Banned Books Week is here.
Throughout this week, bloggers will be participating in the Banned Books Hop as a way to bring attention to the books that are considered by some to be worthy of removing from the shelves. I'm an ardent supporter of intellectual freedom, free speech, and the freedom of choice, so I'm participating in banned books week as a way to protest censorship.
Everyday this week I'll be posting my musings about book banning, reviews of some of my favorite frequently challenged titles, asking for you guys to share your experiences with frequently challenged books, and oh yeah, I'm hosting an epic giveaway.
This is the list of the most frequently challenged books of 2010, according to the ALA
- And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson
Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
- The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: offensive language, racism, sex education, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
- Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
- Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
- The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
- Lush, by Natasha Friend
Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
- Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
- Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie
Reasons: homosexuality and sexually explicit
- Twilight, by Stephenie Meyer
Reasons: religious viewpoint and violence
I think it's important that people have access to the books that may end up saving their lives or at least help them to feel less alone. For my part, I'll be giving 10 people their choice of any book from this list. The giveaway is open to readers in the US, Canada, and UK. To enter via rafflecopter, follow the directions below. Winners will be announced on 02 October 2011.
Check out the first stop in the blog hop, I Am a Reader, Not a Writer, by clicking the image below:
Book Journey will be hosting a special week of posts, giveaways, and more. Check it out by clicking image below.