Good morning! This is going to be an exciting next 7 days! For the second year in a row I am taking a big part in Banned Books Week. All week-long here, and on other book blogs that I will be sharing with you, there will be banned book reviews, discussions on banned books and why they are banned/challenged, of and did I mention giveaways? Uh yeah… there will be giveaways. 😛
One of the events that starts today is that I have set up a blog a day that will post a review that I will link to each morning. I encourage you to go and check out what they are reviewing and at the bottom of each review they will have a letter to a clue. At the end of the week (next Saturday) you will have 8 clues gathered and coming back here I will have a form for you to put your answer on. Correct answers will go into a drawing for a Banned Book package which you will see here:
All 4 of these books: SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson, Beloved by Toni Morrison, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling, and Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston have been on the Banned Books List. All 4 of these books will go one winner next Saturday who gathers all the clues, as well as a $10 Amazon Gift card to hopefully pick up another book that draws your interest over the week.
You will also receive extra entries for commenting on the posts that I will give you links to each morning. My hope is that you are introduced to a great book this week that has been through the ringer by being challenged or banned.
What do you mean be “banned book?”
A banned book is one that has been removed from the shelves of a library, bookstore, or classroom because of its controversial content. In some cases, banned books of the past have been burned and/or refused publication. Possession of banned books has at times been regarded as an act of treason or heresy, which was punishable by death, torture, prison time, or other acts of retribution.
A book may be challenged or banned on political, religious, sexual, or social grounds. We take the acts of banning or challenging a book as a serious matter, because these are forms of censorship–striking at the very core of our freedom to read.
My reviews this week will all be banned books and some will be with giveaways. Pay special attention to my review that will pop up later today as that one will be holding one of the clues you will need to gather…
As for other things happening today banned books wise….
***The awesome Cass at Bonjour Cass has reviewed The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky (she also has the clue you will need for today! **Yes, two clues today – one will be here later with my review, and the other is with Cass)
My wonderful friend and fellow Bookie Angie from By Book Or By Crook has reviewed What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonia Sones
The great Julie at My Book Retreat has reviewed And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson and Peter Parnell
The amazing Katie at Curse Of The Bibliophile reviewed The Giver by Lois Lowrey
My BEA Audio Book pal Jill from Rhapsody In Books reviewed In The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
The super Danielle of Mercurial Musings is kicking off Banned Books Week by posting about the most frequently challenged books of last year, and a giveaway!
** Comment on any or all of the above links and you will have extra entries available on the form I post next Saturday for the Banned Books Package Giveaway. *One extra entry per comment
In other Banned Books happenings…
I Am A Reader Not A Writer has kicked off today with a Banned Books Week blog hop and the giveaways are everywhere!
And it is not too late for you to jump on the Banned Wagon! Click the picture below if you want to be added to my review list for banned books this week and feel out the form. 😀