Friday, September 23, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway HOP

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:

Be a follower of this blog
Fill out the form HERE
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?

Make sure you visit other stops on the link list and have fun!
Thanks for coming by!!


Kah Woei said...

I never knew that Gone With The Wind was a banned book. I've watched the movie but never read the book. I'd love to though.

Carol L. said...

Thanks so much for the opportunity.
Good luck all...
Carol L
Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

j. barrett said...

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

jbarrett5 at

Pelfreak said...

Wow, I gave my teen Gone with the Wind to read when she was in high school. She loved it. Sad it is on the baned list.

Melissa said...

Shows how much I know!! I didn't even realize there is a banned list of books :/

Karis Jacobstein said...

Two of my favorite books! Great choices! Check out mine if you haven't!

Virginia said...

I would love to have Gone With The Wind. I lost my copy years ago and would love to read it again.

lead[at]hotsheet[dot]com said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

Darlene said...

Thanks for the giveaway!