Saturday, September 24, 2016

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

 
 
By Suze
 
Tomorrow the Banned Books Week will start. 'Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.' It's an American initiative. I think both children and adults should be able to read what they like and hope that there will be less restricted reading. A lot of the books on the banned book lists are beautiful stories and I'm glad those books are still available. It would be devastating if the list would be something that's being used everywhere. Some of the books that are on it are all time personal favorites, stories I want everyone to have access to.
 
Fahrenheit 451 is a fantastic story about a world where all books are banned. It ached my heart to read it, but it also made me realize how lucky we are that we have access to so many books. It's a book that brought me gratitude and I loved its philosophical character. Books make my life richer and I'm happy that I'm able to experience the joy reading brings. I hope free reading will never cease to exist and that more people will be able to be added to the list of those who read freely every day.
 
Banned Books Week makes me think about what it would be like if someone would restrict my reading. Most of the books that have been listed are valuable stories to me that all influenced my life in a positive way and it would devastate me if someone would take these experiences and possible future experiences away. I hope with all my heart that one day everyone in the world will feel and be truly free to read what they want.
 
  Giveaway
 
The winner of this giveaway will receive a book of their choice worth $12. Good luck!
 

 
The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. Please add withloveforbooks@gmail.com to your list of approved email addresses. All of our giveaways are international.

 

64 comments:

  1. I love Thirteen Reasons Why, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Just Listen (I didn't even know this was frequently challenged), The Great Gatsby, Lauren Myracle's books, Nineteen Minutes, and Eleanor & Park. I apparently have a lot of "challenging" favorites.

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  2. I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Eleanor & Park, I feel like these are both very important books for teens to read, I read them in my 30s, and I wish they were around when I was younger.

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  3. I love Edna O'Brien's early work that was banned for years here in Ireland - didn't stop us though!

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  4. Harry Potter because it helped me escape a very hard time in my life.

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  5. 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell - it's impressive how they confront the reader with human nature at its worst. You should think people learn from it, yet they'd rather ban the books (well, not anymore, but when they were published).

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  6. I've only read one so far ― Animal Farm. But I liked it so yeah, let's go with that.

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  7. Harry Potter because it rekindled my love for books.

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  8. I just briefly read over the comments above, and to my incredible surprise--- "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" was banned!?? YOU'RE KIDDING ME. I remember reading that not long after it first came out.

    Two of my favorite banned books are "Lolita" and "The Catcher in the Rye." Simply put, I truly enjoyed the experience of reading these books. And even though I haven't read the latter in many years, I've still retained a bit of Holden's vocabulary-- esp. the word "lousy."

    --Ann

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  9. The Catcher in the Rye is my favourite. I've only read it once and it really spoke to me, I'm scared to read it again in case I don't like it as much.

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  10. I loved all of the His Dark Materials books. From the very first pages of the first book, you are immersed in such a wonderful universe, so similar and yet so different from our own.

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  11. I hated, HATED Fahrenheit 451. That being said, I fully support your ability to read it and have a different opinion. I love Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, Animal Farm and 1984 for starters. There are more, and I need to read Harry Potter. My daughter is a huge fan

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  12. Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, To Kill A Mockingbird. :-)

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  13. I loved Harry Potter, 13 Reasons Why, Eleanor and Park, Looking for Alaska are a few of my favorites.

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  14. I honestly have no idea which books I've read have been banned at some stage - I'm currently reading The Red Knight by Miles Cameron, a fantastic military fantasy. Rafflecopter entries are in my real name NIKKI HAYES, thanks for the lovely giveaway :o)

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  15. Gatsby!! One of my favourite stories

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  16. I love all the harry potter books

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  17. Lord Of The Flies. I first read this when I was a teen, and I have reread it several times. This book really makes you think.

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  18. The entire Harry Potter series because it's full of magic. Still can't believe it was banned from schools.

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  19. There are so many, but I would say To Kill A Mockingbird. There are so many that I have read that I do not understand why they were banned.

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  20. Fahrenheit 451, one of the greatest books ever written and since when was Harry Potter banned. WTF!

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  21. Has to be Harry Potter. I dont think I need to say why I like it so much. There are quite a few surprises on there for sure though. Thanks or the chance.

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  22. I'd say the Twilight series for me. Shocked to see it made it onto the list.

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  23. I can't say I have a favorite. But I think it's a crying shame when someone tries to ban a book. Books make you think. They're a great escape. And to try to make everyone think and feel the same as anyone else is wrong. Like the comment verification says, "I am not a robot".

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  24. Thirteen Reasons Why because it represents mental illness in a raw, realistic way.

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  25. Harry Potter! Such good books, can´t even understand why they should be banned!

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  26. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

    The gist: Written in 1931 and published a year later, Huxley's parody of H. G. Wells’ utopian future in his novel, Men Like Gods isn't wholly dissimilar to George Orwell’s 1984. Addressing the period's core theme of industrialisation, Huxley explored the loss of identity and increasing dividision of society to devastating effect.

    Why was it banned? Initially, Ireland pulled it off the shelves for its controversial themes on child birth, before several states in the US tried to have it removed from school curriculums due to its “themes on negativity.”

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  27. I can't say I have a favorite banned book...

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  28. DEfinitely Harry Potter! This series converted so many nonreaders that I know to pick up a book and read for fun

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  29. DEfinitely Harry Potter! This series converted so many nonreaders that I know to pick up a book and read for fun

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  30. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is so evocative and thought-provoking!

    --Trix

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  31. The Diary of Anne Frank as it's so raw and real.

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  32. I don't really have a favourite to be honest.

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  33. I dont recall reading any banned books lately .

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  34. My favorite banned books are the Fifty Shades of Gray trilogy by E.L. James, Carrie by Stephen King, and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck :)

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  35. Looking for Alaska. That was such a beautiful book!

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  36. The bible! God's word is amazing <3

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  37. There are so many but Harry Potter was great!

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  38. My favorite banned book is the harry potter series, I love the friendship, the magic, the hogwarts, what fun imagination!

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  39. My favorite banned book is The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien. I enjoy Tolkien!

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  40. Mine is To Kill A Mockingbird. When I was in the 10th grade circa 1986, we had to read it. I wasn't much of a reader then & hated being assigned books to read. I could not put this book down! I even skipped to the end to see what happened. My now 20 year old daughter loves to read(so does my 23 year old daughter but not as much) and this is one of her favorite books. :)

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  41. My favourite banned book is Catcher in the Rye because I really enjoyed it. But, as far as banned books goes, Catcher in the Rye serves as almost a sort of time machine, showing current readers what crass and foul language looked like half a century ago. Nowadays, infants and toddlers can hear "god damn" on TV and the radio, not to mention teenagers and adults reading it in a piece of fiction.
    And Tango Makes Three is a banned book I am very eager to read. A more recent addition to the list of banned books, this speaks more to North America's views toward homosexuality than it does what language is mature language, appropriate language, etc. like Catcher in the Rye.

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  42. Banned books - just the hearing the words make me cringe. My Favorites are Great Gatsby and Catcher in the Rye. I read Gatsby recently but Catcher when I was a teen and loved the sarcasm :)

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  43. I looked through several of the lists. I really liked Twilight and was surprised to see that it was a banned book. It's one of my favorite books because so many of my friends ended up liking it, and we just passed the books around.
    Dianna

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  44. The Diary of Anne Frank because I was once in the play.

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  45. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time :) I've seen the stage version as well and I thought that was fab too

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  46. Brave New World is my all time fave book! Scary cos u can kinda see it happening......

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  47. The Harry Potter series is my favorite. It's extremely well-written and an enjoyable story.

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  48. SOme Girls Are by Courtney SUmmers because it portrays the realities of high school bullying to a T

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  49. I would say Looking For Alaska by John Green because it is so beautifully written
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  50. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell. It is a really nice way to talk to children about same-sex parent families.

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  51. The Harry Potter books because I just love the magic.

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  52. I like the Harry Potter books. Watch out for magic.....
    Thanks for the contest.
    Support National Banned Books Week!
    slehan at juno dot com

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  53. Maria Theresa SantosOctober 1, 2016 at 2:26 PM

    Eleanor & Park

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  54. Mark Twain's "Letters From the Earth". It was banned for years after it was written, and is hard to find now. Brilliant political/social satire.

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  55. Harry Potter, because it's my entire childhood! :-)

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  56. I love The Perks of Being a Wallflower, I still don't understand why it's banned.

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  57. My favorite banned book is The Holy Bible, because I live a life based on Christianity.

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