UPDATE: THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. THANK YOU TO ALL WHO SIGNED UP. I WILL SELECT AND CONTACT WINNERS TODAY (TUESDAY) AND ANNOUNCE THEM ON THE BLOG WITHIN A FEW DAYS.
Welcome to Lost Generation Reader’s Banned Books Week Post and Giveaway. This event is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. Make sure to check out her blog to read other banned book related posts and enter giveaways. I have written about my hometown’s experience with banned and challenged books as well as my thoughts, and below that is a giveaway.
Banning Books in Fargo, North Dakota
Growing up in Fargo and West Fargo, ND, I don’t recall books being challenged or banned, but apparently it has happened a handful of times. My local paper wrote an article the other day in relation to banned books, and the following have been banned from the Fargo school district reading lists at some point: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Diary of Anne Frank, Catcher in the Rye, Gone With the Wind, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Hunger Games. Also, Until They Bring the Streetcars Back and Finding Laura Buggs were challenged, but never banned.
Having read most of these books, I don’t understand them being banned. Elementary schools, perhaps, but not throughout the district. What point is there in learning if students are not presented with every story, happy and sad, hilarious and tragic? Banning books like Catcher in the Rye and Perks of Being a Wallflower wouldn’t prevent someone from feeling depressed, doing drugs, or swearing. Banning The Hunger Games won’t keep students from violence.
That being said, I happen to welcome the banning of books, especially in modern times. Perhaps a teenager cannot get The Hunger Games at school, but they can certainly get it at our local Barnes and Noble or over the internet. The United States is much too free to enact punishment, let alone serious punishment for reading a book that the school system doesn’t approve of. If anything, banning books intrigues people, makes them wonder why they shouldn’t be reading it, and ultimately they end up reading it due to this curiosity. So thank you, Fargo Public Schools, for giving these wonderful books more attention, and thank you to the other school districts and places that ban books. You really do get people reading.
I will give away two books for this giveaway. The book can be chosen from this banned books list (see note below). The book can be worth up to $20. I will purchase the book from an online source (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Book Depository, etc.) and have it shipped directly from the company.
Note: I know there are a lot of banned books lists, so if you find your book from another list, please include the link so I can confirm that it is indeed a banned book.
1. You must be 13+ years old to participate.
2. You do not need a blog to participate.
3. No restrictions on location. This is an international giveaway.
4. Winners will be selected using random.org.
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Note: You must fill out the form above in order to be entered into the giveaway. While comments are appreciated, leaving one does not count as an entry.
The giveaway is open from October 5th – October 8th (11:59 PM Eastern Time). I will select and contact winners on October 9th. The winners will have 48 hours to respond to the email. If there is no response by that time, I will pick again.
Best of luck to everyone!