Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Time For a First Contest

So, due to recent events, I've decided that I'm going to do my very first contest and give away three books;

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler

Here are the rules.

1. You have to be a follower.
2. You have to tell me your favourite book which might be considered "bad" and why it would be considered that. Also, leave an e-mail where you can easily be reached.
3. You must respond to this post by October 1st at 12:00AM Eastern Standard
4. You have to be in North America - sorry for all you internationals, but my budget is only so large for this. HOWEVER, I'm having another contest in November, so stay tuned for that.

The winners will be drawn shortly after by a fair way that I'll decide upon later.

That's it, that's all. I can't wait to read your responses!


Amanda said...

I don't really have a favorite, but the first that comes to mind that could be considered "bad", is Hush, Hush. I loved it, but many think Patch is too much of a jerk, and that it could promote unhealthy relationships. I believe teenagers are smarter than that, but some people apparently don't think so.


Unknown said...

This is hard, but I'd say that of all the books I've ever read, my favorite one would have to be the Jessica Darling series (five books) by Megan McCafferty. The openess about such things as sex and religion could put some people off, but it's real. And that's why they're my favorite. Plus the Jessica's witty sarcasm is genius! (If you haven't...read them!!)

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Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

Harry Potter? i mean, magic is so evill! :o
oh, and maybe Jellicoe Road because there is, *gasp* teenage sex. Ugh, i hate book banning. thanks for this giveaway.


justpeachy36 said...

I must be a banned book lover because I have read several books that would considered "bad" by that list. Some were even considered required reading in high school... Go figure!

I guess my favorite would have be The Lord of the Flies which was banned because of the profanity (very minute), promoting the idea that man is no more than an animal (it does do that), excessive violence (shoving the rock off on one boys head, might be considered excessive), defamatory to women, God and a list of other things (definitely did all that) racism (Yeap, that too) and the list goes on.... still one of my favorite books ever....LOL! Though it is repeatedly challenged in the U.S every year.

Please enter me in the giveaway.


Amanda said...

The most imappropriate book I ever read was Simply Sinful by Kate Pearce. At the time, I didn't realize that erotica was shelved with regular romance, so I picked it up based on the hot, shirtless guy on the cover. It ended up being a historical "romance" with a woman married to a gay guy who was in love with another (bisexual) guy who was also in love with the first guy's wife. So they decide to all get it on together. Whoa. The only reason I finished it was because I wanted to know how much raunchier it could get (and wow, it did!). Probably the only reason Dr. Stick-Up-His-Butt isn't trying to ban books like Simply Sexual, too, is because he'd be too afraid to walk into that section of the bookstore. Naked chests, *gasp!*


Kathy Habel said...

Time Travelers Wife is probably the baddest book I've read due to the language and sex.
bkhabel at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

I think almost all of my favorite books would be considered "bad" by someone. I'm a big fan of contemporary realistic fiction and I recently read and loved Jennifer Echols' "Forget You." I think some people would try to ban this book because there is teen sex in it (and drinking and bad language!!!) I consider books like these to be among my favorites, though, because they are more "real" and believable.

Don't people realize that by telling others that they aren't allowed to do something (like read a certain book), it just makes them want to do so even more? I love how J.K. Rowling addressed this in the fifth Harry Potter book with Professor Umbridge banning the newspaper with the interview with Harry, thereby ensuring that everyone in the entire school would secretly obtain a copy to read!

I'd love to be entered for the contest. Thank you!

sarahdc22 at gmail dot com

Gabrielle Carolina said...

Mockingjay is only newly released and I keep hearing book-bashing over the world of The Capitol and the heroism of Katniss Everdeen.
Too many people live in their own cushy western lives, where children aren’t killers, and people don’t starve under the harsh restrictions of a controlling country capitol.
I hate that the message, the struggle and the life of Katniss is being dismissed, just because it’s not pretty to look at, which, of course, it’s not- that’s the point.
E-mail: Bellacarolina33@aim.com

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

My favorite banned books are the harry potter series. I suppose they are banned because they feature the supernatural. Books should never be banned!! Thanks for the contest to support banned books week :)

inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

Angie said...

So I don't know if this book has ever been banned, although I wouldn't doubt it. Smack by Melvin Burgess. Very edgy. Enter me in your contest!!

Also not sure if you know but The Book Depository gives free shipping to most countries and their prices are usually around the same as Amazon. Just in case you want to make your next contest international.

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