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Banned Book Week Giveaway

September 24, 2011
Have you read a banned book?

I have read challenged books. Like:

The Great Gatsby
The Grapes of Wrath
The Lord of the Flies
Animal Farm
As I Lay Dying

and so many others.

These are some of the most memorable books I have ever read. They’re powerful. They’re challenging. They’re interesting. They are so unlike much of the entertainment that’s out there: sugar-coated and saccharine-sweet, full of fluff. 

These are the books that make a person think. Maybe I didn’t agree with the message presented, but at least I had something to mull over. 

To help you buy a banned or challenged book in order to make you think, I’m giving away a $10 Amazon gift card. Giveaway runs from September 24-October 1. Winner will be notified by e-mail and will have 72 hours to respond, or another winner will be chosen. Sorry, my foreign friends, this giveaway is only open to the U.S.

See the ALA Banned & Challenged Books Site for more information and statistics.

And be sure and visit the other blogs on this Banned Books Week giveaway hop. Catch the entry form after the jump.

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157 Comments leave one →
  1. September 24, 2011 6:37 am

    Great giveaway! 🙂

  2. September 24, 2011 8:02 am

    My favorite book is Extremely Loud and Incredibly CLose but my favorite banned book is Perks of being a wallflower

  3. September 24, 2011 9:49 am

    My favorite books, banned or otherwise, are the Harry Potter series.

  4. September 24, 2011 10:19 am

    My favorite book is The Good Earth by Pearl S Buck.humanecats at gmail dot com(Ericka Todd)

  5. September 24, 2011 10:48 am

    My favorite book(s) is the Lord of the Rings.

  6. September 24, 2011 1:02 pm

    I ready far too much to pick one favorite but the satndout book for me at the moment is Beach Girls by Luanne

  7. September 24, 2011 1:22 pm

    My favorite book (which happens to be banned) is The Golden Compass.rickimc[at]aol[dot]com

  8. September 24, 2011 1:45 pm

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

  9. September 24, 2011 2:08 pm

    i have a lot of favorites but the one that got me started on reading again was twilight. :)Terri M

  10. September 24, 2011 2:21 pm

    Hopping by to personally thank you for being a part of the hop this year! Jen

  11. September 24, 2011 2:27 pm

    I like reference books. Right now I am making a farmers market bag out of the Getting Started Crochet book so it is the favorite until I am done.

  12. September 24, 2011 2:30 pm

    Could never pick just one book…. but I do love the Merry Gentry series by Laurell K Hamilton

  13. September 24, 2011 2:46 pm

    My favorite YA books are parts of series, both the Twilight series and The Hunger Games Trilogy.Thanks for the giveaway!adsanders77 at gmail dot com

  14. September 24, 2011 3:13 pm

    My favorite banned book is A wrinkle in time!e(dot)baker219(at)gmail(dot)com

  15. September 24, 2011 3:41 pm

    Any of the Harry potter books.

  16. September 24, 2011 3:56 pm

    thanks!!! 🙂 i love catcher in the rye!

  17. September 24, 2011 4:54 pm

    My favorite banned book is The Giver by Lois Lowry

  18. September 24, 2011 5:29 pm

    Posted on Murder She Writes but reposting where I can, to say thank you for raising this issue.Went to American Library Association website for list of banned/challenged books. to say, I’ve read most of the classics, or consciously chose not to read a few, but was floored to see 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, to name a few on the short list.A commenter there pointed out that the Bible often is banned.

  19. September 24, 2011 6:12 pm

    The Other Boleyn Girl, not sure if it is

  20. September 24, 2011 6:24 pm

    My favorite book of all time is The Book or Mormon. Thanks for being part of this hop!

  21. September 24, 2011 6:45 pm

    I love Falling Under!

  22. September 24, 2011 6:53 pm

    My favorite banned/challenged book would be Harry Potter. Thanks for the giveaway

  23. September 24, 2011 6:55 pm

    vampire academy and harry potter 🙂

  24. September 24, 2011 6:57 pm


  25. September 24, 2011 6:58 pm

    The Sky is Everywhere is a perfect banned book its an awesome book.

  26. September 24, 2011 7:41 pm

    I always have a hard time choosing but one of my all time favorite books is Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury. Awesome giveaway!

  27. September 24, 2011 7:49 pm

    I have loads of fav books 😀 One of my favorite banned books is Slaughterhouse Five 🙂

  28. September 24, 2011 7:50 pm

    I enjoyed the Highlanders series by Karen Marie Moning. Thanks for the giveaway.your1chef at aol dot com

  29. September 24, 2011 8:08 pm

    Among my favorites of the banned books is To Kill a Mockingbird, a book I think everyone should read. It’s hard to believe that so many people in the United States are so closed-minded that they believe they should ban others from reading certain books…and that they are so simple-minded as to believe these efforts to quash our freedom will work. Thank you so much for participating in this important event.

  30. September 24, 2011 8:29 pm

    My fave banned books have to be The Gossip Girl books! TaraTagli at gmail dot com

  31. September 24, 2011 9:23 pm

    My favorite book is Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I love anything by John Green or David Levithan. Thanks for the giveaway!

  32. September 24, 2011 9:37 pm

    My favorite Banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird

  33. September 24, 2011 9:39 pm

    My favorite book is Tiger's Curse. If u haven't read it you should definitely give it a try.

  34. September 24, 2011 9:58 pm

    Asking me what my favorite book is difficult. It changes on a constant basis depending on my mood or interest. An all time favortie is a challeged book – The Hunger Games.

  35. September 24, 2011 9:58 pm

    My favorite banned book is Catcher in the Rye.

  36. September 24, 2011 10:02 pm

    That is such an impossible question! I'm going to say Seize the Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon. .Thanks!

  37. September 24, 2011 10:40 pm

    I always have such a hard time answering this question. My favorites from the banned and challenged list range from Go Ask Alice to the Harry Potter series, both having its own powerful and positive impact on me. Thanks for the giveaway!Donna @ The Happy Booker ahappybooker at gmail dot com

  38. September 24, 2011 10:56 pm

    Very nice giveaway. New follower. I would have never thought of some of these books as Banned Books. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

  39. September 24, 2011 10:57 pm

    I have enjoyed many of the books on the list. Unfortunately, there are many parents that don't pay attention to what their kids read. Some of these books should NOT be read till kids are older and it is sad that some parents allow or don't know that their kids are reading what isn't appopriate at for their age!books4me67 at

  40. September 24, 2011 11:22 pm

    I like anything by James Pattersonmsboatgal at

  41. September 24, 2011 11:34 pm

    My favorite banned/challenged book would be I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. It is one of my all time favorites.Thanks for the great giveaway.Here's Mine: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

  42. September 25, 2011 12:22 am

    My favorite book is the hunger games by suzanne collins.

  43. September 25, 2011 12:34 am

    i love the hunger games too.Thanks.

  44. September 25, 2011 1:56 am

    my favorite banned book is diary of a young girl by anne frank

  45. September 25, 2011 2:35 am

    Ooh, I love Anna Karenina and Gone With the Wind!

  46. September 25, 2011 2:39 am

    The Hunger Games is currently my favorite banned book, but this week has brought so many new books to my attention. I'm excited to read banned books!

  47. September 25, 2011 2:56 am

    My favorite banned book is Catcher in the Ryestrs4u2000[at]

  48. September 25, 2011 3:03 am

    I don't have one favorite…Persuasion by Jane AustenWrinkle in Time by l'EngleTo Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie WillisMemory by Lois McMaster Bujold

  49. September 25, 2011 3:53 am

    My favorite book Gone With The Wind

  50. September 25, 2011 4:15 am

    My favorite book is The Help by Kathryn Stockett.

  51. September 25, 2011 4:22 am

    loved hunger games and also read PC Cast

  52. September 25, 2011 4:56 am

    My favorite book is Fahrenheit 451

  53. September 25, 2011 6:26 am

    I have always loved Gone with the

  54. September 25, 2011 6:38 am

    One of my favorites – Cujo by Stephen King

  55. September 25, 2011 6:59 am

    One of my favorite banned books was To Kill a Mockingbird. Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)comThanks for your generosity and being part of the Banned Books Week Blog Giveaway Hop!

  56. September 25, 2011 7:22 am

    I would have to say my favorite banned book/s would be the Twilight Series and the Harry Potter Books =)Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!Have a safe and great weekend!! =)GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

  57. September 25, 2011 8:33 am

    Any book? Okay, that will be Where She Went by Gayle Forman.anxirium at yahoo dot com

  58. September 25, 2011 1:08 pm

    My favourite book? I am assuming you mean a banned book? Some of my favourites include The Adventures of Huck Finn, Diary of Anne Frank, Harry Potter, and Twilight!Thanks for the giveaway!darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

  59. September 25, 2011 1:17 pm

    My favorites are of mice and men, and the lord of the rings.

  60. September 25, 2011 1:31 pm

    Oh my, I have to choose just ONE favorite? I will have to say it is my introduction to vampires with Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice.Great giveaway!! Thank you! 😀

  61. September 25, 2011 2:58 pm

    I have several favorite books!! ONE of them is definitely Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte. Oh I could go on and on about how great it is!Thanks for the opportunity!-Carly W.

  62. September 25, 2011 3:33 pm

    Awesome giveaway! My favorite book is Looking for Alaska by John Green!Thank you,Elisquared

  63. September 25, 2011 3:57 pm

    I don't know if I have a favorite book, but I just read Mrs. Bridge and really liked it. I think my favorite banned book is either The Color Purple or The Great Gatsby.

  64. September 25, 2011 3:58 pm

    My favorite banned book (today) is Perks of Being a Wallflowerinsanityisnormal(at)gmail(dot)com

  65. September 25, 2011 4:30 pm

    I always have trouble answering favorite overall book — I have many favorites! But, my favorite banned book of the ones I've read so far is definitely Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.Thanks for the giveaway!

  66. September 25, 2011 4:53 pm

    My favorite books are the Hunger Games trilogy and the Harry Potter series, both of which happen to be banned.

  67. September 25, 2011 5:04 pm

    I loved Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. I read those in MS and I still remember them today.

  68. September 25, 2011 5:11 pm

    My favorite book is Little Women.

  69. September 25, 2011 5:23 pm

    My favorite banned book is the Hunger Games.amandarwest atgmaildotcom

  70. September 25, 2011 6:12 pm

    To Kill a Mockingbirdjenhedger at hotmail dot com

  71. September 25, 2011 6:32 pm

    Thanks for being a part of this hop and calling attention to banned and challenged books!

  72. September 25, 2011 8:15 pm

    I don't really have a favorite book. My favorite banned book is The Diary of Anne Frank.

  73. September 25, 2011 9:08 pm

    I'm always shocked at some of the titles on the banned/challenged list, because half of the classics on there were required reading when I was in school!Thanks for the giveaway!JessRomanceaholic at gmail dot com

  74. September 25, 2011 9:22 pm

    My favorite book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Thanks for the giveaway!mdh0115(at)gmail(dot)com

  75. September 25, 2011 9:28 pm

    Thanks for the fab giveaway!My favorite banned book is Twilight.jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

  76. September 25, 2011 10:33 pm

    Favorite banned book would have to be The Hunger Games!Thanksamercnchic (at) aol (dot) com

  77. September 25, 2011 10:39 pm

    I have 2 fav on the banned list Twilight and To Kill a Mocking Bird…

  78. September 25, 2011 11:00 pm

    My favorite banned book is Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. :]

  79. September 25, 2011 11:22 pm

    The Hunger Games is my favorite. (\___/) (='.'=) (")_(")alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  80. September 25, 2011 11:28 pm

    I love the Hunger GamesKelsey d

  81. September 25, 2011 11:39 pm

    thanks for the giveaway! My favorite book is Swan song by Robert McCammon.xxsquigglesxx(At)Gmail(dot)com

  82. September 25, 2011 11:51 pm

    My favorite book at the moment is Divergent by Veronica Roth.My favorite BANNED books are Harry Potter and Hunger Games. 🙂

  83. September 26, 2011 12:06 am

    One of my favorite books is The Hollow Kingdom by Clare B. Dunkle, which I think is quite dark with complex themes for its YA label but oh so good.abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

  84. September 26, 2011 12:16 am

    The Giver by Lois Lowry. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  85. September 26, 2011 12:20 am

    My favorite all time book is Pride & Prejudice.Favorite banned book is To Kill A Mockingbird.Judymagnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

  86. September 26, 2011 1:12 am

    My favorite book is Twilight(:

  87. September 26, 2011 1:45 am

    Thank you for the giveaway! My favorite book is Alice in Wonderland. I wonder how long it will be before it is added to the Banned Book List since the caterpillar smokes a hookah.jbronderblogs at aol dot com

  88. September 26, 2011 1:48 am

    my favorite book is unlovable by sherry gammon

  89. September 26, 2011 1:58 am

    My favorite is Vampire academy by Richelle Mead I love them so much! Thank you for the great giveaway!

  90. September 26, 2011 2:00 am

    Right now my favorite book is the Hunger Games.Jennelle S

  91. September 26, 2011 2:08 am

    I can't believe they are banning some of these books.lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com

  92. September 26, 2011 2:10 am

    I love lord of the flies! GFC holly wright. I'd love to win! Thanks!Hollybwright at

  93. September 26, 2011 2:49 am

    My favorite book is In the Shadow of Man by Jane Goodall.lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  94. September 26, 2011 3:45 am

    My favorite book is Pride and Prejudice 🙂

  95. September 26, 2011 5:46 am

    My favorite banned book "The Giver"cindymacbeth at gmail dot com

  96. September 26, 2011 5:57 am

    I don't have a favorite book but I do have a favorite series. I love the "In Death" books by J.D. Robb. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

  97. September 26, 2011 6:21 am

    My favorite book(s) is the Harry Potter series.Thanks for the giveaway!

  98. September 26, 2011 1:13 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite book is "banned"; Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

  99. September 26, 2011 1:18 pm

    I have so many favorites I can't even name them all!!jmluker at winco dot net

  100. September 26, 2011 1:57 pm

    Too many favorite books! But my fave BANNED book would have to be Speak by Laurie Halse AndersonThanks for the amazing giveaway!Rabiahiliveforreading AT hotmail DOT com

  101. September 26, 2011 3:47 pm

    My most recent favorite book is The Duff.

  102. September 26, 2011 3:57 pm

    My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games 🙂

  103. September 26, 2011 5:22 pm

    I loved the Hunger Games trilogy!susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  104. September 26, 2011 7:47 pm

    My favorite banned book is Harry Potter.Crystal816[at}hotmail[dot]com

  105. September 26, 2011 7:55 pm

    My favorite banned book is The lord of the Flies by William Golding.mizztuts AT bellsouth DOT net

  106. September 26, 2011 10:13 pm

    I really liked Speak

  107. September 26, 2011 11:21 pm

    A Game of Thrones by George R R

  108. September 27, 2011 12:23 am

    My favorite book is She's Come Undone by Wally Lamb.Maggie at tethered mommy dot com

  109. September 27, 2011 12:36 am

    My favorite book would be hard to choose, but my favorite BANNED book is "For Whom the Bell Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway!

  110. September 27, 2011 3:19 am

    hard to pick but for a banned book its Speak, hunger games, and to kill a mockingbirdthanks for the giveaway!gfc follower – Katiekatie_tp(at)yahoo(dot)com

  111. September 27, 2011 3:50 am

    Hard to pick one favorite book. But one of my favorite challenged books is The Great Gatsby,

  112. September 27, 2011 5:04 am

    Fav banned book Speak

  113. September 27, 2011 5:56 am

    MY favorite happens to be banned at one time and that is Diary of Anne Frank.

  114. September 27, 2011 7:22 am

    I actually love Go Ask Alice.

  115. September 27, 2011 3:26 pm

    i like To kill a mockingbirdgalyettina at yahoo dot com

  116. September 27, 2011 3:44 pm

    A hard decision but I guess I would have to choose The Count of Monte Cristo and All books by Tamora Pierce.

  117. September 27, 2011 4:21 pm

    My favorite is Harry Potter.

  118. September 27, 2011 7:19 pm

    Slaughterhouse Five :)missnobodyblog (at) gmail (dot) com

  119. September 27, 2011 8:40 pm

    My favorite book is the BIBLEKimmie Barnesshawnandkim@suddenlink.netjakeremom–twitter and GFC

  120. September 27, 2011 9:33 pm

    I'm a huge fan of Twilight which is on the list for 2010. The catcher in the rye and to kill a mockingbird are also excellent

  121. September 28, 2011 12:07 am

    Thanks for participating in the BBW blog hop! My favorite banned book must be To Kill a Mockingbird.

  122. September 28, 2011 12:24 am

    My favorite book has also been challenged! Harry Potter! 🙂 Thanks!

  123. September 28, 2011 2:10 am

    There is no way I could pick a favorite book. However, one of my favorite challenged/banned books growing up was SE Hinton's THE OUTSIDERS.

  124. September 28, 2011 5:01 am

    I know why the caged bird singstbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  125. September 28, 2011 5:02 am

    I think the Hunger Games is my favorite Banned Book!

  126. September 28, 2011 10:37 am

    My favorite book is Of Mice and Men.couponcookie at gmail dot com

  127. September 28, 2011 1:48 pm

    My favorite book will always be Harry Potter.

  128. September 28, 2011 4:38 pm

    My favorite banned book so far is To Kill A Mockingbird.Michelle (@OBoyledBooks)OBoyledBooks at gmail dot com

  129. September 28, 2011 4:40 pm

    The Giver by Lois Lowry!

  130. September 28, 2011 4:47 pm

    My favorite banned book would be Catcher in the

  131. September 28, 2011 6:06 pm

    So many books that I consider to be favorites are on that list. Speak, Harry Potter, A Light in the Attic, any Sarah Dessen book, and so on.

  132. September 28, 2011 6:13 pm

    Awesome giveaway! Thanks so much! 🙂

  133. September 28, 2011 6:41 pm

    My favorite book is Harry Potter. – Alison Tolar

  134. September 28, 2011 6:48 pm

    thanks for participating.

  135. September 28, 2011 9:57 pm

    My favorite book is probably To Kill a Mockingbird. It's such a heartwarming novel.

  136. September 28, 2011 10:09 pm

    My favorite book is EON by Alison Goodman, my favorite banned book is THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

  137. September 29, 2011 12:47 am

    Harry Potter series :DMany Thanks! Take care & God bless ^_^

  138. September 29, 2011 12:48 am

    Ooh! I have read the Animal Farm! (: I have lots of favorite books. But so far this year, my favorite is Divergent by Veronica Roth. My favorite banned book is Catcher In The Rye.-Danah

  139. September 29, 2011 2:27 am

    My favorite banned book is Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

  140. September 29, 2011 3:47 am

    My favorite book at the moment is The Host by Stephenie Meyer. If you wanted to know my favorite banned book, that might be The Harry Potter series.jessangil at gmail dot com-Jessica B

  141. September 29, 2011 1:53 pm

    My favorite banned book is ANIMAL FARM.

  142. September 29, 2011 5:39 pm

    Did you want favorite book or favorite banned book? My favorite book is The Time Traveler's Wife…my favorite Banned Book(s) are The Hunger Games Series..however Forbidden and Looking for Alaska are both great reads as well!

  143. September 29, 2011 10:27 pm

    thanks for the giveaway lisapeters at yahoo dot com lisa

  144. September 29, 2011 10:46 pm

    My favorite banned book is The Fahrenheit 451.

  145. September 30, 2011 2:58 am

    I have too many favorites to list them all, but one of my favorites is Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

  146. September 30, 2011 6:27 am

    Brave New World.Thanks for the contest.

  147. September 30, 2011 12:46 pm

    Depends on the day! I really like Hunger Games, Water For Elephants, the whole Twilight and Harry Potter series:-)

  148. September 30, 2011 8:46 pm

    I love the Harry Potter series! texastypeamom at gmail dot com

  149. September 30, 2011 10:08 pm

    Hard to pick a favorite book… but I love the Harry Potter series 🙂

  150. September 30, 2011 11:17 pm

    My favorite book would have to be Vixen by Jillian Larkin. Can't wait for the next book, Ingenue. Looks Fabby. Kandee 🙂

  151. October 1, 2011 2:08 am

    Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book.

  152. October 1, 2011 3:27 am

    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is definitely my favorite banned book. :)Thank you for the giveaway!Karaliene24[@]gmail[.]com

  153. October 1, 2011 3:48 am

    Louisa May Alcott's Little Women

  154. October 1, 2011 5:00 am

    My favorite is The Giver! Thanks for the giveaway!

  155. October 1, 2011 10:10 pm

    My favorite book is this bridge called my back by gloria anzaldua and cherrie moraga. It changed the way I viewed the world and myself. I'm sure if more people heard of it, it would be a banned book. It challenges notions of race, gender, sex, sexuality, and more. the imagine tree at aol dot com

  156. October 1, 2011 11:07 pm

    Kite Runner by Khaled HosseiniThanks!mandalarctic at gmail dot com

  157. October 2, 2011 1:32 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! My favorite book is "Gone with the Wind".BornajhawkATaolDOTcom

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