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Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

First off I want to wish everyone out there a Happy Banned Books Week!

If you would’ve asked me a few months ago what banned books were, I would’ve probably guessed that they were books that aren’t on the market anymore. Books that were somehow banned from being printed or something.

I really had no clue what banned books were until I kept seeing stuff about banned books week and decided to look into it once and for all.

Basically, for those of you out there that are a bit clueless about it like I was, banned books are any books that have been banned from certain establishments at one point or another. Usually these are libraries or schools.

I was surprised to see a lot of popular books and even some of my favorite books on the list. You can see what books have been banned in the past here.

The whole idea of having a banned book week isn’t necessarily to huff and puff about doing something that is wrong. It’s more about embracing our freedoms because the freedom to read what we want and to say/write what we want is a freedom that is constantly being tested and we are in danger of losing certain freedoms every time a person or group succeeds in banning a book.

I think I read this on the actual ALA website, or maybe somewhere else, I’m not sure. But, I completely agree with it. There is nothing wrong with not reading certain books, not agreeing with certain books, and restricting our own children from reading certain books. What becomes the problem is when people force that belief onto others. Other people have no right to say what you allow your children to read or what you are allowed to read yourself.

Book DepositorySo with Banned Books Week in mind, I’m giving you guys the CHOICE of what book you want to win from Book Depository (up to $10). I know this is the giveaway I usually do for Giveaway Hops. But, I think it’s important to note that having a choice is a very valuable thing and a freedom that can be taken away from us if we don’t fight for it on a daily basis. So when you go ahead and enter to win for whatever book you want (up to $10), think about how much we take these kinds of choices for granted and how important it is for us to keep fighting to make our own decisions about what we want to read.

And since this is Banned Books week after all, here are just a few popular books and series’ you could choose that have been banned or challenged in the past. You don’t have to choose one of these below, but all of the books below you could choose and have been challenged or banned at one point or another.

Banned Books Week 2011

This giveaway is part of the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2011, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer, where you can enter to win lots of fabulous giveaways from blogs that are participating. To see all the blogs participating, click here.

Giveaway Rules

  • You must be a Google Friend Connect follower.
  • One winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter.
  • The book you choose from the Book Depository can have a value up to (and not exceeding) $10.
  • Open internationally (wherever Book Depository ships).
  • Open between September 24-October 1. Form closes at 12:01am on October 2nd.
  • Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Just click “I Did This” after you’ve done each step.
  • The winner will be notified by email and can choose their prize then.

Giveaway Entry Form



122 Responses to Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

  1. StuckInBooks says:

    I would choose Iron Knight!

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

  2. Jet says:

    I am interested in Twenty Boy Summer <3

  3. Nakoya says:

    I would want Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. JayCee says:

    twenty boy summer(:
    -jaycee

  5. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I'd like to win Vampire Academy.

    My recent post Mini Challange Catch Up

  6. I would love to win Archangel's Blade by Nalini Singh. Thanks for the giveaway!
    My recent post Favorites: Urban Fantasy

  7. Amber Elise says:

    Ooh first comment! Thanks for this giveaway. So many books I didn't know where challenged/banned. I would love either Hunger Games or Vampire Academy
    My recent post Eve (Eve Trilogy #1) Review

  8. lethallovely says:

    Thank you very much for the giveaway! The book I would like to win if I won would be….ugh! I can't choose!

  9. Cindy says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I totally agree with you and am glad to see bloggers coming together like this for something we all believe is wrong: book banning.

    My book choice is Water for Elephants
    My recent post TGIF {2} | Reading Challenges

  10. Bookaholic says:

    I'm thinking of Crank. But I'm not sure because I haven't fully explored the list.
    My recent post Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

  11. Maria says:

    I'm thinking of Marked; I would love to read that series!

  12. Silver Thistle says:

    Great giveaway, thanks for the chance to be in it!

    I'd probably pick book 2 of the "Familiars" series for my daughter :)

  13. Felicia says:

    I would love to win a copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone :)

  14. Ceri says:

    'Hello
    Twenty boy summer sounds intriguing!!!
    Thanks
    Ceri

  15. melliane says:

    I would love to read marked by P C Cast
    thanks for the giveaway !
    My recent post Soulless by Gail Garriger (VO)

  16. Lorrra18 says:

    I would love to win Twenty Boy summer

  17. miki says:

    i would choose one of the vampire academy serie
    thanks for making this giveaway international

  18. kristina shields says:

    i might choose the hunger games

  19. Diana says:

    I would like Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.
    Thank you for the giveaway!

  20. marie evans says:

    Thank you for the giveaway, I would choose water for elephants

  21. Sarika says:

    I would like to win Crank.

  22. Pisinat says:

    Thanks for the giveaway :) I’d choose Twenty boy summer

  23. TG. says:

    Hiya. Thanks for having this giveaway. It's so hard to choose one book, but I've never read Lauren Myracle and she's one of the most banned authors of the last few years, so I'll pick her ttyl book.

  24. Christy says:

    Great giveaway! I'm dying to read Anna Dressed in Blood
    My recent post Banned Books Week Hop Giveaway

  25. Karli M says:

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. :) I would probably choose either Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, or Bridge to Terabithia if I won. :)

  26. Emily L says:

    my book choice would be the hunger games

  27. Manda says:

    I've really REALLY wanted to read Twenty Boy Summer since it came out, and it's not in my library. I'd love to own it, the cover is so beautiful! I'd pick that one if I won.

  28. Celine says:

    I'd love to read Twenty Boy Summer! Great giveaway!
    My recent post In My Mailbox #2

  29. I actually want one of the Vampire Academy books. I've heard a lot about them but never read any…

  30. AndreaH says:

    Interested in reading Twenty Boy Summer.

    AndreaH
    davandihamilton (at) gmail (dot) com

  31. kayla says:

    I'm interested in The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

  32. Tayte Hunter says:

    What I don't get is why some of those books are on the list. Vampire Academy? The Hunger Games? Twenty Boy Summer? What? Do people not have any taste in good books? Come on people. I would love Twenty Boy Summer. I love the cover.

  33. Ghouls Just Haunt to Have Fun. I have books 1, 2 and 4 so I need 3 in this series so I can start it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    My recent post Fall Book Exchange

  34. Belle says:

    I'd love twenty boy summer! Thanks for the great giveaway, your blog is gorgeous!
    My recent post Reading Icons: Jane Russell

  35. Rachel King says:

    I'd like Water for Elephants!

    hopester777 at gmail dot com

  36. I really want to read Crank.

  37. PamM says:

    Great giveaway. Forbidden is a book I have been wanting.

  38. FairyWhispers says:

    definintely something YA?

  39. Mary Preston says:

    I would love WATER FOR ELEPHANTS.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  40. maidenveil says:

    I choose the Vampire Academy. :)
    My recent post Cover Love: Darkness Becomes Her (PB)

  41. alicia12345 says:

    Thank you for the giveaway :)
    I'd love to win Die For Me :)
    My recent post In My Mailbox (10)

  42. Sofija Kapranova says:

    Thanks for great contest! I want to read The hunger games

  43. AgnesPink says:

    I wanna read Deadly Cool and Shatter Me!

  44. Zoey42 says:

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

    and from not Banned Books: Lola and The Boy Next Door, Uglies, City of Bones, Heist Society…

    thanks for the giveaway!

  45. Llehn says:

    I'd pick Wither by Lauren Destefano

  46. Mary Ellen says:

    I would choose Wild Swans by Jung Chang. Thank you for the chance to win!

  47. Adriana says:

    Banned books: The Giver by Lois Lowry and Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
    Not Banned :The Iron Knight Julie Kawaga and Half.Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

  48. Yto says:

    i would like to read hunger games in englisch – i have the german copy, but still didn't read it. i love to read books in their mother tongue.

  49. alouetteuette says:

    I'm interested in Twenty Boy Summer :)
    My recent post In My Mailbox #1

  50. Jeanne says:

    I would like to win Twenty boy summer :)
    Thank you so much for the chance to win♥

  51. Martina says:

    I'd love it if I won the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
    Thank you for the great giveaway and for making it international!
    by_myself@mai.bg
    My recent post The TV series I'm watching…

  52. Kulsuma says:

    I would like to read Vampire Academy.

  53. Jennifer says:

    I'd love to win Twenty Boy Summer. Sounds like a great read.

  54. Dani Nguyen says:

    I'd love to win Twenty Boy Summer. Thanks for the giveaway!

  55. wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
    Julie

    jbarrett5 at cox.net

  56. Vivian M says:

    Probably Vampire Academy but maybe The Hunger Games LOVED both series :)

  57. Pabkins says:

    I think I'll go with Twenty boy Summer – only because the title sounds naughty!

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read
    My recent post Practical Magic Blog Party – voodoo doll? – Zombie Giveaway info!

  58. Janhvi Jagtap says:

    I’d like to pick Twenty Boy Summer:)

  59. Dinda_SI says:

    Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I'd love to read Twenty Boy Summer.
    My recent post Review : Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black

  60. Taylor T says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway! I would probably choose Twenty Boy Summer. :]

  61. lisa says:

    I love Gone with the wind, Hunger Games and many others thanks I would like Water for Elephants. lisapeters at yahoo dot com

  62. Katja says:

    I would choose Vampire Academy :D
    Thanks for the chance :)

    katie(dot)sijanec(at)gmail(dot)com

  63. Karen Senoo says:

    I'd like to read Twenty Boy Summer =)
    Thanks for the Giveaway!

    @Tibiux

  64. Linda: Book Ninja says:

    I would love to get my hands on The Hunger Games! Thank you for the giveaway and participating in the hop!

  65. Mary Ward says:

    I would choose Twenty Boy Summer.

  66. @darkenf says:

    I want to read Twenty Boy Summer.

  67. Ana Norte says:

    Thank you so much for the international giveaway!

    I would love to read Speak by Laurie Anderson!

  68. Throuthehaze says:

    I would choose Spiral by Roderick Gordon

  69. Rebecca says:

    I would choose to get The Iron King if I won. I'm dying to read that series.

    Thanks for holding this giveaway.
    My recent post Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

  70. Debbie W. says:

    I'm quite interested in Twenty Boy Summer. Heard a lot about it and it seems like a good read! Thanks for the giveaway!

  71. Aeicha says:

    I would choose Scars by Cheryl Rainfield.

    Aeicha

  72. Dominique says:

    I'd like The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

  73. InMyShelf says:

    Name: Farah M.J. Elmajdoub

    Thanks alot for the giveaway!
    Id love to get Anna and the French Kiss
    My recent post Review: “Remembrance” by Michelle Madow

  74. Aik says:

    I'm interested in Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler.

  75. Dovile says:

    I'm thinking about a book from the Vampire Academy series, either Blood Promise or Spirit Bound.

  76. Deranged Pegasus says:

    I would choose Water For Elephants.

  77. bookishandproud says:

    would definitely love to win twenty boy summer. i LOVE this book <3

  78. Allie says:

    I'd want Looking for Alaska by John Green.

    Great giveaway!

  79. @_yay_ says:

    Thanks so much!!!
    I have had my eye on the first book in the Vampire Academy series. OR Twenty Boy Summer.
    Sasse (_yay_)

  80. I hadn’t realized that Vampire Academy was on the list of banned books, so I think I’d like a copy of the first in the series. :) Thank you!

  81. Rosie says:

    I would choose The King's Courtesan by Judith James.

  82. Lolawid says:

    I would love Vampire Academy!! Thanks!!

  83. sugarpeach says:

    I'm choosing The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I've heard good things about it!
    My recent post Review: The Wounded Heart by Adina Senft

  84. Abby says:

    I think i may pick one of the Gossip girl books. Nobody Does It Better perhaps?
    My recent post Giveaway Goodies: Milk Nursingwear Giveaway

  85. Lisa says:

    I think Water for Elephants is what I'd pick.
    My recent post Blog Tour- I Pray Hardest When I'm Being Shot At by Kyle Garret

  86. Megan McDade says:

    I am thinking maybe Twilight as my copy has been used so much I need a new copy lol

  87. Lisa says:

    If I were to win, I would probably chose ttyl by Lauren Myracle

  88. Tara Woods says:

    I would pick Vampire Academy.

  89. Sarah Bibi Setar says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway:)

    I would choose a book in the Vampire Academy series.

    Thanks:)

    Sarah

  90. I haven't read Twenty Boy Summer, but I really want to! Check out my BBW Giveaway!
    http://yalitwit.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books

  91. Mary says:

    I would probably get Marked. Thanks for the giveaway!

  92. Suz says:

    Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I would love to win The Giver by Lois Lowry!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  93. CrystalGB says:

    I would love to have Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins.

  94. cody says:

    Thank yous o much for the giveaway. I would pick either Blood and Chocolate or Water For Elephants. Thanks agian.

  95. Alyssa says:

    I would choose Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. Thanks for the giveaway! :)
    My recent post Blog Tour: Book Review of Life of Shouty by NeonSeon

  96. I'd choose the Hunger Games.

  97. Elisquared says:

    I really want The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff! It looks perfect for a "Spooktacular Read" in October.

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Elisquared
    My recent post This OR That Book Tag!

  98. Juana Esparza says:

    Thanks for the fab giveaway!

    I'd love to read Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

  99. *Jam* says:

    I'd choose White Cat by Holly Black.

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  100. lenasledge says:

    I would choose Twenty Boy Summer.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway
    My recent post Taking Time to Be a Healthier Me

  101. donnas says:

    Im looking at Bloodlines but I think its over $10 so would probably be a paperback of something paranormal

  102. Angie says:

    I'm intrested in Twenty Boy Summer :)

  103. If i won, I would like to read Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler. Thank you so much for the chance!

  104. Jennifer H. says:

    Water for Elephants
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

  105. Alicia E. says:

    I'd probably pick Perks of Being a Wallflower if I won! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  106. Tiffany Drew says:

    I've been trying to get my hands on Catching Fire and Mockingjay :)

  107. Janelle says:

    I'd choose Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson! Most of the books on the ALA list were required reading when I was in school. The freedom of what to read and when is one that we need to celebrate and defend. Thanks for your generous contribution to the Banned Books Week Giveaway Blog Hop!

  108. Darlene says:

    I would probably choose: Unwind by Neal Shusterman.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  109. Ren says:

    Kiss of Snow mass market paperback version.!
    Thanks for the giveawa,Sarah! =)

  110. Great giveaway! I am a huge P.C.Cast fan loved Marked. :-) I up to Awakened but have not read yet so I would probably choose it. :-)

  111. Rabiah says:

    If I would win, I'd pick Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson OR Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!

  112. ooo luv the option to choose! thx for supporting this freedom =)
    probably dreaming of mr darcy?….
    My recent post October calendar freebies ~

  113. nfmgirl says:

    I'm considering Lolita or Grapes of Wrath.

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com
    My recent post Book Giveaways in Blogworld (09-23-11 edition)

  114. therrreader says:

    I'd love to win bloodlines by richelle mead!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  115. Alisia says:

    i would pick Vampire Academy! i have been dying to get this book. I love it!

  116. latishajean says:

    I really want to read If I die by Rachel Vincent I have read alot of banned books so many are my favorite! Thank you so much for this great giveaway!

  117. SarahSparrow says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I've had my eyes on The Hunger Games.

  118. Amy says:

    I've had my eye on Twenty Boy Summer! I have read it before but I would love to own it.

  119. Stacy says:

    I think I would pick Speak or Crank. I'm not sure yet.

  120. AEKZ2 says:

    I want to read Vampire Academy

  121. Alison Miller says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I would love a copy of Marked!

  122. Ruth Hill says:

    Maybe the Color Purple.

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