Banned Books Week Giveaway

Update: Katie has won the giveaway! She will receive a copy of The Giver. Thanks to everyone for signing up!

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Welcome to the JMill Wanders Banned Books Week Giveaway! This Banned Books Week event is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey, so make sure to check out her blog for various posts and giveaways having to do with this wonderful event.

For Banned Books Week I am reading The Color Purple by Alice Walker. It was published in 1982, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1983, and has been banned and challenged several times since for reasons including homosexuality, offensive language, and for being sexually explicit. (Source: Banned Books Awareness)

What it comes down to is that many people are afraid of their opinions being challenged and think anything but their opinion is poison, and so they want to censor these differences. But guess what? No one is ever going to be 100% right about everything in some universally recognized way. There is no one way. Other people get to have a say, and most of these books are damn important with essential lessons. Banning books doesn’t help anyone in the long run, but we can still recognize these books for their importance rather than what some believe makes them bad or wrong.

I haven’t read The Color Purple yet so I can’t speak to any of the charges against it, but I’ve never regretted reading a banned book, and I’ve never felt any of them deserved to be hidden from the public eye. I suspect I’ll feel the same about this book once I finish reading it.

Now that my brief rant is over, let’s give away a book!

The Giveaway
I am giving away a banned book of choice to one randomly selected winner. To sign up, simply leave a comment stating your favorite banned book as well as the book you’d like to win and your email address so I can contact you if you want. You can earn up to three bonus entries for following me on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, but it isn’t required. Let me know in the comment if you’ve done this.

You can find lists of banned and challenged books to choose from here and here.

The giveaway will end on Sunday, October 4th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

Good luck to all, and happy reading!

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23 thoughts on “Banned Books Week Giveaway

  1. One of my favorite banned books is Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. Mind-blowing read. Hope you like it too. 🙂
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    Thanks and happy banned books week! 🙂

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  2. THE COLOR PURPLE is actually a favorite of mine.

    I’d love a copy of “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood – on my reading list thank you.

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  3. I loved Gone With the Wind!! Id I won I’d pick Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell.
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  4. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of my favorites and I would like to win The Giver by Lois Lowry. Thank you for the giveaway!
    following on Instagram as @kristia7
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  5. I think my favourite banned book is The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’m not sure what book I’d like to read, maybe Fahrenheit 451? Thank you. 🙂

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  6. I’d be lying if I said any of the ‘Harry Potter’ book weren’t my favorite banned books of all time, but in close second would be ‘Speak’ by Laurie Halse Anderson.

    I would loooove a copy of The Giver, seeing as I’ve never actually read it it.

    And of COURSE I’m following you on all the social medias~
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  8. Great post! My favorite banned books are the Harry Potter books – I have wonderful memories with my son over these books and I would not trade that for the world! Hmmmm…. what banned book would I like? Any!
    PS The Color Purple is a wonderful read!

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  10. My favorite has to be Fahrenheit 451. I read it in high school, but I know it’s been banned in quite a few places.

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  11. I loved The Color Purple book(and the movie). It was on my reading list in high school. My favorite is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I’d love to read Paper Towns by John Green. Thanks!

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  12. I loved The Color Purple book(and the movie). It was on my reading list in high school. My favorite is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I’d love to read Paper Towns by John Green. Thanks!

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  13. My favorite banned book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and I would love to win Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.
    followed you on IG & twitter: @melmarian, and on FB: Melisa Mariani

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  14. I have so many favorites! I loved The Hunger Games, The Giver and The Handmaid’s Tale! Thanks for this amazing giveaway – I would love to win and get Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury! I follow on Twitter as Suz Reads, and follow on Facebook as Suz Reads.

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  15. One of my favorites is Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews. I would love to win Naked in Death by JD Robb 🙂 I follow on Twitter as @Gisele_Alvrd and FB as Ileana Alvarado

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  16. My favorite banned books are basically all the Judy Blume ones. Though I wonder why Blubber was ever challenged.
    I’d love to have a copy of The Pigman by Paul Zindle. I remember it being around when I was young, I may have even read it, not sure, but after I read My Darling, My Hamburger last year, I decided I’d like to read more by him.

    I subscribe by email to your blog but had trouble connecting to the facebook page. Will try again.
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  17. I really liked Moby Dick and don’t understand why it was banned.
    I’d like to win any banned book.
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