Thursday, September 27, 2012

BANNED BOOK Giveaway!

It’s Banned Books Week!



Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States. (American Librarian Association)

My take on Banned Books:

I have a thirteen-year old daughter who reads just as much if not more than I do. We share books, but there are certain YA books that she will definitely wait to read. Is it because I want them banned? NO. It’s because she’s not ready to handle some of the older YA content. But one day she will be. And I want her to have accessibility to these books. She’ll read them. I’ll encourage her to read them. And hopefully mother/daughter discourse will ensue.

There are so many valuable, wonderful, amazing books out there for teens—ones many should read. Just because of the slight explicit content in Thirteen Reasons Why should a library ban a book that I believe should be a required read for every freshman in high school? Just because teenagers who’ve only known each other for a week have sex, should Twenty Boy Summer be banned reading? Should candid discussions of sex be the reason Shut Out never makes it to a high school’s library shelf?

If you don’t like the content in a book, don’t read it. And parents, if you’re concerned as to what your kid’s reading, then read with them. And while you’re at it, make sure you monitor every movie and television show and YouTube video and Xbox game and Facebook status . But don’t get a book banned from a library that could save another kid’s life. Like Laurie Halse Anderson’s Speak. Or Ellen Hopkins' Crank.

This week, I am a Reader, Not a Writer and I Read Banned Books are hosting the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. And I’m giving away a book and a gift card in honor of it.

First, one of my favorite Banned Books



Standing on the fringes of life... offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.

This haunting novel about the dilemma of passivity vs. passion marks the stunning debut of a provocative new voice in contemporary fiction: The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

This is the story of what it's like to grow up in high school. More intimate than a diary, Charlie's letters are singular and unique, hilarious and devastating. We may not know where he lives. We may not know to whom he is writing. All we know is the world he shares. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it puts him on a strange course through uncharted territory. The world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends. The world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite.

Through Charlie, Stephen Chbosky has created a deeply affecting coming-of-age story, a powerful novel that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller coaster days known as growing up.

I read, cried, and then reviewed this one sometime ago. You can check more out on this book here.


And if you’ve already read that book or would just like to pick out a banned book of your own, I’m also giving away a $15 Amazon Gift Card!

To win either the gift card or a copy of The Perks of Being a Wallflower, all you have to do is comment. Extra entries can be obtained as follows:

+1 follower of the blog

+1 follower on Twitter

+2 tweeting about the giveaway (@alisonmiller20)

And for the undying love of your favorite math geek, please tally your entries and mention that in the comments. Contest is open internationally and ends October 6 at 11:59 PM EST. Winners will be announced Monday October 8!

PS - there are soooo many particpants! Check out the list





So, support Banned Books Week and try to win a banned book. And then read it!

What’s YOUR take on Book Banning?

92 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you alerted me to this giveaway hop--I'm doing it too! (But that doesn't mean I can't enter other people's, right?) I think my copy of Perks still lives in my old classroom--there were a lot of books that I love that I decided to leave behind at my school because I loved the idea of students reading them more. (Plus, I already had PLENTY of books to move across the state!)

    Anyway, I follow your blog and your twitter! (+2)

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  2. I hate book banning. Like, seriously. It's just stupid. (Banning The Hunger Games for violence? Really? Really?)
    I haven't read Perks yet, as you know. I should probably get around to that, so I can go stare at Logan Lerman on the big screen... :P
    Thanks for the giveaway, Alison! Blog follower! (+1)

    ~Riv Re
    Riv Reads

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  3. Banning books is just plain stupid. Everyone has a right to read what they choose. Banning The Hunger Games? Twilight? Oh come on... facepalm.
    Thank you for the international giveaway!

    Blog follower: Martina
    Twitter follower: skyline1210
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/skyline1210/status/251682732877430784

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  4. I can see labeling a book for adult or other content, but banning tends to increase the black market!
    gfc Cordelia Fitzgerald
    email cordfitz(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. "If you don’t like the content in a book, don’t read it." Amen to that!
    Not every book is for every person (at every age), but the great thing is that readers and parents can choose what content they feel comfortable with. Why anyone wants to take away that choice, I don't understand.

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  6. Why ban books? People are still going to read them!

    GFC Zemira Djedović
    Twitter Zemmy89
    https://twitter.com/Zemmy89/status/251695606228217856

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  7. My parents were the same way with me when I was young - maybe I wasn't ready to read/watch something, but they'd never want to ban it for everyone. Usually they only kept me away from scary things, b/c they knew I'd have nightmares. I'm in my 30s and I still don't think I am allowed to watch or read The Exorcist...hah.

    Entries:
    +1 initial entry
    +1 blog follower
    +1 Twitter follower
    +2 Tweeted about giveaway
    =5 total

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  8. I am never in favor of banning books. Once you start down that road, there is too freedom that can be taken away in the name of 'protection.'

    Being an aware parent and an involved teacher does so much more than taking away books.

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  9. Totally agree with your post, being a parent is different than banning things altogether. Would love to win Perks! Thanks so much!

    +1 initial entry.
    JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Book banning should not be allowed. I think every child is not ready for ever book, but they should not be totally banned. I also follow GFC.
    julierupert@gmail.com

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  11. I was about to buy that book, but now I'll wait to see if I win it. :))
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!! :)

    Entries:
    +1 initial entry
    +1 blog follower (GFC: Marijana Sitar)
    +1 Twitter follower (@MarijanaSitar)
    +2 Tweeted about giveaway (https://twitter.com/MarijanaSitar/status/251740900835864576)
    =5 total

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  12. I follow you via GFC: disincentive and twitter @fetadesu
    :)

    fetacgan@gmail.com

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  13. Yay for spreading the Banned Book love! I'm with you on WALLFLOWER... Such a fantastic book. Have you seen the movie yet? I really want to!

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  14. Thanks for the chance to win this book I have been told it is a great book but haven't read it yet.
    GFC crystaley73
    Twitter @crystaley73
    crystaley73 at yahoo dot com

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  15. Banning books really just bothers me, I mean I think it should be up to us what is right for us and our children.

    GFC-BLHmistress
    and tweeted
    https://twitter.com/BookLovershaway/status/251755074412478464

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      vampiremistress2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Thanks for the great giveaway! I really can't wait to read The Perks of a Wallflower. saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

    GFC: Erika
    Twitter: @justpeachyphoto

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  17. Loved your thoughts on the banning of books for all versus parents monitoring their children's reading material. I wholeheartedly agree with your post. I haven't read The Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it's been on my TBR list. +1

    GFC: Dominique +1
    Twitter: @laylees +1
    Tweet: https://twitter.com/laylees/status/251748331498381312 +2

    Total= +5

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  18. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!
    Entries:
    +1 initial entry
    +1 blog follower (GFC: Suz)
    +1 Twitter follower (@SuzReads)
    +2 Tweeted about giveaway (https://twitter.com/SuzReads/status/251766469925425153)
    =5 total

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  19. What a fantastic choice! I'd love to win the gift card, as well.
    Julieintheskywithdiamonds(at)verizon(dot)net

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  20. I read Perks earlier this month in one day. I couldn't put it down. It broke my heart, but I loved it so much. I would love to win a copy as I checked it out from the library. Can't wait to see the movie!

    +1 initial entry
    +1 follower on twitter as @kristiluvsbooks
    =2 entries

    klmickelsen at gmail dot com

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  21. I did all 5 (Shannon Romein, @momlovesl)

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  22. I love reading banned books!!! No reason to ban - we can all choose what to read (and help our children do the same)!

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  23. Thanks for the chance to win!
    lexiboo202(at)gmail(dot)com

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  24. I'm following via GFC (Beth Gallinger) and Twitter (@bethgal42). That's 2 bonus entries, plus 1 if commenting counts, which comes to 3. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  25. Banning books are just lazy people's way to have others do their parenting!! I will decide what my children will read, I don't want anyone else to do my job for me.
    +1 comment
    +1 GFC - proudarmymom32
    +1 Tweeted - https://twitter.com/armyma32/status/251902827570544640
    =3

    proudarmymom32(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. Thank you for the giveaway!

    +1 gfc follower
    k_anon[at]hotmail[dot]co[dot]uk

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  27. +1 Thank you for the giveaway! I haven't read the book yet but I've heard its nice.

    +1 follower of the blog: email subscriber (milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com) since GFC isn't working for me

    +1 follower on Twitter: @MiltiadouK

    +2 tweeting about the giveaway: https://twitter.com/MiltiadouK/status/252040220122415105

    TOTAL entries: 5
    milkristia(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  28. +1 Thanks for the international giveaway!!

    +1 GFC name - sweety

    +1 Twitter handle - @sweetyindia

    +2 Tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/sweetyindia/status/252085269300408321

    Total entries = 5

    sweety225(at)rocketmail(dot)com

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  29. I don't know...if something is banned, aren't more people curious about it?

    Thanks for the giveaway! +1
    +1 GFC: M.C.
    +1 @bedsidelight
    +2 http://twitter.com/bedsidelight/status/252117868597108736
    Total = 5 :)

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  30. First of all, thanks for the giveaway!
    I have read many banned books. I grew up in a place, where there were thousands of prohibited books which were right out illegal. I love the freedom of speech and freedon of choice, so I don't understand the need for banning books. It does not solve anything.

    +1 GFC Inga Kupp-Silberg
    +1 @IngaSilberg
    +2 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/IngaSilberg/status/252142192326483969

    Total +5 entries

    inga(dot)kupp(at)gmail(dot)com

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  31. I'd love to win a copy of this book, thanks!
    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    +1 following this blog (GFC Darlene)

    +1 follower on Twitter (@DarleneBookNook)

    +2 tweeting about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/DarleneBookNook/status/252160973908103168

    TOTAL = 5 entries

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  32. I've been higly interested in the story of The perks of being a Wallflower!!
    +1 follower of the blog : Larissa Ferreira

    +1 follower on Twitter : @lariboutme

    +2 tweeting about the giveaway (@alisonmiller20): https://twitter.com/lariboutme/status/252165664960307200

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  33. the perks of being a wallflower is an amazing book! So are most banned books :)

    thank you for this giveaway

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  34. I follow on GFC deanna_boocock (at) hotmail.com

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  35. Thank you for the giveaway! :D

    +1 Following via GFC: Isa
    +1 Following on twitter: @lollibea
    +2: Tweeted: https://twitter.com/lollibea/status/252262502791004161

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    1. My email is visabellad(at)gmail.com

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  36. Ah! Thank you for the giveaway! I have really been wanting to read this before the movie came out!
    +1 I follow via GFC Samantha Deen
    +1 I follow via Twitter as @Ocedday
    xeno_turtle(at)yahoo(dot)com
    so thats
    3 points!

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  37. It's unbelievable that these books have been banned! Thank you for providing us the list, Alison. I will check these books out.

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  38. AWESOME BLOG - NEW FOLLOWER.

    Not at my regular computer so I can't Tweet...can't remember my password.

    Enter me for the Gift Card please.

    Elizabeth
    Silver's Reviews
    http://silversolara.blogspot.com

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  39. Thanks for the giveaway!
    +1 for following on twitter: @krsznight
    + 2 for tweeting: https://twitter.com/krsznight/status/252435987769217024
    4 entries
    krisz.night at yahoo dot com

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  40. I'm a gfc follower-erma2167
    erma2167@sbcglobal.net

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  41. Hi Alison! Thanks so much for this giveaway :D I actually wanted to read that book, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. :D I hope I win!

    I am a follower via Twitter: @MyBooknMyCoffee
    Follower via GFC: My Book and My Coffee
    Twitter link: https://twitter.com/MyBooknMyCoffee/status/252469112792555520

    = 5 points (including initial entry)

    Thanks again - Ara


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  42. I've been hearing loads of good things about 'the perks of being a wallflower' recently so thanks so much for the oportunity to win! Hope you're having a great weekend!
    Gfc - sarah elizabeth
    i tweeted - https://twitter.com/bookworm_sarah/status/252475205975429120
    sarah(dot)elizabeth(dot)bookworm(at)gmail(dot)com

    4 points :)

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  43. My take on book banning? I think that since we are all on here that we are pretty much in agreement that banning is a bad idea all around... I can't even imagine a scenario that would cal for it :) My opinion is just that, mine, and I don't feel like I am "exhalted" enough to inflict it on anyone.. nor do I want anyone to do that to me or mine..

    following on twitter: kmf_grandstaff
    GFC: krista grandstaff
    email: redcincibabe@yahoo dot com

    points : 3 :)

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  44. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway! I've been wanting to read this one!

    GFC - xxsquigglesxx

    3 entries

    xxsquigglesxx(at)gmail(dot)com

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  45. I want a gift card :D
    + followed your twitter : @_bonybony
    + Followed your GFC : G.G

    Email : Hica_sama(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  46. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 Initial Entry

    +1 following this blog (GFC-Nuzaifa)

    +1 follower on Twitter (@nbookaholic)

    +2 tweeting about the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/nbookaholic/status/252683854194810880

    TOTAL = 5 entries

    e-mail : nbookaholic(at)gmail(dot)com

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  47. can't understand banning books AND the books that are banned, you look at the list and some of the ones there you could should be in the must reads. the amazing thing is that i am sure if you show some of the books that were in the banned books to someone that currently want to ban something, they would also would be amazed. they think, the others were wrong, but they are correct with this one they want to ban!!!

    +1 Thanks for the international giveaway!!
    +1 GFC name : katayoun
    +1 Twitter : @katayounm

    and so total : 5

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  48. I think people should have the right to pcik what they want to read. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 Initial Entry
    +1 GFC as Abby
    +1 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/darkmotives/status/252787498139394048

    Total = 4 entries

    reviewsbyabby at gmail dot com

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  49. Thank you so much for the giveaway! I like reading banned books.

    +1 following on twitter: twveronika

    verusbognar (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. I definitely think parents should monitor what their kids can read a certain ages. Thanks for doing this giveaway!
    ~Krista
    pinkbonanza{ AT }gmail{ DOT }com

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  51. +1 Initial Entry
    +1 GFC as Kristen Errickson
    +1 Twitter follower

    KristenMErrickson at gmail dot com

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  52. I hate that they ban books! To stop reading of any kind is horrible! I hope that someday they will stop or at least start putting stickers on the books that they think are so explicit!

    +1 GFC follower
    +1 twitter follower
    +2 tweeted https://twitter.com/JacklinU

    mcrlover32@yahoo.com

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  53. I totally agree with you about parents reading with their kids instead of attacking books. You can always learn something from a book even when (sometimes ESPECIALLY when) you don't always agree with the book's message.

    I'm a GFC follower and a Twitter follower as @AuthorJenWells

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  54. Great post! You're daughter is lucky to have such a cool mom :)
    Following via GFC: Catie Taylor and Twitter: @amovinmyhead

    Catiesmoviesinmyhead@gmail.com

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  55. in my country we do not have banned books and I was shocked to see some of the titles...i read them and loved them as a kid!

    gfc reading mind

    aliasgirl at libero dot it

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  56. I completely agree with your take on banned books. It's what I've told many people before as well. :)

    I follow the blog through GFC: Cryscringle
    I tweeted about the giveaway: @Cryscringle https://twitter.com/Cryscringle/status/252947538053832704

    so that's 4 total entries.

    I would follow on twitter, but I've reached the limit.

    Crystal Craig
    craigcrystal at ymail dot com

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  57. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow on twitter @amandawk
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

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  59. Thank you for the giveaway!
    I am a twitter follower as msaching
    I am a GFC follower as mel brock

    2 entries

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  60. GFc-Pragya
    tweeted @reviewingshelf

    reviewing.shelf@gmail.com

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  61. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bymyself.g@gmail.com

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  62. Hi Mrs Miller! Hope you are well, from your former algebra and calculus SW student, haha!
    I follow this blog publicly GFC CindyWindy2003, carawling(at)hotmail(dot)com

    twitter follower, @carawling2

    https://twitter.com/carawling2/status/253154840946020353

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  63. Thanks so much for the giveaway!!

    GFC Michele Luker

    jmluker at vhtmail dot net

    +1

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  64. I looove that book! No need to enter me--just stopping by to say hi. :)

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  65. Books definitely should not be banned, everyone should have the freedom to read anything they want.

    +1 initial entry
    +1 blog follower (GFC)
    =2 entries

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. I'd love to win The Perks of Being a Wallflower, thanks very much!
    I followed your blog via GFC (Melisa Mariani)
    my e-mail elsa_maran at yahoo dot com

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  67. https://twitter.com/MelissaTuttle2/status/253406798055346177

    Following on Twitter @MelissaTuttle2

    GFC - Melissa Stoneback-Tuttle

    FireFlyPixie24 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  68. Saw the previews for the movie. Makes me interested in the book.
    +1 - initial entry
    +1 - GFC: Holly Letson
    +1 - Twitter: @KinomiyaMichiru
    +1 - Tweeted about Giveaway: https://twitter.com/KinomiyaMichiru/status/253411001985290240
    -------------------
    +4 Giveaway Entries

    bookaholicholly @ gmail . com

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  69. Awesome! I actually really want to get a copy of this book. Good choice! I follow on twitter and GFC so...
    extra entries: +2

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  70. Great giveaway! I'd love the chance to win this book and for the giftcard!
    GFC follower: Kaci Verdun
    twitter follower: @KaciVerdun
    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KaciVerdun/status/253548697298808833
    Total entries: (+5)
    kacidesigns@yahoo.com

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  71. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC Coreena McBurnie
    Twitter @CoreenaMcBurnie
    coreenamcburnie at gmail dot com

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  72. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I find the idea of banning books to be a very slippery slope - especially when the reasons for some of the 'bans' seem to be so frivolous.

    I follow by twitter (dmr_8888) and email (dmr8888 at yahoo dot com)

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  73. Thanks for the giveaway!!!
    I'm also following GFC as Cassi Z. Thanks!
    cassinz10 at gmail dot com

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  74. Thank you for this giveaway.
    GFC - Deranged Pegasus
    Twitter - dragon_briar

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  75. Thanks for the giveaway!

    +1 GFC follower : Dinda_SI
    +1 twitter : @dien_da
    +2 tweet : https://twitter.com/dien_da/status/253664949056970755

    total entries : 5

    dl(dot)love(dot)freedom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  76. Thanks!
    gfc: caitlin
    twitter: catalina0884

    +2

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  77. I'm a follower of both
    GFC Cassandra Hicks
    Twitter @KatraCass
    +2
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  78. +1 Commenting
    +1 Twitter: @Miyosha_K
    +1 GFC: Misha

    Total = 3

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  79. +1 Twitter(@Run0nce828)
    +1 Follower(maryanngacayan@yahoo.com)
    total=2

    Thanks for the lovely giveaway!!:))

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  80. thanks for the giveaway! - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  81. GFC follower: Lisa Hackney
    Twitter follower: @feymom
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to win!

    Lisa Hackney
    yankssssrule08 at yahoo dot com

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  82. I also loved The Perks of Being a Wallflower when I read it many years ago (I still quote it!). Since I already own that book, I would probably choose 13 Reasons Why as my book.

    GFC as Stacy T

    the imagine tree at aol dot com

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  83. People need to mind their own business about a lot of things and book banning is one action that fits that. Free speech, ya know? If you don't like it then don't read it.

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  84. I would love to win! There are so many books---and banned books to choose from!

    Here are my extra entries:

    +1 follower of the blog: GFC - ZaraAlexis

    +1 follower on Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

    +2 tweeting about the giveaway (@alisonmiller20): https://twitter.com/ZaraAlexis/status/254595929485766656

    Total entries: 5

    Thanks!
    Zara Alexis
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com

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  85. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    I also have a daughter(7) and we enjoy reading and watching movies/TV together. We often stop to discuss what we're reading/watching. She always has TONS of questions. When she is old/mature enough to choose her own material, I will let her. Hopefully, the open dialogue will continue.

    +1 GFC(MonaG)
    +1 Twitter(@Kulmona)
    + 2 tweet https://mobile.twitter.com/Kulmona/status/254623505432326144

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  86. Sorry -- had problems formatting
    TOTAL = 5

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  87. Ugh -- forgot email
    monagargATyahooDOTcom

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  88. I would love to win a copy of this book.

    I think parents should determine what is appropriate for their children, not some anonymous panel.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  89. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC Marlene Breakfield
    total=2 pts.
    marlenebreakfield(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  90. gfc follower (Ruth)
    Thanks!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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