Sep 25, 2015

Giveaway Hop: Banned Books


For those of you who know me it doesn't come as a surprise that I'm all for the freedom to read. I'm Dutch and I'm lucky to be able to read whatever I like, so banned books aren't a big part of my world. There are one or two exceptions and the rest of the books are freely available here. I think reading shouldn't be restricted and I don't believe in banned books. Before writing this post I looked at the Banned Books Week lists and discovered that I've read a large part of the banned or restricted books. I enjoyed most of them. Even though some books are controversial it doesn't mean they shouldn't be read. Each book you read will broaden your horizon and I think that's something good. I hope that people will stop dictating what others should read. The world would be boring if we all have to think, feel and be the exact same way. I like diversity and am all for it.

I'm giving away $15 to spend on banned books. Paperbacks via the Bookdepository or kindle books are allowed. Leave a comment and tell me which banned or restricted read I should definitely read. Good luck!


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96 comments:

  1. The Da Vinci Code (2003) Dan Brown Novel Banned in September 2004 in Lebanon after Catholic leaders deemed it offensive to Christianity. (See Inaccuracies in The Da Vinci Code.)[27]
    I love Dan Brown books

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  2. I think my comment got eaten...anyway, Sherman Alexie's THE ABSOLUTELY TRUE DIARY OF A PART-TIME INDIAN is quite good!

    Trix, vitajex(at)Aol(Dot)com

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  3. The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini This book is so beautiful, I just can't put it into words. If you end up loving this book, then you need to check out A Thousand Splendid Suns as well. I cried so much during both of these books, but they are just a must read.

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  4. Don't know if they are banned where you live, but I think everyone should definitively read books by Marquis de Sade!

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  5. Satanic Verses by the famously controversial Sir Salman Rushdie. I read it and enjoyed it , people who didn't enjoy it obviously took it too seriously and banned it.

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  6. I don't now if you've read To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee but its absolutely amazing and one of my all-time-favourite books! (And everyone needs to ignore the existence of Go Set A Watchman, ha)

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  7. Interesting that several on the list were required reading at my school A Separate Peace was a favorite assigned book of mine.

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  8. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian is absolutely fabulous! It blows my mind that it's banned. It should be required reading.

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  9. The Great Gatsby has always been a favorite of mine - so many wonderful books are on the banned lists. :)

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  10. A Separate Peace by John Knowles - set during WWII, this is a great book but has been banned in several schools for homoerotic overtones.

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  11. I haven`t read any banned book, but I heard Stay by Emily Goodwin was banned and it was supposed to be pretty good :)

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  12. I suggest some of my favorites: BRAVE NEW WORLD by ALDOUS HUXLEY, THE GRAPES OF WRATH by JOHN STEINBECK, LOLITA by VLADIMIR NABOKOV, and THE METAMORPHOSIS by FRANZ KAFKA.

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  13. This sounds strange, but I loved to read these books: The Picture of Dorian Gray
    by Oscar Wilde, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, Looking for Alaska by John Green. I think you should read one of them (or all of them) because they are beautiful. Okay, sad and "hard" stories, but I don't understand why banned...

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  14. I definitely propose you the "The 120 Days of Sodom" by Marquis de Sade.

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  15. Suze . not sure if you seen this , but I found a list of banned books also in line with the Banned Books weeks. http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/banned-books.html

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  16. It's amazing how many books have been banned at some point. To Kill A Mockingbird & The Handmaid's Tale are books you've probably read but I definitely recommend.

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  17. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier

    Reasons: sexually explicit

    Definitely read this. Read all of her graphic novels. They are amazing.

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  18. THE COLOUR PURPLE by Alice Walker is an amazing read.

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  19. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie was very good. I have enjoyed other works by him as well. Definitely makes you think about native culture issues while also enjoying a riveting story.

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  20. If you haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird
    By Harper Lee you definitely should. Its often challenged here in Canada which is ridiculous. Its a wonderful and powerful story, and I studied it in High School (we even were able to watch the movie in class).
    andrea_hockeygirl at hotmail dot com (preferred email)

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    1. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my top three all time favorite books. I read it at least once a year.

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  21. A banned book I read and recommend is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. The story is disturbing, but the writing is superb. :)

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  22. There are so many but the first that comes to mind is Beloved, Toni Morrison

    mmalavec(at)med(dot)umich(dot)edu

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  23. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain always come to mind, plus Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury are 3 great books that were banned!

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  24. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorites.
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com

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  25. I certainly hope you've read The Kite Runner. Great read! Thank-you. :)

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  26. To Kill A Mockingbird or Looking For Alaska!

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  27. I think you should read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  28. The Giver and Thirteen Reasons Why! Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win!

    klaxon63350 (at) mypacks (dot) net

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  29. You should read Tropic of Cancer. It's a real page-turner.

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  30. The Color Purple. Monumental. Life-changing.

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  31. My favorite banned books, which I would definitely recommend you read, are:
    1. "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee
    2. "The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" by Stephen Chbosky
    3. "Eleanor & Park" by Rainbow Rowell

    Thank you for the giveaway! :)

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  32. I think you should read the The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian :)
    livingbelowtheclouds@gmail.com

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  33. I'm not sure which ones you've read, but I would recommend:
    1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
    2. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
    3. Daughters of Eve by Lois Duncan (or, like, anything by Lois Duncan--she's so fun)

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  34. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. Thanks for the chance!

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  35. In the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009, you will find on #8: His Dark Materials (series), by Philip Pullman.
    I read this when I was +- 15 years old and found nothing "ban-worthy" in it... though to be fair, I live close to your country and here as well, they are not as strict on which books are banned (if there are any?) and which aren't. I have always believed in the freedom of reading what you want, and I personally highly enjoyed His Dark Material series! :) If you haven't read it, I definitely recommand that one ! :)

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  36. There are so many that should be read, even though people think they should be banned. I can remember To Kill a Mockingbird when I was in school. It was mandatory that you read it and write a report on it. I really enjoyed it and still don't understand the ban, like most bans on books.

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  37. Oddly enough, most of the readings for my classes at the university were banned books. I thought Orwell's were the most important ones. They made me reflect about society in a way no other book had done before.

    irielilla(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  38. 1984-one of my favorites,thanks for the giveaway:)

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  39. To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee .It is one of my favorite books, and the movie with Gregory Peck was awesome too.

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  40. I haven't read many books on that list, I did read The Kite Runner and The Perks of Being A Wallflower but I didn't like them at all. I hear that Persepolis is amazing though.

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  41. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

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  42. You should read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell.

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  43. To Kill a Mockingbird

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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  44. I didn't even know half these books had been banned. A shame really. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird. And I honestly had no clue it was a banned book.
    Leighannecrisp at Yahoo dot Com

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  45. I've read To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Animal Farm, Lord of the Flies, and Hop on Pop and would recommend all of them.

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    1. Forgot to include my email: michelle_willms at yahoo dot com :)

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  46. I recommend THINGS FALL APART BY CHINUA ACHEBE.

    Pqcolletti@Gmail.com

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  47. I recommend The Color Purple.
    Tia
    videoclimber At yahoo Dot com

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  48. The Giver is an excellent choice if you've never read it

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  49. You should totally read Flowers in the Attic :)

    ilepachequin(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  50. I would recommend 'A Separate Peace.'

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  51. Some of my favorite banned books are To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, 1984 by George Orwell, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

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  52. You should definitely read The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky! And the movie was very good, too! :]
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    Marijana Sitar

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  53. You should read To Kill A Mockingbird. You'll love it!

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  54. The Kite Runner.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  55. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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  56. There are so many to pick. The Giver, The Handmaid's Tale, 1984 and Brave New World top my list.
    dez3b at yahoo dot com

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  57. To Kill a Mockingbird - an all time fav!
    suzebomb54(at)yahoo.com

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  58. You should definitely read The Handmaid's Tale, it was a very haunting read. Thank you.

    visabellad(at)gmail.com

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  59. Depending on what genre you prefer, I'd suggest Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. We were required to read this in one of my college English classes. I believe this is what started me liking dystopian and other genres of books :)

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  60. You've probably read them, my favorite banned books are the Harry Potter books. So I recommend you re-read them. ;)

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    1. jewel4jay AT hotmail DOT com
      I follow you via Email, Bloglovin & Twitter.
      Thanks :)

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  61. Try Shattering Glass by Gail Giles. My personal favorite is Of Mice and Men. Other good ones are To Kill a Mockingbird, The Davinci Code, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

    Couponcookie at gmail dot com

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  62. The Kite Runner was one of my all-time favorite books! SOOOO good. Have you read that one?
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

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  63. I have to say it, To Kill A Mockingbird. My favorite book of all time. There are so many . Gt the book, then the DVD of the movie. You will love Gregory Peck as Atticus.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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  65. A couple of my favorites are Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson, Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut and The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold.

    elizabeth (at) bookattict (dot) com

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  67. While there are many books which were banned for useless reasons I would like everyone to read The Perks of Being A Wallflower, the book will surely touch everyone & at the end I am sure each one of you would want friends like Charlie, Sam & Patrick. This book is all about finding finding your place and most importantly it is about finding yourself. Finding yourself in a chaotic, emotional and utterly different world. Can't thank Stephen Chbosky enough for this gem..

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  68. Obviously, any of the Harry Potter books. :) Thirteen Reasons why is a good one. I really want to read Eleanor & Parks.

    darcusmurray(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  69. Ooh, I'm thinking Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale. Superb writing and great thoughts.

    Thanks for being part of the hop!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

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  70. You should read Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers. It was removed from a summer reading list in South Carolina this year. I picked it up after hearing about it on the news, and it is a really powerful book! Thank you for the giveaway. :-)

    morwesong AT yahoo DOT com

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  71. The Harry Potter books if you haven't read them yet and The Lord of the Rings.

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  72. The Kite Runner. A lot of people have commented on HP books, I didn't realise they were banned?

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  73. You should definitely read the Harry Potter series and Perks of Being a Wallflower. Thanks! saltsnmore at yahoo dot com

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  74. Harry Potter! Those book are fabulous!

    petrellinyc-slinky yahooo (dot) com

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  75. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is really good!

    Thanks for the chance to win :)

    starry_night1987(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  76. The Handmaid's Tale! It's amazing!
    blackcapballistics AT gmail DOT com

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  77. Eleanor and Park ! I absolutely love this book
    karins5050 at gmail dot com

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  78. I think you should read To Kill A Mockingbird.

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  79. I really loved The Glass Castle! Not widespread banning but I know a school close to where I live banned it!

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  80. I loved Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy!

    Kelley L.
    unicorn_angel(@)hotmail(.)com

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  81. I just finished Eleanor & Park (loved it) and consider Perks of Being a Wallflower one of my top 5 movies of all times (so I bet the book is even better). Thanks for the giveaway!

    Stephanie
    smantello1(at)yahoo(dot)come

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  82. I think you should read Black and White by Paul Volponi if you haven't yet.

    Ingvild G,
    19ingvild98(at)gmail(dot)com

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  83. If you haven''t read To Kill Mockingbird, please do! It sounds so cliche' but it's such a great book.
    prettyhaydengurl at yahoo . com

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  84. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great book and one of my favorites.

    sienkiel1821 at yahoo dot com

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  85. I would recommend the Harry Potter series.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  86. The Giver was good.
    magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

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  87. I've read over half of the banned books listed. My most favorite book is on the list: A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeline L’Engle. Parents can say what their children can read but they better not try to remove them from libraries. My button I wear this week says: I read Banned Books!
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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