Banned Books Week Giveaway!

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



  1. And Tango Makes Three, by Peter Parnell and Justin Richardson 
    Reasons: homosexuality, religious viewpoint, and unsuited to age group
  2. 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
  3. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley 
    Reasons: insensitivity, offensive language, racism, and sexually explicit
  4. Crank, by Ellen Hopkins 
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
  5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins 
    Reasons: sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, and violence
  6. Lush, by Natasha Friend 
    Reasons: drugs, offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  7. What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones 
    Reasons: sexism, sexually explicit, and unsuited to age group
  8. Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich 
    Reasons: drugs, inaccurate, offensive language, political viewpoint, and religious viewpoint
  9. Revolutionary Voices, edited by Amy Sonnie 
    Reasons:  homosexuality and sexually explicit
  10. 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.




88 comments:

  1. This is a great post! I will link to you when I go live in the morning. :) Have fun this week!

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  2. I think the number one reason people challenged books is because the books represent a point of view different from their set of beliefs, especially in terms of religion. I particularly remember the uproar of some Muslim countries when Salman Rushdie published The Satanic Verses.

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway! Honestly I think people challenge books because they are afraid... afraid of change, of people questioning things, etc.

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  4. I read Brave New World WAY back in the day...I'll bet The Handmaid's Tale was banned at some point...in fact, the story is about things that are forbidden.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I had trouble with the instructions...yeah, me, not a follower of rules!

    I think people do ban books out of fear. They cannot accept ideas that are different than their own, so they must push the ideas away in any way possible. It's kind of a cognitive dissonance thing.

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  6. I think people challenge books because of their narrow-mindedness.
    adsanders77 at gmail dot com

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  7. New follower. Wow. This was an interesting list. I never thought that these books would be on this list. Interesting. Come visit me over at Livre De Amour-Books of Love Blog.

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  8. I think people challenge books due to ignorance. They are afraid of things they don't understand.

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  9. Would love to read Crank - sounds interesting! Boo to banned books & closed minds!
    -Heather@BookStacksOnDeck

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  10. Because people don't like different, they want everyone to conform to the same things, not to think outside the box or express themselves.

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  11. Ignorance rolls off the tongue pretty quickly. But I think it's more than that. Maybe different POV, lack of education, and/or they accept another persons POV instead of forming their own.
    Who knows.

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  12. The book may be offensive to them personally and outside of their comfort zone
    msboatgal at aol.com

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  13. wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
    Julie
    jbarrett5 at cox.net

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  14. Probably because they are uncomfortable with some sort of knowledge getting out. It also stems from narrow mindedness.

    -Michelle A

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  15. Because they, are afraid of something that is thal on the book or the yous are closeminded.

    flaka.077 at gmail dot com

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  16. People challenge books because they pick on small things that they can get away with. They are unhappy with things in their own lives and want to make others unhappy by taking away their choices. Banning books is stupid. We should be encouraging not discouraging reading.

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  17. I cant believe Twilight was banned...thats just crazy!
    viajeradelmar@aol.com

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  18. I think that the main reason people challenge books is a misguided notion that they are protecting their children. It is frustrating to the extreme that people don't understand that just because they do not feel that a book is appropriate for their child, it does not give them the right to make that choice for mine, or yours, or the next one. They are essentially choosing censorship over simply communicating with their child and monitoring what their child reads. I could go on and on about this lol, but that's my short answer. :-) Thanks for the giveaway!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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  19. People challenge books for many of the reasons already listed. When I think of why they do it, I jump first to fear. They are scared that the ideas in these books will rub off on their children in a bad, bad way. And that's a pretty powerful thought! I'd hope that people would instead open up the communication lines and talk about the reasons why a book's content may be "dangerous" or "inappropriate." Books only have the power that you give them, and challenges nearly always have the opposite intended effect - they make those books more alluring - which makes me rather happy. :)

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  20. I definitely think that it's a fear reason. People are scared of things they can't control or understand, even if sometimes we can learn things from things we aren't used to.

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  21. Wow, you guys have all brought out some great points. All your comments will be compiled into my Banned Books Week wrap-up post.

    Many of you have pointed to fear as a motivator to ban or challenge a book, and I have to agree--humans are instinctively fearful of the unknown. It's also interesting though, as many of you point out, that challenging a book usually results in more people wanting to read that book to find out what it is others don't want us to see.

    Keep all the comments coming guys, this is awesome :D

    Happy Reading!

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  22. 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.

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  23. I think people ban books out of fear that they're going to expose children to something they shouldn't know about-- which is exactly the reason kids SHOULD be reading these "banned" books! Introducing difficult concepts to readers of all ages is something books do with a poignancy and grace that can't be done with any other medium.

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  24. fear
    jessicawedwards@gmail.com

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  25. Stopping by to say thx for hopping with us this year!

    Jen

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  26. I think that people ban/ challenge books because they are uncomfortable about the topic because they have been told to be and they don't want to discover the topic for that reason
    insanityisnormal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. Maybe ignorance? I don't know, it's just confusing. Thanks for taking part in this giveaway!

    widsfam7 @ digis dot net

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  28. I think people are afraid of exposure. Now before you go and think I'm an advocate of banning books, let me explain. I think a lot of times it's parents afraid their child will be "exposed" to something they personally believe is bad. This is stripping the child's natural right to learn, in my opinion and something I truly don't agree with.

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  29. I think books are often challenged out of fear, ignorance and narrow-mindedness. When I was in school many of the so-called banned books were required reading. I don't mean for college, but regular English classes. They sparked discussion, heated debate, new ideas, opened minds, and creative expression. Let's not forget education either. Censorship perpetuates nothing but ignorance and fear which often leads to prejudice.
    Chanticlear1(at)gmail(dot)com
    Best wishes and thanks for being part of the Banned Books Week Giveaway Blog Hop!

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  30. I think the number one reason people challenge books is they want to push their own beliefs on everyone else and you don't agree with them they want to take away your rights to believe what you want.

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  31. It's so fantastic that you give away books. I love that you're able to promote reading with people - if only my sister read the way people on this blog do ;D

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  32. I think people are worried that these books will hurt their kids. But i can't believe people would want to ban The Hunger Games or Twilight. Crazy!

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  33. I think most books are banned because they directly challenge a majority's beliefs or values.

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  34. I'd say ignorance is a huge part in banning books.

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  35. Ignorance. Some people function best when they get their way. Whether it's in opinions, thoughts, beliefs, whatever, they want everyone to share what they have. When it comes to things they don't like, they just want to get rid of it.

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  36. I believe the majority of the time, they haven't even read the books. They just hear something bad about them, and jump on the "moral" bandwagon.

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  37. Fear is the number one reason people ban books; power is reason 1a. Add them together and you have a recipe for ignorance. You're my heroine, today, for raising awareness about banned books in such an interesting way. Thank you, and keep doing great things!

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  38. That is a good question. There are some books that are not for children and some really I don't need to read, but you decide what you don't read and monitor what your children can read. Some books I have no idea why someone would want to challenge:)

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  39. Definitely ignorance. Most people who think a book should be banned are merely parroting things they've heard.

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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  40. People challenge books because they fear what they don't understand. Just as Galileo was subject to trials where he was suspect of heresy because he found that the Earth was not the center of the universe. Even though it is now common scientific fact.
    If the subject of a book is even one word over the line of what society views as acceptable then it's considered evil and must be gotten rid of. In the case of all these books, banned.
    It's a tragedy really. So many good books are turned away because of ignorance. Oh, well. Thank you for the great giveaway! :)

    hopkinsontiffany@yahoo.com

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  41. I think that people ban books because they think that they are doing the right thing by protecting others from something bad. Seems like a good thing, but people ca make the choice for themselves, and half the time the things they are banning aren't even for the reasons that they say.

    Jennelle S

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  42. I think people challenge books because they're over sensitive to somethings and want everyone to feel the same way.

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  43. I think people challange books because they are scared of what they don't understand or are not open to.

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  44. Everyone has their own opinion. I believe that books are challenged because the books disagree with someone's opinion. Not everyone is going to like the same books.
    Thanks for the opportunity!
    -Carly Waid

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  45. It depends. For some they feel like they are doing the right thing and for others it's total ignorance.

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  46. i think its because they dont want people to have a mind of there own or have an imagination.

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  47. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win! I think people challenge books out of fear and narrow-minded thinking.

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

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  48. I think people are scared and narrow minded.
    amandarwest atgmaildotcom

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  49. I think people ban books because they disagree with the ideas/morals presented and think it would be damaging for people to read them.
    skidmore333atgmaildotcom

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  50. I think people ban books out of fear. They don't want to have to deal with/discuss/think about the issues brought up.

    jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

    Thanks for the giveaway! I'm on the hop too: http://elle-lit.blogspot.com/2011/09/banned-books-week-hop-with-author.html

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  51. Fear, for a multitude of reasons. Fear that it will bring up issues they don't want to discuss, fear that it will bring up thoughts in their child that they can't control, fear that it may cause their child to do something that the parent doesn't believe they would normally do. Just fear and ignorance.

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

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  52. Thanks for the giveaway. I think books are banned because the subject is uncomfortable to the reader or outside what they perceive as normal behavior or characterization.

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  53. I think books get banned because the material for whatever reason makes a person or group of people uncomfortable.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  54. I think fear is the reason. Fear of change, fear of free thought, fear of something unknown, fear of becoming aware. Banning a book is an act of hate, and hate comes from fear.

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  55. I can't decide if the number one reason people challenge books is out of fear or ignorance. Though I think they kind of go hand in hand, in this case. Most of the other posters here have already explained why, and I have to agree; fear of free thinking, and what they don't understand, loss of control, etc. And ignorance because they often make up their minds before taking the time to understand, and by going along with what they hear from others. And they're also ignorant in thinking that they can control people by banning a book.

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  56. I think it's because of their beliefs be it right or wrong they have the right just like all of us do to choose any book that we want to read.

    jmesparza821(at)gmail(dot)com

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  57. I think people challenge books because they have their beliefs and anything that challenges or contradicts those beliefs are wrong and therefore should not exist.

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  58. I think people challenge out of a genuine desire to assert their parental rights and protect their children. I don't fault these people who challenge appropriateness. I DO find fault with those who challenge out of bigotry or ignorance.

    catherinelee100[at]gmail[dot]com

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  59. I think people challenge books norms,certain topics that made them uneasy,change,long term effects to the readers and so on.

    kimyunalesca(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I think people ban books out of fear and ignorance, and a desperate, yet misguided hope, that they are protecting people.

    Aeicha
    wordspelunker(at)gamil(dot)com

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  61. I think a lot of the problem is because people with the power to ban do not want to rock the waters so they just roll over and do what the ones that call for the ban want. Even if it is wrong. Ignorance, fear and self centered people are a lot of the problems also...
    april@pinebelt.net

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  62. I think that one of the number one reasons people challenge books is because they are either closed minded people or because they just want to start something.
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

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  63. I believe the greatest reason a book is banned is a lack of understanding. They do not understand what the book is for or about and fear this lack.


    derangedpegasus@gmail.com

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  64. I think the number one reason books are banned is because people assume they know what's best for other people. Also I agree with Deranged Pegasus about people misunderstanding what a book is promoting. Just because a book mentions sex, drugs, bad language, does not mean it advocates any of that.

    aprilxu2222@gmail.com

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  65. I think people ban books because they are afraid: afraid people will think for themselves and afraid of what the books might suggest.

    brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

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  66. I think the number one reason that people ban books is ignorance. If someone cant understand a book or is confused by it, they assume that others wont be able to understand it either and that it could be a detriment to society, or lead to some sort of revolt. I say phooey.

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  67. Well because they are a different opinion and people can't stand that!

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  68. I think people challenge books because they are uncomfortable with the ideas in them and they want to suppress those thoughts.

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  69. I still remember fighting with my mom over a book when I was younger.I will NEVER let my kids ever have that happen to them. My book shelves are full of all kinds of books even some self-help books find their way to the shelf ever now and then. NO book is Banned in my house, it's crazy to think of any I would want to banned...well maybe Barney books...can't stand that purple dino!!!!!
    beejee77 at comcast dot net

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  70. I think people are scared of something different. Some parents worry that they may have to investigate what their child is reading! Oh dear! Involved parents?

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  71. I think that people challenge books because they are uncomfortable with the topic/theme presented. They feel so strongly against it that - with good intentions - they do their best to shield the content from impressionable minds. While I admire their reasons, I REALLY believe that they go about it the wrong way. :/

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  72. People want to ban books because they don't want to explain it to their kids, they are uncomfortable about the topic or both. God forbid a child encounter something from the real world.

    alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

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  73. I think people ban books because they're afraid of what those books contain. If someone is afraid to have his or her religious views challenged, s/he may cry out against a book that does so. Same thing with sexuality, sensibilities, etc.

    erinreadsblog {at} gmail {dot} com

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  74. I had this argument with my family members about the Harry Potter books. My kids love Harry Potter, and my family members couldn't believe I was allowing them to watch satanic movies that involved witchcraft, etc. etc. My point is that these people have never watched or read Harry Potter, yet they are judging and bashing the books. I think people ban books out of ignorance, and I'll bet they haven't even read the books in question - they are just going by what they've heard.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  75. As many have said, too often people make judgments on books that they themselves have never read. I can understand a parent not wanting their kid to read a particular book, but to sit judgement on what others are reading is just wrong.

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  76. Some people don't like DIFFERENT, NEW, CHANGE, and they react to that in a negative way. For example, transgenders, lesbians, they're both new sexualities that many people don't understand, and instead of accepting it, they force it to disappear in so many ways, bad and good. This is what they're doing with books: anything that says "OH THIS BOOK TALKS ABOUT SEX, GAY GUYS, LESBIANS ETC" and they don't care what other people say as long as those kinds of books are gone. It's complete BS, and it's ironic how they don't like change when this society is always changing. I find that those kind of people are fakers, liers, posers, people (if you can think of them as people) who think they're the smartest, the best. Everyone should be equal, should be allowed to read anything they want, and banning books is the most dumbest, stupidest, craziest action I have seen and read. I hope karma gets them back. But anyways:

    THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE GIVEAWAY! C:

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  77. This sounds like a great contest! I was surprised when I saw that The Hunger Games was on the list... such a great book. Why would people want to ban it?

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  78. I don't know that I can pick one but I would say off the top of my head the main reasons have to do with violence, sex and religion or any combination of these reasons. Most people who advocate banning books are irrational so it is difficult to predict their behavior.

    bookloon at gmail dot com

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  79. I think people challenge books because they are scared by the content in them. Thanks! sbcashortie at hotmail dot com

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  80. I think the number one reason is that people are afraid to read the truth.
    thanks for the giveaway!

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  81. I think the number one reason is that people want to impose their own views/values/opinions on others.

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  82. I don't know. I think these people are just very conservative and close-minded that whenever they listen/read/watch something they are not used to they go on panic mode and do something ridiculous, like banning. Perhaps, some just think the contents of the book are going against their beliefs (or religion), whether the book is fiction or non-fiction. The Da Vinci Code, anyone?

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  83. They're scared of reality and truth.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    strs4u2000[at]yahoo.com

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  84. Looks like the Rafflecopter form is closed but the giveaway period shouldn't be over. I don't know if you're still accepting entries, but here's mine:

    GFC follower SarahSparrow
    Twitter follower @Sarah_Sparrow.

    I believe people challenge books because, for some reason, the think they know better than everyone else what's best.

    captainsarahsparrow at hotmail dot com

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  85. Thanks for this giveaway! I think peopel want to ban books due to fear and narrow minds. People need to chhose and think for themselves, and banning books takes that away.
    nikki oz
    gikkinikki30@yahoo.com

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  86. they ban or challenge the books maybe they believe that they know better and because they are narrow minded and without imagination

    katie_tp@yahoo.com

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  87. I think people ban books because they dont understand or are scared of the subject. Sad that we have to be so closed minded.

    raynekitten@gmail.com

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  88. Fear of the subject matter or that it will get people to do those things more, which is totally rediculous. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

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