Sunday, September 21, 2014

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop: Sept. 21-27

It's banned books time, baby! I have been participating in the Banned Books Week celebration since 2010. I am kicking off this week with my Banned Books Week Proclamation and the Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop hosted by I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and BookHounds. I've also added a Twibbon to my Twitter profile pic to show my support for Banned Books Week!

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. - American Library Association

I believe that people should be allowed to select their own reading material (and that of their children). Don't like it? Don't read it. And don't police my reading. I especially cringe at the idea of books being banned in public libraries. I try to read at least one banned book during the event to celebrate the freedom to read. Like a mischievous little kid, nothing moves a book up my TBR list like being told not to read it. LOL!

“Hey Upper East Siders…” I am giving away a box with a few Gossip Girl books (and a surprise) to a randomly drawn winner* (U.S. mailing addresses only) via the rafflecopter widget in this post. The Gossip Girl series by Cecily von Ziegesar is number 23 on the Top 100 Banned/Challenged Books: 2000-2009 and number 9 on the 2011 Most Challenged Books lists.

"Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, originally ran on The CW for six seasons from September 19, 2007 to December 17, 2012. Narrated by the omniscient blogger "Gossip Girl", voiced by Kristen Bell, the series revolves around the lives of privileged young adults on Manhattan's Upper East Side in New York City. The success of Gossip Girl led to adaptations outside the United States. The show has received numerous award nominations, winning 18 Teen Choice Awards." - Wikipedia

a Rafflecopter giveaway

* If teen drama is not your thing and you are selected as the winner, you can choose a book from my PaperBackSwap bookshelf (in the brown footer at the bottom of the blog) instead. I have some other banned books listed.

Thanks for stopping by MAD Hoydenish. Hop through all the blogs for giveaways at each stop!

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