As a teacher, I am absolutely appalled at the fact that anyone would try to ban books. It just boggles my mind. I've read books I found offensive, books that made me absolutely sick to my stomach, books that upset me so much I threw them across the room, books that are horrible drivel, etc. And from each and every one of those books, I've learned and I've grown. The world isn't always pretty. I'd rather learn that from a book than anything else.
Banning a book because it has magic in it is something that drives me even more insane. If you aren't able to teach your children the difference between fantasy and reality, that's your failing, not the books. I loved the Harry Potter series. I also knew while reading it that there's no such thing as Hogwarts (unfortunately) and that Hagrid was not going to come take me away to a wonderful world where I was the girl who lived (unfortunately). Furthermore, everyone knows that if you tell a child not to do something, they're going to want to do just that. Banning something doesn't help. I promise you. Go read Fahrenheit 451 if you don't believe me.
So anyway, that is why I am participating in this awesome giveaway! Yay! There are currently 300 bloggers participating. You can find the full list here.
I'll be giving away any of the banned books I've read that are available from The Book Depository. So if the Book Depository delivers to your country, you can enter. The giveaway will run from September 24th - October 1st. I'm actually going to be out of town that weekend, so the giveaway will probably be up until the 2nd and I'll announce a winner on the 3rd. If I get more than 100 entries, I'll choose two winners!
So here's how to enter :
Leave a comment telling me a banned book you've read, and whether or not you thought it should be banned. If you've never read a banned book, just let me know which book you would like to read.
You get an extra entry if you are a follower, just let me know in the comment. To follow, go all the way to the top of the page and click "follow". Another extra entry if you click the "like" button here.
Just let me know in your comment which you did.
Here are the books you can choose from (so long as they are under $19.99US at The Book Depository).