Welcome to my first blog hop! Also my first-ever giveaway! And for a great cause. This is Banned Books Week. There is a disturbing trend of parents, school board members and others challenging books in order to get them removed and banned from libraries and schools. Far too many books are banned or challenged every year and during this week we celebrate the freedom to read them! I’ve never been a fan of censorship. It’s harmful and ineffective.
Some of the best books I’ve ever read have been banned: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hunger Games, Speak, Harry Potter. People need books that challenge them, and that speak to the real (even if it’s in a fantasy setting – it still mirrors our own reality) world around us, even the ugly parts. Teens especially need to read about the parts of life that parents are likely shielding them from, but that they’re still exposed to elsewhere. Fiction provides a safe space to address difficult issues and try to find truth and clarity. To write about something is not to endorse it. Speak doesn’t endorse child rape, even if it deals with the subject. The Hunger Games doesn’t promote sending children to fight to the death on live television. Harry Potter isn’t pro-Dark Wizard. 😉
It’s sad but fascinating to go through the lists of banned books and read the reasons why they’ve been banned or challenged. For example, The Hunger Games has been accused of promoting Satanism. What? There’s no religion period in those books! If you want to lose twenty minutes, check out the list here.
Others make me sad, because they are amazing books. Some of the others that I haven’t mentioned yet are: Lord of the Flies, 1984, The Outsiders, A Separate Peace, The Great Gatsby, Slaughterhouse-Five
So what wondrous banned book am I offering up as a prize?
To check out the description and read my review click here. I absolutely love this book and hope that you will too. I do think it has something in it for everyone. This giveaway is US only unless the winner pays for shipping. Sorry!
To enter the giveaway, you must follow my blog. WordPress, Bloglovin’ or Networked Blogs is fine. Leave your email or username in the rafflecopter box. Please don’t follow me just to unfollow me when the giveaway is over. 🙂 If you really just want the book (for which I cannot fault you) you can buy it here for about $5. Good luck everyone! And feel free to leave me your thoughts about book banning and such in the comments.
Click here to see the full linky list and visit the other blogs on the hop!