Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

Welcome to the Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop, hosted by BookHounds.

This hop celebrates U.S. Independence Day.

It’s important, this year and every year, to link the Freedom to Read with Independence Day. Why? Because the freedom to read is enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. While the First Amendment is generally thought of as the one about freedom of speech and freedom of the press (along with several other important freedoms), those freedoms of speech and press require that people also be free to listen to those speeches without fear of government interference, and the freedom to read what those free presses have printed without fear of government censorship or punishment.

So without that Freedom to Read, the tree falls in the forest and there’s no one to hear it. In today’s world of internet bubbles and information silos, it is more important than ever to be free to say, and print and READ all points of view – especially the controversial and unpopular ones.

In celebration of our Freedom to Read, I am giving away the winner’s choice of a $10 Amazon Gift Card or a $10 Book from the Book Depository, so that you can celebrate your freedom to read by getting something awesome.

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118 thoughts on “Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop

  1. I am not american, but I love how they celebrate their national day. They are trully patriots.

  2. I don’t have any Independence Day stories. I’m British… Kinda on the wrong side of the Atlantic (and history!) for this one, lol.

  3. I can’t really thing of a particular 4th story. I have read a few cozy mysteries, like Murder by Fireworks” by Susan Bernhardt that centers around the 4th.

  4. Personnaly and I know this will sound funny but I like The Parade Day with curious George with my children.

  5. I will share my favorite 4th of July memory–we were camping in Alaska and at midnight when it was sort of dark, Anchorage started it’s fireworks show.

  6. I can’t think of any 4th of July stores, but I have some favorite memories that include picnics and fireworks!

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  7. The anti-war memoir Born on the Fourth of July is the only thing that pops into my head. The title is a play on the author’s birth date and altered approach to love of country rather than 4th of July celebration.

  8. I really can’t think of any books about the 4th of July. I guess I need to read some. lol

  9. I don’t know of any 4th of July stories, but I have VERY fond memories of celebrating the day in Boston.

  10. I love the watching the fireworks with family and good food. i don’t remember any good stories.

  11. I don’t know any adult books about the Fourth of July but when I was in elementary school I read a book called Biscuit’s Fourth of July! 🙂

  12. My favorite story about the Fourth of July is the story of the day I was born. The forth is my birthday.

  13. No special stories really but I guess celebrating the 200th birthday in 1976 wads a memory I will always hold onto. The fireworks were some of the best, people dressed like the 1700’s , loads of food and events. It was a special 4th of July for sure.
    Carol L

  14. I don’t know that I have ever read a book that centered around the fourth of july.

  15. I don’t know of any books with a July 4th theme, but would love to read one.

  16. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Fourth of July. I haven’t read any books with Fourth of July in it, but maybe one day I will find one. 😉

  17. I don’t think I’ve read any stories specifically centered around the 4th of July! I love the holiday, tho, and often watch the big fireworks displays in DC or environs, or visit Arlington National Cemetery. One of my nephews was born on that date and we always had fun celebrating when he was young.

  18. My favorite non-fiction story about the 4th of July is the one where the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence. <3 🙂

  19. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book specifically about the 4th of July. I’m sure some of the books I’ve read have taken place during the holiday.

  20. I don’t think I’ve ever read anything, fiction anyway, regarding the fourth of July.

  21. I don’t know of any 4th of July reads. I’m sure I read one to my child at one point when she was younger.

  22. I don’t think I have one and I’m not from the US, but I can relate to it being an independence day celebration. 🙂

  23. I don’t have one either also only the movie Independence Day.
    I also live on the other side of the ocean.

  24. My favorite is actually my husband’s story. His family lived in the desert when he was growing up and he remembers it snowing while they watched the Fourth of July parade.

  25. I’m Canadian by birth so I haven’t actually read any 4th of July stories that I can remember. I hope everyone in the U.S. has a safe and fun holiday. Thanks for the generous giveaway.

  26. I don’t have a book or story that I’ve read that features the 4th or Independence day.

  27. I was just talking to my son about this. We took our dog to the fireworks show one year and he was not impressed. He ran! My son chased but he was too quick. He ran right to our car and hid underneath. Pretty smart pup. No more adventures for him though.

  28. I haven’t read a Fourth of July inspired book but I do like to relax and read on the Fourth!

  29. Independence Day was a very good movie and I am sure I have watched it at least 10 times.

  30. I don’t think I’ve read any particular story about the 4th of July, the only close thing is the movie Independence Day 😛

  31. I haven’t read any 4th of July books but I do enjoy spending time with my family and watching the fireworks as well as a cookout.

  32. Nothing July 4th specific, but I enjoy Laurie Halse Anderson’s Chains series that takes place during the American Revolution.

  33. I like the feel of the patriotic feelings and the enthusiasm of the people that love our country and how thankful we are to all our service men and woman.

  34. I moved to the US a year ago but have not had a chance to hear or read stories about 4th of July but I love the celebration!

  35. Right now I have a nephew in Boot Camp that will be serving in the Air Force as soon as he graduates. I’m so proud of his willingness to serve our country and all the freedoms that we have. I’m grateful for the brave people that set out into the unknown to settle this great country and build the great nation that we now call America.

  36. I don’t have any favorites about the Fourth of July specifically. But I am currently reading a nonfiction book about our nation’s founding.

  37. “What’s your favorite story about the Fourth of July?” Does the movie “Independence Day” count?

  38. I live in the Philippines so the only fourth of July stories I know are the ones usually in YA contemporaries but even those are just minor parts of the book

  39. I have not read any stories about the 4th of July. But whenever I think of the 4th of July, I think of Sam the Eagle from the Muppets.

  40. I can’t think of a book about the fourth of July but maybe the movie Born on the Fourth of July came from a book.

  41. I can remember when I was growing up we would always have a party on July 4. EVERYONE came: family, friends, and anyone else. Every year we celebrated the 4th. It was only later when I was older I realized we were also celebrating my grandparents anniversary. We always had a great time.

  42. I don’t really have a favorite story “about” the fourth of July. I don’t know if there are any, really, lol 🙂

  43. I’ve never heard any stories about the 4th of July, but I love the purpose of the celebration, and I’ve always enjoy the way you guys celebrate!

  44. The only ones I know are the Paul Revere ride or the Betsy Ross flag sewing. Nowadays my only story this time of year would be incouding a big watermelon.

  45. I just realized I don’t do much on the Fourth of July because I can’t think of a single special moment!

  46. When I was young, we would always go to the small town where my Aunt and Uncle lived. This town always had a parade, fireworks and a carnival with games, concessions and rides. One year I was riding on the tilt-a-whirl with a boy I liked when the heavy chain necklace he was wearing got caught in the back of the seat. He wasn’t hurt but very embarrassed when they had to stop the ride and extract him from the seat.

  47. I don’t have any favorite books about the 4th of July, but my favorite holiday movie is the musical 1776. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  48. I remember going downtown and The Cleveland Orchestra played on the square and then fireworks lit up Tower City. It is a great way to celebrate our independence.

  49. CAnt honestly say I’ve read any stories on the 4th of July other than what I read in history books in school.

  50. I don’t think that I’ve read any stories about the 4th of July, but I love the holiday.

  51. On the 4th, I always explain to my children the importance of the holiday and that just because we declared our independence didn’t mean we had it. It took years and many lives lost in the battle for freedom. We should never take it for granted.

  52. Am not American but it’s such a lovely celebration. I like watching 4th of July movies

  53. Can’t say I have a favorite 4th of July story. But I do love cozy romances set in small towns that celebrate the holidays in big ways.

  54. Favorite 4th0f July was when my family went camping. We ended up putting the tent upside down and then blew up or propane lantern. Wild time, but we laughed our butts off.

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