Saturday, September 21, 2013

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2013


I want to give a big shout out to the hosting blogs of this awesome hop ~ Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Bookhounds. Libraries and books have been a huge part of my life for my entire life. Growing up, I was a regular at our small town library and as an adult, I have worked in libraries for over 20 years.

Banned Books Week is the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported. 



The 10 most challenged titles of 2012 were:

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group

Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson

Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group

Scary Stories (series) by Alvin Schwartz

Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence

The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence




Giveaway Time!

The fine print: 
The Book Bag's giveaway will be any book (up to $20) from the top 10 list of challenged books from 2012. So, one of the 10 books above. This giveaway is open internationally if The Book Depository ships to you. If the challenged book is part of a series, the winner can select any one of the books in the series. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or another name will be drawn. 

Good luck! And start hopping! 

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There are over 90 blogs participating in this hop!
Go check them out and enter to win some amazing things!






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103 comments:

  1. I have already read a number of these, so I would probably go with Fourteen Reasons Why. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Hi! :) I would choose 13 reasons why ^^ I haven't had the chance to read it but I've read a lot of amazing reviews about this one.

    By the way, I forgot to mention that I followed your site on BlogLovin' :)

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  3. the kite runner! don't even know why it would on the list - it's so successful!

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  4. Looking for Alaska. I've surprisingly never read a John Green book yet (well, not finished one, I should say).

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  5. I would choose Beloved or 50 Shades, since I have not read either of them. I have read Captain Underpants and I loved it.

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  6. I would choose Beloved by Toni Morrison, thanks! :)

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  7. Ooh, I'd choose Thirteen Reasons Why or Looking for Alaska. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  8. I would pick Looking for Alaska, because I'm dying to read it!

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  9. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win and pick Fifty Shades of Grey!

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  10. I'd pick Thirteen Reasons Why, since it's been a long time I want to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. S2

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  11. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher :)

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  12. Captain Underpants for my kids:)

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  13. I'd love to win Thirteen Reasons Why!

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  14. Toss up between Looking For Alaska and The Glass Castle

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  15. I would probably go with 50 Shades since I have not read that series yet.

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  16. I would pick Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  17. I'm curious with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie and And The Tango Makes three. Thanks for the giveaway

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  18. I would probably pick Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Thanks for a giveaway! :)

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  19. The Glass Castle has been talked about and has got good reviews from my fellow bloggers, so I wouldn't mind checking that out.

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  20. I've read looking for alaska and it's ridicule to banned this book. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHMPtYvZ8tM
    I'd like to read 13 reasons why.

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  21. I probably would choose The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie or 13 reasons why :)

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  22. I think I would choose Looking for Alaska....
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  23. I would pick Looking for Alaska.

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  24. I'd choose Looking for Alaska by John Green. :]
    Thanks so much for the giveaway!
    Marijana Sitar

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  25. Looking For Alaska. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  26. I would love to have Looking For Alaska by John Green. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  27. I would love Thirteen Reasons Why! I have been really curious about it! :)

    Joana @ Joana In The Sky With Books

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  28. I think I would choose Thirteen Reasons Why!

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  29. I'd pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  30. I'd love to have Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher :)
    oh! and thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D

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  31. thirteen reasons why!I always wanted to read this

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  32. Thirteen Reasons Why :) Thank you for the giveaway

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  33. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
    Thanks!

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  34. I borrowed 13 Reasons Why from the library last year and LOVED it!! It would be awesome to have a copy of my own :)

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  35. Scary Stories seems like a good read.

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  36. maybe Looking for Alaska

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  37. I would love to win Looking for Alaska by John Green.

    Thanks for this giveaway.

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  38. I'd pick Looking for Alaska or maybe Scary Stories. :)

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  39. I would pick Looking for Alaska, because I'm dying to read it!

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  40. Scary Stories to Tell In The Dark! My boyfriend LOVES that book and wants a copy of it:)

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  41. Fifty Shades of Grey or Looking for Alaska would be my two options. Picking between the two is another matter entirely

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  42. Looking for Alaska or Kite Runner most likely would be my pick.

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  43. I would love to win Looking For Alaska! I still haven't read that one!

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  44. I want ...And Tango Makes Three. My daughter would love it.

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  45. I think I would pick Beloved by Toni Morrison. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway! I'm glad so many are participating again this year! :) I think I would choose either The Kite Runner or Thirteen Reasons Why... I'm embarrassed that I haven't read The Kite Runner, yet, but Thirteen Reasons Why also sounds really interesting.

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  47. I'd pick The Kite Runner

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  48. Probably Looking for Alaska. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. I wouldn't mind having 13 Reasons Why. I've heard so many good things about it

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  50. I would choose Looking for Alaska. I've heard so many good stories about that book!

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  51. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian or Looking for Alaska.

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  52. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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  53. I am going with Looking for Alaska :)

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  54. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher :)

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  55. If I win I'd choose 'Scary Stories to tell in the Dark' or 'Thirteen Reasons Why' !

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  56. I'd pick Looking For Alaska :)

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  57. I would choose either The Kite Runner or Fifty Shades of Grey. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  58. i would like to read the Kite runner
    thanks!!

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  59. Looking for Alaska, heard it is awesome and dark!

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  60. I think 13 Reasons Why or Looking for Alaska.

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  61. I would like to read 13 Reasons Why or The Glass Castle.

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  62. I'd probably pick The Kite Runner.

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  63. I would choose the most recent Captain Underpants. I can't remember the title at the moment.

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  64. I'd choose Thirteen Reasons Why , please!
    thanks

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  65. Scary Stories by Alvin Schwartz.

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  66. I would pick Looking for Alaska. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  67. Thirteen Reasons Why.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  68. I'd choose 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. I've read most of the rest of them already....

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  69. I would love thirteen reasons why

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  70. I would pick The Kite Runner.

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  71. I would choose Thirteen Reasons Why

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  72. I've read them all except Looking for Alaska, so I'd pick it.
    @capefearlibn

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  73. I'd probably choose The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

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  74. The Glass Castle looks interesting.
    Thanks :)

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  75. I'd pick The Kite Runner. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :D

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  76. Looking for Alaska.

    Thanks for the chance.

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  77. I would pick The Kite Runner. Love this book!!

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  78. I think I would pick Thirteen Reason Why!

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  79. Scary Stories. I haven't read a good ghost stories anthology in a long time.

    Jane at Jane Reads

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