Hey all! I got a pretty good response to my Banned Books Week challenge. I’m glad to know there are so many people willing to fight to keep good books on library shelves. Hell, even willing to fight to keep not so good books on the shelves!
The following is a list of awesome sauce bloggers who participated in this event and wrote their own Banned Books Week posts:
- Caryn, from the kick-ass 7th Heaven snarking blog, Stalking is a Family Value? We get a post about Fahrenheit 451.
- Caitlin from one of my new favorite blogs, Wandering Down this Road That we Call Life, (that’s Boy Meets World, of course) we get a post about one of my favorite books ever, The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
- Michelle, formerly of Worst of the Worst Fanfiction and more currently of Elementary School Library Flashbacks wrote about The Kite Runner. A book that has spent a good three years on my TBR.
- Jille, at Beechwood45789 wrote about A Wrinkle in Time. One of the more ridiculous entries to the challenged books list.
- Moxobee, who decided to participate by LiveJournal and from across the pond, wowed me with not one, but two posts. The first on Fahrenheit 451 and the second on To Kill a Mockingbird. Both posts found here.
- Amber at the blog Class Bookworm (she’s a teacher guys! Her opinion matters!) also wrote two posts. The first on The Great Gilly Hopkins and the second on Killing Mr. Griffin.
- Tracy, a reader here at Are You There Youth, wanted to participate, but isn’t a blogger. I gave her the space of my own LiveJournal for her to review My Brother Sam is Dead.
- Alison over at Literary Crap reviewed FOUR books, bitches! Alison did what I would have done if I had the time. And if I wasn’t so lazy. So huzzah to Alison for being four times less lazy than I am! Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging from the wacky Georgia Nicholson series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Forever, and Blubber. (And she stole my heart with every last choice.)
- Amber from the hilarious Nostomanic (a blog which I can not recommend enough) decided to do her own spin on Where’s Waldo, which is officially the most fucked up entry to the challenged list.
- Satia, the eponymous blogger from Satia’s Journal, also wrote two. The Vagina Monologues (because don’t be ashamed to have a vagina, ladies) and on Forever…. (and don’t forget the ellipsis at the end of Forever).
- The Englishist, whose real name I don’t know, so we’ll just call her the Englishist, wrote a great review of Life is Funny. Which has just been added to my TBR.
Seriously, I can’t thank everyone enough for participating. I had some other really great words to say about banned books and intellectual freedom. And I did write them just a little bit ago. But Blogger (has anyone else been having major Blogger issues recently?) decided it would NOT publish my post, and then when I went to hit save, it wouldn’t save my most recent changes. Including the really great bit I wrote about banned books. Anyway, it’s now well after ten p.m. and I don’t have the energy. So, in a nutshell censoring books=bad, intellectual freedom=good.
So. What about this giveaway of a signed copy of Bridge to Terabithia? Here’s what I did. I assigned a number to everyone who participated. And you got as many numbers as you had BBW posts. Then I used a random number generator to choose the big winner.
- Amber (class bookworm)
- Amber (Class bookworm)
- Amber (Nostomanic)
- The Englishist
Even though I liked Alison’s odds, the random number generator chose number….8! Congrats to Amber, the Class Bookworm! Send me an email with your address and I’ll get the book sent out as soon as possible.