Friday, September 23, 2011

Banned Books Week Hop

Welcome to the Banned Books Week Hop, hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & I Read Banned Books

This week we are talking about banned books.  Challenged books.  All those books that people, somewhere, have decided must not be read.  (For more about this topic, click here.)

You know, like the mad frenzy against all things Harry Potter.  Mainly for the use of witch craft and realism.

A Brave New World, because a parent complained that its characters "showed contempt for religion, marriage and family."

The Lord of the Rings for being "satanic."

Even books such as The Hunger Games and Twilight, even Clifford, have been challenged and/or banned from schools and communities.

What is your take on banning and challenging books?
Mine?

I believe that every book was written to be read.  If you do not agree with its thoughts, then don't read it.  Don't buy it for your children.  But do not, do not ban it from the world.

Your view point is your view point and I respect that.  Banning art is something that should never happen though.  There are books out there I do not desire to read and will advise my children to stay away from as well.  Yet I will never push for them to disappear from the world.

Once we ban books, we begin to ban thoughts.  Once we ban thoughts, the world becomes a dull, dark place.


In honor of this week's hop, I am giving away
$15 for the Book Depository 

The lucky winner who's name gets drawn will be encouraged to chose a banned or challenged book.  Go on, stretch your mind.  Read a banned book.

This Hop will run until October 1st, when my handy Rafflecopter along with Random.org will choose the winner.

To enter: GFC follow me, and fill out the Rafflecopter below.

To view and enter all of the other great hopper's giveaways, click here.

Happy Banned Reading!





30 comments:

Melliane said...
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Melliane said...

I think I would love to read hunger games, I heard a lot of great things about it

marie evans said...

I would love to read water for elephants

Jess said...

Great post! LOVE your take on banned and challenged books, and I completely agree with you :)

zoey said...

thanks for the giveaway!

j. barrett said...
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kayla said...

So this is my first time here, and I thought it was pretty cool that both of our last names are Merritt.

j. barrett said...

grapes of wrath


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

Emily L said...

I would want to read mockingjay by suzanne collins

Liz said...

Not entering giveaway but wanted to thank you for your post.

The American Library Association website for banned/challenged books--short list for classics only--includes To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. The first four were required reading in my school days.

A commenter on Murder She Writes, however, took me aback by mentioning the Bible, which of course is banned in some places.

Thais Pampado said...

I would like to read The Catcher in the Rye.

jen7waters said...

I would choose Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson :)

Trisha said...

I don't agree with banning books of any kind - books that incite hatred and bigotry and the like are ones I'd question the wisdom of making readily available, but if people want to read them they should be able to.

Allie said...

I'd pick Looking for Alaska or The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

I Read Banned Books said...

Great post and thanks for sharing your opinions! Just stopping by to say thx!

Jen

Aleetha said...

If I dont check this hop, I won't never know that Hunger Games get into the list of banned books. Most of the book in the list are also new for me

Dovile said...

I'm surprised that Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a challenged book, so I'd like to see what it's about.

SpadesHigh said...

I will surely devour the Hunger Games series!!
Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!
Have a safe and great week!! =)

GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

*Jam* said...

I'd choose Blood and Chocolate.

Thanks for the giveaway! =)

Lenasledgeblog.com said...

Thanks for the giveaway and having the option to choose what we want to read.

Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

Megan @Reading Away The Days said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Can't beilieve some of the books that have been banned. Lord of the rings. What??

Lisa said...

I want to read the newest banned books I loved Tango makes three

Juana said...

I'd love to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

poisnivyred said...

I want to read Water for Elephants! :)

Kelsey d

Tiffany Drew said...

I would love to get my hands on Catching Fire :) Thank you for taking part in the hop and for the giveaway!

June M. said...

I am not sure what I would want. Possible THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY BY ANNE RICE.

Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Karli said...

If I win, I'd definitely chew, swallow, regurgitate, and then re-devour a Harry Potter book. :) Gotta love JKR!

Thank you so much for the giveaway!

Karaliene24[@]gmail[.]com

IdentitySeeker said...

Thanks for the great giveaway:)

Sarah @ Random Thoughts

Sekar Wulandari said...

I want to read Crank by Ellen Hopkins :) thank for the giveaway. What a great one! We get to choose what book we want and that's pretty cool :)

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