Banned Books Week 2013 Giveaway Hop

Posted September 21, 2013 in Giveaway / 1 Comment

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It’s that time of year again when we celebrate our freedom to read the books we want.

Kathy at I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & Mary at BookHounds and BookHounds YA are again hosting this giveaway hop.

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The stupidity and short-sightedness of people never ceases to amaze me.  If you don’t want to read a particular book because it offends you, then just don’t read it.  If you don’t want your kids to read a certain book, then don’t let them (it’s called parenting – try it sometime).  If your child has read said book behind your back, then talk to them about it – I shouldn’t have to explain these things.  But I do… and here’s why:

 

From the American Library Association’s Yearly List of Banned/or Challenged Books:

looking for AlaskaLooking for Alaska by John Green

[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Banned as required reading for Sumner County, Tenn. schools (2012) because of “inappropriate language.” The book won the 2006 Printz award for excellence in young adult literature. *source: July 2012, pp. 158–59.[/note]

 

 

 

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Challenged, but retained in the Republic, Mo. schools (2010) despite complaints that it is “soft-pornography,” “glorifies drinking, cursing, and premarital sex,” and “teaches principles contrary to the Bible.” *source: nov. 2010, pp. 243–44;sept. 2011,pp. 175–76.[/note]

 

 

 

twenty boy summer

Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Removed from Republic, Mo. High School (2011), but later returned and stored in a secure section of the library only accessible to parents. Teachers cannot require the book nor read it aloud in school. A Republic resident filed a complaint about the appropriateness of the book because it sensationalizes “sexual promiscuity, questionable language, drunkenness, lying to parents, and a lack of remorse by the characters.” *source: nov. 2010, pp. 243–44; s ept. 2011, p. 175; nov. 2011, p. 203[/note]

 

 

fifty shades

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

[note note_color=”#EBD2A1″]Pulled, but later returned to the Brevard County, Fla. public libraries’ (2012) shelves “in response to public demand.” The racy romance trilogy is particularly popular among middle-aged women. Despite overwhelming demand and long wait lists for library copies, some other libraries across the country are refusing to acquire the book. *source: July 2012, pp. 145, 147–48.[/note]

This one is kind of a “well, duh…”

*This bibliography represents books challenged, restricted, removed, or banned in 2012 and 2013 as reported in the Newsletter on Intellectual Freedom from May 2012 to May 2013.

 

 

I highly suggest you check out the list of challenged/banned books from each year, if only to read the arguments behind the challenges!  You’ll be smacking your forehead on your desk a few times…

 

 

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For even MORE information, check out the Banned Books Week website for all the up to date information on this week long event.

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Giveaway time!  I’m giving away your choice of one book above.  If you’ve read all those books above, pick your favorite and give it to a friend to read or donate it.  OR, for a little negotiating, you can pick another challenged/banned book (valued under $15 USD).  I’m easy 😉

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  And here’s the fun part: hitting up all the other blogs participating in this great giveaway!  Have fun!  
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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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