Saturday, September 24, 2011

Giveaway: Banned Books Week Hop

Hosted by: I Am A Reader Not A Writer & I Read Banned Books.


So, what's your opinion on banned books? Here's mine:

A lot books have been challenged and my guess is by parents or teachers who do not want their children reading books they do not believe is suitable for them.

I completely understand that there are some things... sex, drugs, curse words, just to name a few... that parents or other adult figures don't believe their children should be reading. But, why?

I totally understand not letting a 10 year old or younger reading something with those topics... but if the child is a teenager... WHY NOT? I'm sorry, I understand that parents are trying to keep their kids shielded, but this is a completely new world. Technology is virtually everywhere. And the teenagers nowadays are even being called the "Technology Age", and I promise you they can find and DO find these topics everywhere.

Sex happens. Alcohol happens. Drugs happen. Cursing HAPPENS. It's basically everywhere, and just because a teenager is reading about it doesn't mean they're going to be like "Oh hey look this character drank and had sex a lot, I think I'm going to go do that!" What most teenagers, at least they should, get out of a story with these topics is that they are unhelpful. A lot of books have morals showing that alcohol and drugs are NOT a good way of forgetting about things, because the problem doesn't disappear that way.

With the lines of sex. I don't condone this... but sex is happening younger and younger these days. And if you are a parent or a teacher... if your kid wants to have sex, unless you chain them to their bed and lock their bedroom door or monitor them 24/7, they will find a way to do it. The best thing *I* think you can do is talk to them about it. Be a friend to your kid so that they are comfortable coming to you about these things. Let them read about it so they see the benefits and or consequences of their actions.

Also along the lines of sex, it could be because I'm 21, but I love seeing sex in books... when it's appropriate for the story of course. It makes the book that much more real for me. I'm not the type that believes in "waiting for sex until your married". Personally, I think if you're with a significant other for a long period of time, completely comfortable with each other and want to share that love... I say go for it.

I completely understand that parents, teachers, and authority figures are just trying to look out for their youth. But I don't think banning books and taking their choice away is the right answer.

Remember, these are just *my* personal opinions, coming from a 21 year old. So please don't bash me. I'm not a mean person, I'm just giving you some of *my* insight and opinions about these topics since they are the main reason why some books are challenged. If you'd like to comment and let me know your opinions I will happily read them. But, I will not start a debate. I don't want a fight. If you have nothing nice to say, then please do not say it, or e-mail me and I will respond in private.


The Giveaway

- Did you know that series such as The Hunger Games (series), by Suzanne Collins, and Twilight (series), by Stephanie Meyer were challenged? Because of sexual content, violence, and apparently unsuited for the age group. Why? I think these two series are FANTASTIC reads, especially The Hunger Games.

- So, for the giveaway here is what I'm going to do. There will be *one* winner. And that winner may choose any one book of their choice from the list below. All the books on the list below are books I have read and have enjoyed. And yes, they all have been in some form challenged.

- The giveaway will last until October 1st.
- International
- Winner will be chosen randomly
- If you have any other questions please see my Giveaway Policy

This Giveaway Is Closed.


 The List To Choose From

- The Giver by: Lois Lowry
- Any of The Hunger Games books by: Suzanne Collins (only choose 1)
- Any of The Twilight Series books by: Stephanie Meyer (only choose 1)
- Crank by: Ellen Hopkins
- Identical by: Ellen Hopkins (A favorite of mine)
- Impulse by: Ellen Hopkins
- Boy Meets Boy by: David Levithan
- Boy's Life by: Robert McCammon
- Any of The Uglies books by: Scott Westerfeld (only choose 1)
- Speak by: Laurie Halse Anderson



  1. oooh I looooove this blog hop! one of my favorites EVER!
    and I agree with everything you said...

  2. Thanks for making it international :)

    I'm with Alba, I agree with everything you said, especially with the sex topic.

  3. You're SO right, Jena! There are bad things happening everywhere (I've heard more swearing at school than I've ever read in a novel), and there's no reason why people should ban teens from reading certain books! I think I learn so much from reading!

    That was an awesome post and this is an awesome giveaway! Thanks so much! :)

  4. thanks for the giveaway and I completely agree with you!

  5. I agree teens can get their hands on pretty much anything nowadays. Banning a book doesn't stop people if they want it they will get it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. Thanks for the giveaway and for such a wonderful post that explained your thoughts and beliefs on the issue! I completely agree with you! I would love to question these parents that challenge these books and try to have them removed from school libraries about what they believe gives them the moral right to take away my right and my child's right to make our own choices? It baffles me that people are so arrogant that they believe they know what is right for other kids simply because it is what they feel is or isn't right for their own. Plus, as much as I curse in my own house, it would be highly hypocritical for me to then tell my son he can't read a book because it contains curse words.

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

  7. Thank you all for the wonderful comments :) And Donna, thank you so much for your insight!! :) :)

    And, you're all welcome for the giveaway! :)

  8. A great post! I am interested in the first Uglies book!

    books4me67 at

  9. Not entering giveaway but wanted to thank you for your post.

    The American Library Association website for banned/challenged books--short list for classics only--includes 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. The first four were required reading in my school days.

    A commenter on Murder She Writes, however, took me aback by mentioning the Bible, which of course is banned in some places.

  10. Thanks a lot for the chance and have a great day!

  11. Thanks for the giveaway:)

    Excellent choices!

    Sarah @ Random Thoughts

  12. Thank you do much for taking part in this blog hop! Great giveaway thank you!


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