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9/21/13

BANNED BOOK GIVEAWAY HOP !



Banned Book Week Giveaway Hop! 


The week of 9.22.13 through 9.28.13 is set aside to bring notice to a growing trend in public and school libraries -- pulling literature from circulation based on the actions of a few, not the majority of the public.  Since 1982, the American Library Association has put together campaigns to make everyone aware of the circumstances of this form of censorship.  Some of the books banned are for minor issues like language that was once accepted but is now objectionable.  Instead of personal responsibility, these censors wish to impose their beliefs on everyone.  You can read more about this important week at the BANNED BOOK WEEK site.

I don't believe in censorship of any media.  I think it is a parents' place to make sure their children are consuming appropriate materials.  I don't want someone else telling me what is right for my child, nor do I want to tell anyone what is acceptable for their family.  I let my son read, watch, listen to anything he wanted with a few important guidelines in place.  I reviewed and discussed with him the media he was consuming.  He turned out more advanced, making better choices and incredibly responsible for those decisions.   

MY GIVEAWAY:


I have a very unmentionable set of books that ranked number 4 on last year's list up for grabs.

If that doesn't appeal to you, then I will offer an Amazon Gift Card for the banned book of your choice, up to $10.


  
Ends 9/28/13
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119 comments:

  1. I think it's fantastic that you stand up against this awful practice of banning books. Thank you.

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  2. There doesn't seem to be any consistency in the banned books. I was informed that our local high school are reading Shades of Grey!!
    I do think the library should stock what the public want, after all it is paid for with our tax dollars.
    Ann

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  3. Cozy -- why on earth would HS students be reading those books unless it is to teach them how not to write a trashy novel. There are far better books than this series. I was hoping they were banned because they are poorly written trash, not because of the content. You can see why I didn't review them LOL! I bet those kids just want to see what the fuss is all about and I bet they are disappointed.

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  4. I agree it is up to parents to decide what children should be exposed to.

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  5. Banning books is just senseless, that why I especially love this giveaway!

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  6. Banning books is silly. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  7. Banning a book seems like great publicity, these days. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  8. Thank you for the giveaway. I would like to read the book and see what all the fuss is about- though I've heard it isn't much.

    I do think that there should be a book rating like in movies where parents can monitor what their children are reading. I was a mature reader as a young teenager but I know a lot of readers aren't ready to handle the information coming from what they're reading. A book rating that lets readers and parents know what kind of content they can find in a book would be helpful. This would have kept me from reading several books and being horrifyingly shocked at some of the graphic information I was reading.

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  9. I agree with your view point on banned books. How ridiculous that someone else would tell my kids what they can and cannot read.
    Thanks for the chance.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  10. I can't stand the fact that any books are banned. If someone doesn't like a book, don't read it. But dare they stop me from reading it!!!

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  11. Banning books is just senseless as it usually makes people want to read it to see what the big fuss is all about-I know it has that effect on me!

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  12. Thanks for this giveaway. Books should not be banned.
    morales_y at yahoo dot com

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  13. Thanks for this giveaway. Books should not be banned.
    morales_y at yahoo dot com

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  14. Wish I could do the whole hop, but can't this time. Maybe some books need age limits , as with TV shows. I'm do not like banning books.Deb P

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  15. This is a cool giveaway. I think it is ridiculous that any reading material is banned. The books should be located in age appropriate places. I would be shocked to see Shades of Grey in my kids school (ages 12, 13, &16). Ultimately it is up to the parents to allow a child to read something like that.

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  16. Thanks for the chance!

    octoberbaby1990 at yahoo dot com

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  17. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    Suz Reads

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  18. Thank you for this giveaway. I have never understood why we ban books. Banning books is bad because we don't agree with someone thoughts or a time in our past. It is so very wrong!!! History is history, and you can't change the past and the way that they spoke back in the day etc.

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  19. It really doesn't make sense to ban books. I haven't read that series so I'd love to win it. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    miztik_rose@yahoo.com

    Dark Thoughts Blog

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  20. I don't believe in banning books! Thank you for the giveaway!

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  21. Sheeze - when I was a kid (back in the day) we had to hide Catcher In The Rye under our mattress - in my son's time, it was required reading. If you don't like what is in a book -- don't read it.

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  22. Sheeze - when I was a kid (back in the day) we had to hide Catcher In The Rye under our mattress - in my son's time, it was required reading. If you don't like what is in a book -- don't read it.

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  23. I am always amazed at what books have been banned. So dumb!!

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  24. Ooooh, very naughty! I like it! So excited about Banned Books Week! Here's hoping I am a winner!

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  25. I don't think books should be banned at all. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  26. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Banning books tends to close minds, instead of fostering understanding. I always stick with one simple rule: If you, as an adult, don't want to read it, don't, but don't tell me what I can read. However, the responsibility falls on me, as the parent, to monitor my children's reading.

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  27. Love Banned Books Week and love that you are hosting a giveaway! Thanks for hosting And bringing awareness to the problem of banned and challenged books! I like reading a banned book every year and this year will be Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and a rereading of Charlotte's Web if I have time. I'm also covering BBW all week long at Chick with Books!

    Take care,
    Suzanne

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  28. I don't believe that books should be banned. Thanks for participating in this giveaway!

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  29. I don't think any book should be banned. Parents are the only people who have the right to say what their children can or can not read. And for legal adults, no one should have the right to say what they can and can not read.

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  30. books shouldn't be banned.thanks for having the giveaway

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  31. It's surprising why some books are banned.

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  32. Thank you for being part of this hop I didn't even know that books were banned Thank you for the giveaway.
    mrscrabbyfan@gmail.com

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  33. Excited about a chance to win. Thank you.

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  34. thanks for the giveaway!I agree parents need to step up and pay attention to what their kids are reading. banning books will do what banning everything else from teenagers does- make them wanna read it even if they didnt want to before.

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  35. Thanks for having this great giveaway!

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  36. I am surprised that captian underpants is on there yet that is a book that my 9 year old reads?! :-/

    Thank you for being part of the hop!

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  37. Thank you for the chance to win! Have a great weekend!

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  38. Thank you for the chance to win! Have a great weekend!

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  39. Hey Mary, thanks for running this blog hop. so important to express our freedom of speech by reading what we want. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  40. I'm so glad to see so many people against book banning!! :-)

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  41. Like you describe with your son, my mom always let me pick what I was going to read and had the opinion that I would ask questions if I needed to. I really do believe that made me a more critical and advanced reader. I love the idea that children should pick what suits them and their family.

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  42. Excellent choice of subject for a blog hop!! I believe that authors should use their discretion when writing for certain age groups and parents should discuss age-appropriate book choices with their children. If this is done, there's no reason to ban a book ever. Although technically, most books that have been banned were simply not taking the same political or religious viewpoint that certain groups didn't like. Basically, political banning. This should never happen.

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  43. I agree no book should be banned but some books are for age different I agrees and as an adult any book one wishes to read should be up to that person

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  44. I'm a librarian and definitely think that books should not be banned, but some of them should come with a warning label.

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  46. Thanks for the chance to win. I liked FSOG! LOL

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  47. I will never read this book, but I do think that censorship has gotten out of hand. It is the parents job to monitor what their kids are reading.

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  48. I will never read this book, but I do think that censorship has gotten out of hand. It is the parents job to monitor what their kids are reading.

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  49. I would love to read the set. Thanks.

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  50. It often surprises me which books are banned!! Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  51. I was really surprised when I was looking over the list of banned books with my son. I was also surprised at how many he and I have read that I cannot see any reason for them to be banned. Thank you for participating in this week of awareness and for the giveaway fun.

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  52. In honor of banned book week, I will read Two Boys Kissing which I checked out from my awesome library.

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  53. I agree that it is up to parents to decide what children should be exposed to with regard to books. The same with other types of media.

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway! Fingers crossed to win.

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  54. Ditto for my own kids. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  55. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  56. I just love reading banned books! Bwhahaha!

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  57. Thanks for a give away. FYI your site is showing up really wonky on IE and firefox on my computer. Just thought I'd let you know!

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  58. I've read FSOG so I would pick the gift card if I won. I read a list of banned books and it is so surprising which ones made the list. Books shouldn't be banned.

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  59. Thank you for the great giveaway.

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  60. I'm so excited for the giveaway! Thank you so very much for hosting this! =)
    JJs2468@aol.com

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  61. Bet those HS students are reading
    Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys or maybe Shades of Grey: A Novel by Jasper Fforde. Either of these would be very appropriate for HS students.

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  62. Thank you for the giveaway. Love that you all do this book hop of banned books

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  63. It's hard to believe so many of these books are unmentionable. Thanks for hosting this awesome hop, Mary. :)

    Saw this on Pinterest & thought of you and Schatze. :)

    http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/8f/1f/ba/8f1fba10539c3d72645fa76dbb63bbdb.jpg

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  64. Thanks for the giveaway and supporting our right to read any books we want.

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  65. Thanks for the giveaway and this Hop which is the first time that I've seen it.

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  66. Thanks so much for the giveaway. I'd actually love to win this set- I've read book one and would like to at the very least finish them!

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  67. It really is incredible some of the books that get banned. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  68. Thanks for the chance to get to win some "interesting" books.
    I think it is ridiculous to ban books and yet there is soooo much on television that should not be aired. They need to ban some of the language, the insinuations and the story lines on it.
    Oh well, I think I have read most on the banned list and didn't even realize they were banned.
    JWIsley(at)aol(dot)com

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  69. I have heard so much about this series -- very intrigued.
    Thanks :)

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  70. I hate the idea of challenging/banning books, but I love that attempts to do so always draw attention to the books.

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  71. I am not a fan of banning books! Thank you for the amazing giveaway!

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  72. THe banning of books should be overruled.. this is crazy.. I grew up with those books..

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  73. Would love to win so I can add to my book collection

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  74. I don't believe that age appropriate books should be banned from any library. It should be my choice as a parent to tell my child what he can and can't read. I feel like we as a nation have gone overboard with censorship.

    Thank you for the giveaway.

    Melissa

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  75. Not everyone has the same standards, so book censorship is especially dangerous!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

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  76. Terrific that your shedding light on this.. I'm tired of this banning books crap.

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  77. I support stopping book banning..thanks for bringing it to light

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  78. thank you for the giveaway, i love blog hops, banned books are so interesting, i think they get more popular if they are banned. its all pretty silly.

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  79. Thanks for the giveaway! I think a lot of the books on the banned list are silly and shouldn't be banned. Plus they are so random! Captain Underpants vs Hunger Games? Haha.

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  80. I just looked at the most recent top ten and it was stupid. I mean really, Captain underpants was number 1. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. I never understood how you could ban a book. If you dont like the content then dont read it!

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  82. I have yet to read that series, would like to finally see what all of the hype is about!

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  83. It's the banning of books that should be banned!

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  84. Thanks for setting up this Giveaway Hop!

    Jane at Jane Reads

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  85. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!!

    -Amber Terry-

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  86. Without banned books the landscape of literature would be pretty darn flat.

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  87. I don't like censorship but Fifty Shades of Grey was horrible. :P

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  88. Thanks for being a part of the hop. Supporting literary freedom/freedom of speech is such a worthy and important cause.

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  89. I've said it plenty before-the books that show up on the banned lists (both classics and modern) are some of the best reading out there. Don't like it? Then don't read it...but don't tell me what I should and shouldn't be reading.

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  90. This is a wonderful hop! Thank you!

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  91. I hate the idea of banning books. I get that some are very controversial and maybe out of people's comfort zones. But, it's fiction.

    I do see how banning certain books in schools would be appropriate, as many parents would not want their children exposed to them.

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  92. I can't believe books are still being banned.

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  93. Yay for celebrating all books! I definitely am against banning books! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  94. Thanks for being a part of this FAB blog hop.

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  95. I love this idea, it is amazing. One of my most favorite books is a banned book and is about burning books. I make it my personal mission to read banned books every year!

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  96. I love this idea, it is amazing. One of my most favorite books is a banned book and is about burning books. I make it my personal mission to read banned books every year!

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