Jun 11, 2011

Blogiversary - 7 Day Giveaway - Day One



Two years ago today, I published my first post on this blog, I Read Banned Books! I originally started this blog as a requirement for library school in 2009. It was my first semester of grad school and I was a McWreck. (I won’t even tell you how long it had been since I was called a student). My professor at the time wanted us to choose a library topic that we were interested in discussing for the entire semester. The very first thing that popped into my head was challenged and banned books. I have always been an avid supporter of intellectual freedom, and thought the topic fit the assignment and my personality well. I used the blog two more semesters for different classes, and after graduation I decided to keep writing book reviews and posting them here. Glad I did! 

After graduation, I thought about changing the name of the blog to incorporate my name (no personal info was allowed for school). Yes, Bigheart is my real last name! I totally upgraded my name when I got married…. How many of you thought it was just my Twitter name? Anyway, I decided to stick with my original name and I still think it fits me pretty well.

In order to celebrate day one of my Blogiversay, I thought I would giveaway something banned inspired. Carolyn Forsman has generously donated an awesome YA banned books bracelet! *ooooh, ahhhh* I am so thankful to her and am a fan of her work. Here is a little info about her:

"Carolyn has earned a series of industry accolades over the past two decades and was named to the Honor Roll of Freedom in 2001 by the Freedom to Read Foundation  for raising to date over $150,000 through the sales of her jewelry at ALA Expo, and received the Museum Store Association Service Award in 2009. Ten of her creations are in the MoMA Design Store. "

Carolyn had a booth at TLA and she will be at ALA in a few weeks. Please go visit her at Book #1859. All of the profits from ALA will go to The FTRF (Freedom to Read Foundation). Carolyn is an ABFFE affiliate. If you have a bookstore and order wholesale, 10% of the proceeds benefits ABFFE (The American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression). Also, please visit her website and see the variety of items she has available. ONE lucky winner will win the YA Banned Books Bracelet below!


*giveaway closed*

65 comments:

  1. Happy Blogoversary! I would say my favorite banned book is Uncle Tom's Cabin. To be honest I'm not sure whether this is still banned or not but it was banned in the Southern US during the Civil War.

    Ann @Semisweet

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  2. Happy Blogiversary!! :o)

    Mickey @ imabookshark

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  3. Happy Blogiversary! My favorite banned book is Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher. :]

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  4. Happy blogoversary!! I would have to say my favorite banned books are The Twilight Saga (of course).

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  5. The Hunger Games, even though it shouldn't be banned...

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  6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower <3 I sent my boyfriend a copy to read, he finished it last night, and he absolutely loved it. Happy blogoversary!

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  7. Happy blogoversary!!

    My favorite banned book is Harry Potter series.

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  8. Happy Anny, Jen! This is a fabulous giveaway. I've wanted one of these bracelets for quite some time. ..

    My favorite banned book is Go Ask Alice!

    Thanks!
    Amy

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  9. Happy Blogaversary. Those bracelets are FABULOUS!!!! I so covet it. All Quiet on the Western Front was banned in Germany viewed as an anti war book after WWI gearing up for WWII.

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  10. Favorite banned book (or one of them :) ) would have to be Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, its has literally changed my life.

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  11. Happy Blogiversary!

    How about 1 older and 1 newer book? My favorite older is The Diary of Anne Frank and favorite new one is Da Vinci Code.

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  12. I'd have to say the classic The Catcher and the Rye. When I read it I thought it was a touch boring, but that book has stuck in my memory for years. Something power in those pages!

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  13. To Kill a Mockingbird would have to be my favorite.

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  14. My favorite banned book changes frequently...but at the moment it is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov!

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  15. congrats!!^-^I'm so glad you kept the blog! and happy I found it!^^

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  16. To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely one of my favorites.

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  17. It's especially nice, speaking as a library science professor, to see a student take something from a class and really go with it. So glad you kept up the blog!

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  18. My favorite banned book is Robert Cormier's The Chocolate War and Beyond the Chocolate War.

    I don't usually get stupid over giveaways, but that bracelet is AWESOME! It would go so well with my "I read banned books" shirt. =)

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  19. I guess I would have to say my favorite banned book is probably My Sister's Keeper. It was such an incredible book! Congrats on the Blogiversary, here's to many more years!

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  20. Happy Blog Birthday! I started my own blog as a project for a library class and, like you, quickly fell in love with the blogging world :)

    My favorite banned book has got to be The Hunger Games. Violence? Bah! How can anyone possibly ban this book???

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  21. Doctor Zhivago was my favorite banned book.
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  22. My favorite banned books are the Twilight series! Love them and all the controversy they stir up. =)

    Erin F. - fletch8502 at yahoo dot com

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  23. HAPPY 2nd BLOGOVERSARY!!! Isn't year 2 the gift of cotton? *hands you bag of cotton balls with a bow on it*

    :D

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  24. Sometimes it seems like the banned books are some of the bests ones...among my favorites are The Giver by Lois Lowry, which is absolutely amazing, and the Harry Potter books.

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  25. Happy Happy Blogoverasry!
    Enjoy this great accomplishment

    Fav Banned Book?
    Speak! the teens are missing out not being able to read this in their school
    veltara(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  26. I second To Kill a Mockingbird as my favorite banned book :-)

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  27. My fav banned book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Thanks for the chance to win and happy blogiversary!

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  28. Catcher in the Rye. I own three different versions of this one including my mom's old copy she read in high school.... :-)

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  29. Great giveaway! Happy blogiversary :)
    My favorite banned book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. I think it's funny that people get upset about all the magic in the book. It's really about the friendships and good vs. evil.

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  30. I want to go to school where you went; what an awesome assignment!

    My favorite banned book, besides the Harry Potter series, of course, is Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause. Banned because it was too sexual, and yet the furthest Vivian ever went was kissing!

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  31. Happy blogoversary! Well Harry Potter of course, but aside from those my favorite is Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.

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  32. My favorite banned book is The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

    Thank you for the chance to win
    methom@earthlink.net

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  33. -Hmmm, I think my favorite banned book would be Go Ask Alice. :D Happy Blogiversary!

    x
    Sierra

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  34. Happy Blogoversary! My favorite banned book is Gone with the Wind.

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  35. My favorite banned book is Twilight even when I hear people say is they don't like them anymore becouse they don't like the movies.

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  36. to kill a mockingbird definitely!!!

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  37. I loved The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. I'm even considering naming my future child Finn...or Tom.

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  38. the twilight saga are my favorite banned books!

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  39. Happy Blogiversary to you! My fav banned book is probably To Kill a Mockingbird!

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  40. Happy blogoversary Jen!!!! :D

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  41. Where's Waldo is my favorite banned book.

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  42. I like so many banned books, so it's hard to choose just one. I'll go with Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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  43. My favorite banned books are The Harry Potter Series and The Twilight Saga.

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  44. Congrats on the Blogoversary! My favorite banned book was Ironman by Chris Crutcher. Many of his other books are considered banned books, but they are such touching, real stories.

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  45. Thanks for the great giveaways! I am now following

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  46. To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite banned book.

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  47. Congrats on your Blogoversary!

    Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson is my favorite banned book.

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  48. Happy Blogoversary! I think my fave banned book would have to be Harry Potter, of course ;)

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  49. Catcher in the Rye is one of 'em. There are so many though...

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  50. FUN giveaway!!
    So many on the list are great: HP, Twilight, Hunger Games.
    Favorite? Maybe Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer

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  51. very cool giveaway...I'm a new follower :)
    so many of my favorite books are banned books just because I think the whole notion of banning books is ludicrous. To Kill a Mockingbird would be high on my list.

    Happy Blogoversary!

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  52. Happy Blogiversary!

    I entered answering with good old Mockingbird. Who doesn't love Boo Radley?

    nettysgirl At gmail.com

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  53. Thanks for the giveaway! Mine would have to be SPEAK. I have several favorites but that one sticks out to me the most.

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  54. Mine would have to be Speak. Love that book.

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  55. My favorite banned book is Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, seriously when I was in middle school they had it banned from school property.

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  56. Happy Blogoversary! My favorite banned book is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

    hollyjolly89@gmail.com

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  57. So entered! YAY!! :D Happy Blogiversary!!!!

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