Banned Book Week Hop/Giveaway: Day One

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Today is the first day of the Banned Book Week Hop hosted by the lovely ladies at I Read Banned Books and I'm A Reader, Not A Writer. To find more blogs participating click on the names of the blogs.

For those who are not aware of what Banned Book Week is, it 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 banning of books across the United States (from the ALA Website)."

During the next few days I'll be posting a few of my favorite banned books and a reader's choice at the end. Feel free to comment on how you feel about this issue!

ALSO! You have a chance to win one of the books that I'll be featuring!!

To enter the giveaway click here and fill out the form!

First book of the week: Looking for Alaska by John Green

Synopsis from John Green's website:

Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words–and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the “Great Perhaps.” Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

This book is one of my all time favorites for it's heart wrenching, yet sometimes hilarious tale about teenagers in a boarding school. I could litterally quote it all the time and I do. I think everyone should read it. "Alaska" was challenged in New York in 2008 for graphic language and the sexual content. Even though it has these themes, it's ridiculous that it was even challenged.

Teenagers are exposed to a lot of things outside of the books that they read. So if a book comes along that mirrors real life, it is wrong, but if it really happens and not in a book it's okay. (That's seriously how my high school years went.)

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  1. sounds like a good book to read

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

  2. Cool! I personally love graphic language and sexual content *cough*

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Romanceaholic at gmail dot com

  3. Amazes me all of the great books on this list. Thanks for this great giveaway and bringing attention to the banned book week.

    your1chef at aol dot com
    Gfc- Christine A.

  4. Thank you so much for this giveaway! Im a new follower and email subscriber.

    My IMM- Book Briefs


  5. Thanks for featuring these amazing books and having such a wonderful giveaway!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

  6. this book sounds awesome, i love book giveaways, thank you!

    pokergrl8 at

    gfc mandy83
    twitter @aes529

  7. I can't believe I've never read Looking for Alaska. I've always heard great things about this one (despite some people's opinions on banning it). There are so many books to add to my TBR after BBW.

  8. Thank you guys for participating on my end! It means so much! And you're all welcome!!

  9. This is one of my favorite books! Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I love that book! Actually I love most banned books! This is definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Can you believe that I haven't read a John Green book yet? I've been watching him on youtube for quite some time now, though... Anyways, thanks for the giveaway! :)

  12. It's incredible how many books are banned/challenged. This is a free country, right? Why do they think they have the authority to do that?

    Anyways, thank you for the giveaway!

    GFC : K M

  13. Thanks for the giveaway :) BTW I noticed you're reading The Demon's Lexicon, it's one of my ALL TIME favorite series, I hope you enjoy it!

    I tweeted:!/ramen_addict/status/119201544599109632

  14. Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

  15. Thanks for the great giveaway...

  16. I tweeted @!/AprilDAH/status/119568690453819392
    following on Twitter AprilDAH

  17. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards

    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  18. Thanks for the giveaway!


    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  19. So far, I have read only two books by John Green and i really liked them! Sadly though, i haven't read this book. T_T Yeah, i know. That's why i'm entering.

    GFC Follower: Danah


    Btw, thank you for the chance to win and read this book.


  20. Thanks for the giveaway.

    Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

  21. Sounds like a great book! Thanks! alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com