Friday, September 25, 2015

Banned Books Week Hop 2015


I want to give a big shout out to the hosting blogs of this awesome hop, I Am A Reader and Bookhounds. Libraries and books have been a huge part of my life, 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 23 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 2015 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 27 - October 3.

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 311 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2014, and many more go unreported.

The ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) receives reports from libraries, schools, and the media on attempts to ban books in communities across the country. They compile lists of challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship efforts that affect libraries and schools.

The top ten most frequently challenged
books of 2014 include:

(click on the book covers for more information about each book)

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


Reasons: anti-family, cultural insensitivity, drugs / alcohol / smoking, gambling, offensive language, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group, violence. Additional reasons: “depictions of bullying”

2. Persepolis,
by Marjane Satrapi


Reasons: gambling, offensive language, political viewpoint. Additional reasons: “politically, racially, and socially offensive,” “graphic depictions”

3. And Tango Makes Three 
by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell


Reasons: Anti-family, homosexuality, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “promotes the homosexual agenda”

4. The Bluest Eye 
by Toni Morrison


Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “contains controversial issues”

5. It’s Perfectly Normal 
by Robie Harris


Reasons: Nudity, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group. Additional reasons: “alleges it child pornography”

6. Saga 
by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples


Reasons: Anti-Family, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

7. The Kite Runner 
by Khaled Hosseini


Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited to age group, violence.

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower 
by Stephen Chbosky


Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group. Additional reasons: “date rape and masturbation”

9. A Stolen Life 
by Jaycee Dugard


Reasons: drugs / alcohol / smoking, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

10. Drama 
by Raina Telgemeier


Reasons: sexually explicit.


The fine print:
The Book Bag's giveaway will be any book (up to $20) from the top 10 list of challenged books from 2014, so one of the 10 books above. This giveaway is open internationally as long as The Book Depository ships to you. I reserve the right to select the edition to be sent to the winner. 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!

Now start hopping!



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67 comments:

  1. I'd like to win The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Thanks for the book giveaway!

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  2. I'd choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky OR
    Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples. :_))) *cant decide* Thank you for the giveaway.

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  3. Thanks for this great giveaway. The books are intriguing. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I think I would probably choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    by Stephen Chbosky (Andrea Amy)

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  5. I would choose Perks of Being a Wallflower, thanks.

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  6. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd choose The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. :)

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  7. I would like to read The Perks of being a Wallflower. Thank you

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  8. thank you so much for this chance, i never had problems with a book being banned, im form portugal they only thing there is that they takes ages to translate a book, or they dont :c but now i live in canada,quebec, so i read in english and when i can portuguese..but i never had a problem with e book being banned :O i would chose saga vol1, i have read it until vol 4 but i dont have a copy of saga :P

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  9. Thank you for the giveaway! I would like to read The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison!

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  10. I would choose Perks of Being a Wallflower, thank you for the chance!!!

    Raffle name: Artemis Giote

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  11. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win and get The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian!

    Suz Reads

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  12. I would pick The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.

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  13. I would choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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  14. I would choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Thanks for the chance!

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  15. I think Of would may be pick Saga.
    Megan @ http://readingawaythedays.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. And Tango Makes Three
    by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell

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  17. I think I would pick A Stolen Life

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  18. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker

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  19. I'd pick Saga, I've heard great things about it,

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  20. I'd pick A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. I've been wanting to read her story!
    deannankeller@yahoo.com

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  21. I'm having a hard time choosing between The Perks of Being a Wallflower and The Bluest Eye and And Tango Makes Three. Such great selections, all. I'll probably choose The Perks of being a Wallflower.

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  22. I'd choose Saga or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  23. The Perks of Being a Wallflowers :)
    (Ileana A.-rafflecopter)

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  24. Drama is a new one to me and looks interesting.

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  25. I'd pick Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples!

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  26. Possibly The Perks of Being A Wallflower

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  27. The Perks of Being a Wallflower isteh one I'd choose :)

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  28. I think I would pick The Bluest Eye. I have heard a lot about it.

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  29. I would surely choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower!

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  30. I would choose The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison.

    Thanks for the chance!

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  31. I'd pick the Kite Runner.

    (Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

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  32. I would choose Kite Runner. I have heard so many great things but have not had the chance to pick it up yet.

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  33. I would pick The Perks of Being a Wallflower. thanks for the great giveaway!

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  34. I would choose The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. Thank you. :)

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  35. I would pick Drama or Persepolis, not sure!

    Carolina M on rafflecopter

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  36. I would choose . The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, it seems like it has a lot of bad things in this book

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  37. It's perfectly normal...for my kids!

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  38. I think I'll go with The Perks of Being a Wallflower

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  39. I would pick The Bluest Eyes since I haven't read it yet.

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  40. I would choose Vol.1 of *Saga*. I have heard it's a good series. I'd like to read it.

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  41. i would choose The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

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  42. I would choose Jaycee Dugard's book

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  43. I would love to win The Kite Runner! Thank you!

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  44. The Kite Runner
    Thanks for the giveaway.

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

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  46. I would pick Kite Runner or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. xo

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  47. I would choose The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

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

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  49. I'd choose A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard.

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  50. I think I would choose The Perks of Being A Wallflower!

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  51. And Tango Makes Three - I've so wanted to read this TRUE story. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  52. I might pick up Looking for Alaska

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  53. I would pick The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I've been wanting to read that for some time.

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  54. I think I would choose The Kite Runner.

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  55. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Thanks for the chance!!

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  56. I would pick the Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard

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  57. I would enjoy The Perks of Being a Wallflower! I've seen the movie but haven't gotten my hands on the book yet. Thanks for the chance. Happy Reading!

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  58. I think I would choose The Bluest Eyes or maybe The Stolen Life of Jaycee Dugard. I can't imagine what that poor girl went through.

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  59. I'd pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
    by Sherman Alexie.

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  60. I'd probably pick on of the volumes of Saga :)

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  61. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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  62. I think i would choose A Stolen Life.

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