I hereby interrupt my “blogging break” for the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop. I mean, Banned Books Week only happens once year, right?
What’s my opinion of banned books? I think it really depends on the book and *WHY* it’s being banned and from where the banning is taking place. Honestly, there are some books that I think shouldn’t be in a school library, a public library, or even a church library (like anything by Joel Osteen. Actually, his books are should be banned from society). Of course, these books are based on *MY* opinions and how I view the world and society in general.
As a teen, I tried to read as many “banned” books as possible (with the blessing of educators), particularly if they were classics like Catcher in the Rye. The best way to get someone to read a book is to ban it.
For my INTERNATIONAL (to where The Book Depository ships) giveaway, I’m going you can choose ONE of the following books chosen because it was banned or challenged for a funny reason…
*The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins for giving an 11 year-old nightmares. (You can also choose Catching Fire or Mockingjay, which are as equally “nightmarish”!)
*Brave New World by Aldous Huxley for being a repeat offender year after year.
*Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson for “glorifying sex.” The book is about a girl dealing with her rape–not so glorifying! This is a really good book about a terrible topic.
*The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien for being burned by a church and labelled as “satanic.” (Your choice of any ONE book in the trilogy–The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, or Return of the King OR the ever “satanic” book, The Hobbit.)
*The Catcher in the Rye by JD Salinger for being the most banned book of all time!!!
*To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee for being a classic banned book!
*The Lord of the Flies by William Golding for a slew of reasons. I happen to think it’s a great book.
*1984 by George Orwell for being “pro-communist.”
*Animal Farm by George Orwell for “indecent images of alcoholic pigs.” A fave book of mine!
*The Bible, particularly Song of Solomon, for its “sexual imagery.” (If you choose the Bible, it *must* be $15 or under…and please only choose this if you want the Bible! This one is nice, despite being $15.69. You can totally choose it.)
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THE DEETS: The giveaway runs until 11:59 PM EST on October 1. After the winner is confirmed (via email) he or she will be announced on Backseat Writer, Twitter, and via White House Press Conference. This giveaway is ONLY open to residents of planet Earth. Sorry, but the cost of shipping books to Pluto is just getting out of control. (Psst! That means it’s a international party, kids!) I am not responsible for prizes that mysteriously disappear in the postal system. You can leave a comment about a book that you *wish* was banned and why. You won’t get any extra points, but it might make me laugh!