I am so stinkin' excited to be participating in the fabulous blog giveaway HOPS hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer & I Read Banned Books. For the next 7 days, (YEP, that's 7 days) we get to visit all the fabulous blogs involved to enter for a chance to win books and gift cards! The theme of this HOP is Banned Books and I picked the perfect one - did you know the first ever romance I read is on the banned list? Well I didn't but judging for the way it was a HOT COMMODITY in my high school library, I don't think the school knew either! Maybe it's different in another country? I went to an all girls high school and remember the whispers and giggles as the book swept through every year. I was lucky to get to read it because as my friend went to return it, I was there to check it out. I remember feeling scandalized by it but completely engrossed - what an adult I was! LOL Little did I know that 20 years later, I would still be reading books that make me blush a little. Thank goodness my parents never knew what I was reading!
On the topic of banned books, I wanted to add a thought I recently had and made me want to laugh a little. When I looked at a list the other day, I saw the Twilight and Harry Potter series on it, making me double take. Here these books are a "no-no" but the last time I went to my local library, in the teen section, I found an Anita Blake graphic novel and a Keri Arthur book. They were both filled with less than appropriate material but when I spoke with the librarian, I was told that was were they were classified and she wouldn't be moving them. I began reading again with Harry Potter and Twilight introduced me to the paranormal genre. It seems a contradiction that books I feel are great introducers to reading be banned but adult themes for teens okay. Doesn't make sense, right?
As part of the HOP - The Romance Diva and I are giving away TWO books and here they are....
The Romance Diva
Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
The Bookish Snob
Forever by Judy Blume
There will be TWO winners and to enter all you need do is the following:
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We'd love to hear what you think about banning books and any experiences you've had. Reading Forever has really stuck in my mind... enough that I remember specifics 20 years later. How about you?
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Thanks for coming by!!