Thursday, September 27, 2012

Banned Books Week Hop


I want to give a big shout out to the hosting blogs of this awesome hop ~ I Read Banned Books and I Am A Reader, Not A Writer. 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 2012 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 30 through October 6. 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 326 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2011, and many more go unreported.

The 10 most challenged titles of 2011 were:

ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
Reasons: offensive language; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

The Color of Earth (series), by Kim Dong Hwa
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games (trilogy), by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: anti-ethnic; anti-family; insensitivity; offensive language; occult/satanic; violence

My Mom's Having A Baby! A Kid's Month-by-Month Guide to Pregnancy, by Dori Hillestad Butler
Reasons: nudity; sex education; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit; unsuited to age group

Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; religious viewpoint

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity; nudity; racism; religious viewpoint; sexually explicit

What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: nudity; offensive language; sexually explicit

Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von Ziegesar
Reasons: drugs; offensive language; sexually explicit

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
Reasons: offensive language; racism

Source: http://www.bannedbooksweek.org/


The Book Bag's giveaway will be any book (up to $20) from the top 10 list of challenged books from 2011. 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.





118 comments:

  1. I would pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian

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  2. I would choose Gossip Girl. I have never read the book or watched the series, but is sounds interesting. Thanks!

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  3. I'd pick To Kill A Mockingbird. I have read the translation (in Indonesian language) and want to reread in the original version. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. I've always wanted to read THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN, since I love Sherman Alexie's other books.

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org

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  5. I would probably pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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  6. i would pick one book from the hunger game strilogy

    thank you a lot for the giveaway

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  7. I'd choose The Color of Earth. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I'd choose To Kill a Mockingbird. Thank you for the international giveaway!

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  9. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins OR Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor OR To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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  10. I would choose What My Mother Doesn't Know. I've heard good things!

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  11. I would pick To Kill a Mockingbird. :)
    Thank you for the giveaway!!

    Marijana Sitar

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  12. The Hunger Games thanks for the chance to win

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  13. I think I'd pick What My Mother Doesn't Know. Thanks!

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  14. Either The Color of Earth Series or What my Mother Doesn't Know. julierupert@gmail.com

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

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  16. I think I'd pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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  17. I would choose Gossip Girl love the show so I want to read the series!

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  18. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is the book I would select. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  19. I would choose To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

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  20. I would choose To Kill a Mockingbird

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  21. I'd like the Hunger Games. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. I would choose the Color of Earth - thanks!

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  23. I would choose The Hunger Games. Thanks!

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  24. I would pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian..thanks for the hop!

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  25. I would choose Brave new World or What My Mother Doesn't Know.

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  26. Right now probably either Brave new world or The Colour of earth.

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  27. I'd pick one of the Hunger Games books.

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  28. I'd pick one of the Hunger Games books as well :)

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  29. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones :)

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  30. Book 1 from The Color of Earth series - I like mangas and would like to see if this one is really that different as others with mature content I've read.

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

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  32. I would choose What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

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  33. I would probably choose The Hunger Games.

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  34. Brave New World or To Kill a Mockingbird. I've read a lot of banned YA, but not many adult/classics.

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  35. I would pick What my mother doesn't know by Sonya Sones. Seems interesting.

    thank you for this giveaway!

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  36. I'd totally pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.

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  37. Catching Fire from the Hunger Games

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  38. I'd choose 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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  39. The Color of Earth
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  40. I think I'd choose Gossip Girl :)

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  41. Catching Fire from the Hunger Games trilogy

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  42. I'd like to read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  43. I think I'd choose the Hunger Games.

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  44. I think I'd choose one of the Harry Potter series

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  45. Hi Susan ;) I would love to have Alice by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor :D Thank you for the giveaway! :D - Ara

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  46. I'd choose Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. Thank you. :)

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  47. I think I would choose The Color of Earth, thanks!

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  48. I'd choose To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee!Very nice to know you're directly connected to books!!:)

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  49. I'd like What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones.
    Thanks! :)

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  50. l8r, g8r!!
    thanks for the giveaway

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  51. I would choose To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Thanks! :)

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

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  53. I would pick What My Mother Doesn't Know

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  54. I'd like to read ttyl. I've only recently heard about this series and I'm curious about it!

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  55. I would probably pick The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

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  56. The Hunger Games Trilogy! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  57. I would probably pick The Color of Earth. :)

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  58. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, I would probably choose Brave New World.

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  59. I'd pick The Color of the Earth

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  60. I would pick The Hunger Games #1 by Suzanne Collins.
    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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  61. I would love to get ttyl by Lauren Myracle. Thanks for the great giveaway and for making it international!

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  62. I'd like to try the Alice series.

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  63. I would choose TTYL, Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  64. Either the second or third hunger games book! Thanks!

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  65. not sure maybe hunger games, carawling(at)hotmail(Dot)com

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  66. I'd love to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian~

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  67. I'd pick the Hunger Games (book 1) by Suzanne Collins.

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  68. I'd pick To Kill a Mockingbird. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  69. I would choose The Hunger Games. Thanks for having the giveaway!

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  70. The hunger games! I loved the movie and I really want to try at least one book :)

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  71. i would choose What My Mother Doesn't Know
    thanks for making this international

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  72. I believe I would choose Alice :)
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  73. The first in The Color of Earth series.

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  74. What my mother doesn't know

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  75. I Would Choose What My mother Dosent Know

    darleneysaguirre@yahoo.com

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  76. still haven't read hunger games - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  77. I would choose Alice!
    Thanks so much!
    Lisa Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com

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  78. I would pick either To Kill a Mockingbird or Gossip Girl..
    Thanks!

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  79. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley!

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  80. I'd like a copy of THE COLOR OF EARTH. Thanks!

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  81. I would pick Catching Fire from The Hunger Games trilogy.
    Thanks!

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  82. I would choose Gossip Girl. Thanks!

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  83. Alice

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  84. I'd pick The Hunger Games or What My Mother Doesn't Know.
    Thanks :)

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  85. I would choose Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

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  86. I think I would choose The Color of Earth.

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