Banned Books Blog Hop Giveaway

Banned Books Blog Hop Giveaway


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My Opinion on Banned Books

There are so many great books that are banned in various places around the country and the world. It’s extremely hard to choose just ONE to give away. I ultimately decided to give away a copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury because it’s one of the books that really touched me when I read it, in a surprising and visceral way. I could very easily picture the world that Bradbury describes.

I decided on Fahrenheit 451 for another reason as well, I think it’s incredibly ironic that a book ABOUT banning books (among other things) would be in itself banned.

My opinion on banning books? I don’t think it’s productive or beneficial to society. Every person has their own opinions and their own set of values and judgements and all the other things that go into making us INDIVIDUAL people. When we decide as a whole (or in part) that some books are not fit for society, we are exposing our own beliefs and trying to ensure others believe the same. When we ban books (especially from school libraries) we’re basically saying we don’t have faith in children to form their own opinions and to ask questions. We’re also sending the message that we don’t have faith in the people in these children’s lives either, to help them understand things in context, to teach right from wrong, to learn how to think critically but also ask questions.

However, I do think that some books shouldn’t be readily available for children at a young age, For instance, I don’t think the Kama Sutra belongs in school libraries, even though it’s a classic and very well known. Some books are just not appropriate for all ages. The tricky part is deciding what books are appropriate for what ages. I think this is where parental discretion comes into play. Parents should know their kids well enough to know what they are mentally prepared to handle and what they aren’t. I know as a reader, I was very mature for my age and was reading adult books WAY before I was even in high school. Not adult in the sense that they had adult content (although some did) but in the sense of the reading level.

I think the trickiest issues come when books that are written for certain age levels contain content that some people do not consider age appropriate – for example And Tango Makes Three, a book written for very young readers that deals with homosexuality. Here again, I think it’s a judgment call for parents. In my opinion, (and this is MY opinion) I don’t think children should have to be confronted with gender and sexual issues until they are older. IF they’re presented with something or have questions, then yes, it should be addressed and maybe a book could be brought out to help explain things. But I do believe children deserve to have as innocent a childhood as possible. I think it’s really up to parents and guardians on whether or not the issues are brought up proactively or if they are discussed as a result of an experience the child has or questions that come up.

So to recap: My Shelf Confessions is giving away one copy of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. OR  You can choose a $10 Amazon GC or equivalent at the Book Depository to buy a banned book of your choice.

This is open to INTLs, so feel free to enter! Just fill out the Rafflecopter mandatory entry (just your name and email, nothing else is required) and you’re all set. Good luck!


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  1. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Leeswammes (Judith) recently posted..Book Review: The Surrogates by Robert Venditti and Brett Weldele

  2. Thank you for participating today. While I have know about this book for years, I have never actually read it 🙂 The issue of banning books is amazing to me and appalling.

    • Yeah, I was the same way, I had heard of the book for a long time but I had never read it until a few years ago. It’s quite a great book! I agree with you that banning books is appalling! Good luck 🙂

  3. I haven’t read this book since high school. I’d love to read it again. Thanks for the great giveaway! ♥
    Smash Attack! recently posted..In love!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway. It still amazes me when I look at the list of banned or challenged books. Some of them are some of my favorites and books that my kids loved as well.
    Shirley Deeds recently posted..Reviews for Impossible and Linger

  5. This book is on my to-read list for a long time, now have to find time to read it 🙂

    thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Great post! As a parent, I also feel it is important to make sure that what my child is reading is material I feel is appropriate for him. And there are books that I feel are not appropriate for his age or maturity. I would not want these books removed from the library or his school because of this though. I think that too many parents feel like they have the moral right to make these decisions for their kids and for everyone else’s kids too. Thanks for the chance to win this book!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com
    Donna recently posted..Review: Horns by Joe Hill

    • Thanks and good luck! I agree it should be up to parents and guardians to make these type of decisions for their children. 🙂

  7. Girl! you are trying to make my brain fry with that long post haha. Oh my eyes my eyes! Oh I’m tired. Ok off to bed soon.

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read
    pabkins recently posted..Nocturne by Syrie James

  8. I have managed to read most of the books on the banned book list. It’s taken me many years and I see there are a couple of new ones I haven’t read yet. I’ll go out of my way to read a book *just because* someone wanted it banned.
    Thanks for the contest.

    • Good luck! There are a lot of books I haven’t read on the banned list, mostly because I am not ahuge fan of classic books, but I need to read some of the more modern ones that are on the list. Thanks for stopping by and entering! 🙂

  9. I agree with you on the fact that banned books are ultimately horrible for humanity, but I must disagree with the comment about children and gender issues. If the fact that people do have other sexual orientations is not addressed from a young age, then the children will immediately find the phenomenon discomforting when they are older since they’re not used to knowing about it. That on top of the factor that LGBT people are very different from themselves. But hey, to each his own.
    Whoo. Thanks for giving me a post that made me think for fun! I think algebra is slowly killing my brain cells…
    Uomo di Speranza recently posted..In My Neglected Mailbox Numero Uno

    • Hmm. Well, I think that a “young age” thing is sort of where we differ I guess. I think children deserve to have some time where they aren’t bombarded with gender issues – i mean children at the age I’m talking about – say under 8 or 10 are already dealing with enough gender issues, learning about themselves. So, I think it’s ok to give them some space to get used to their own bodies and then slowly discuss other things – of course, like I said, if things come up naturally about other issues it should be handled accordingly, and books can help with that. But I don’t think it should be brought up otherwise. I mean, I didn’t really learn about homosexual relationships until I was in middle school and I turned out fine (I think so anyway lol). I think as a rule, we learn new things all the time as we get older that we didn’t know as children, and we are constantly having to readjust our thinking in light of our new knowledge, so I don’t see how gender issues should be any different.

      Glad my post made you think! YES the dreaded algebra! I took several years of algebra (it just worked out that way I promise I never failed it LOL) I feel your pain!

  10. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  11. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Darlene recently posted..Fall Into Reading 2011

  12. Thank you for the great giveaway and easy entry:)

    Sarah

  13. latisha depoortere says:

    Thank you so much I have read alot of banned books! Thanks for this great blog hop!

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