Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

Posted September 27, 2012 in Giveaway / 163 Comments

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

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This giveaway hop is for a very awesome reason – it celebrates our freedom to read!!  Banned Books Week is an annual celebration that’s typically held the last week in September.  I’m not sure who the mastermind behind it all but I found most of my information on ALA’s website.   In a nutshell, ALA uses this week to raise awareness of censorship and promote the freedom to read.


When I started looking into Banned Books Week, I was completely blow away by the names of some of the books that are what they call “Frequently Challenged”.  These are books that people are attempting to ban from our communities.

You know what the number one challenged book was between 2000-2009?  Well, duh… It was Harry Potter, as in the entire series!! (source: Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books 2000-2009 – please go there and check it out yourself!!! The list will blow you away!!!).  

Seriously?  Harry Potter?!?!  Grown-ups can’t explain to their kids that magic is make-believe??  I could go on for hours about this but I won’t. 

There’s another reason why I wanted to participate in this giveaway hop – my freaking hometown tried to ban a book!!!  My hometown is on the website!!! 

[text_box class=”grey” title=”source: Banned Books: Challenging our Freedom to Read by Robert P. Doyle, ALA 2010.”]

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey

… In 1974, five residents of Strongsville, OH, sued the board of education to remove the novel. Labeling it “pornographic,” they charged the novel “glorifies criminal activity, has a tendency to corrupt juveniles and contains descriptions of bestiality, bizarre violence, and torture, dismemberment, death, and human elimination.”


Go figure… 

For more great information on Banned Books Week, go check out ALA’s entire section of their website devoted to Banned Books Week

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I’m giving away a $15 Gift Card to Amazon or $15 worth of books from Book Depository.  If you’re international, you must be able to accept delivery from Book Depository.
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Now would be an awesome time to go visit all the beautiful blogs spreading Banned Books Week love…


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Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.



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163 responses to “Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

  1. Viki S.

    I don’t think we had any banned books. We were allowed to read anything as long as we had parental approval. Banning books is SO wrong!

  2. Martina (skyline1210)

    We don’t have banned books here. I think banning books is stupid. Everyone has a right to read what they want.

  3. holdenj

    We read To Kill A Mockingbird and the Outsiders in 9th grade. I remember the teacher having to send home a note to let your parents know. Nobody opted out in my class, but I can remember my brother telling me he had a couple in his.

  4. Jessica

    We read To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, and The Great Gatsby, which have all been on one banned books list or another. Also, The Lovely Bones was one of my class’ reading group options.

  5. Erika

    I read a lot of these in school, The Outsiders, Of Mice and Men and To Kill a Mockingbird to name a few. Thanks!

  6. Dawna Newman

    I honestly can’t remember if we read a book in school that was banned. It was so long ago

  7. Suz Reads

    I don’t remember reading any banned books in school but I read them now! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win!

  8. Dominique

    Yes, I’ve read many at school. At the time I didnt know they’d been banned. I acutally didnt realize they were until recently lol. But to name a few: Of Mice and Men (also watched both movies as a class) , To Kill a Mockingbird (also watched the movie as a class), The Outsiders, The Pigman, The Color Purple, Killing Mr. Griffin, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Great Gatsby (also watched the movie as a class) , Gone With the Wind (also watched the movie as a class), . And with these last two, I’m not sure if they’re banned or challenged, but due to some of the subject matter in the books I’m thinking they have been at some point: One Hundred Years of Solitude, and My Darling, My Hamburger. There have been many others as well that I had to read in school. The ones I’ve listed were either read together as a class, or on my required reading lists for solo reading/extra credit reading lists. (Nikki Marie on rafflecopter)

  9. I read so many of the classics on the banned books list while in high school. I read Catch-22, The Color Purple, Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, Of Mice and Men, and many more.

  10. DeeDee Griffin

    I know I read To Kill a Mockingbird in school. They also showed us the movie in class.

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  12. Jill

    We read To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, and The Outsiders. Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Jewel

    I don’t remember reading any banned books at school, but the books I was forced to read were so boring, they should have been banned. LOL!

  14. Angie Adair

    Yes I did…Of Mice and Men, Huckleberry Finn, Edgar Allen Poe..which I imagine has been on the list before. Thanks for the hop!

  15. Beth Gal

    Bizarrely, we read Bridge to Terabithia in grade 6 or so at the extra strict Christian school I went to.

  16. Holly B

    Oh my, yes! I’ve read MANY banned books, both for school and in my leisure time! To Kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid’s Tale, 1984, A Separate Peace, Lord of the Flies, The Awakening, Of Mice and Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Grapes of Wrath…I could go on and on and on! All the greatest classics seem to have been banned – most definitely challenged – at one point or another! What amazes me most is that people continue to try and challenge books in this day and age… it kind of astounds me, actually.

  17. Les S.

    We read so many banned books in school or as book reports. Huckleberry Finn, The Lord of the Flies, Julie of the Wolves (I loved that one!).

  18. shawnyjeann

    We definitely read To Kill a Mockingbird. 1984 was on the curriculum too, but I think we read something else that year.

  19. laura

    We read To Kill a Mockingbird in my Grade 10 English class, but otherwise my teachers and professors have chosen mostly un-banned books.

  20. Dovile

    An extract of Lord of the Flies was on the curriculum one year, and I didn’t like it much. Since then, I’ve read the whole book, and while I didn’t like it, as it creeped me out, and I definitely can see why someone would want to ban it, but everyone should be able to make that choice for himself.

  21. Kristia

    At school no, there are no banned books in my country. But I’ve read To Kill a Mockingbird and I liked it.
    Thank you for the international giveaway 🙂

  22. Yes,”The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” by Mark Twain.

    Thanks for the international giveaway!!

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  23. M.C.

    The banned books we read for school were classics that were banned during the revolution. But that was 300 years ago and AFAIK there aren’t a lot of banned books now in my country.

  24. Kitty

    I dont think I’ve read them for school, but Ive read quite a few banned books, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  25. Gabbie

    We read To Kill a Mockingbird. It was probably the only book I read for school that I actually enjoyed!

  26. Warisha

    I’ve read almost all of Roald Dahl books. Didn’t even know until recently that they were banned books as well!

  27. Lindy Gomez

    Banned Books I read were the Outsiders in JR. high and To Kill a Mockingbird and The Great Gatsby in high school.

  28. When I went to school, it was prohibited to read banned books. I grew up in Soviet Union, where the list of banned books was thicker than thickest books ever written. When the system started to change at the end of 80s, then I got access to banned books, it was easier to get your hands into forbidden books. Nowadays, you can read everything. It went from one extreme to another. You can buy /read/publish any books and there are no limits. Only freedon of speech and freedom of choice and I like that.
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  29. Georgia Blanch

    Yes, we read To Kill a Mockingbird, but I can’t think of any others. Thanks for the giveaway!

  30. Irene Menge

    I don’t know what books may have been banned when I was in high school 50 years ago. I do know that we read To Kill a Mockingbird, Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, The Grapes of Wrath, Catcher in the Rye, Brave New World, 1984 and a couple of others. And many of the books that were on our summer reading lists seem to be on the banned list now. How peculiar. Life is not always wonderful and neither are people. If school children are kept in ignorance of these facts, how are they supposed to cope when they are presented with them in real life? Surely many of these books were intended to expose unsatisfactory social conditions and if children are guided in their reading of these works it would be beneficial? Banning books is ridiculous. Discussing these books is good.

  31. Isabela Silva

    We don’t have banned books in my country, I think. But I checked the list and I never read a book on that list for school.

  32. krista grandstaff

    I read way too many on that list to put down on here… the funny thing is that I read some in gradeschool, some in highschool…but all were read while I attended private Catholic schools and had nuns for teachers. This was in the mid-late 80’s… so apparently those nuns were a bit more progressive than people give them credit for being 🙂

  33. Jessica

    I read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, but I had no idea it was a banned book! IT was so good though! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  34. Larissa Ferreira

    Not for school I think, but I’ve alreay read some banned books, like Harry Potter and Fahrenheit 451!

  35. donnas

    Yes – Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, Brave New World, To Kill a Mockingbird off the top of my head.

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  36. Nuzaifa

    Yes,The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  37. katayoun

    i remember reading judy blume during school and i remember that my teacher really didn’t like her and yet she let me decide, i really liked what i read!
    lord of the flies, we had to read, and must admit that at that time i didn’t like it at all, now i think it’s brilliant, scary and so close to what we can become!
    thanks for the giveaway

  38. Jacklin Updegraft

    I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird, The Outsiders, The Great Gatsby, and 1984

  39. I’ve read To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Brave New World, Of Mice and Men, 1984, Lord of the Flies, Grapes of Wrath in school. I had no idea at the time that they were banned in some places, nor did it ever occur to me that there anyone would find something objectionable about them!

  40. Marie H

    In high school, we read, created projects, and took tests over To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath. We were also required every quarter to read a book on an assigned list and write a book report on said book. It was from this list that I chose and read 1984, Of Mice and Men and Catcher in the Rye. When I was in junior high school, we had an entire unit on The Outsiders as well.

    Thanks for a great giveaway! 🙂
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  41. Caty Rahm

    To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, Kite Runner, and a couple of others

  42. reading mind

    I read many of them! 1984, Harry Potter, THe scarlett letter. Loved pretty much them all

  43. Crystal Craig

    I’ve read a few actually. I’ve read Catch 22, Bridge to Terabithia, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird. Bridge to Terabithia, The Outsiders, and To Kill a Mockingbird were read as a class and we did whole lessons over them and watched the movies to go along with them as well. I was in fourth grade when my teacher read Bridge to Terabithia to my class. I was in fourth grade 10 years ago… haha.

  44. Caroline

    I’ve read only one “banned” book for school, it was “Candide” by Voltaire.
    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  45. Kayley F.

    I had to read The Kite Runner as a Freshman in high school, and it disturbed me greatly. However, I’m glad I read it.

  46. Mel brock

    I read both 1984 and Brave New World for a book report. One of my friends was assigned The Giver for her English Class.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  47. We actually studied a little bit of Harry Potter in school, and then there was The Great Gatsby, and summer reading included To Kill a Mockingbird and The Catcher in the Rye. Thanks for the amazing giveaway!!
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  48. My English teacher in High School was amazing. She just bypassed the banned book list rules by getting a permission slip signed by all the parents.

  49. Caitlin

    I’ve had to read multiple of the books on that banned book list in school, including: The chocolate war, I know why the caged bird sings, of mice and men, the adventures of huckleberry finn, to kill a mockingbird, the giver, brave new world, the kite runner, and Julie of the wolves

  50. Rima

    We read Animal Farm in school and although we didn’t read The Lord of the Flies, we watched the film adaptation.

  51. Sarah O

    I’ve read tons of banned books in school. Well, I have no idea whats popularly banned in Canada, but some of the often controversial ones I guess were The Giver, The Outsiders, To Kill a Mockingbird, Brave New World, Catcher in the Rye etc. As far as I know my school didnt have any particular rules about this.

  52. We read Of Mice and Men, Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Makes you think… these banned books often have a lot to say.

  53. Amanda

    We had to read several of these when I was in school. My favorite was To Kill a Mockingbird.

  54. Alicia

    I think most of the books I had on my required reading list were ‘banned’ according to those lists (but I was in a private high school so they were not subject to as many regulations as public schools are). Off the top of my head I remember Catcher in the Rye, Handmaiden’s Tale, Slaughterhouse Five, The Great Gatsby – I’m sure there were more, but that is just what I can remember right now.

  55. Cassandra Hicks

    For school I read To Kill a Mockingbird & The Outsiders and I’m not sure what else but I’ve read many more for my own pleasure.
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  56. Jeanette Jackson

    It`s been a while but I seem to remember reading To Kill a Mockingbird in English class

  57. Kylie C

    We read a ton of banned books in my English classes- The Bean Trees, Fallen Angels, To Kill a Mockingbird, Slaughterhouse Five, Lord of the Flies, Animal Farm, The Giver, Bless Me Ultima, and more. Actually looking through the lists I think every book we read my Sophomore year was banned.

  58. June M.

    Many of them. The first two that jump to my mind are DIARY OF ANNE FRANK and THE OUTSIDERS

  59. Lisa Hackney

    Several of the books that were required reading in my high school English classes were on the list. To Kill A Mockingbird, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Great Gatsby… I’m sure their are others. I’m actually quite surprised by this since I grew up in Jerry Falwell’s town LOL.

  60. Stacy

    My high school gifted/English teacher (had her for all four years) was very subversive, so we read a ton of banned books: Bridge to Terebithia, To Kill a Mockingbird, and a Handmaid’s Tale just to name a few (which happen to be personal favorites). My love of dystopia came from that teacher long before the YA dystopian train came rolling along.

  61. Cassi

    I’ve had to read Farenheit 451, The Giver, Harry Potter, That Was Then, This is Now, The Odyssey, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Lord of the Flies.

  62. Stephanie

    I read several books that are on the banned list at school, in two classes particularly, and although I don’t remember knowing they were banned at the time, I wonder if the teachers did. In eighth grade, our whole grade read And Then There Were None (which I’m sure is banned somewhere even if it is AMAZING). We then had to choose two of several books. I chose The Giver and The Day No Pigs Would Die, both on the banned list. Others to choose from included Go Ask Alice and The Outsiders, also on the list. My junior year in high school we read The Jungle, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, and Huckleberry Finn which are of course all on the banned list. Considering I went to such a small town school I’m quite amazed how many books from the banned list I actually read IN school.

  63. Jolene A

    To Kill A Mockingbird and Lord of the flies

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  64. Linda Kish

    To Kill a Mockingbird, Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, The Great Gatsby, The Jungle, 1984, Catcher and the Rye were all required reading in English class when I was in high school.

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  65. MonaG

    Yes, I’ve read several banned books for school:
    . Uncle Tom’s Cabin
    . Native Son
    . The Jungle
    . Lord of the Flies
    . The Great Gatsby

    Thanks 🙂

  66. Karen Arrowood

    It’s been so long since I was in school that I don’t remember; I’ve read a ton of boooks on the banned list, but whether it was for school or not I couldn’t tell you.

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