Banned Books Giveaway Hop: Stop #77

Reading Lark is very excited to be participating in this fun giveaway hop hosted by I Am a Reader, Not a Writer and I Read Banned Books. We are stop #77 on this hop. Contest runs September 24-October 1. We will announce the Reading Lark winners on October 2. 

 Tons of great blogs are participating in this hop, so be sure to check out what's being given away at each blog. You have a ton of chances to win some really great books! Most importantly...have fun! 

 Here at Reading Lark, we are giving away three books that were banned during the past decade for one reason or another somewhere in the United States. (That means THREE winners!) I also chose these books because all three of them are on my favorites list.

**Please note that the cover art may be different on the copy the winner receives.**

Giveaway #1: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbirdtakes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

Giveaway #2: Blood and Chocolate by Annette Curtis Klause

Vivian Gandillon relishes the change, the sweet, fierce ache that carries her from girl to wolf. At sixteen, she is beautiful and strong, and all the young wolves are on her tail. But Vivian still grieves for her dead father; her pack remains leaderless and in disarray, and she feels lost in the suburbs of Maryland. She longs for a normal life. But what is normal for a werewolf?

Then Vivian falls in love with a human, a meat-boy. Aiden is kind and gentle, a welcome relief from the squabbling pack. He's fascinated by magic, and Vivian longs to reveal herself to him. Surely he would understand her and delight in the wonder of her dual nature, not fear her as an ordinary human would.
Vivian's divided loyalties are strained further when a brutal murder threatens to expose the pack. 

Moving between two worlds, she does not seem to belong in either. What is she really—human or beast? Which tastes sweeter—blood or chocolate?

Giveaway #3: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

When we first meet Susie Salmon, she is already in heaven. As she looks down from this strange new place, she tells us, in the fresh and spirited voice of a fourteen-year-old girl, a tale that is both haunting and full of hope.

In the weeks following her death, Susie watches life continuing without her -- her school friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her family holding out hope that she'll be found, her killer trying to cover his tracks. As months pass without leads, Susie sees her parents' marriage being contorted by her loss, her sister hardening herself in an effort to stay strong, and her little brother trying to grasp the meaning of the wordgone

And she explores the place called heaven. It looks a lot like her school playground, with the good kind of swing sets. There are counselors to help newcomers adjust and friends to room with. Everything she ever wanted appears as soon as she thinks of it -- except the thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on Earth.

With compassion, longing, and a growing understanding, Susie sees her loved ones pass through grief and begin to mend. Her father embarks on a risky quest to ensnare her killer. Her sister undertakes a feat of remarkable daring. And the boy Susie cared for moves on, only to find himself at the center of a miraculous event.

To Enter:
~You must be a Reading Lark follower
~ You must be at least 13 years old for Giveaways 1 & 2
~ You must be at least 18 years old for Giveaway 3
~You must live in the U. S. or Canada
~You must complete the form
~ You can leave a comment on this post for +2 extra entries!

Visit some of the blogs linked below for more chances to win!


  1. TO Kill A Mockingbird is one of my all time favorite books. I bought a copy last year in honor of Banned Book Week. Have not decided which one I will buy this year yet! I LOVE BANNED BOOK WEEK!!!

    thanks for the chance to win a banned book!!!!

  2. wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.

  3. I love this giveaway! To Kill a Mockingbird would be a great book to receive. I haven't read it since my earlier high school years.

  4. I've never read To Kill A Mockingbird and I'm really not sure why. I keep meaning to... However, I've read and loved Blood and Chocolate! Thanks for this great giveaway!

  5. Thanks for all the comments so far! We are excited to see so much support for Banned Books Week and the books we chose to offer up.

  6. I am sad to say that I have not read any of the three books that you giving away. I hope to change that soon. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  7. ALL terrific prizes! Thank you for participating with us this year!



  8. Thanks for the giveaway. I am finding so many great blogs. I haven't read any of those 3 boos yet.

  9. Not entering giveaway but wanted to thank you for your post.

    The American Library Association website for banned/challenged books--short list for classics only--includes To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee; 1984, by George Orwell; A Farewell to Arms and For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway; Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell; and Sophie’s Choice, by William Styron. The first four were required reading in my school days.

    A commenter on Murder She Writes, however, took me aback by mentioning the Bible, which of course is banned in some places.

  10. I loved To Kill a Mockingbird, too! I'm really psyched to read Blood and Chocolate, so thanks for the chance to win a copy:)
    jwitt33 at live dot com

  11. Thanks for the opportunity!!
    -Carly Waid

  12. Some great books you have for your giveaway. I hope to get a chance to read them. Didn't get a chance to read Lovely Bones, saw the movie and it was great.

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway.
    Here's Mine: Read Banned Books Week Hop and Giveaway

  13. I've wanted to read Blood and Chocolate for so long, thanks for the chance.

  14. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read Blood and Chocolate!

    romanceaholic at gmail dot com

  15. Thanks for participating in the blog hop.
    Yeah, Blood & Chocolate would be my choice too.


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  16. Thanks for this giveaway! I haven't read any of these books, though I have heard a lot about them. I'd love to read To Kill a Mocking Bird.

  17. Ooo I didn't know Blood and Chocolate was on the list. Heck I didn't even know it was a book - I'm interested for sure. THanks

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  18. thanks for the giveaway!!

  19. Thank you so much fort he giveaway! blood and Chocolate sounds beyond awesome.

  20. Thanks for th giveaway! I already have Blood and Chocolate, but I would love to win the Lovely Bones!

    Kelsey d

  21. Thank you for hosting this giveaway and for being a part of the Banned Books Week Hop!!
    Have a safe and great week!! =)

    GFC Follower: SpadesHighReads

  22. Thanks for this great giveaway...

  23. The Lovely Bones! I haven't read the book yet, but i've seen the movie! I'm crossing my finger. I hope i win this book. Thank you for the chance!


  24. The third book you mentioned sounds intriguing. Something very different, but I think I might enjoy it. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. I've wanted to read Blood and Chocolate for a long time! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  26. Thanks for the giveaway :)
    We are trying to build a classics library for our daughter(6) and I would love to add this one to our collection.

  27. Thanks for the giveaways! I havent read any of thiese books. Too bad I could only enter 2 of the giveaways :(

  28. Great to see so many bloggers take part.

  29. I haven't read any of these books before but I have been meaning to. Thanks for the giveaway!


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