Sunday, September 22, 2013

Banned Books Week (with 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 fourteen-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 Instagram pic . 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 Mary at Bookhounds are hosting the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. And, in honor of it, I’m giving away a $15 Amazon gift card for the banned book of your choice .

To win the gift card, all you have to do is comment on your favorite banned book (you can see listings here and here. Also, here.) 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 September 28 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced Monday September 30!

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


  1. My favorite is The Hunger Games!

    I follow on Twitter with the handle @Sarah89163266

    So with the comment, following on Twitter, and Tweeting, that would be 3 entries :)
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    hippiegirl12 at gmail dot com

  2. Romeo and Juliet?! It's been awhile since I've seen a list. Yowza.

    Nickle and Dimed is also a great one.

  3. The Great Gatsby for me :)

  4. I loved the hunger games. I had no idea it was a banned book when I read it. Same goes for twilight and fifty shades isnt surprised although it was an ok series.

    Follow GFC Terri Matlock
    Twitter okmommy0306


  5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher <3
    Followed on GFC: Krizia Almiranez
    Followed on Twitter: @ebookbliss
    Total Entries Earned: 5

    Email: krizia_kmga06(at)yahoo(dot)com
    Oh! And thanks for this awesome giveaway! :D

  6. Ender's Game. . .but it's unfair to leave this at 1. There are so many awesome books on the list.

    I follow the blog.
    Follow on Twitter (@TDrecker)
    And tweeted:

    That makes (ug! Hate math on Sundays :) ) 5 entries.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. ENDER'S GAME and THE HUNGER GAMES are probably my two favourites, but I know there are tons more that have either been challenged or outright banned.

    I follow your blog, and I follow on Twitter.

    Thanks for the giveaway, Alison! :-)

  8. I follow on GFC Karin
    twitter @cookiesmasher9

    I can't believe the hunger games are in the banned list,this is my favorite series!

  9. To Kill a Mockingbird. <3 Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC: Cali Willette
    Twitter: @Cali_for_ya


  10. Hunger Games
    Followed by email, Followed by twitter @djjoehawk and tweeted:

  11. Thanks for the giveaway. :) I love Ender's Game!! One of my favorite books.

    Following blog via mrsnarkypants; following & tweet here:

    Looks like a tally of 5 entries!

  12. The Hunger Games series. Thanks.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

  13. Favorite banned book is The Color Purple
    follow on GFC as Tia
    Twitter as @videoclimber


  14. Favorite banned book is The Hunger Games.
    GFC follower: Marti@SBBCreviews

    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    bymyself.g AT gmail DOT com

  15. My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games Trilogy. Why in the world they want to bann this series anyway?

    GFC Follower : Amel Armeliana
    Following on Twitter : @JungieFairy
    Shared on Twitter :

    Total = 4

    Thanks for this giveaway :)

  16. I love The Harry Potter and The Hunger Games series.

    GFC: Anne Consolacion
    Twittere follower: @annebelcon

  17. My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games.

    GFC-Ashfa Anwer
    Twitter follow: @TopsyTurvy_Ash

    Total: 4 entries
    Thanks for this giveaway!


  18. Not sure I can pick just one! Love:

    Friday Night Lights
    Are You There, God? It's Me, Margaret

    +1 initial entry
    +1 blog follower
    +1 Twitter follower


    Thanks for the giveaway!!!

  19. Thanks for the awesome giveaway, Alison. It's awesome to see so many people spreading the word about banned books and censorship. I follow your blog, and I follow you on Twitter, so +2.

  20. I think my favorite banned book from the list is Like Water for Chocolate. It's funny some people banned it from a school since I read it as an assignment for my English class hehe

    +1 follower of the blog: GABY
    +1 follower on Twitter: @ohmybooks

  21. Any Stephen King that has been banned. I love his books!
    +1 - Follower of the blog Susan @ The Book Bag
    +1 - Twitter follower @SusanTheBookBag
    +1 - Tweeted

    Total = 4 entries
    Thanks for participating!

  22. My favorite banned book when I was around 11, was Are You There God, It's Me, Margret.

    +1 follower of the blog: GFC: JJs2468

    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  23. My favorite banned book is Harry Potter :)

    - Follower GFC- diamond Cronen
    -Twitter Follower @DeesReads

    Total: +2 Entries!

  24. The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, plus there''s quite a few of those on my wishlist....

    GFC: Ashley Van Buren
    Total entries: 2

  25. I'm always shocked to see what's on the list...I mean, Shakespeare?? Really??
    I, personally, loved The Bluest Eye and Beloved, both by Toni Morrison, and I read Thirteen Reasons Why last summer and literally couldn't put it down!!
    I agree with you: if you don't like the content of a book, don't read it. Don't make the rest of us suffer!!

  26. I follow your blog on GFC! (I should be the only Bronwyn, lol)

    (bronwyn [dot] haynes [at] gmail [dot] com

  27. I follow you on twitter! (@musicalthought)

    (bronwyn [dot] haynes [at] gmail [dot] com)

  28. I tweeted this giveaway!

    (bronwyn [dot] haynes [at] gmail [dot] com)

  29. I love The Handmaid's Tales

  30. My favorite books (when I'm forced to pick!) are The Catcher in the Rye, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn... all three also happen to be perpetually on the most frequently banned/challenged books lists. Sigh!

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm following you through GFC (Adam) and on Twitter, too (@RoofBeamReader).


  31. I loved The Hunger Games, Ender's Game and The Giver!
    +1 - Follow by GFC as Suz
    +1 - Follower on Twitter as SuzReads
    +2 - Tweeted:
    = 5 entries total! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  34. My favorite is Speak.

    Follow on Twitter: @HiddenDarkness4

    Entries: 4

  35. THE HUNGER GAMES series. Thanks for the giveaway.
    GFC: Say Yap
    Twitter: @SayLyamY

    Total of 5 entries.I would love to win.Thanks again.

  36. My fav Banned Book: The Hunger Games
    GFC: Gisele Alvarado
    Twitter follower: @Gisselle_Alv


  37. I think the key here is parental involvement. It's silly to ban a book because there are some who aren't ready or wanting to read it. It's a personal choice, not one that should be made for us. Great thoughts, Alison.

  38. My favorite banned books is actually the complete Harry Potter series, Love them all!

    GFC follower - Dovile

    spamscape [at] gmail [dot] com

  39. My favorite banned book is a toss up between the Harry Potter series or anything Stephen King.

    I follow via email: i_love_book at aol dot com
    I follow via twitter: @jld2247

    Grand total: 3 entries

  40. Some of my favorite banned books are The Hunger Games and The Giver.

  41. My favourite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird

  42. 1. I love Fahrenheit 451.
    2. GFC: Krista

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. Harry Potter - witchcraft all the way. Haha! :)

    GFC - Satchmo
    Twitter - @satchmoi
    Tweet -

    (So, 5 entries in total)

  44. The Hunger Games is my favorite banned book. Thanks for the great giveaway!

    Total entries 1

  45. I love the Anastasia Krupnik books and To Kill A Mockingbird.

    eai(at)stanfordalumni(dot)org (1 entry)

  46. My favorite is the Harry Potter series.
    jmcgaugh (at) semo (dot) edu

  47. My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games, thank you!


  48. GFC: Debbie W.
    Twitter follow: @bookscoffee10

    My favourite banned series is Harry. I have a total of 5 entries.

    xsweeteternityx (at) hotmail (dot) com

  49. My favorite is The Hunger Games.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

  50. My favourite banned books are: To kill a Mockingbird, The Handmaid's Tale, The Hobbit and the Kite Runner.
    I follow on GFC Ashleigh Swerdfeger and tweeted
    (3) - ash_o3@hotmail dot com.

  51. 5 Entries

    Favorite Banned books: The Outsiders & The Hunger Games
    GFC Follower Lisamarie H
    Twitter Follower


  52. I haven't read any yet, so I don't have a fave. makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

  53. gfc: MeganP
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

  54. tweet:
    makeighleekyleigh at yahoo dot com

  55. The giver

    robinblankenship at gmail dot com

  56. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!
    elizabeth @ bookattict . com
    GFC: BookAttict
    Twitter: @BookAttict


  57. I didn't realize Nickel and Dimed: On (not) Getting By in America was on a banned list. I remember reading that when I had to fly cross-country several years back. It's an interesting read that's probably more true today than it was back then.

  58. My favorite is Fahrenheit 451.
    bituin76 at hotmail dot com

  59. My favorite is the Harry Potter series.
    akreese at hotmail dot com

  60. Thanks for the ggiveaway!
    My favorite is Harry Potter series.

    GFC : Dinda_SI

  61. I'm commenting. I follow on GFC, Twitter, and I tweeted. That's 5 total.
    As a librarian, I can't pick a favorite--it depends upon my mood, the day of the week, the occasion. A couple of my favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird, Catch 22, Charlotte's Web, Animal Farm, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Handmaid's Tale...

  62. My favorite banned book is The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton(loved the movie and TV show too). TOTAL = 4 entries
    +1 follow via GFC(MonaG)

  63. 3 entries total:
    My favorite banned book is The Hunger Games.
    Follow on GFC as LB
    Follow on twitter as lbandj

    Thanks :)

  64. The Hunger Games=)
    GFC: Shani Smet


  65. One of my favorite banned books would be And Tango Makes Three. Thanks for being a part of the hop!
    I'm a twitter follower
    jessangil at gmail dot com

  66. I'm a school psychologist and that is exactly what I am always telling parents and people in general. If you are concerned about what is in a book, instead of forbidding your kid to read it, read it yourself!!! Your kid, or your kid's friends, or classmates are going through all of these things (well except for maybe being a vampire ;) ), so instead of making the topics taboo, talk to them about it. Talk about why it is a bad decision for two characters to have sex too soon.

    I have enjoyed several banned books, but one of my favorites is probably Harry Potter.

  67. Harry Potter for sure. My whole family loves the books.

  68. Harry Potter

    + 1 comment

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  69. The Hunger Games is one of my favorites

  70. To Kill a Mockingbird.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

  71. GFC: slehan

    slehan at juno dot com

  72. My favorite is the Harry Potter series. :)

    I follow via GFC: Holly U

  73. Tweeted the giveaway: @ashleysediting
    GFC followed: Writers Refuge

    Email: Ashley at


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