Friday, September 23, 2011


Thanks to Kathy from I am a Reader Not a Writer and Jen from I Read Banned Books for hosting this hop. 

Banned Books Week (BBW) celebrates the freedom to read, highlights the benefit of free and open access to books, and draws our attention to the harm of censoring what we read.

America presently has no banned books due to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, authors, and the community, but that doesn't stop some people from challenging and banning some books because of political and religious reasons.

Some of the books that were banned one time or the other, or challenged, surprised me because I've read them, my children have read them, their friends, and friends' friends own and have read them. In fact, most of the books listed below have been made into movies. Other than Harry Potter, which ones of the books below have you read?

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle
Blubber by Judy Blume
Carrie by Stephen King
Cujo by Stephen King
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Forever by Judy Blume
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Prizoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
Have to Go by Robert Munsch
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D.H. Lawrence
Little Red Riding Hood by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest by Ken Kesey
Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Learning Tree by Gordon Parks
The Living Bible by William C. Bower
The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare
The Shining by Stephen King
The Witches by Roald Dahl
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare

This is something new I'm trying. It's supposed to be easy, just click. 
If you can't, do it the old way:


If you've read any of these books, good for you. If not, you still can:
1. Win a $10 gift certificate from Amazon to buy a banned book and also win a copy of Betrayed (book 2 of the Guardian Legacy series)
2. Win a copy of Awakened (ARC I just found, lol) and Betrayed bookmarks
3: Win Betrayed T-shirt and bookmarks
4. Win a Guardian Legacy Mug and bookmarks

That's a total of four winners.

1. Follow my blog (mandatory-leave a comment about a banned book you've read and your e-mail)
2. Join me on my FB fan page with any comment.
3. Join me on Twitter

The Contest is US only!!!!