BOOKS AND BLOGGING PHILOSOPHY

Philosophy is defined as a theory underlying or regarding a sphere of activity or thought. Well, my theory is if I can add at least 10 new books to my Wishlist and move at least 5 older Wishlist selections to my TBR list every month, then life is a ice cream sundae. And if I can find those 10 books from at least 5 new blogs each month then that's the cherry on top.

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!

NEW VISITORS AND OLD- WELCOME!
Well, I've made it almost 5 years now, so for better or worse, I continue on. I tend to blog in spurts as the urge to be creative erupts. As I don't have an artistic bone in my body, you will see very few changes in the layouts. Hey, I'm a reader not an artist like so many of the awesome bloggers I follow. I know you don't always have the time but if you stopped and looked, take a half a minute and say your piece. Recommend a book that you have enjoyed or hated for that matter. Thank you to all who visit.
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

BANNED BOOK WEEK HOP 9/24- 10/1

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This is hosted by Inspired Kathy from I Am A Reader Not a Writer 
and Jan from I Read Banned Books.
I am #53 and Proud Book Nerd (INT) is in front of me and
 Reading in the Corner (US) is behind me.


You can find the rest of us supporting BANNED BOOK WEEK here 

Contest will be open internationally.  
I will be giving away a $10 Amazon/Barnes and Noble Gift card or
 I'll let you chose a book from Book Depository 
up to $10 and as long as they ship free to you, 
you can enter. 
Just make sure they ship to you. If not sure,  check here.
I love to win Gift Cards and these are the simplest and the best as far as I'm concerned.
For every 50 brand new followers, I'll give away another $10 Gift card or 
book from Book Depository.


Banned Books Week (BBW) 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 bannings of books across the United States.
Intellectual freedom—the freedom to access information and express ideas, even if the information and ideas might be considered unorthodox or unpopular—provides the foundation for Banned Books Week.  BBW stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints for all who wish to read and access them.
The books featured during Banned Books Week have been targets of attempted bannings.  Fortunately, while some books were banned or restricted, in a majority of cases the books were not banned, all thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, booksellers, and members of the community to retain the books in the library collections.  Imagine how many more books might be challenged—and possibly banned or restricted—if librarians, teachers, and booksellers across the country did not use Banned Books Week each year to teach the importance of our First Amendment rights and the power of literature, and to draw attention to the danger that exists when restraints are imposed on the availability of information in a free society.
Often challenges are motivated by a desire to protect children from “inappropriate” sexual content or “offensive” language. The following were the top three reasons cited for challenging materials as reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom:
  1. the material was considered to be "sexually explicit"
  2. the material contained "offensive language"
  3. the materials was "unsuited to any age group"
While I’ve got to admit that there are books that I didn’t feel were appropriate for my kids to read at an early age, I don’t recall actually forbidding them to read any book. If they were mature enough to question the appropriateness of a book, then they were mature enough to make that decision. While not a fan of certain books, video games and movies, this is a decision that should be made by each individual and family. I’ve highlighted in yellow the books that I’ve read in the list below . A lot I’m totally unfamiliar with.
My question for your entry in this giveaway is
  “What book on this list totally surprises you or which one have you read from this list?”

Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009

1. Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling

2. Alice series, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
3. The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
4. And Tango Makes Three, by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell
5. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
7. Scary Stories (series), by Alvin Schwartz
8. His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman
9. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Myracle, Lauren
10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
11. Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
12. It’s Perfectly Normal, by Robie Harris
13. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
14. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain

15. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
16. Forever, by Judy Blume
17. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
18. Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous
19. Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
20. King and King, by Linda de Haan
21. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
22. Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily von Ziegesar
23. The Giver, by Lois Lowry

24. In the Night Kitchen, by Maurice Sendak
25. Killing Mr. Griffen, by Lois Duncan
26. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
27. My Brother Sam Is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier
28. Bridge To Terabithia, by Katherine Paterson
29. The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline B. Cooney
30. We All Fall Down, by Robert Cormier
31. What My Mother Doesn’t Know, by Sonya Sones
32. Bless Me, Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
33. Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
34. The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
35. Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
36. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
37. It’s So Amazing, by Robie Harris
38. Arming America, by Michael Bellasiles
39. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane40. Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
41. Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
42. The Fighting Ground, by Avi
43. Blubber, by Judy Blume
44. Athletic Shorts, by Chris Crutcher
45. Crazy Lady, by Jane Leslie Conly
46. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
47. The Adventures of Super Diaper Baby, by George Beard
48. Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
49. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, by Ken Kesey
50. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini
51. Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
52. The Great Gilly Hopkins, by Katherine Paterson
53. You Hear Me?, by Betsy Franco
54. The Facts Speak for Themselves, by Brock Cole
55. Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
56. When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester
57. Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause
58. Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
59. Olive’s Ocean, by Kevin Henkes
60. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
61. Draw Me A Star, by Eric Carle
62. The Stupids (series), by Harry Allard
63. The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
64. Mick Harte Was Here, by Barbara Park
65. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
66. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor
67. A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
68. Always Running, by Luis Rodriguez
69. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
70. Harris and Me, by Gary Paulsen
71. Junie B. Jones (series), by Barbara Park
72. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
73. What’s Happening to My Body Book, by Lynda Madaras
74. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
75. Anastasia (series), by Lois Lowry
76. A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
77. Crazy: A Novel, by Benjamin Lebert
78. The Joy of Gay Sex, by Dr. Charles Silverstein
79. The Upstairs Room, by Johanna Reiss
80. A Day No Pigs Would Die, by Robert Newton Peck
81. Black Boy, by Richard Wright
82. Deal With It!, by Esther Drill
83. Detour for Emmy, by Marilyn Reynolds
84. So Far From the Bamboo Grove, by Yoko Watkins
85. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
86. Cut, by Patricia McCormick
87. Tiger Eyes, by Judy Blume
88. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
89. Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
90. A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle
91. Julie of the Wolves, by Jean Craighead George
92. The Boy Who Lost His Face, by Louis Sachar
93. Bumps in the Night, by Harry Allard
94. Goosebumps (series), by R.L. Stine
95. Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix

96. Grendel, by John Gardner
97. The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
98. I Saw Esau, by Iona Opte
99. Are You There, God?  It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume
100. America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank
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212 comments:

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Ricki said...

Bridge to Terabithia surprised me. I have read it and didn't like it, but I don't remember anything controversial about it.

Arianne Cruz said...

im excited for this giveaway so i'll post my comment now:

Harry Potter was banned?!!!
I'm not surprised Of Mice and Men is banned. Animal Farm should have been there too.
WHY IS GOSSIP GIRL BANNED??? lol I've never read it so I wouldn't know
Not surprised R.L. Stine is in the list. I read "Bitten" and wow.. Freaky.
Overall, I've only read Of Mice and Men from the list.

kara-karina@Nocturnal Book Reviews said...

I can not believe they banned Mark Twain...*shocked* Interestingly enough most of the reasons for banning books you can find in the Bible. However, nobody bans that book from the libraries...

Sarah Reads Too Much said...

Wow! I've read 21 books on that list, and have a couple more on my shelf waiting to be read.

Sarah said...

I have read quite a few books from the list. I remember reading The Color Purple, I was definitely too young for it at the time. I think I would have a much different reaction to it if I read it now.

Listener said...

Farenheit 451 - it ABOUT banning books, yet it got banned? What?

Lexi said...

Are you there God, Its me, Margaret.
Read this in grade school (not my choice but it ended up being ok). But I can't believe that it is a banned, blows my mind.

ebaker said...

scary stories! Okay ridiculous but also not on this list but I read on another list Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you see? So lame....

Jen at Red Hot Books said...

A Judy Blume book, really? That's ridiculous!

Hikablack said...

I've read quite a few of these, but I must say, the one that surprised me most was Captain Underpants. That's like... banning the Powerpuff Girls from airing on TV...

kayla said...

The Captain Underpants series suprised me. I loved reading it when I was a kid, and never saw anything controversial about it.

Maria said...

I don't know why they would ban Bridge To Terabithia - it's harmless I read it back when I was in grade school.

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I'm surprised to see The Giver on this list. I can't figure out what's wrong with it. I love that book.

Birgit said...

I knew about a lot of those books to be on the list, but I had no idea Huckleberry Finn was among them too!? But a lot of the newer publications surprised me too ...

blackplume said...

I've only read a few from the list like the giver. What surprise me that they banned books like HP and Bridge To Terabithia.

Christy (Love of Books) said...

Honestly, I'm surprised all those books are on the list. I can't believe there is even a banned book list to begin with.

Ally said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I have read only 10 out of the books listed, but my favorite one has to be The Catcher in the Rye, which was such an inspiring book for me back in high school :)

Lorrra18 said...

I read Lovely Bones and a few other books. Bridge To Terabithia like Banned/Challenged book? Yeah that was a suprise for me :-D

miki said...

i'm surprised to see harry potter or lord of the ring in this list. I've read them

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Mai said...

So weird that A Wrinkle in Time is banned.

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Yenhex said...

I can't see why Harry Potter is banned! I totally adore the series and would recommend it to others.

marieevans1990 said...

I read To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee at school and had it featured in my exam, bit shocked Harry Potter is up there

humanecats said...

I'm shocked about most of these books being banned. I've read a lot of them. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite of the banned list.

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zoey said...

I've read The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird...I understand that books like Brave New World should have some warning (??) - I read that book when I was probably too young to get the idea of whole book and I didn't know what to think abou the book.
But Harry Potter, His Dark Materials, and I've also seen books like Twilight and Hunger Games on the banned-books list...well, it suprise me and sometimes I really don't get it :(

Man of la Book said...

To be honest, they all surprise me. I cannot believe that we still have a "top 10 challenged books" in 2011.

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Darkfallen said...

Ok so why is Harry Potter a Banned Book? I would have never guessed that!

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jen7waters said...

What book on this list totally surprises you or which one have you read from this list?

Harry Potter! I just CAN'T believe it!
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His Dark Materials. I really liked both of these series. It's ridiculous to ban these books (any book!!), LOTS of kids and teens like to read because of them.

But I have to say The Lovely Bones didn't surprise me. I loved the book. But it haunted me for days. And I was already a big girl when I read it. O_O

Sofija Kapranova said...

I am surprsed to see Gossip Girl in this list. And of course Mark Twain...

Samantha said...

There are so many of these books that surprise me (many that I've read as well.)

Some I actually studied back in my high school days: We did The Great Gilly Hopkins in Year 7, and Bridge to Terabithia in Year 8.

And the Goosebumps books were challenged/banned? Seriously?

Erika said...

I'm not truly surprised by any of them actually. People can find fault in just about anything and people also like to control others (sadly). I think I am probably more surprised by what's not on here rather than what is.

Erika said...

The Perks of Being a Wallflower is one of my favourite books and it also happens to be one of the most challenged! I read it as an adult but I know I would have loved it even more as a teen. I would be really upset knowing that someone tried to take it away from me if they did.

Martina Koleva said...

When I first started entering BBW giveaways this morning I was shocked to find out that the Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling is on the list. I also went to the ALA site and found out that another one of my favorite series - Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead - is also on the list( I did not see it on the Top 100 but maybe I've missed it). I'm pretty sure I've read only The HP series from this list but I'm looking forward to reading another one- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Thank you so much for the giveaway and for making it international.

Martina Koleva said...

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Adriana said...

It´s a surprise that Harry Potter was banned, from the lost is the only series/book that I have readm
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ikkinlala said...

I've read quite a few of these.

I was surprised to see Captain Underpants on this list - it's silly, but so is its target audience, and it doesn't include anything especially shocking.

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Nay Nay said...

Frankly, I'm shocked that in this day and age, there is a "banned books" list to begin with. I am so totally shocked to see a Mark Twain book on this list. This list has to be the dumbest thing of all.

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Yto said...

i have read the harry potter series of course and fahrenheit. why the hell are they banned? that's kind of ridiculous.

Lindsay Cummings author said...

thank you!!

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The Story Queen said...

Okay... I understand why Harry Potter is banned. The whole "OMG WITCHCRAFT RUUUN!" thing, right? Oh... wait. I don't get it.

There are no "bad" messages. Honestly, it promotes so many GOOD values and the themes that run through it all have to do with good triumphing over evil, friendship, love, etc.

I just think it's so ignorant to ban it because characters perform magic. So what?

_yay_ said...

Lmao Potter was banned? WHY? I don't like the series, but banned? Come on!
I would love to read ttyl by Lauren Myracle.

j. barrett said...

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

I Read Banned Books said...

Thank you SO much for being a part of the hop this year and posting that long list!

Jen

throuthehaze said...

I'm surprised Bridge To Terabithia by Katherine Paterson is on the list. It was one of my fave books as a kid

Ana Norte said...

I'm really surprise that Harry Potter was banned! It's such a family book, that prioritizes the concept of a family, friends, loyalty...

Bookish in a Box said...

I'm most surprised by A Wrinkle in Time; I can't think of *anything* controversial in it! It's one of my favorites.

AmandaSue said...

I've read the lovely bones and was suprised to see it on the list since i thought it was a good book.


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BookStacksOnDeck said...

I think Harry Potter is pretty surprising to have on the list. Some of my faves are 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, & The Hunger Games.
-Heather@BookStacksOnDeck

Jennifer said...

It's insane that any of these books are on this list but Harry Potter and the Bridge to Terabithia are pretty shocking.

Mariee said...

I'm really surprise that Harry Potter is on the list. Such a great series!

Amber Elise said...

Captain Underpants. REALLY? That one caught me off guard!

Thanks for the giveaway.

Amber Elise said...

Captain Underpants. REALLY? That one caught me off guard!

Thanks for the giveaway.

Rasberryswrlgirl said...

I was surprised by The Face on The Milk Carton. I checked that book out from the library when I was nine or ten (a long long time ago) and yes it deals with a girl that's kidnapped, but I didn't find any of it so disturbing that it needs to be banned from children's eyes.

Çråz¥ K¥ said...

im surprised harry potter and bridge to terabithia are banned.

IdentitySeeker said...

Thanks for the great giveaway:)

I've read and loved the Harry Potter series, The Hunger Games and To Kill a Mockingbird and I am shocked to see all three make this list. There are other titles such as The Colour Purple which I also read and loved but can understand why they'd be considered inappropriate but I don't think they should be banned.

Sarah@ Random Thoughts of a Confused Adolescent

IdentitySeeker said...

Thanks for the giveaway:)

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IdentitySeeker said...

I commented on your review of Witch Song by Amber Argyle

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books4me said...

Captain Underpants is dumb but I don't get why it's banned!

ham1299 said...

I think the Junie B. Jones series is most surprising to me.

Sofia said...

I've read, of course, the Harry Potter series, and i didnt know until now that it was banned! I read all of the books while growing up, and i've only learned great things from them. Really can't see a reason for them being banned!

Best O' Books said...

I am surprised to see To Kill A Mockingbird here. That book is a classic, and yes it deals with controversial topics, but that shouldn't stop us from reading it.
Rae, thanks for the chance

The Happy Booker said...

I'm not really surprised at people's ability to find something to complain about or some reason to be offended by something in almost any book. I guess I'm surprised there aren't more on the list. One of the books that I read on the list that I noticed that you haven't is Go Ask Alice, if you get the chance, you should absolutely pick it up. It was such a powerful book for me when I was a teenager. Thanks for the giveaway!

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Thais Pampado said...

I have read the Harry Potter books series. I was surprised to see that Bridge to Terabithia was banned.

Lisa ~ Bookworm Lisa said...

I loved to Kill a Mockingbird. I read of Mice and Men and 1984 as part of the curriculum in Jr. High.

marybelle said...

SNOW FALLING ON CEDARS surprises me, but then most of the books on the list I'm thinking - WHY?? Some I get, but still!!

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jcwega27 said...

surprised by goosebumps
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Jade said...

Bridge to Terabithia, Are You There God...It's Me Margaret and of course The Harry Potter series is absolute insanity to be on the banned list. I think some people are way to rigid in their thinking and imaginations to want to ban these books. Its one thing to consider age appropriateness quite another to think people should be kept from reading a book all together.

Nakoya said...

I'm currently reading Brave New World and I've already read the Harry Potter series, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, The Bluest Eye, Forever, Catcher in the Rye, and To Kill a Mockingbird.

Bekah said...

This is the first year I've participated in Banned book week and I'm just stunned at how many books out there are banned! Thanks for the giveaway!

oriana said...

harry potter and captain underpants!! wow!!

JP said...

Goosebumps being on the list surprises me! I read nearly all of them when I was younger, as did most of my friends. We even had a Goosebumps Club. I think those books were a big reason we all read as often as we did.

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

Katharyn said...

I am shocked to see Goosebumps on the list! I have read To Kill a Mockingbird and loved it!

creativedeeds said...

In the Night Kitchen surprised me the most. I have read over the list before, but today was the fist time that I noticed it.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Victorique said...

I am surprised that Harry Potter, Bridge to Terabithia, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Well I alrady read those books.

Amanda Welling said...

I've read a lot of these books! I'm surprised to see Julie of the Wolves on this list though! I loved that book when I was younger!

Stephanie McNemar said...

I've read a bunch of books on that list, but Blubber is the one that surprises me the most.

FairyWhispers said...

His Dark Materials

and Gossip Girl

they both shock me to be on that list

=)

Belle said...

I can't believe The Lovely Bones is on the list - it's such a great book and I think an important one.

xsweeteternityx said...

Harry Potter, Captain Underpants an Bridge to Terabithia surprised me. Those are definitely children classics and I remember having a really good time reading them when I was younger.

Jasmine Rose said...

I was floored when I saw Captain Underpants on the list. I never personally read them, but tons of the boys in my class got them from book fairs in middle school.

buddyt said...

Surprised to see a John Girsham book on the list !

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Jasmine1485 said...

I'm surprised that Goosebumps is on the list! I used to love that series when I was a kid :)

Janelle said...

I've read so many on this list.
Thanks for your generosity and being a part of this vital Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

Dolly said...

Thank you for hosting this.

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Rad Hall said...

I've read the Harry Potter series ... I was surprised that RL Stine was banned. That series seemed to be pretty ubiquitous a while back.

Thanks for the giveaway :)
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debbie said...

I would say are there god, it's me margeret? On another list I saw little house on the prairie banned. Wow. just unbelieveable.
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Ceri said...

It surprises me that Gossip Girl is on the list, the only people it would offend are the ones who don't want to read it anyway (I might be one of those people!). Thanks, Ceri

Amanda said...

What?! Harry Potter is on the list? What nonsense.

Emily said...

I was surprised to see Bridge to Terabithia, A Wrinkle in Time, and The Lord of the Rings on the list.
I've read a lot of the books on that list, mostly the classics rather than the contemporary or YA books. I'm going to have to add some of them to my to-read list now.
-Emily O

janhvi said...

What totally surprises me is Harry Potter (series), by J.K. Rowling!Its a fantastic series which should be read by everyone!

Janhvi

Allie said...

I can see how some of these might be considered controversial, though that doesn't justify banning them. But others are just bizarre : the Harry Potter series because it "promotes witchcraft"- who comes up with this stuff? Also, I read somewhere that Little Women was banned. Seriously?

Stephanie said...

I was really surprised that Bridge to Terabithia was on the list because I read that in elementary school and don't remember there being anything even slightly offensive.

juhinareadsitall said...

honestly was surprised harry potter, gossip girl, bride to terabithia, to kill a mocking bird are banned. I also saw what my mother doesn't know and twenty boy summer banned in some of the book banned hops. wow =\. Personally ive ready many of the banned books :P

Dovile said...

I've read many on this list, my favorite being the Harry Potter series. I really can't think why it should be banned when so many other books with withes aren't.

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dani_nguyen said...

I've heard it before, but Harry Potter really shocks me. There's nothing scandalous in those books! I just don't get it.

samantha35 said...

I have read the Judy Blume books- loved them


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Miss Page-Turner said...

Ty so much for the giveaway. It surprises me which books have been banned!

hedgerhousehold said...

I was surprised by harry potter
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Leigh Ann said...

It always surprise me His Dark Materials is on the list. It always seems more of an empowerment story to me.

Kulsuma said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
I don't know why Harry Potter was banned.
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Bekka said...

Someone all ready said this, but Farenheit 451, you know, that book about BANNING BOOKS, has been banned. Major WTF moment.

Carly Waid said...

I have read To Kill a Mockingbird and The Giver. In my opinion, they are 2 of the best books I have ever read.
Thanks for the opportunity!
-Carly W.

Lenasledgeblog.com said...

I was surprised to see the Dictionary on the banned/challenged list. Very odd addition.

Thanks for the giveaway.


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Mia J. said...

Captain Underpants surprises me. My daughter and I love those books.

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Karen Senoo said...

Bridge to Terabithia definitely shouldn't be in the list, just like the Harry Potter series. I think it's just absurd.

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Lolawid said...

I was so surprised about the Junie B. Jones series!! My girls love those books! Wow. Thanks for being part of this!

Rosie Hong said...

I've read a few of these: Harry Potter, Of Mice and Men, and a couple of the Judy Blume books.

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The Romanceaholic said...

I'm always surprised that Fahrenheit 451, a book about the dangers of burning books, is banned.

Jess
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poisnivyred said...

I've read several of the books.. I'm surprised the Lovely Bones is on it.

Kelsey d

Sierra Cullen.♥ said...

I've only read some of the books on the list. I'm surprised that the Gossip Girl series is banned!

Pabkins said...

GOOSEBUMPS? Wow you have got to be kidding me - jeez the audacity. Thanks for posting the list it was crazy to look at.

Pabkins @ Mission to Read

Rachel said...

I'm surprised that The Handmaid's Tale is on there, because I have read it, as well as others from the list.

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Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

I have actually read a lot of these, surprised to see Fahrenheit 451, I love winning and giving gift cards for prizes too-great choice!

melora said...

I was surprised about The Face on the Milk Carton. I read that so long ago, but all I remember thinking was that it was a very cool book.

Tara said...

Fahrenheit 451 was excellent!

Linda Kish said...

Forever by Judy Blume surprised me.

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Aik said...

Harry Potter surprised me. I never thought the series would be so captivating!

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Abby said...

I'm surprised HP and Twain are on the list. Gossip Girl too. I read those!

Reading mind said...

I gotta say I read most of those banned books, and seriously, Harry Potter? Bridge to Terabithia???? That's clearly a MISTAKE!

Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

I've read quite a few, but of course Fahrenheit 451.

*Jam* said...

Every time I see Harry Potter on this list it makes me laugh. How could they ban a book with so many messages of friendship and love above everything?!

Thanks for the giveaway! =)

meandmom said...

I'm surprised that Bridge to Terabith is on the list.

Tiffany Drew said...

Junie B. Jones? Really? That's crazy. My kids love those books. So sad that some kids are missing out on those great books :(

Judy said...

I am surprised my many of these books. I knew alot of them had been on a list at times, but did not know about Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Diary of Anne Frank (thought this was a true story). The whole list baffles me. Many of these I had to read in high school (way back when).

Judy
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Juana said...

The only book from the list that I read is Of Mice and Men way back in high school (ages ago).

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LisaILJ said...

I would like to say there were several on the list that surprised me, but honestly there has never been a book published that someone didn't have some objection to. I guess it depends on how vocal they want to be in their objection. I guess "Are you there God? It's me Margaret" surprises me the most. The books on that list that I have read is way too long to be posted here..

Sara said...

I've read Harry Potter, though I'm not really sure why it's be on the list...

sablelexi said...

It always surprises me to see books written for kids on the list, like Captain Underpants.

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Katie said...

Im really surprised gossip girl is on there....

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xxsquigglesxx said...

I can't believe that the Judy Blume book is on the list! It blows my mind.

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kristina shields said...

harry potter totally surprised me. :(

andrea said...

I'm surprised that HP is at the top of the list! I'm also surprised that The Giver is there, as it includes controversial topics but doesn't put them in a positive light!

Cindy C Bennett said...

The Giver? A Wrinkle in Time? Harry Potter? Of Mice and men?...

I don't even know where to begin with which book from the list surprises me most - I've read many of them.

Someone mentioned that many of the reasons for these books being banned are in the Bible, but you might be surprised to know that in many places the Bible is also banned.

Misusedinnocence said...

I've read Julie Of The Wolves. Only reason I can think of would be the rape scene?

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BrittanyGale said...

I had to read The Giver in school so I was surprised to see it banned.

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Becca said...

I've read the Harry Potter series. Thanks!

Alicia said...

I'm completely surprised by Harry Potter. How can they ban that? Crazy!

Jennifer said...

What's with the Judy Blumes? Forever, maybe I could understand, but the tween stuff? Are You There God is practically a grade 6 rite of passage.

Michele said...

I can't beleive the dictionary is on there..some people are just completely insane!!

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sugarpeach said...

I'm surprise that To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a banned/challenged book. I mean, it's such a beautiful classic!

Damla (Sweepstake Lover) said...

I read Harry Potter and it really surprised me to hear that it was banned.

Bea said...

I read Catcher in the Rye, Gossip Girl, Slaughterhouse-Five and The Lovely Bones.

CrystalGB said...

I have read Harry Potter and loved it. Don't think it should be on the list.
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amandawk said...

And Tango makes three really surprises me.
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Megan @Reading Away The Days said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I have read a few of the books on the list including To kill a mockingbird, twilight and Harry Potter and loved them. I havent a clue how Harry Potter made it on the list!

Tara W said...

Many of these were required reading in high school. I can't believe Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret, by Judy Blume made the list.

ASHLEY HOLT said...

I read Speak by Lauie Halse Anderson!

Erin said...

Junie B. Jones is on that list?? I'm shocked!

Erin

Amanda said...

Really...Junie B. Jones? My daughter read these when she was 9 and I saw nothing wrong with them.

Marci said...

Harry Potter is banned? And Bridge to Terabithia? A lot of the list honestly surprised me...

Marci Clark
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June M. said...

I was surprised about BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and the Junie B. Jones books (my niece loved those when she was younger). I guess some people would ban everything if they had their way.

Eli Squared said...

What surprises me in a ridiculous way is that Fahrenheit 451, the book about censorship and book burning, is on the banned book list. Extremely ironic, and just proves a point about how narrow minded and, frankly, dumb people can be.

Spav said...

I'm surprised they banned the His Dark Material trilogy. I love those books.

donnas said...

Really most of the ones on the list surprise me. Especially when you read the reasons behind them. The one I didnt know about until this year was The Hunger Games.

Jennifer said...

Harry Potter and Gossip Girl surprise me.

Thanks.

jennifer.

Jennifer said...

I commented on the Oct 25th House of Night post.

Thanks.

Kristin Aragon said...

I'm not really super surprised but it cracks me up that Harry Potter was banned. Insanity!

~Kristin

bookgoonie said...

I really can't believe Harry Potter or Captain Underpants.
Crazy stuff.

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TheReadingOwl said...

I'm really surprised that Harry Potter is on the list of banned books. I read it as a child and loved it. It's ridiculous that it should be banned.

Jeanne said...

I'm surprised they banned Harry Potter, I didn´t expect it... I read Gossip Girl and it was fine..

~April~ said...

I have read many on the list. A lot of them were required reading when I was in school... I do not understand why anything by Judy Blume would be on the list at all...

latishajean said...

I can't believe Harry Potter is on the list! Great blog hop thank you!

Angie said...

The one that really surprised me was Lord of the Rings. I mean it is and was a big phenomenon. Why?

Lisa (Lisa's World of Books) said...

I really think that it all surprises me. Really so close minded but I am glad there are so many people who stand up.

Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

A lot of them surprise my.. Bridge to Terabithia.. Harry Potter as well.. that's just crazy.. i heard the Dictionary has been banned in a few schools.

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Alison said...

I have read the Harry Potter series and it surprises me that it is on the list.

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Danah said...

The Goosebumps Series! I'm not actually surprised by this. I just didn't know the series was banned/challenged. I think i have read almost all books from the Goosebumps series when i was you know still a kid.

Wow! Harry Potter? For what reason? *goes to Google it* -__-

Susan said...

Thanks for participating in the hop. It is amazing how many banned books I have read.

jessica said...

I've read some of the books on the list. I'm not surprised that these books were banned. I'm pretty sure if everyone read all the books out there, someone somewhere would ban it for some reason.
I've read Harry Potter, And Tango Makes Three, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Face on the Milk Carton, Blood and Chocolate, Speak, Julie of the Wolves, Goosebumps, and Shade's Children.
jessangil at gmail dot com
-Jessica B

ruthhill74 said...

I am surprised by many of them--I loved Are You There God--It's me Margaret! How could they ban it?
Ruth Hill
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nayjf said...

i cant believe that a wrinkle in time is on that list! it is an amazing book.

Alexa said...

From this list i've read only Harry Potter but i've read some other books that i later found out were banned! I absolutely loved those books!

SarahSparrow said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

I think Bridge to Terabithia and Junie B. Jones surprised me the most. (Not on the list but) I was also surprised to find out this week that The Diary of Anne Frank has been at least challenged.

Dominique said...

Are you there God? It's Me, Margaret, and Bridge to Terabithia really surprise me that they made the list. I still have my copy of AYTGIMM by Judy Blume.

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mariska said...

I've read several of the books !!

Vojalyn said...

It's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. I can't believe it's on the list. I love this book when I was young :)
Thanks for the giveaway, by the way!
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Alison said...

I have read several of the books on the list and they are the ones that have stayed with me the longest. They are the ones that touched my soul. I don't believe any book should be banned. If you don't like the content don't read it and parents should be the only ones to say what their kids can't read.

Darlene said...

The Adventures of Huck Finn surprises me.

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Denise Z said...

I read the Captain Underpants with my son and it was on the approved AR list at his elementary school. I don't get it - I thought the stories were a hoot :) Thank you for participating in this important awareness campaign and giveaway hop:)

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Denise Z said...

I also commented on the post for Destined http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/2011/09/cant-wait-till-oct-25th-for-destined.html

Thanks again for the fun:)

Alicia said...

I was surprised to see A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle on the list. What a great book! alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Goosebumps?!?! But that's the best scary series I read when I was young. It's not even scary! Why is it even banned?

Julie D. said...

I have read Farenheit 451, and many others from the list.

slehan said...

The Color Purple by Alice Walker Thanks for the contest.

Trista Siegel said...

Oh, come on. Captain Underpants is on that list. The book is completely childish and I think children are smart enough to know toilets don't come to life and whatever else happens in the series. Even Harry Potter surprised me.

mrsshukra said...

Surprised to see Captain Underpants series!

Krysykat said...

Well my favorite one on the list that I have read is Fahrenheit 451,

iLuvReadingTooMuch said...

I'm seriously surprised to see the Captain Underpants series up there. Seriously?!? funniest childhood book up there. AND OMG, Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park? Again, still surprised!
Thanks for the amazing giveaway :D

Rabiah
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Mona said...

One book that surprised me and that I have read is BLUBBER by Judy Blume.

Adri said...

I read most of the one's you higlighted and others on the list as well.

but the one that surprised me was Gossip Girl. i've been a gossip girl fan before the TV show came out and read the whole series maybe twice before the show came out. i don't see why it would be banned. Just my opinion.

Adri A.
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Charla said...

Mark Twain? Huckleberry Finn? A Wrinkle in Time? Wow!
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Angie said...

Bridge to Teribithia!?!? Why is that being banned?!?! I love that book. It was great, and touching. I cried, laughed, and more while reading that book.

Adelina Priddis said...

I don't think any of them really surprise me. But I've read a good portion of those.

Texas Type A Mom said...

I've read several from the list but my favorite is Harry Potter!
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Megan said...

I think the one that annoys me the most is And Tango Makes Three. It is about REAL events and REAL penguins. So two male penguins hatched an egg and cared for the chick without a female penguin. SO WHAT! Let's alert the masses to the creepy counterculture plotting being done by PENGUINS. So ridiculous!

Chen Yan Chang said...

I read a lot of the books from this list but from the top 10, I've read The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky!

I actually never read Harry Potter. *ducks from flying tomatoes*

Dea (IvaliceAlliance) said...

The only book I've read from this list is The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I loved it and I'm surprised it's on the list!

Karli said...

I was absolutely shocked and surprised that Junie B. Jones was on the list! It seriously made me do a double take. "Oh yeah [sister's name] loves that series. Wait, WHAT?!" I thought about it but I'm stumped. Seriously, Junie B. Jones?!

Smiley Girlie said...

I've read Harry Potter but it's ridiculious that people feel like it's corrupting kids because of witchcraft and saying that it's evil. The whole point of the story is how love can conquer everything even evil!

Bhand35 said...

Great to see so many take part.

The Catcher In The Rye was a great read.

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