Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop 2014! (Open internationally)

The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop, hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and BookHounds, works like this: each participating blog hosts a giveaway and then we link up together allowing our followers to hop easily from one giveaway to another. For followers, it means lots of chances to win free books. For blogs hosting giveaways, it means lots of new visitors and followers. It's a win-win! The Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop is scheduled from September 21st at 12.01 AM until September 27th at 11:59 PM (EST).


The Prizes


One lucky follower will win their choice of ANY book from last year's ALA Top Ten Challenged Books list
. Here are the contenders:

Out of 307 challenges as reported by the Office for Intellectual Freedom

1. Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence
2. The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence
3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
4. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group
6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit
7. Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group
9. Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit
10. Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

Just to give a little background information, these "bans" or challenges are defined as "a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness."

I personally have read exactly 5 out of the 10 books on the list, and can tell you that none of them deserve to be taken off shelves. In fact, a few of them (like The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Looking for Alaska) happen to be some of the most powerful YA books I've ever read... and while they may contain mildly "inappropriate" content—toss that word around to your liking—they're hardly illegal, and in print, can become an integral part of a child's development and literary maturity.

The only exception is Fifty Shades of Grey; honestly that book sort of is illegal. Not because of the explicit sexual content, but because of how poorly it was written lol. I definitely have a lot to say about it, but won't waste your time here. It was crafted for an ADULT audience anyway, and should not be found on SCHOOL library shelves in the first place...

Back to the giveaway details: As always, winner gets to choose between eBook or print. 

What would you choose if you won?

And yes, we'll have ANOTHER winner for this amazing set of eBooks:

That's two winners total! Woohoo!!!!

The Rules


Since this is a follower hop, I will have to make following by email subscription a mandatory entry. Enter your email into the box in the sidebar, and remember to confirm!

For an additional entry, you can also follow the blog via Bloglovin'.
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For even more entries, you can (+1) follow the blog on Twitter (@modishbooks)(+1) follow me on Instagram (@xkarielle), (+1) Vote my review of Victoria Egg White Soap as helpful on Amazon, and (+1) Tweet about the giveaway.

You MUST your Bloglovin' username in the extra info box in the Rafflecopter form, as well as your email address, account usernames, Twitter handle and/or direct Tweet URLs, should you choose to take advantage of those extra entries. Entries without proper verification info will be considered void. I will be checking!
a Rafflecopter giveaway As a reminder, this giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY as long as you have a verifiable email address and The Book Depository ships to your country.

The Small Print


I'm not saying this because I'm a completely anal and want to make your life a living hell, but because I've noticed something going on with a lot of follower hops. The point of them is not to temporarily follow that blog and unfollow as soon as the giveaway is over. The point of the follower hops is for the blogs generously offering giveaway prizes to gain more readers and followers—in return, participants receive the opportunity to win great prizes such as books, gift cards, and swag. I'm not just speaking on behalf of myself, because seriously, I'm so grateful for the followship I have (love every each and one of you!), but I know for a fact this happens with lots of other blogs as well. Being part of the blogging community, I just want my two cents be heard. If you are so inclined as to read more about how I feel on this subject matter, please refer to this blog post.

The End


Sorry my rant was a little bitchy. I'm not trying to be mean. YOU KNOW I LOVE YOU so don't even go there, darling. And if you're one of those people who are loyal to blogs and never, ever unfollow, you. are. a. treasure. Be sure to enter all of the other giveaways going on for this hop; there are so many great prizes being given away!

xo and always!