Saturday, September 24, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

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Anybody who knows me knows I'm a rabid Harry Potter fan. The books and films have been so wildly popular that some of you may have forgotten that there were (and still are) lots of people who would like to see them banned.

So no one should be surprised that the banned book I'm giving away for the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop is one of Harry's books.

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But to spice things up, I'm going to have a second winner. This winner will get a hard copy of another banned book. A Pulitzer Prize winning book.

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You only have to do two things for your name to be entered in the giveaway:
  1. Comment here that you're interested in participating in the drawing.
  2. Tell what your favorite banned book is and why.
I invite you to do the following but neither is required:
  1. Visit the other members of the Banned Book Giveaway Hop and see what books they're giving away. You can find the list here. The Giveaway lasts a week, so you don't have to hit them all at once.
  2. Feel free to follow me if you aren't already.


    1. Great post! There are a number of banned books that I've loved~ I just looked up a list to see which might be my favorite and was surprised to see Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya on it. I remember adoring that book. And guess what else was in it? Witches, by Roald Dahl! And I definitely love that one :)

    2. Not commenting for the giveaway, but just to say - good for you for highlighting this sad issue.

    3. Favorite banned book: The whole Vampire Academy Series. The last one was banned before it was even written.

    4. Please enter me in the drawing. I can't give you a specific banned book that I love because I don't keep track of what books are banned and what books are not. I just read what I want to read. But kudos for highlighting banned books, because a large number of them are high quality and deserve the attention!

    5. I'm not entering the giveaway, but this is still such a great idea. Banned books are often banned because they're too honest. Great post!

    6. My favorite banned book (which is really banned and not merely withheld from a school library or rejected from a school reading list) can get you a death penalty in some places in the world -- the Bible

    7. Thanks for the giveaway. I don't know what my fav book would be there are quite a few. I remember a teacher took a book from my brother once because she deemed it "inappropriate". My mother went to the school and raised a riot. She had given him the book and they could ..... LOL go momma!

    8. Have to say I"m always a bit shocked by some of the titles that show up on the banned book list. I'm not that easily offended, so it's hard for me to understand why certain books get that kind of attention.

    9. I'm always stunned when I look at banned books lists.

      To Kill a Mockingbird is right up there for me. Also Fahrenheit 451, 1984, Of Mice and Men, and LOTR.

      Love to be part of the drawing!

    10. Oh I promise I had mine in my head before I read Annette's post! But my list looks just like hers.

      To Kill a Mockingbird
      Of Mice and Men
      LOTR and Harry Potter
      Hunger Games

    11. Oh, read the instructions Shelly.

      I would like to participate in the giveaway.

      I'm going to pick Of Mice and Men. It was so touching the way that George looked after Lenny. And sometimes, life is sad, even for the innocent.

    12. Thanks for the reminder of Banned Book Week. I recently read through all seven HP books in record time. Can't believe I haven't read them until now.

    13. Cool giveaway and an all-too-often ignored issue.

      The Diary of Anne Frank wins it for me, hands down. Not only did it beautifully capture the innocence of a young girl coming of age, but it managed to, in that same innocence, portray the monstrous atrocities of WWII. This book brought a world to its knees, and this reader very nearly to tears.

    14. Some of my favorite banned books are The Color Purple, Beloved, 1984, Brave New World, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, and The Lord of the Rings.

    15. hi i'd like to participate

      wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
      jbarrett5 at

    16. I'm not entering the draw, but two of my favorite banned books are SPEAK and TWENTY BOY SUMMER. I'm still scratching my head as to why some idiot wanted to ban them.

    17. Harry Potter is one of my very favorite banned books, too! For the LONGEST time, my kids had absolutely no interest in them being the books I read to them each night. After several years of trying to talk them into it, my perseverance paid off! And guess what? They are absolutely loving them too, just like I knew they would. :)

    18. so many great books on the banned list - catcher in the rye one of them
      msboatgal at

    19. I am interested in this giveaway- thanks. I have watched the HP movies but have not had a chance to read them yet. My favorite book on the list that I have read so far is The Hunger Games.

      GFC- Christine A.

      your1chef at aol dot com

    20. Not entering the giveaway, but one banned book that's a favorite is The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. The ending is sad (though I found an aspect to it hopeful), but he's an amazing writer.

    21. Ooo fun contest! Definitely interested in the giveaway. Aside of Harry Potter *sigh*, I'm gonna have to go with Catcher in the Rye. I just loved the tone and attitude in the story - made me laugh so hard at times.

    22. too many banned books to list; even if poorly written, all should be allowed to die on their own merits, not cuz some twit was 'offended' by it...

      when i lived in british columbia, some books were banned because the parents in the kids' books were of the same sex, and for no other reason! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

    23. Cool giveaway! Wish I'd heard about it sooner, I would've loved to host this. I definitely want to be part of the contest at least. I like lots of banned books. Ones that I really liked reading were 1984 by George Orwell, Lysistrata, Howl by Allen Ginsberg (just saw the really well done documentarty-style bio film with James Franco as Ginsberg), The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. A lot of great books get banned. Here's one of my all-time faves for growing up: Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

      Thanks for posting!

    24. Thanks for the giveaway!

      Harry Potter and the Twilight Series are definitely banned favorites of mine, but my all-time favorite "banned" book is Fahrenheit 451.

      Romanceahoic at gmail dot com

    25. Thanks for the giveaway :]
      My current favorite banned book is The Hunger Games, but that may change after BBW ;]

    26. My favorite banned book is Perks of Being a Wallflower!
      Thanks for the giveaway, I loved BBW!

    27. I want to enter please! My favorite "banned" book is The Da Vinci Code because it is a work of fiction, but it uses actual historical sites. I read it in one day because it was so riveting that I couldn't put it down.

      sixteenpaperhearts at

    28. I love of mice and men. I think it is very challenging, and truly makes you think about the subject.
      Thanks for the giveaway.

    29. I would say my favorite was To Kill A Mockingbird since that was probably the first book I read (in high school) that was later banned. When in school, this was one of the mandatory books to read?? Thanks for the giveaway.

      GFC follower-judy


    30. My favorite- Harry Potter, The Giver, The Hunger Games.They were all such awesome books.
      Definitely interested in the giveaway.
      I'm a new follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

      alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

    31. Please enter me in the giveaway. I don't have just one favorite but I liked The Giver whole lot.
      mamabunny13 at gmail dot com

    32. The Giver is my favorite banned book! I actually borrowed it from the library when I was in junior high school.
      Thanks for the opportunity!
      I would love to win either prize.
      -Carly Waid

    33. I would love to participate in the giveaway.

      One of my favorite challenged/banned books was The Color Purple, by Alice Walker. Loved the book and the movie.


    34. i agree with you and LOVE harry potter. the series is a fantastic read and i think one of the first "older" books i ever read.

    35. Some of my favorite banned books were A Wrinkle in Time, The Giver, and Animal Farm. I think it is strange that people challenged those books. Especially the ones who challenged Animal Farm, or was it 1984, for being pro-communist, way to miss the boat guys.

      Thank you for the giveaway!

      melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

    36. I adore Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, thank you for the giveaway! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

    37. -Sorry, I forgot to add that I was interested in participating in the giveaway, obviously lol. Please delete my previous comment.

      My favorite is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I had to read it twice in school by requirement. Once in Middle and once in high school. I just really loved the story, and the relationship between George and Lenny. And it became my all time favorite book.

      GFC: Dominique
      couponcookie at gmail dot com

    38. interested-
      The Lovely Bones, just love that book!

    39. Count me in for the drawing.

      I'm not sure if some of my favorite books were ever banned, but I do love To Kill a Mockingbird. Such a wonderful story.

      We considered naming our son Atticus, but decided to go with something a little more common.

    40. I'd like to be entered, and I'm a new follower. :)

      I think To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite banned book. It is one I've read multiple times and will read again.

    41. Thanks for the giveaway :) I'd love to enter! Loveeeee the Harry Potter books! Makes me sad they're banned :(

    42. 1984 because I always enjoyed reading that book.

      lkish77123 at gmail dot com

    43. Wow!! You responded to me...Thanks for acknowledging that I'm a real person. :)

    44. Great giveaway! Count me in, please!

      My favorite banned books have got to be the Harry Potter series (of course!) followed by Bridge to Terabithia, and the Hunger Games. :)

      Thank you so much!


    45. Thanks for this great giveaway... I would like to participate in it.... My favorite banned book would have to be To Kill A Mocking Bird... It was a required read in school but I have read it more than once. Not sure why I love this book so much but I do :-)

    46. Thanks for the giveaway!!



      GFC Michele Luker

      jmluker at winco dot net

    47. Since I own both books, I'm not putting in for the giveaway, just stopping by to say hello and thanks for joining in on mine! <3

    48. i love harry potter!
      thanks for the giveaway! :)

    49. Thanks for the chance at this great giveaway. My favorite banned books are actually the Harry Potter series.

      supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

    50. My favorite banned book is Of Mice and Men, because it taught me the lesson that the right thing is never easy.

    51. I would like to be entered in this giveaway. My favorite banned book is Catcher in the rye.

      mia at jacobsracing dot com

    52. Please enter me in the giveaway. I have loved The Hunger games series and the Twilight series which are all banned books.

      bchild5 at aol dot com

    53. I'd like to participate! My favorite banned book is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. I think it's a beautiful story, and for some reason I really connected with the main character. I almost never reread, but I've read this one twice and plan to do so more.

      erinreadsblog {at} gmail {dot} com

    54. I am entering the contest and would love to win To Kill a Mockingbird. My favorite banned books are the Harry Potter series because they made readers out of a lot of people who wouldn't be otherwise.

    55. Oh and my email is skidmore333atgmaildotcom

    56. My favourite banned books are probably the Twilight series - I love vampires! But I also loved Diary of Anne Frank and The Adventures of Hucklberry Finn - those are classics and should be read by all!

      Thanks for the giveaway!

      darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    57. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD and GONE WITH THE WIND are my favorite banned books.

      Thanks for the giveaway and for publicizing banned books week.


    58. Please enter me in the drawing. I have so many favorite banned books: the Hunger Games, Vampire Academy Series, Just Listen, Harry Potter, along with alot of the the classics....

      brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

    59. Thanks for the giveaway!My favorite banned book is probably Speak because it gives such a positive message in the situation.

      gfc- Katie



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