Saturday, September 21, 2013

3rd Annual Banned Books Week Hop

September 22-28th, 2013 is Banned Book Week!  And to celebrate, this is my 3rd year participating in the Annual Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop hosted by  I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and Mary from BookHounds.  Supporting banned books is a passion of mine.    Once again, I'm posting the list  new and classic books that make up the ALA's "Top Ten Challenged Books Lists by Year: 2001-2012."
Here is an example of last year's challenged books:

- Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey.
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie.
Reasons: Offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher.
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, suicide, unsuited for age group
- Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. James.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson.
Reasons: Homosexuality, unsuited for age group
- The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini.
Reasons: Homosexuality, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
- Looking for Alaska, by John Green.
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited for age group
- Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
Reasons: Unsuited for age group, violence
- The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit
- Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Sexually explicit, religious viewpoint, violence

To make thing easier, I'm giving a free $10 Amazon Gift Card for one (1) lucky winner.  Our winner can choose their preferred banned or challenged book.  Cool, huh?
Let me clarify: One (1) lucky winner can win a $10 Gift Card from Amazon! Check out the details on how to enter.  See below and tell your friends!

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Again, the giveaway starts at 12:01 AM EST on Sunday, September 22th and runs September 28th midnight. Contest is open to International participants.

Want to see who else is participating? Click here and hop on by.

Update: Congrats to June M. for winning the Banned Book Hop. The winner was chosen by the reputable and has been notified via email. They have 72 hours to respond.


mshatch said...

What a ridiculous list. I no more agree with banning Thirteen Reasons Why or The Kite Runner - seriously, The Kite Runner? - (both of which I've read and loved) than I do Fifty Shades of Grey (which I have no intention of reading). Whoever these "book banners" are, they do not speak for the readers who made all three best sellers.

Mary BookHounds Jacobs said...

thanks for participating!

Schatze says WOOF

kipha said...

I agree that these banned book lists are ridiculous. At one point they weren't banned and then boom! It's added into the list.

S. L. Hennessy said...

I LOVE banned book week. My goal is to read ALL the books that they try to ban. ALL OF THEM.

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Lynda R Young said...

It's interesting why some books have been banned. A little silly in most cases, especially since banning the book usually means it will be read even more, lol.

Catherine Lee said...

I've read all of them EXCEPT Looking for Alaska. I think 50 Shades should be BANNED...for bad writing! LOL.

Karen Lange said...

I'm sometimes puzzled over some of the books that are banned. Some I can see not putting into young children's hands, but to ban them completely seems extreme.

June M. said...

Thank you so much!