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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week Blog Hop 9/21 - 9/27

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community in support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas. There is tremendous effort across the country to try and remove or restrict access to certain books.  Banned Books Week brings national attention to this issue - unwarranted censorship.

Every year, a list of books that have been challenged or banned is released.  And while they continue to ban books, thanks to those individuals and groups who have continued to bring attention to this issue - including all of us readers, authors, librarians, teachers, etc. -, more and more of them continue to be available for readers across the country.  Which is awesome! :)

So this week, I want to challenge all of you!  I want to challenge all of you to do something to bring attention to the importance of reading whatever you want.  Take your books out in public and be PROUD of whatever you choose to read.  Tell someone about the book you're reading.  Buy someone a book... just because.  Check out a banned book from your public library.  Do something (that you're comfortable with... even if it's small) to celebrate your freedom to read whatever you please.

Popular Books that are/have been Banned:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

This book has been banned in the past for offensive language and racism.  Hard to believe, considering it's been a novel used in so many high schools as a teaching tool.






The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Reasons?  Religious viewpoints and unsuited for it's age group.  I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the people who would read this book have seen waaaay worse things on television.







Fifty Shades of Grey Series by E.L. James

This series really doesn't need any explanation.  I'm pretty sure if you're alive you know why this one has been banned.  Nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit... need I go on?  But regardless of WHY it's banned, if women (and men) around the world want to walk around reading this book, they should be given that freedom.






The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Reason: Satanism/Occult
Umm... wow.  This actually blows my mind.  It's magic.  It isn't propaganda.  But, like with a lot of things, there's always going to be 2 sides to every opinion.






The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

I'm pretty sure everyone knows that racism is the root of this book's banning.  It is, however, another staple in so many young peoples' lives.  I read it when I was very young.  And I just think it's incredulous that they have banned a classic given to readers from an absolutely brilliant author.






If you'd like more information on Banned Books Week or to read more about our celebration, please visit the Banned Books Week Website or the American Library Association Website.

For Banned Books Week, I'd like to share my love of books with one lucky reader!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below for your chance to win the banned book of your choice (up to $10).  Also, don't forget to visit the rest of the blogs on the hop by following the linky list below for your chance to win even more great prizes. 

Thank you for helping us celebrate our freedom to read! 


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46 comments:

Jewel said...

I have a few favorite banned books & they are Harry Potter, Twilight & Fifty Shades of Grey.

Michele said...

I don't know that I have a favorite. I DO know that banning a book brings instant popularity...and if it makes a young person read - BAN 'em!

Dee said...

My favorite banned books are Catcher in the Rye and Harry Potter! :)

Becoming Books said...

I've enjoyed many classic banned books including Huck Finn and To Kill A Mockingbird. I'm hoping to read at least one banned book this week. - meghann m.

Lori Franklin Hopkins said...

I love the Harry Potter series. I could not imagine having never read those books. They are my all time faves, and it would be such a crime to keep folks (children and adults alike) from reading them.

Linda Romer said...

The adventures of huck finn is my favorite banned book.

Shae McDaniel said...

The Hunger Games, of course. :)

Judy said...

Gone With the Wind I have always enjoyed. Really didn't know it was on the banned list.

Virginia Guin Reese said...

I will be spreading the word about Banned books through my facebook feed. I wonder if people actually realize the titles of some of the books on the banned list. One of my favorite banned books is "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" by Dr. Maya Angelou, I read this book back around 1970 or 1971 on my own. It is one book that has truly stayed vivid in my memory.

Jillyn said...

My favorites are The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Lolita.

Sayomay said...

All of the Harry Potter series and Cirque Du Freak series. Both which were removed from my middle school. So bc of those conservative parents I read the series and since then have been a huge fan of both! Thanks book banners! ;)

KaylaSue Simundson said...

My favorite banned book is the golden compass

Kim Cuasay said...

Read a couple of banned books yey! I like ellen hopkins books such quick easy reads XD

Anastasia Falling said...

"Slaughterhouse Five" by Kurt Vonnegut! It's an amazing book that surprised me in a lot of ways. So strange to think that anyone would want to ban it! It's amazing! :)

Courtney Whisenant said...

My favorite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird

Patricia T said...

"To Kill a Mockingbird" is my all-time FAVORITE book! I will continue to read what I like, not what someone says I should like.


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Swordlily said...

No doubt - it's Harry Potter, my childhood books :)
Karina V

Raquel Muniz said...

I like to Kill a Mockingbird and will re-read it in honor of banned book week.

Sherry Butcher said...

I fave of the banned books is The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowlings.

Nicole Layug said...

The most recent favorite banned book would have to be Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell!

Ashfa said...

Loved Gone With The Wind!

holdenj said...

I am always surprised by the books that have been challenged or banned. A couple of my favorites are To Kill A Mockingbird and the Harry Potter series.

S C said...

I can't believe some of the books that are banned. Harry Potter, Call of the Wild, not to mention classics. I'm a librarian and promote reading.
savewish@yahoo.com
Sherry Compton

Stacy Renee said...

I am going to re-read 'The Giver' by Lois Lowry so I can watch the movie when it comes out! It's been over a decade since the last time I read it! :)

Suz said...

I loved the Hunger Games and The Giver! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

Suz Reads

Kassandra Zamora said...

Gonna read Harry Potter! :D

Vicki said...

I've on read a few banned books (yeah, I need to correct that) and so far my favorite is Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

Heidi Robbins said...

I loved the Harry Potter and Twilight series!

Cheryl R said...

My favorite banned book, is the Bible, but also The diary of Anne Frank, Huckleberry Finn, The hunger games, to kill a mockingbird. I will read a banned book ( probably The bible this week).

Beth said...

My favorite is probably 1984 by Orwell.

Michelle Koerner said...

theres a lot of good books on the lists. but if i really had to chose, which i hate doing, but if i was at gunpoint itd be between of mice and me and to kill a mockingbird. and if you really really forced me i guess id probably chose of mice and men but itd be pretty close.

Elizabeth said...

I have a bunch of favorite banned books, but one of my top ones is A Wrinkle in Time.

Book Attict said...

I loved Slaughterhouse Five.

Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

Emily @ Falling For YA said...

I celebrated by Reading The Giver! My favorite banned book is probably The Great Gatsby though,

Dominique Cloutier said...

I've been celebrating by reading banned stories to my kids!

Erika said...

My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! Thanks!

Kayla Prada said...

I'm not sure what books are banned but one that I know was or is banned and that I really loved is The Giver by Lois Lowry. Thank you for the giveaway!

Dan said...

I am reading a book and buying some books!

Jay Riv said...

Love the Harry Potter books and Mark Twain novels! Thanks!
-Jamie

Linda Kish said...

The Invisible Man is my favorite.

Catherine Lee said...

I'm a librarian so we always celebrate Banned Books Week at my Library--this year with a big display and a chalk wall for students to share their favorite banned book title.

Mona said...

I'm celebrating Banned Books Week by blog hopping. I've read and enjoyed several banned books such as Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. There are many more on my list and hopefully I'll win something.

Thanks :)

Glenn Woods said...

(Alisha Sienkiel in rafflecopter)

I'm celebrating by doing the banned books week blog hop! :) My favorite banned book is probably Harry Potter.

Christy Maurer said...

I love the Harry Potter series and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Marnie Ward said...

My favorite banned book is "The Catcher in the Rye", by J.D. Salinger. An oldie but goodie.

Miss Slick One said...

I thoroughly enjoyed each and every HP book as they came out :)

PhyllisAdelle Sherer in
South Carolina

Thanks for the chance!!

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