Friday, September 23, 2011

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop

Thank you to I Am A Reader and I Read Banned Books for hosting this giveaway.

If you are wondering what Banned Books Week is all about, here's a little more information.

Banned Books Week (BBW) is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and the importance of the First Amendment. Held during the last week of September, Banned Books Week highlights the benefits of free and open access to information while drawing attention to the harms of censorship by spotlighting actual or attempted bannings of books across the United States.


The hop starts at 0001 EST (Eastern Standard Time) 24 Sep and will end 2359 EST 01 Oct. Last time I checked the giveaway hop roster, I was #199. This is an INTERNATIONAL giveaway.

Since all of the winners of the last giveaway didn't contact me as specified, I will contact the winner by email this time. In addition, I will post the winner on my blog no later than 1800 EST 2 Oct.

The winner will be drawn at random using random.org and have five days to claim the prize.

To enter the giveaway, complete form by clicking HERE.

Required to enter:

1. You must be a follower of my blog.

For extra points:

1. Follow me on twitter @IsisRushdan or click HERE.
2. Answer the question from the entry form in the comments section.

What do you win???

Either a $10 Amazon gift card to purchase a banned/challenged book

OR

$10 worth of banned/challenged books from The Book Depository

OR

a Banned Books T-shirt, value $24. Your choice.

In case you forgot the question from the entry form, here it is again:

Have you ever purchased a book based on the cover? Do you remember which book? I'd love to know.

To return to the giveaway hop, click HERE.

82 comments:

  1. I have purchased books based on the cover. The last book I purchased based on the cover was Across the Universe by Beth Revis (Hardback version). The next book I'll purchase based on the cover is Knife by R.J. Anderson.

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  2. I've never actually purchased a book purely because of the cover but, when I've been in a hurry, I have taken some out of the library just because I liked the covers. The last one I remember was 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo'. I didn't get time to read it so I took it back, and it's been constantly on loan ever since :-)

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  3. I've never gotten a book completely based on its cover, but one book which came really close was The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen!

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  4. I've never purchased a book solely based on the cover, but a pretty cover does make me pick up the book to read the synopsis. And then I will decide on purchasing the book or not.

    Yen

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  5. The cover makes me look at a book, not necessarily buy it. But most cozies that I own I bought mostly based on the title.

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  6. I can be a bit impulsive if the cover is particularly catchy. I recently bought Soulless by Gail Carriger. I haven't read it yet but there was something catchy about it.

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  7. I get interested by the cover but I always read the back to make sure I will like it.

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  8. I can't really remember the last book I chose to read solely based on the cover. I did recently read a book that had a pretty nice cover, but I ended up hating the book.
    If the cover is really amazing though, I admit that I am more drawn to it & also drawn away a little by less-than amazing covers.
    -Heather@BookStacksOnDeck

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  9. I must admit, covers are important to me. But that's partially because I'm a cover designer. I never judge a book solely based off of it though because I know traditionally published authors often have no say in their covers.

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  10. I won't buy a book ONLY for its cover, but I am influenced to read the blurb, etc. when I see a great one. I looked in my print selection and saw my last purchase, a YA called Juliet Immortal and its lovely cover. Yes, it influenced me. The tagline at the top of cover says, "The greatest love story ever told is a lie." Then you see a young girl in a beautiful red dress sitting on a rocky ocean shore. The image is haunting and sad. The reds are brilliant. I also love most of the covers from my publisher, Etopia Press. I agree with Angela (above) that Soulless has a catchy cover. I own that book as well.

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  11. The book I purchased from the cover was The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson. They had a shackle banded around a young ladies' head. Way powerful. It was the best depiction showing that if someone controls your mind, they control you. I lost my book, but I may buy it again just for THAT cover.

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  12. I haven't bought one because of the cover, but the covers have caught my eye which led to me reading about it and buying it

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  13. The answer to the question would be yes and no because I love looking for book online and if the cover catches my eye I look at what its about

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  14. no I have never boughten a book because I liked the cover because I would have no idea what its about and I always have to know what something is about


    gaby011421@yahoo.com

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  15. I'm moved to pick up a book by the cover and read the back. I'm such a sucker for beautiful covers, but I've never bought a book based on cover alone.

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  16. I LOVE gorgeous covers, but it's always the plot that moves me to buy a book. The blurb is much more important to me than the appearance of a novel.

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  17. wow when i went to school they were on the required list to read, thanks for having this tour.
    Julie
    jbarrett5 at cox.net

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  18. I have to admit that I often pick up a book because of its cover. But it's the plot that determines if i buy it.

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  19. YES! I'm SUCH a sucker for a good cover. I know, I know, never judge a book by it's cover (in fact, my favorite book when I was young had the plainest cover EVER -- it was a library book with no dustcover, so just a brown book with the title on the front), but even so, a good cover definitely snags my wayward attention lol

    No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper is definitely one (I haven't had a chance to read it yet but it's awaitin on my Kindle lol), and Tsunami Blue by Gayle Ann Williams (with the original cover not the new one).

    Following on Twitter as @RomanceaholicBr and on GFC as The Romanceaholic

    romancesholic at gmail dot com

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. First I follow you on twitter as @MartiKoleva and on GFC as Marti

    And second, The first thing I see in a book is the cover. If I like it I pick the book and read the description but sometimes I just don't like the cover and I don't have any interest in it. I'm trying to change that and I'm trying to read every description I can but sometimes the urge to leave the book is too strong. But I have never purchased a book just because of the cover!!!

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  21. Tons. The last one I picked up was a luscious looking Cranford. One day I might even read it :)

    Thanks for the giveaway :)
    GFC follower - Rad Hall
    Twitter - Rad_Hall

    emi3mle at yahoo dot com dot au

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  22. Not really, the cover can catch my eyes bu i always read the description. I guess there is one but it wasn't the front cover but the verso^^ it was gardians of Gahoole the pictures of owls were so great than i bought it^^;

    gfc: isabelle/miki
    mail:isabelle(dot)frisch(at)gmail(dot)com

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  23. Sadly, I am guilty of buying books based on the covers. I try to go based solely on the summary but I can't resist a gorgeous cover. A few of my cover purchases are Unearthly, Tiger's Curse, Delirium (special ed), and Tempest Rising.

    GFC @ Jennifer
    jennifer(@)fictitiousmusings(dot)com

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  24. OOPS...I follow on Twitter @Jen_FicMusings
    jennifer(@)fictitiousmusings(dot)com

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  25. Sometimes if I am torn between a few books, I will choose based on the cover. Depends on my mood. Thanks for this great giveaway.
    GFC- Christine A.
    your1chef at aol dot com

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  26. Hi Isis! A good cover may draw me to a book, but if the back doesn't interest me, I won't buy it.

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  27. A book cover does make me want to read it, but I won't purchase the book till I read the synopsis and/or excerpt!

    books4me67 at ymail.com

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  28. i know i have purchased books based on the cover, a few stephen king books & RL Stine

    gfc follower mandy83
    twitter @aes529

    pokergrl8 at gmail.com

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  29. I bought Sisters Red based on the cover, I was a bit disappointed.

    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

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  30. A cover may catch my eye, but I'll read a bit to see if I like it.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  31. A cover is the first thing I notice, or don't. without a compelling cover I will not research the book any further. Now, I won't buy it based on that fact alone. I'll read the blurb and look at reviews.

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  32. Banned books sounds cool. The cover is what makes me pick up a book. A plain cover is blah compared to sexy guy, spectacular space craft, amazing scenery. Covers make all the difference between me buying a book or leaving it on the shelf. Well,then there is the blurb. :)

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  33. Well, I ussually pick up a book because I like the cover :) (but also recommendations or reviews are important for me )

    Twilight, Hush Hush, Fallen, Halo, Matched - all of them have amazing covers (and of course I bought them :)).

    ..and I also like the cover of Uglies (have to buy finally!) and 1984 (Banned Book - funny isn't it? )

    Zoey42

    Twitter: @zoey_42

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  34. Wow! There are so many giveaways. And I love the idea behind Banned Books. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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  35. GFC jennifer

    twitter @jlkalman26

    I am definitely attracted to books because of their covers. I will definitely also read about the book. But the cover influences me a lot.

    Thanks.

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  36. I have been so guilty of buying a book based on a fabulous cover. One time that specifically stands out to me is Geist by Philippa Ballantine although I'm sure that there are many more instances. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!


    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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  37. Hey sorry I haven't stopped by in a while! I bought the book The Hunger Games based on the cover... the simplicity of it intrigued me and it really drew me in! And I already follow you on twitter and your blog so I'm all good there!

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  38. The cover is a lure, but not a deal sealer. If I don't like the sound of the story, I still won't buy it.

    Happy Banned Books week!

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  39. No I don't buy based on the cover...I loved Harry Potter in any cover...lisapeters at yahoo dot com thanks Lisa GFC follower

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  40. Yes, I've bought a book from the cover. I had a Barnes and Noble giftcard and not a lot of time. I bought Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata.

    Twitter handle @JennaQuentin
    follower JennaQuentin

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  41. I've bought a few books based on the cover. Most notably Leviathan (hard cover...totally worth it, too).

    Jennelle s

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  42. I don't know that I've ever bought a banned book because of it's cover, but I've bought banned books that I've been attracted to because of the cover.
    GFC: Leigh Ann
    twitter: ashenowl
    insanityisnormal(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I have purchased a book based on its cover only once before, with no idea of what it was about: Abhorsen by Garth Nix. It was a striking cover, but no blurb anywhere (gah, I hate that!) but I thought I vaguely remembered that the book was good, so I gambled. It was a fabulous book, but I hate buying books without knowing anything about it.

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  44. I don't remember purchasing a book based on the cover. I usually do quite a bit of research (reading the blurb and reviews) before I decide to purchase a book.

    abbydillon16 AT yahoo DOT com

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  45. I have totally bought a book based on it's cover. Granted only super cheap at a grage sale or thrift store, but yeah, it's happened. ;)

    I follow on gfc and would love to be entered. Thanks for the great giveaway.

    misusedinnocence@aol.com

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  46. Followed on Twitter : @creatingfantasy
    GFC : K M

    Yes, I have bought a book based on the cover. The Emerald Atlas by John Stephens. I was a little disappointed. :/

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  47. I have not bought any books based on the cover, but I have taken books out from the library based on covers. I only buy books I really love.

    quixoticdreamer(at)hotmail(dot)com
    GFC quixoticdreamer
    Twitter @quixoticweetzie

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  48. Following both blog and twitter. I've bought too many books to count based on covers. I'm very visually inspired (or repulsed). I would buy a book with your blog picture. I love it.
    I'm at sherahart at gmail dot com.

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  49. Thanks for the giveaway :) I bought Night World by L.J. Smith based on the cover, and partially b/c I liked her other books. I don't really buy books based on cover b/c I'm always paranoid I won't like it :P

    following you on twitter @ramen_addict

    aprilxu2222@gmail.com

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  50. I have not. I have picked them up before but unless it sounded good too I didnt buy it.

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  51. I might be intrigued by a cover and if the synopsis strikes me then I'll purchase it! But not strictly for the cover per se.

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  52. I haven't. If I like the cover of the book, I'll check the summary and review of the book. If it sounds good, then I'll buy it.

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  53. Ok this wasn't a purchase, but when I was at NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English) Annual Convention there were a lot of ARCS floating around, and I remember specifically picking up Across the Universe by Beth Revis simply because I adored the cover. This was a good thing since the book is FANTASTIC!

    Oh I follow you on Twitter! @eli2squared

    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Elisquared

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  54. I am twitter follower Icecream1891, I don't purchase books based on the cover-but I will look at a great cover, then read the excerpt and decide. Thank you for the awesome giveaway!

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  55. Yes I have read/purchased/judged or decided not to read/purchase a book by it's cover. There are so many covers out there that just catch your eye. I can't remember a specific title off the top of my head right now but there are many. One thing that pops into my head is actually a book that I read and then they came out with new covers that I really diliked. If I had seen the new covers and hadn't read them then I wouldn't have read them because of the new covers (they were Tamora Pierce's Alanna series in paperback).
    jessangil at gmail dot com
    -Jessica B

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  56. I have never bought or read a book based solely on it's cover. The cover my catch my attention but if the blurb/excerpt/sample does not sound interesting to me, I will pass on the book.

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  57. The book I'm currently reading I picked just because of the cover: Incognito by David Eagleman.

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  58. I actually began reading the sookie stackhouse novels because of the cover. I am very happy at how that worked out.

    Twitter-@Antane_A

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  59. I've never bought a book based solely on the cover.
    Twitter @alterlisa

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  60. I have purchased numerous books just based on the cover. Too many to come up with a name
    jenhedger at hotmail dot com

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  61. Well that's basically why I buy all my books because of the covers but the most recent one was Throat by R.A. Nelson!

    GFC- ashley

    Twitter- @Holt9102

    ashtreygonesmokeya@yahoo.com

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  62. Yes i have. if it has an interesting cover then i will pick it up and see if i like it. If it has a boring cover i wont even bother to pick it up.
    GFC Çråz¥ K¥
    nightsky1102(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. I actually buy quite a bit of books based on their covers. That is the first thing I notice. The most recent book I bought because of this was The Stuff That Never Happened by Maddie Dawson :) Thank you for taking part in the hop and for the giveaway!

    Twitter: @enterthedrew
    GFC: Tiffany Drew

    jaidahsmommy(at)comcast(dot)net

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  64. I wouldn't say I have bought a book because of it's cover, but I have picked up books at the book store to read the description based on the cover. I would love the Amazon gift card.

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  65. No, i have never bought a book merely based on the cover. I always go read the description/blurb before buying it. I always have to know a little info about the book. 2-3 lines? That's fine. As long as i know what is the book about. Then i decide whether i'm interested in reading it or not.

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  66. I don't think I have purchased one just from the cover, but I have checked them out at the library based on the cover. I'm not sure which ones. It has been a long time since I have done that. I did it more when I was younger.

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  67. My twitter name is sbshortie. Thanks!

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway!

    GFC Darlene
    Twitter - @DarleneBookNook

    Yes, I certainly have bought many a book based solely on the cover!! Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene Frost is one.

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  69. The cover is the first thing that catches my eye. I usually read more about it before buying it. I have bought many books though because the cover caught my eye. Spit,Scarey Ann & Sweat Bees by Kathryn Tucker Windham was one I just liked the cover.

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  70. Yes I've read a banned book based on it's cover, it was Orson Wells 1984.
    GFC follower- Krysta Banco
    Twitter follower- @YearofTiger86

    Morganlafey86(at)aol(dot)com

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  71. I have picked books based on the cover. A beautiful cover never hurts anyway.

    GFC Lisa Manning
    lhoffpauir at gmail

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  72. I don't think I read a book just because of a cover I do love covers and have looked at a book because of them like Halo pretty cover!

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  73. I don't think I've every purchased a book based only on the cover, but I'm definitely more likely to pick up a book and take a look at it if the cover appeals to me. I'm a GFC follower.
    luckyjd2k at gmail dot com

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  74. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I've never purchased a book based on the cover. Which surprises me really ...

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  75. I've never purchased a book based on the cover. I have kept from purchasing a book based on the cover, however! Romance novels are notorious for this!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  76. I purchased the book Unwind based solely upon the cover. I was intent on buying a book that day, but I couldn't find one that really piqued my interest. So, on a whim, I looked around, spotted it on the shelf, picked it up, payed for it, took it home, read it, and loved it.

    Perhaps I should make a habit of that, huh?

    - Nick ( amaranthinedominion@gmail.com)

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  77. I haven't purchased a book based on the cover but if ever I will it would be Forsaken.All the prizes are so freakin cool but I'd like to receive and wear the shirt XD

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