be hosting a special week of posts, giveaways, and more. Check it out by clicking image below.

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88 thoughts on “Banned Books Week Giveaway!

  1. nfmgirl says:

    Fear, for a multitude of reasons. Fear that it will bring up issues they don't want to discuss, fear that it will bring up thoughts in their child that they can't control, fear that it may cause their child to do something that the parent doesn't believe they would normally do. Just fear and ignorance.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com


  2. Thanks for the giveaway. I think books are banned because the subject is uncomfortable to the reader or outside what they perceive as normal behavior or characterization.


  3. Linda Kish says:

    I think books get banned because the material for whatever reason makes a person or group of people uncomfortable.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com


  4. Eli Squared says:

    I think fear is the reason. Fear of change, fear of free thought, fear of something unknown, fear of becoming aware. Banning a book is an act of hate, and hate comes from fear.


  5. Dominique says:

    I can't decide if the number one reason people challenge books is out of fear or ignorance. Though I think they kind of go hand in hand, in this case. Most of the other posters here have already explained why, and I have to agree; fear of free thinking, and what they don't understand, loss of control, etc. And ignorance because they often make up their minds before taking the time to understand, and by going along with what they hear from others. And they're also ignorant in thinking that they can control people by banning a book.

    couponcookie at gmail dot com


  6. Juana says:

    I think it's because of their beliefs be it right or wrong they have the right just like all of us do to choose any book that we want to read.



  7. Tiffany Drew says:

    I think people challenge books because they have their beliefs and anything that challenges or contradicts those beliefs are wrong and therefore should not exist.



  8. I think people challenge out of a genuine desire to assert their parental rights and protect their children. I don't fault these people who challenge appropriateness. I DO find fault with those who challenge out of bigotry or ignorance.



  9. kimyunalesca says:

    I think people challenge books norms,certain topics that made them uneasy,change,long term effects to the readers and so on.



  10. I think people ban books out of fear and ignorance, and a desperate, yet misguided hope, that they are protecting people.



  11. ~April~ says:

    I think a lot of the problem is because people with the power to ban do not want to rock the waters so they just roll over and do what the ones that call for the ban want. Even if it is wrong. Ignorance, fear and self centered people are a lot of the problems also…


  12. jessica says:

    I think that one of the number one reasons people challenge books is because they are either closed minded people or because they just want to start something.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B


  13. I believe the greatest reason a book is banned is a lack of understanding. They do not understand what the book is for or about and fear this lack.


  14. April X says:

    I think the number one reason books are banned is because people assume they know what's best for other people. Also I agree with Deranged Pegasus about people misunderstanding what a book is promoting. Just because a book mentions sex, drugs, bad language, does not mean it advocates any of that.


  15. brookea_2006 says:

    I think people ban books because they are afraid: afraid people will think for themselves and afraid of what the books might suggest.

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom


  16. nayjf says:

    I think the number one reason that people ban books is ignorance. If someone cant understand a book or is confused by it, they assume that others wont be able to understand it either and that it could be a detriment to society, or lead to some sort of revolt. I say phooey.


  17. ASHLEY HOLT says:

    Well because they are a different opinion and people can't stand that!


  18. Alison Tolar says:

    I think people challenge books because they are uncomfortable with the ideas in them and they want to suppress those thoughts.


  19. BJ says:

    I still remember fighting with my mom over a book when I was younger.I will NEVER let my kids ever have that happen to them. My book shelves are full of all kinds of books even some self-help books find their way to the shelf ever now and then. NO book is Banned in my house, it's crazy to think of any I would want to banned…well maybe Barney books…can't stand that purple dino!!!!!
    beejee77 at comcast dot net


  20. ruthhill74 says:

    I think people are scared of something different. Some parents worry that they may have to investigate what their child is reading! Oh dear! Involved parents?


  21. Karli says:

    I think that people challenge books because they are uncomfortable with the topic/theme presented. They feel so strongly against it that – with good intentions – they do their best to shield the content from impressionable minds. While I admire their reasons, I REALLY believe that they go about it the wrong way. :/


  22. People want to ban books because they don't want to explain it to their kids, they are uncomfortable about the topic or both. God forbid a child encounter something from the real world.

    alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com


  23. Erin says:

    I think people ban books because they're afraid of what those books contain. If someone is afraid to have his or her religious views challenged, s/he may cry out against a book that does so. Same thing with sexuality, sensibilities, etc.

    erinreadsblog {at} gmail {dot} com


  24. Darlene says:

    I had this argument with my family members about the Harry Potter books. My kids love Harry Potter, and my family members couldn't believe I was allowing them to watch satanic movies that involved witchcraft, etc. etc. My point is that these people have never watched or read Harry Potter, yet they are judging and bashing the books. I think people ban books out of ignorance, and I'll bet they haven't even read the books in question – they are just going by what they've heard.

    Thanks for the giveaway!


  25. LisaILJ says:

    As many have said, too often people make judgments on books that they themselves have never read. I can understand a parent not wanting their kid to read a particular book, but to sit judgement on what others are reading is just wrong.


  26. Thao Huynh says:

    Some people don't like DIFFERENT, NEW, CHANGE, and they react to that in a negative way. For example, transgenders, lesbians, they're both new sexualities that many people don't understand, and instead of accepting it, they force it to disappear in so many ways, bad and good. This is what they're doing with books: anything that says “OH THIS BOOK TALKS ABOUT SEX, GAY GUYS, LESBIANS ETC” and they don't care what other people say as long as those kinds of books are gone. It's complete BS, and it's ironic how they don't like change when this society is always changing. I find that those kind of people are fakers, liers, posers, people (if you can think of them as people) who think they're the smartest, the best. Everyone should be equal, should be allowed to read anything they want, and banning books is the most dumbest, stupidest, craziest action I have seen and read. I hope karma gets them back. But anyways:



  27. This sounds like a great contest! I was surprised when I saw that The Hunger Games was on the list… such a great book. Why would people want to ban it?


  28. Laura says:

    I don't know that I can pick one but I would say off the top of my head the main reasons have to do with violence, sex and religion or any combination of these reasons. Most people who advocate banning books are irrational so it is difficult to predict their behavior.

    bookloon at gmail dot com


  29. Becca says:

    I think people challenge books because they are scared by the content in them. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com


  30. Angie says:

    I think the number one reason is that people are afraid to read the truth.
    thanks for the giveaway!


  31. Mona says:

    I think the number one reason is that people want to impose their own views/values/opinions on others.


  32. Danah says:

    I don't know. I think these people are just very conservative and close-minded that whenever they listen/read/watch something they are not used to they go on panic mode and do something ridiculous, like banning. Perhaps, some just think the contents of the book are going against their beliefs (or religion), whether the book is fiction or non-fiction. The Da Vinci Code, anyone?


  33. Amanda says:

    They're scared of reality and truth.

    Thanks for the giveaway!



  34. SarahSparrow says:

    Looks like the Rafflecopter form is closed but the giveaway period shouldn't be over. I don't know if you're still accepting entries, but here's mine:

    GFC follower SarahSparrow
    Twitter follower @Sarah_Sparrow.

    I believe people challenge books because, for some reason, the think they know better than everyone else what's best.

    captainsarahsparrow at hotmail dot com


  35. Thanks for this giveaway! I think peopel want to ban books due to fear and narrow minds. People need to chhose and think for themselves, and banning books takes that away.
    nikki oz


  36. Katie says:

    they ban or challenge the books maybe they believe that they know better and because they are narrow minded and without imagination


  37. I think people ban books because they dont understand or are scared of the subject. Sad that we have to be so closed minded.


  38. geschumann says:

    Fear of the subject matter or that it will get people to do those things more, which is totally rediculous. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria


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