Saturday, September 20, 2014

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2014


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 22 years now.

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 2014 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 21-27.

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 according to the American Library Association. There were 307 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

Captain Underpants (series) by Dav Pilkey

Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

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

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Bless Me Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Bone (series), by Jeff Smith

Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence


The fine print:
The Book Bag's giveaway will be any book (up to $20) from the top 10 list of challenged books from 2013. So, one of the 10 books above. This giveaway is open internationally as long as 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!

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97 comments:

  1. I would choose 'The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian' by Sherman Alexie! I haven't heard too much about it but I have seen at least one person absolutely RAVE about it! Thank you for the opportunity! :)

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  2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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  3. I think I'd pick Looking for Alaska. maybe? lol

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  4. I'd pick Looking for Alaska. I've only ever read TFiOS by John Green but I'd like to read more of his work. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  5. I would pick Looking for Alaska.:)

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  6. I would pick Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James.

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  7. The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I've heard A LOT OF good things about this book for years and I haven't read it yet...
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  8. i'd probably pick looking for alaska!

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  9. Hm, probably the Hunger Games :)

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  10. I would choose Bless Me Ultima.

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  11. Hi! I'd choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Thank you!
    Marta G
    A Bilingual Baby

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  12. I would choose The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

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  13. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    (Jamie Coudeville in the rafflecopter)

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  14. I think i'd choose Looking for Alaska.

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  15. +JMJ+

    I'd pick Looking for Alaska. =) Cheers!

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  16. Looking for Alaska for sure. I love anything by John Green!

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  17. I think I'd go with The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie because I can't recall reading any books with Native Americans that are not picture books... hmmm... - meghann m.

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  18. I would pick Looking for Alaska, thank you for the giveaway!

    Raffle name: Artemis Giote

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  19. I'd choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky - got the movie, needs the book :3

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win <3

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  20. I would pick Looking For Alaska. Thanks for having the giveaway.

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  21. I would probably pick Fifty Shades of Grey so I can see what the big fuss is about. The movie looks really good. ;) Thanks!

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  22. I would pick Looking for Alaska by John Green.

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  23. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

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  24. "A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl" by Tanya Lee Stone or "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E.L. James

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  25. I would pick Fifty Shades of Grey

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  26. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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  27. I would pick Looking for Alaska or Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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  28. I'd like to try Bone. It looks cool! Thanks!

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  29. The Hunger Games would be my pick!!!

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  30. I would pick Looking for Alaska most likely though Captain Underpants is a close second.

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  31. I'd probably pick The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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  32. I would pick the Bluest Eye; that is the only one out of the ten I have not read!
    Mary G Loki

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  33. I would probably pick Bone. I know that it's a comic, so I'm curious in what ways it differs from the other banned books (the rest are novels, yes?)

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    1. Ah, I realized that Captain Underpants is a graphic novel too.

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  34. The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I've only seen the movie.

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  35. I would pick Looking for Alaska! I've been wanting to read it for a while, and now that I know it has been challenged I want to read it even more. :-)

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  36. I would choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower :) One that I've been meaning to read :)

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  37. The Hunger Games - I haven't read it yet.
    savewish@yahoo.com

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  38. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win and pick Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James!

    Suz Reads

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  39. I'd choose Looking for Alaska, thank you for the giveaway :)

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  40. I would probably pick Looking for Alaska

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  41. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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  42. I would choose A Bad Boy Could Be Good for a Girl

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  43. I thinks I'll pick Looking for Alaska. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  44. I would pick Looking For Alaska

    My Rafflecopter name is Bex Smith

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  45. I think I'll choose Captain Underpants and see if my almost 10-year-old will like reading better if I tell him he's reading a banned book. ;)

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  46. Don't know yet, but A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl got me intrigued :)
    Karina V

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  47. i would chose A BAD BOY CAN BE GOOD FOR A GIRL , I DON'T KNOW BUT THE TITLE IS KINDA OBVIOUS, BUT ITS CALLING ME :D

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  48. Christina R. in the rafflecopter

    Fifty shades of Grey because I want to read what the fuss is about!!

    thank you :)

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  49. I would pick Looking for Alaska, I've read most of his other books. Thanks!

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  50. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone. Haven't read it yet. The cover looks really cool and it has an intriguing title :)

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

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  52. Looking for Alaska by John Green.

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  53. I would choose Looking for Alaska. Thank you for the giveaway, enjoy your day. :)

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  54. Looking for Alaska by John Green. Thanks for the chance!

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  55. I'd pick Bone, I'm curious about it.

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  56. I would probably choose Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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  57. Bone: Complete Edition

    I've been waiting to see some manga or GN on these lists.

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  58. I think I would choose Looking for Alaska.
    (VeronikaDream in Rafflecopter)

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  59. I would probably pick Fifty Shades of Grey. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  60. I think I would pick either The Perks of Being a Wallflower or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

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  61. i would like to read Looking for Alaska by John Green or A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl
    thanks!! =)

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  62. I am very much interested in Looking for Alaska.

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  63. I'm going to choose Looking for Alaska. :) Thanks!

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  64. I would choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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  65. I want to get Captain Underpants for my kids!

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  66. Looking for Alaska has been on my TBR list for a long time, so I'd choose it.

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  67. I would love to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Thank you for the chance to win!

    -Amber Terry-

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  68. I'd probably choose Looking for Alaska by John Green!

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  69. I think I'd pick A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl or Looking For Alaska. Thanks! :D

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  70. Probably 50 shades of Grey or Looking for Alaska. Thanks!
    -jamie

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  71. Looking for Alaska. I already have 50 Shades *hides* Thanks lots!

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  72. I think it's about time I read Fifty Shades of Grey.

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  73. Either The Hunger Games or Fifty Shades of Grey
    Thanks :)

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  74. Either Looking for Alaska or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I love the movie but i never got around to reading the book.

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  75. (Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

    I would pick Looking for Alaska or The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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  76. I would challenge "Fifty Shades of Grey", by E.L. James. I read it and after the first few sex scenes is not that bad.

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  77. i'd like to read A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

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  78. I would probably choose the Perks of being a Wallflower or Looking for Alaska. There are several on the list I am not familiar with, so will need to check them out. I am actually more prone to read a banned book, because I figure it had to have a pretty strong message and must have spoken to people to get itself banned.

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