Update: Katie has won the giveaway! She will receive a copy of The Giver. Thanks to everyone for signing up!
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!
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.
The giveaway will end on Sunday, October 4th at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
Good luck to all, and happy reading!