Saturday, September 24, 2016

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2016

I want to give a big shout out to the hosting blog of this awesome hop, Bookhounds

Libraries and books have been a huge part of my life ~ my entire life. Growing up, I was a regular patron at our small town library and as an adult, I have worked in libraries for over 24 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 2016 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 25 - October 1.

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. There were 275 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2015, and many more go unreported.

Over this recent past decade, 5,099* challenges were reported to the Office for Intellectual Freedom.
  • 1,577 challenges due to "sexually explicit" material;
  • 1,291 challenges due to "offensive language";
  • 989 challenges due to materials deemed "unsuited to age group";
  • 619 challenged due to "violence"' and
  • 361 challenges due to "homosexuality."
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.

For my giveaway, the winner can select any banned book they want (up to $15) from the list of top 10 books challenged in 2015. (see above) OR.... you know what? Let's go broader. The winner can pick ANY book that made the Top Ten Challenged Books Lists by Year: 2001-2014!

Top Ten Challenged Books of 2015

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

2. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James
Reasons: Sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and other (“poorly written,” “concerns that a group of teenagers will want to try it”).

3. I Am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
Reasons: Inaccurate, homosexuality, sex education, religious viewpoint, and unsuited for age group.

Reasons: Anti-family, offensive language, homosexuality, sex education, political viewpoint, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“wants to remove from collection to ward off complaints”).

Reasons: Offensive language, religious viewpoint, unsuited for age group, and other (“profanity and atheism”).

Reasons: Religious viewpoint.

7. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
Reasons: Violence and other (“graphic images”).

8. Habibi by Craig Thompson
Reasons: Nudity, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group.

Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group, and violence.

10. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan
Reasons: Homosexuality and other (“condones public displays of affection”).

This giveaway is for any challenged book from 2001-2015 ~ up to $15 (INT). The book will be shipped from Amazon or The Book Depository, if they ship to your country. Winners have 48 hours to respond to an email or another winner will be selected. 

And don't forget to hop on over to the rest of the blogs for more chances to win!

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  1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

  2. I would like to read Looking For Alaska.

  3. I'm not sure which one I'd like to read next, but Harry Potter is my favorite that I have read.

  4. I would like to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

  5. I like to read the Bible, but I have a few of those, so I'd probably pick To Kill a Mockingbird!

  6. Looking for Alaska. After reading TFIOS I am relucant to read any more books. Thank you for the giveaway!

  7. I really want to read Looking for Alaska

  8. I would like to read To Kill A Mockingbird. Thnaks for the giveaway! (Valentina B. - on the raffle)

  9. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon

  10. I want to read RAINBOW BOYS.


  11. Looking for Alaska would be my pick!!!

  12. Beyond Magenta looks interesting :)

  13. Habibi by Craig Thompson would be my pick

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  14. The chocolate war, because it seems to be up there year after year. It must be interesting if it keeps popping up. Thanks for the chance.

  15. Even though I've watched the movies I haven't read any of the Harry Potter books. Actually my 12 year old son and I have bought a few to start reading together. So I'd love to read one of those.

  16. I would love to read Bless Me, Ultima or Scary Stories.

  17. I am currently rereading all of the HP books.

  18. Ooh, tough choice. I would first pick "Fun Home" by Alison Bechdel, and my second choice would be "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" by Mark Haddon.

  19. I guess Fifty Shades of Grey since everyone seems to want to read it

  20. Right now I'm reading the whole bible.

  21. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

  22. Looking for Alaska by John Green, thaknks!

  23. I also want to read Looking for Alaska by John Green
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  24. I want to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

  25. I really dont know there are so many I would have to see cause some of these are so suprising so maybe Perks of being a Wall flower but i really dont know i dontf ollow the rules or whats banned i read because i love it

  26. I would re-read the Harry Potter books. There are probably lots of banned books I would like, I just don't know all of them.

  27. Some of the books that I would love to read are:
    Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers
    Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    The Earth, My Butt, and other Big Round Things by Carolyn Mackler
    Looking For Alaska by John Green

  28. I'd like to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky :)

  29. I would read Beyond Magenta. And of course I like the Bible.

  30. I'd like to read The Kite Runner.

  31. I would like to read Nareen's Secret School: ATrue Story from Afghanistan please
    Thank you for this great giveaway

  32. I'd like to read To Kill a Mockingbird.

  33. I would love to get the captain underpants book for my son. He loves the series.

  34. I'd like to read Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  35. I think I might go with "Brave New World" by Aldous Huxley-- in part because I have never read it before, and feel as though I should [have].

  36. The Perks of Being a Wallflower
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