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Saturday, September 24, 2011


Banned Books Week: John O'Hara Story, and Win an Amazon Gift Card!

To commemorate Banned Books Week, The Muffin is participating in the Banned Books Week Blog Hop sponsored by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. All of the posts and prizes are related to banned books so stop hopping and see which of your favorite reads might have once been banned. So after you enjoy our post, stop by I Am a Reader, Not A Writer and start hopping!

Blog Hop Giveaway:

If you would like to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card to purchase your favorite banned book, please leave a comment at the end of this post to be entered in a random drawing. The giveaway contest closes Saturday, October 1 at 11:59 PM, PST. For an extra entry, link to this post with the hashtag #bannedbooks, then come back and leave us a link to your tweet. We'll be announcing the winner here at The Muffin on Monday, October 3. Good Luck!

John O'Hara -- Banned in His Own Hometown

Small towns are usually inordinately proud of their native sons (and daughters). They name streets after them, they erect statues, they have festivals celebrating them. Pottsville, Pennsylvania does all this for John O'Hara, author of short stories and novels such as Appointment at Samarra, BUtterfield 8, and Ten North Frederick from the 1930s to the 1970s. Pottsville didn't always think of O'Hara so fondly.

You would think an area known as the home of the country's oldest brewery and anthracite coal would be excited to add "home of famous author" to the list. Perhaps...if it had been anything except O'Hara's books. Like William Faulkner, O'Hara wrote novels thinly based on the area where he grew up. Pottsville became Gibbsville, and other towns and businesses in the Schuylkill County area were re-christened with easy to decipher names. Readers around the country loved O'Hara's novels filled with sex, drinking and scandal. The people of Pottsville, certain the characters of Gibbsville were THEM, were not as in love with books they felt were revealing all the town's secrets to the world.

So the area libraries "restricted" O'Hara's books. Yes, they had them but they didn't want them to fall into "innocent hands" so the librarians kept them hidden behind the desk. You had to come up and ask specifically for these books so scandalous they couldn't even be placed on the shelves! It was the 1950's...asking for an O'Hara book was the same as marching up to the bespectacled librarian and shouting, "I'm a sex maniac! Give me Playboy! Give me the Kama Sutra! Give me O'Hara!" And, since it was a small town, within days everyone--including your mother and your minister--would know what book was on your TBR pile. I can't imagine many people checked out O'Hara's books. By restricting O'Hara's books, the libraries effectively banned them.

Thankfully, restriction has gone the way of bespectacled librarians shushing visitors to the library. John O'Hara has claimed his rightful place on our shelves and no one is shocked to see a patron checking out Ten North Frederick. In fifty years I wonder how many of the uproars over books will seem laughable to us?

Tell us, what banned books have you read? Which do you intend to read to celebrate Banned Books Week? You can find a list here.

Blog Hop Giveaway:
Win a $20 Amazon Gift Card!

1. For your first entry, just leave a comment on this post! Leave a comment or tell us what banned book you've read (or intend to read) to be entered in the random drawing.

2. For an extra entry, link to this post on Twitter with the hashtag #bannedbooks, then come back and leave us a link to your tweet.

This blog hop giveaway closes Saturday, October 1 at 11:59 PM, PST. We will announce the winner in the comments section of this post on Monday, October 3 and if we have the winner's address from the comments section, we will also notify the winner via email.

Good luck!

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Blogger Sioux Roslawski said...

"James and the Giant Peach" I do not get. For some, I understand the backward, narrow-minded thinking. However, some of my favorites are on that list.("Flowers for Algernon" takes me back to my middle-school reading. Was it the "experiment" that was so offensive?)

2:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From on that list, I've read Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, Carrie, Huckleberry Finn, Grapes of Wrath, The Shining, The Color Purple,Lord of the Flies and some other titles. Banning a dictionary must be the topper!

3:41 AM  
Blogger Susie Chadwick said...

I've read tons of banned books! Harry Potter, for example. =)

3:52 AM  
Blogger Yenhex said...

I love the Harry Potter series and have read a bunch of other banned books - Little Women, The Lovely Bones, Twilight, His Dark Materials trilogy etc. While I can see why some of the books are banned, I'm puzzled why books like Little Women or even a dictionary is banned.

Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

4:24 AM  
Blogger Yenhex said...

I tweeted -!/yenhex/status/117560342455914496

4:26 AM  
Blogger Jennie Kay Writes said...

I've read most of these books. It's just crazy! That's sad when I think about the fact that these are exactly the books that my struggling reading students reach for.

4:48 AM  
Anonymous allena said...

What book HAVEN"T I read? Farenheit 451 was my fave though.

"To censor is to refuse to debate, confront, educate. THe greatest risk of censorship is that there will always be a reason to censor...tomorrow it will be whatever doesn't please the authorities or those that proclaim themselves the keepers of the dominant values of society. Censorship is the IMPOTENCE of those in power. Since they can't convince, they regress." (Quote by Jose Luis Ramos Escobar)

7:12 AM  
Blogger Judy said...

I have read most of these books. I do not understand the banning of most books. Most is based on life, and you shouldn't try to hide life and how it plays out, even though it is not always correct.


8:08 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

I've read the Hunger Games and the Harry Potter books just to name a few.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

8:37 AM  
Blogger LuAnn said...

I've read a number of these books and it saddens me that so many "classics" have been challenged over the years, including the dictionary!

reading_frenzy at yahoo dot com

8:58 AM  
Blogger ebaker said...

I've read a bunch of the books on the banned book list: To Kill A Mockingbird, Twilight, The Lovely Bones, Harry Potter etc.

9:07 AM  
Blogger Library Lady said...

I've read several banned books but one of my fave older titles is Of Mice and Men.
GFC Follower Library Lady
adsanders77 at gmail dot com

9:59 AM  
Blogger Amber Polo said...

As a librarian, I've probably read all the banned books. :)
amber at amberpolo dot com

10:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ulysses was a banned book? The Canterbury's Tales? Little Red Riding Hood? I've read many of the books on this list and find it funny that Lord of the Flies and The Grapes of Wrath were required reading in school. speaking of that...I heard Huck Finn is still banned today. SAD.

11:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...!/RCchrps

11:53 AM  
Blogger Christina Mercer said...

Little Women? Really? The dictionary? Geesh! I've read so many of these on the list, and loved them all.

Also tweeted:!/cwritebuzz/status/117680350154596353

12:36 PM  
Blogger JBarr5 said...

grapes of wrath

wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.

1:17 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I've read Speak and want to read Crank. Love banned books!

aliciacald at gmail dot com

1:24 PM  
Blogger dawns41 said...

I have read quite a few banned books like To Kill A Mockingbird, Little Women, The Grapes of Wrath, Huck Finn, The Lord of the Flies, Flowers for Algernon. Good Grief these books being banned is sad. so sad.

2:31 PM  
Blogger Kayla Eklund said...

I've read Crank and thought it was incredible. It saddens me that some people aren't able to read it.

2:47 PM  
Blogger Mysharona said...

Catcher in the rye amongst others

3:50 PM  
Blogger Gaby said...

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

4:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read Speak. Love banned books!!!

4:06 PM  
Blogger BookStacksOnDeck said...

Couple of faves are 1984, To Kill a Mockingbird, & The Hunger Games. I'd like to read Crank.

4:39 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I've read several but The Hunger Games is one of my favs.
Jennifer @ Fictitious Musings

4:44 PM  
Blogger scottsgal said...

I'd like to read the Hunger Games or Twilight
msboatgal at

4:55 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd like to read The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big Round Things by Carolyn Machler.

unforgetable_dreamer_always (at) hotmail (dot) com

4:58 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'd love to read Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes. Can't believe that it was banned. Go figure! Thank you for this opportunity!
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

6:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I tweeted:!/smallftprints/status/117765828862152704
reducefootprints at gmail dot com

6:03 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I've read the hunger games and loved it. Thanks.

jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

6:09 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...


jlkalman26 at gmail dot com

6:10 PM  
Anonymous Margo Dill said...

Love CRANK, THE GIVER, THE HUNGER GAMES, SPEAK. . .I actually love it when books are banned because then they usually become even more popular than they were before. Everybody (except the banners) want to read a banned book.

Great idea, ladies!

margo@margodill (dot) com

6:25 PM  
Blogger Michelle @ Book Briefs said...

I would love to read the giver!

Thank you for this giveaway.

chelle2006 @


6:31 PM  
Blogger Kelly Boyer Sagert said...

I've read quite a few banned books. Here are some:

Huckleberry Finn
Of Mice and Men
Ordinary People
The Catcher in the Rye
To Kill a Mockingbird

6:35 PM  
Anonymous Malea said...

I've read several banned books, and at the moment am rereading "To Kill a Mockingbird" (probably the 10th time or more...), and am working with a tutoring student on the book. Some of my other favorites: Huck Finn, Catch-22, Fahrenheit 451, Catcher in the Rye (read this with my student last year), Grapes of Wrath, and soooo many more!

6:36 PM  
Blogger Kelly Boyer Sagert said...

Also tweeted:!/KBSagert/status/117774664910127104

6:38 PM  
Anonymous Debra Stang said...

I've read several books that were banned for one reason or another, but my favorite is still "Annie On My Mind," a young adult novel about two teenage girls falling in love.

I didn't even know it existed until a school district about 30 miles from where I lived at the time sponsored a book burning (no, I am not making this up).

I rushed out and bought a copy right away. I'm glad I did, because it is a beautiful book. About a year later, I was fortunate enough to meet the author and have her autograph it for me.

6:39 PM  
Blogger Lisa Borkoski said...

Some of the books on this list just leave me scratching my head ... especially some of the classics like Little Women, To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye (one of my all time favorites). It's also interesting that some of Stephen King's books are on this list. While I love him and own all of his novels, I can't imagine why a school would even have the need to ban them, as they aren't really suitable for a English class' syllabus.

6:40 PM  
Blogger JBarr5 said...

grapes of wrath

wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.

6:41 PM  
Blogger Lisa Borkoski said...

Here is the link to my Twitter, where I linked back to this awesome blog!!/woohoo02

6:42 PM  
Blogger Trish said...

I believe the last one (among many on the lists) I read has to have been one of the Harry Potter books, and parts of Huck Finn again, to mourn the new edits.

6:45 PM  
Blogger books4me said...

I want to read Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury!

books4me67 at

6:49 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Wow, unbelievable! I’ve already read the high majority of these books. Now I want to make it a personal goal of reading every book on this list… everything from A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess to Witches, Pumpkins, and Grinning Ghosts: The Story of the Halloween Symbols by Edna Barth… and To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee twice because I loved it so much the first 3 times I’ve read it! :)

6:52 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've read several banned or challenged books, too many to remember but one I want to read and have not is Crank.


6:57 PM  
Blogger D.A. said...

Reading any or all banned books is the best revenge to censorship!

7:00 PM  
Anonymous Elisabeth said...

I AM proud to say that I have read 18 of these books and now I have more to add to my TBR pile :) No book should ever be banned. If you don't like the subject matter, don't read the book!

7:02 PM  
Blogger Lori said...

Cheers to no more banned books! Thanks for the list.!/Lori_Twining/status/117779906598940672

7:05 PM  
Blogger Vanessa Nix Anthony said...

The Banned Books lists are my "What-to-read-next-lists ~ all the best books live there!


7:12 PM  
Blogger Fokxxy said...

I have never read Catcher in the Rye and would like to

ssummmer AT gmail DOT com

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read all the books from the harry potter and twilight series.
emilymeimei204 AT yahoo DOT com

7:20 PM  
Anonymous Chunming said...

I enjoyed reading Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. It is a great book
heiroftherealm AT yahoo DOT com

7:21 PM  
Blogger Christine A. said...

I just finished the Hunger Games- great. There are so many more on the banned list that I need to read. Thanks for this giveaway.
GFC- Christine A.
your1chef at aol dot com

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Michele Sinclair said...

I find that I own, use, or have read 29 of the books. It would seem that I have been reading the right books.

7:59 PM  
Blogger LuAnn Schindler said...

I've read 45 of the books on the list. One of my favorites - To Kill a Mockingbird - is on the list and it's hard to believe people ban a book that has so many redemptive lessons.

Another favorite - Lady Chatterly's Lover - IMO - was tame. Probably not for the time it was written, but I've read far racier books than this one.

Call me a reading rebel, but I like to read a wide variety and the great thing is NOBODY can tell me what I can or cannot purchase to read!

9:36 PM  
Blogger Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

Wow I never knew how many Banned books i have allowed my mind to take in. I like so many. some are Harry Potter, clockwork orange and so many more

vmkids3 at msn dot com

10:13 PM  
Blogger Steph @ The Caffeinated Reader said...

Thank you for the giveaway!
My favorite banned book is The Giver.

stephaniemcnemar AT gmail DOT com

10:27 PM  
Blogger The Happy Booker said...

I've read about 1/3 of the Top 100 Most Challenged books. My favorite of those include Go Ask Alice and A Prayer for Owen Meany. Its absurd that so many of these are challenged and even banned from school libraries by parents who think that censorship should replace communication. Thanks for the giveaway!
Donna @ The Happy Booker
ahappybooker at gmail dot com

12:46 AM  
Blogger throuthehaze said...

I've read a lot of banned books but my favorite is The Giver by Lois Lowry.
throuthehaze at gmail dot com

1:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read East of Eden by John Steinbeck.

rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

2:14 AM  
Blogger Janelle said...

Fortunately, when I was in school, most of these books were required reading, and I don't mean for college either. These provocative tomes sparked many class discussions, ideas, debate, and free speech.
Thanks for your generosity and being a part of this vital Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop!

3:06 AM  
Blogger clc408 said...

I've read lots of banned books - Huckleberry Finn, Catcher In the Rye, To Kill a Mockingbird are just a few examples. Fight for your right to read!

3:46 AM  
Blogger clc408 said...


3:48 AM  
Blogger H said...

I think I'll be reading some Harry Potter or Animal Farm perhaps.
Thanks for the giveaway :)
emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

5:17 AM  
Blogger Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

Your post is really interesting! I loved reading it. As far as banned books - LOVE THEM and we are doing a whole week of posts and a huge giveaway at Book Journey too.

My favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird... currently reading A Room With A View by EM Foster

5:27 AM  
Blogger April said...

Books should not be banned for any reason. It isn't right.

april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

5:30 AM  
Anonymous Liz said...

Want to thank you for your post and giveaway.

The American Library Association website for banned/challenged books--short list for classics only--includes To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. The first four were required reading in my school days.

A commenter on Murder She Writes, however, took me aback by mentioning the Bible, which of course is banned in some places.

5:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



6:19 AM  
Anonymous Virginia said...

Holy sacred Kow! I read many of these books without knowing they were banned. I had to laugh at some of the entries. It's funny how some of the banned books became Disney movies. I copied the list so I can read the ones I missed. I read Flowers for Algernon in the 6th grade; renamed Charlie at one point.

7:06 AM  
Blogger kdkdkd said...

I have read most of what is on that list over the years but I want to read The Devil's Alternative by Frederick Forsyth

7:34 AM  
Blogger jcwega27 said...

Loved 'The Lonely Bones'

7:35 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Some of my favorite banned books include The Color Purple, Beloved, The Great Gatsby, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, Brave New World, and The Lord of the Rings. I'd love to finally read The Grapes of Wrath or The Satanic Verses.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Amanda King said...

Thanks for the giveaway! :)


9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

10:59 AM  
Blogger hale2005 said...

I would like to see a list of banned books!


1:38 PM  
Blogger hale2005 said...



1:39 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I have read the Hunger Games, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and the Perks of Being a Wallflower!

I loved them all :)

katvela12345 AT

1:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I tweeted!!/mrscupcakeman/status/118064474140852224

1:50 PM  
Blogger Angelica R. Jackson said...

I did a post on my blog for banned books week, including a video for the Virtual Read-out, at

Thank you for helping to fight censorship!

3:23 PM  
Blogger ham1299 said...

I have read MANY banned books. Some of my favorites: Harry Potter, the Hunger Games, Huckleberry Finn, Scars, ...


3:41 PM  
Blogger Barbara Montag said...

I've read Carrie by Stephen King.
I have no idea so many book were banned.
Thank you.
barbara dot montyj at gmail dot com

3:41 PM  
Blogger Barbara Montag said...

And I tweeted.!/JalapenoMama/status/118092239560912896

3:42 PM  
Blogger hedgerhousehold said...

Thank you for the giveaway
jenhedger at hotmail dot com

4:55 PM  
Blogger kyl neusch said...

would like to win!

5:45 PM  
Blogger kira meier said...

Thank you so much for doing this event! It's such a good cause!

hk11kira (@) gmail (.) com

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and quite enjoyed it. Thanks for the giveaway!

abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

6:11 PM  
Blogger sksweeps said...

I'd like to read The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

6:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

6:14 PM  
Blogger Jesse said...

The last banned book I read was The Catcher in the Rye... such a great book!

jesse.nicole.paul (at) gmail (dot) com

Thanks for the giveaway! I'm on the hop too:

6:15 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

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6:51 PM  
Blogger Jen Bigheart said...

Hopping by to say thank you for participating this year! Great post!


6:51 PM  
Blogger Diana said...

I actually haven't read that many banned books but I'm surprised by the few that I have.


6:52 PM  
Blogger Jasmine Rose said...

I've read The Hunger Games, but there's so many more I plan to read after this week like TTYL and Twenty Boy Summer.

7:02 PM  
Anonymous Gael McCarte said...

As a pscychologist I am always amazed when a family member bans/forbids another to read a particular book, or books in general. I have never understood the fear of the written word.

7:25 PM  
Blogger The Romanceaholic said...

I've apparently read a lot of banned books. Some, I can almost understand (at least in school libraries) such as The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.

But some of them? Diary of Anne Frank, Hunger Games, Harry Potter for cryin' out loud? Just craziness.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Romanceaholic at gmail dot com

7:29 PM  
Blogger The (Mis)Adventures of a College Book Addict said...

I love banned books! I would probably buy Crank

7:30 PM  
Blogger Lolawid said...

Wow, I've read the Harry Potter series, Twilight, Hunger Games, Lord of the Rings, The Giver, To Kill a Mockingbird, A Wrinkle in Time, and many others! Thanks for doing this!

widsfam7 @ digis dot net

7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When someone mentions banned books, the first 2 that I have read and that come to mind are To Kill a Mockingbird and The Giver. Both of these books are favorites of mine!
Thanks for the opportunity!
-Carly Waid

8:38 PM  
Blogger sustahl said...

I have read "Death of a Salesman" and "Huckleberry Finn"
prizeentry @ wesharewithyou dot com

8:58 PM  
Blogger sustahl said...

I tweeted!/rsmstahley/status/118172809137627136
prizeentry @ wesharewithyou dot com

9:00 PM  
Blogger anme said...

I've read several banned books: Animal Farm, 1984, Brave New World, A Wrinkle in Time, Harry Potter...

One I was amazed to find out had been challenged before was at least one of the Little House on the Prarie books.

Thank you for the giveaway!
melorabrock {at} gmail {dot} com

10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!! Janna Johnson janna@feedyourpig on gfc

11:17 PM  
Blogger Krysten said...

I've read a bunch of these books, the Just Blume ones, Norma Klein (oh to think my super strict grade school let me read some of her books for Friday reading!), Catcher in the Rye, the Harry Potter books, A Wrinkle in Time. Thank goodness for open minded teachers and librarians!

krystenlindsay (at) gmail (dot) com

11:57 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Carrie by Stephen King...that was the first "horror" book I ever read and I've been hooked ever since.

shel704 at aol dot com

2:06 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


shel704 at aol dot com

2:08 AM  
Anonymous Alexander said...

Interesting list you made here! Thanks for all the information!

3:13 AM  
Blogger Kirsty said...

I've read most of the books on this list.

4:02 AM  
Blogger Cathy C. Hall said...

Yep, I've read quite a few of those banned books. In fact, banning a book just makes me want to read it even more.

Last year, I read a YA called THE EARTH, MY BUTT, AND OTHER ROUND THINGS and really enjoyed it. So I'll probably check out the latest YA banned book--and read it twice!

6:34 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

I think that I'll read a Harry Potter book this week! I also have Twenty Boy Summer on my Nook waiting to be read!

Thanks for the giveaway!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

8:02 AM  
Blogger craft brag said...

Lolita is actually one of my all time favorite books. The writing is amazing.

~ Jenna

9:08 AM  
Anonymous SueBE said...

I'm surprised at how many of those books I've read! I'm going to reread what was probably my first - The Headless Cupid by Zilpha Snyder.

9:47 AM  
Blogger S.A. Turnbull said...

The entire Harry Potter series.

I plan to read these to my children.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Chey said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I absolutely love The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.


11:25 AM  
Blogger Brittney said...

I recently finsihed the hunger games
brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

12:24 PM  
Blogger Alisia said...

i have read so many books that are banned and i didnt even know it haha

1:03 PM  
Blogger Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...

Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
I've read about 25 of the top 100 banned books. My favorites are Harry Potter, Hunger Games, The giver & a Wrinkle in time.

alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

1:05 PM  
Blogger Lisa Richards/alterlisa said...!/alterlisa/status/118416160705347585


alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

1:07 PM  
Blogger debbie said...

I have read all the stephen king novels on the list, of mice and men and flowers for algernon. What a shame those are all great books.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Crystal F said...

I've read a few of them but I will list To Kill A Mockingbird as one. thank you!
crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

2:29 PM  
Blogger Amanda said...

I've read quite a few, but I still haven't read To Kill a Mockingbird. Need to do that.

3:01 PM  
Blogger sablelexi said...

I've read a few banned books, the most recent one would be The Hunger Games.

jlynettes @ hotmail . com

4:40 PM  
Blogger Linda Kish said...

The Catcher in the Rye, Of Mice and Men, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, The Grapes of Wrath, The Lord of the Flies, 1984, Animal Farm, The Call of the Wild, The Lord of the Rings, The Jungle, In Cold Blood

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

8:50 PM  
Blogger alovelywriterxo said...

From the list of banned books, I've read Crank, Twilight, and TTYL. I want to read more though, makes me feel like a rebellion. :D


8:58 PM  
Blogger Mia J. said...

I have read a lot of banned books like Great gatsby and Harry Potter.

mia at jacobsracing dot com

9:02 PM  
Blogger Krystal Larson said...


9:49 PM  
Blogger Krystal Larson said...

edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom I have actually read almost all on that list and skimmed the rest ((I am a dork)) >< I liked almost all of them too, favorite is Fahrenheit 451

9:50 PM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

I really liked the Hunger Games books! Thanks for the giveaway!

10:18 PM  
Blogger Alicia said...

I read Speak and loved it.

aliciacald at gmail dot com

10:48 PM  
Blogger SpadesHighReads said...

Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!
Have a safe and great week!! =)

GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

12:13 AM  
Blogger SpadesHighReads said...


GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads
TValeros18 AT gmail DOT com

12:15 AM  
Blogger Dinda said...

The banned books I've read are Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games and Scars. I would love to read Twenty Boy Summer.


2:46 AM  
Blogger Carissa St. Amand said...

I've read so many of them :) I feel so proud! Absolute favorites? 1984, All Quiet on the Western Front, and Of Mice and Men.

4:36 AM  
Blogger Carissa St. Amand said...

I tweeted!!!/KereesaReads/status/118649434916651008

4:37 AM  
Blogger Misusedinnocence said...

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite!

6:30 AM  
Blogger said...

My favorite banned book is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. I would buy The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Here's Mine. Hope you'll stop by and enter as well: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

9:10 AM  
Blogger said...

Link to my tweet:!/LenaSledge/status/118717255767949313

9:10 AM  
Blogger kristina shields said...

i would love to win the amazon card. thx so much!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Jeryl M. said...

I have read lots of books that were banned at one time or another, Forever, Blubber, Huckleberry Finn, The Upstairs Room, Summer of My German Soldier, The Diary of Anne Frank, and the Harry Potter books to name a few. All of these I would like to share with my daughters. Some now, and some when they are older. Thanks for the great giveaway.

9:57 AM  
Blogger Michele said...

Thanks for the giveaway.

I plan to read To kill a Mockingbird...haven't read it since hs and would love to read it again.

jmluker at winco dot net

11:00 AM  
Blogger Suz said...

Thanks for this amazing giveaway - I would love to win! I loved the Hunger Games trilogy and To Kill a Mockingbird.

susanw28 (at) mindspring (dot) com

11:06 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

My fav banned books are Speak, Hunger Games and To Kill a Mockingbird

thanks for the giveaway!

gfc follower: Katie


11:40 AM  
Blogger CrystalGB said...

I have read the Harry Potter series and loved it. Thanks for the giveaway.

12:29 PM  
Blogger Carol said...

Linked to this post:!/CarolWiley/status/118794506966544384

2:13 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I intend to read 20 boy summer.
amandarwest atgmaildotcom

2:25 PM  
Blogger nfmgirl said...

I've read a few books on the list, but one that I don't think that I've gotten to yet that looks really good is The Grapes of Wrath. One of my favorites that I've already read is The Color Purple.

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

3:11 PM  
Blogger Juana said...

I intend to read Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.


4:30 PM  
Blogger Juana said...



4:33 PM  
Blogger poisnivyred said...

I've read the Hunger Games and I would like to read Crank for banned books week!

Poisnivyred AT

7:25 PM  
Blogger slehan said...

I've read most of the banned books (I make it a point to).
I love The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Thanks for the contest.

12:18 AM  
Blogger slehan said...!/slehan/status/118947076519374848

12:19 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Wow, that is an interesting list. I never realized how many of the books I have read were banned at some time or another. I thought every one had to read Grapes of Wrath and To Kill a Mockingbird in school.

6:35 AM  
Blogger Nancy said...


6:36 AM  
Blogger Tiffany Drew said...

What the heck is wrong with Flowers For Algernon that someone would want this banned? This is such a good book!

I've read a few books on the list, including: Flowers for Algernon, The Scary Stories series, The Hunger Games, and Speak. I really need to read some more though. There are so many!


12:13 PM  
Blogger Catherine Lee said...

I have read just about EVERY banned book! Just as soon as someone labels a book "inappropriate" or "subversive," I feel compelled to read it! My favorites are To Kill a Mockingbird, Animal Farm, And Tango Makes Three...


1:19 PM  
Blogger Catherine Lee said...

I tweeted about your giveaway:!/CapeFearLibn/status/119145166396338176

1:24 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

Ive read quite a few from Classics like the Great Gatsby to modern like The Hunger Games.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

5:33 PM  
Blogger donnas said...

tweet -!/DonnaS1/status/119207468197871616

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5:34 PM  
Blogger latishajean said...

I have read so many harry potter, hunger games, twilight, vampire academy all great books! Thank you for the blog hop great giveaway!

6:25 PM  
Blogger latishajean said...

Tweeted too!/latishajean/status/119221385217323008

6:26 PM  
Blogger Ironstrangeprompts said...

I have read 11 of the books of the list and I am hoping this giveaway hop will allow me to read even more of them. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I have almost all of Stephen King's books and I am sure most if not all of the have been banned at one time or another.

Thanks for participating in the hop!


7:58 PM  
Blogger June M. said...

There are many banned/challenged books that I have loved in my life. Stephen King's books, SE Hinton, etc.
GFC: June M.
manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

9:10 PM  
Blogger Ramblings of a Part time Druid said...

I loved The Lovely Bones and Scary Stories.. both banned at one point. but great books

9:10 PM  
Blogger June M. said...

manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

9:11 PM  
Blogger magic5905 said...

I have read most of the banned books and enjoyed them. Love Amazon. Thanks.
magic5905 at embarqmail dot com

9:24 PM  
Blogger magic5905 said...!/harvester5905/status/119266736129310721

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've read over a dozen of the books on the list. By far, my favorite is To Kill A Mockingbird. I never knew any entity had banned it. How sad such a beautiful American masterpiece should be treated so.


11:51 PM  
Blogger Erin said...

I've read several banned books, but my favorite so far is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. A close second is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee!

erinreadsblog AT gmail DOT com

6:08 AM  
Blogger Dominique said...

I've read many without having realized it lol. My favorite one is Of Mice and Men.

couponcookie at gmail dot com

12:13 PM  
Blogger Dominique said...


couponcookie at gmail dot com

12:19 PM  
Blogger Nickolay said...

To kill a Mockingbird is by far my favorite


12:28 PM  
Blogger Mellysa said...

The banned books I've read are Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games. I would love to read Twenty Boy Summer.

Thaks for the giveaway!!/cullenezious/status/119516592764760065

mellysa dot ch at gmail dot com

1:59 PM  
Blogger April X said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I love the Harry Potter books, although I only own the 7th one :( Maybe I'll try and get one with the gift card if I win :)

I tweeted:!/ramen_addict/status/119520008878567425

2:14 PM  
Blogger The Sunshyn said...

I've read the Harry Potter books, Huckleberry Finn, and a number of other books on that list
chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

3:05 PM  
Blogger The Sunshyn said...

I tweeted!/The_Sunshyn/status/119533882822496256
chainmail (at) iwon(dot) com

3:08 PM  
Blogger nayjf said...

I have read most of the books on this list and I think it is absurd to interrupt the awesome life lessons young people could be learning from these great books.

3:28 PM  
Blogger nayjf said...


3:30 PM  
Blogger ashley said...

I just re read Harry Potter!

4:00 PM  
Blogger ashley said...


4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awesome giveaway. I love reading/banned challenged books. I have read the Harry Potter series, Twilight, and To Kill a Mockingbird to name a few.

supaflychikenpi2 AT gmail DOT com

4:31 PM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

Thanks for the great giveaway and for participating in this blog hop! I've read the Harry Potter series, the Twilight series, "Gone with the Wind" and "The Handmaid's Tale" to name a few.


6:49 PM  
Blogger Laura H. said...

Tweeted giveaway:!/MamaHendo3/status/119590444987465728


6:53 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...

I would like to read Brave New World. Thanks!

7:05 PM  
Blogger Ruth said...


7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've read sherlock holmes,da vinci code,the hobbit,harry potter and some I wouldn't even thought would be banned/challenged :O

I'd like to read perks of a wallflower XD


8:25 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

My favorite banned book has been "For Whom the Bells Tolls" by Ernest Hemingway! alicia.ebaugh at gmail dot com

8:27 PM  
Blogger brookea_2006 said...

I really want to read Perks of Being a Wallflower. Thanks for the giveaway!

brookea_2006 at yahoodotcom

8:33 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

Some banned books that I've read include: Diary of Anne Frank, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and the Twilight series.

Thanks for the giveaway!

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

8:55 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

+1 for tweeting:!/DarleneBookNook/status/119620490603139072

darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

8:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I posted "Check out banned books contest at at #bannedbooks. Win a $20 Amazon gift card!" on twitter at:!/writelane/status/119708505153355776
Thanks again for the contest!

2:58 AM  
Blogger kbruson said...

Thank you so much for the banned book giveaway! There is one book in particular that I would just love to read!

6:52 AM  
Blogger kbruson said...

tweeted about the giveaway here!!/kbruson/status/119771840838238208 kbruson

6:54 AM  
Blogger Denise Donaldson (MistySunrise) said...

read Catcher in the Rye

itsjustme62613 at

7:04 AM  
Blogger Denise Donaldson (MistySunrise) said...


itsjustme62613 at

7:05 AM  
Blogger Jenn S. said...

Re-reading The Harry Potter series. Love so many of the books on the banned books list.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Karli said...

Thank you for the generous giveaway. :) Banning books really is a terrible thing, and its so fantastic all of you on the linky list are raising awareness! Bravo!

Please count me in for the giveaway!


7:27 AM  
Blogger Karli said...

Also tweeted :!/creatingfantasy/status/119780963894042625


7:30 AM  
Blogger Deb S. said...

I've read lots of books on the list but my favorite all time book is The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger.

Currently my son is reading One Day in The Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn and I'm rereading it with him.


9:08 AM  
Blogger Amanda K Jaros said...

Twelfth Night? Wondering if that was banned back in Shakespeare's day, or in modern times... Hmmm.
I've read harry potter of course, a wrinkle in time, huck finn, oh boy, and so many more.

9:18 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've read many banned books, most recently The Hunger Games! Great trilogy!

Check out my tweet:!/AmandaTew

Oh and my blog:

9:52 AM  
Blogger Ryan said...

A few years ago I read Catcher in the Rye to see what the fuss was all about!:)

2:17 PM  

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