Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop is hosted by Jen at I Read Banned Books and Kathy at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer.  This giveaway hop runs from September 24th through October 1st.  This link will take you to the American Library Association and their Celebration of the Freedom to Read.  This is directly quoted from the ALA:

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.
I am joining this giveaway hop to show my support to the ALA and our country's First Amendment.  I'm honestly not certain if BBW is an international event.  If it is - I am certainly not disqualifying any other part of the world.  My links are for what I know is happening in the U.S.

I have always been disgusted with the act of banning books.  I've never understood why certain people feel they have any right to decide for the masses what should be allowed to be read and what should not.  What I read is my decision as an individual.  I have been asked if I feel this strongly in regard to what my children read.  My answer is yes.  It is no one's right to ban books from any other person.  I will say that I make certain my children are reading and exposed to age appropriate books due to the fact that they are still young.  However, once they reach an age where they fully understand their reading choices, neither my husband or I will ever tell them they can not read something.  We are attempting to raise free-thinking human beings and feel that reading material aids in the endeavor.

As soon as I learned of this hop - I knew that I would giveaway a copy of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.  It has been one of my favorite books since I first read it in high school and I am planning a re-read of it this Autumn.  If you would like the chance to win the book - all you have to do is be a follower of my blog and leave me a comment telling me your favorite banned book.

I am reading Kathryn Stockett's The Help and found this bit from the book ironic in its timing:

"I always order the banned books from a black market dealer in California, figuring if the state of Mississippi banned them, they must be good."

My giveaway is International so everyone should feel free to participate.  Thank you for stopping by and here is a list of the rest of the hop participants:


  1. My favourite banned book would be The Hunger Games. I don't think it should be banned, and neither should any other book be.


  2. I've read Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games...then classics like To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, The Lord of the Rings,
    It's interesting that the banned books are on the top of Goodreads best-books-ever list :)

    I'd like to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, The Perks of Being a Wallflower,
    Fahrenheit 451, Water for Elephants..

    thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC: Zoey


  3. My favourites would probably be the Harry Potter series but I noticed that the Vampire Academy series was on one of the lists too (from a previous year I think) :)

    I'm following via GFC as Jasmine1485

    kate1485 at

  4. I too love To Kill A Mockingbird my mother hasn't read it so I'd love it if she could as it really is amazing. I also love the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games and Speak not to mention a ton of others. Judy Blume ftw.


  5. My favorite banned books are the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling and the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.
    GFC- Marti


  6. One of my favorite banned books was Catcher in the Rye by J D Salenger.

    THanks for the giveaway.

    I Follow via GFC - buddyt

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  7. My fav banned books are Harry Potter, Hunger Games, Vampire Academy, ...
    GFC: Jeanne
    Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

  8. My favorite banned books are the Harry Potter series.

    GFC - Thais

  9. The Harry Potter series and Animal Farm woud be favourites. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    GFC follower - Rad Hall

    emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

  10. My favorite banned books would be the Twilight Series and The HP series.
    Thanks for the giveaway!:)

    GFC-Janhvi Jagtap

    justjanhvi at gmail dot com

  11. Thank you for the international giveaway!
    My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games!

    GFC follower: Ana Norte

  12. My favorite banned book is the Harry Potter series. Second would probably be any of the Judy Blume Books.

    GFC: LisaILJ

  13. thanks for making this international!
    my fav..probably the hunger games series

  14. My favorite banned books would be anything and everything by Stephen King that made the list, especially Carrie and The Shining. I am anxious to read The Hunger Games, a very popular banned book right now.

    Thanks for the giveaway.


  15. My favorite are The Harry Potter Series.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    GFC: Adriana[AT]gmail[DOT]com

  16. My favorite banned book are The Hunger Games series.
    Thanks for the giveaway !!!


  17. My favorite book/series that is banned is Harry Potter! I can't believe that it's challenged; it's such a children's classic! Thanks for the giveaway!


  18. Whoops, forgot to give you my GFC name: Debbie W.

  19. My top favorite of the banned books are the Harry Potter series.

    GFC follower (Dovile)

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  20. One of my favorite banned books is Uncle Tom's Cabin.
    GFC follower as sablelexi.

    jlynettes @ hotmail . com

  21. My favorite banned books are definitely the Harry Potter series. :)

    GFC : K M


  22. My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games!
    blackplum3 {at}gmail{dot}com

  23. GFC Follower: Megan @Reading Away The Days

    To Kill a Mockingbird is actually one of my favourite challenged books. I also read it in High school and would love to have a copy of my own.

  24. My favorite banned book is The Giver by Lois Lowery!
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    -Carly Waid

  25. I do not have one favorite banned book so I am going to say The Giver.
    I follow via gfc as mamabunny13
    mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

  26. The Lord of the Flies is my favorite banned book.
    new gfc follower: Tara W
    mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  27. My favorite is A Wrinkle In Time

    lhoffpauir at gmail

  28. My favorite banned books are Harry Potter series and The Hunger Games.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm looking forward to reading To Kill a Mockingbird! =)

    GFC follower: *Jam*


  29. I follow on gfc as Becca. My favorite banned book is The Catcher in the Rye. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

  30. Harry Potter!!
    GFC- Deranged Pegasus

  31. My favorite banned book is Fahrenheit 451.
    GFC follower- Krysta Banco