My Favorite Banned Books

Banned books week is September 24-30, obviously I needed to do a list of my favorite challenged books. Books can be challenged for any billions of reasons from language to racism. Just because they’re banned at one place doesn’t mean they’re banned everywhere.

Banned books week is a week to celebrate freedom of speech, freedom to read and to express ideas. This week brings together all of us obsessed about books in this celebration.

I am a huge advocator for reading whatever you want. I’ve posted about controversial books a couple months ago here. Learn and grow. Expand your horizons. Annoy people will your well-readness.

My Top Banned Books and Why They’re Banned:

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck for the language used to describe other races and taking the Lord’s name in vain.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain for use of the n-word.

The Giver by Lois Lowry because of the depictions of the “pill-popping, suicide, and lethal injections.”

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk for it’s violent nature and explicit undertones.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini for rape, sexual innuendo, vulgar language and religious content.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood for being “sexually explicit, violently graphic and morally corrupt.”

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult for “physical violence in public schools and a scene of graphic sexual activity.”

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer for graphic depiction of child abuse.

All of these reasons have been taken from the ALA website.

Have you read any of these? What books have been banned that you still enjoyed?

Let me know if you wrote about banned books and I’ll check it out!


#TackleTBR Wrap-Up

Guys. I failed. Wonderfully, but I failed. I wanted to get so many books read and…. I’m halfway through four. My goal was in page count so I can easily measure how badly I failed (37% of goal read). My intention was 2100 pages. I read 774. I only read parts of two books on my initial TBR. The worst part is I wasn’t even motivated to read. It probably doesn’t help that I started my bookstagram account at the beginning of the readathon… If only captions and tweets counted I would have surpassed my goal by so much.

I think the easiest way to do this is just break it down by book:


Fahrenheit 451: I was reading this with a couple other bloggers and finished the last section during the readathon. (52)

Final Girls: I was halfway through this one so I finished it up and I was not predicting that ending. (110)

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation: This was my only one read cover to cover. I have thoughts on this one. I need to reread the novel in order to feel like I can talk about this one because I may (probably) was an ignorant teenager who didn’t pay attention to the specific characters in the original novel. (237)


Eats, Shoots & Leaves: This is a nerdy grammar book that I’m just finishing up the introduction stuff on. I picked it up after seeing it on a top editor books video by Mollie and so far it is not disappointing. It’s like reading my brain and my humor. (57)

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking: This one is really interesting and goes into stories and studies. I like the stories a lot more because the studies always have a “no duh” conclusion to them. But that may just be because I am an introvert and know how we think. (122)

Mr. Mercedes: I really needed to read a Stephen King book. I can’t wait for the new one (which comes out tomorrow but I haven’t even gotten the email saying my copy’s been shipped so I highly doubt I’ll get it right away). I’m buddy reading this one as well, but both of us only got to the 110/120 area while the readathon was happening. (120)

Vicious: I devoured the first 67 pages and then didn’t touch it past that…. I’ve been in this weird I don’t want to finish any books and just have a massive currently reading pile. It’s a problem. But this book was amazing so far! I love the back and forth between times so that it’s part origin story and part in the action. (67)

So… yeah. Didn’t go that well. Was in a reading slump the entire time. Hopefully I can get out of this weird funk soon. I also participated in zero challenges and zero chats so….. that didn’t go as planned.

How have your last couple weeks of reading gone?

The Nightmare Corner: Introduction Time

So… I’ve been thinking. And I love thrillers. And mysteries. And horror. And basically everything that goes bump in the night. And so I’d like to introduce… THE NIGHTMARE CORNER!! Mwahahaha…. yeah this isn’t scary. But! It is going to be a place to talk about things.

I’m planning on posting every Saturday but I may miss a few because of lack of ideas or time constraints. I’m hoping to eventually do author interviews, giveaways and other awesome things like that but that will be down the line a bit.

As of right now I don’t have an end date for this, I might just do it during the fall/ winter months every year or I may do it FOR ALL OF ETERNITY. We’ll see how it goes and play it by ear because that’s basically what I do on this blog (even if it doesn’t seem like it).

But you can help!! If you love these types of books you can do a guest post! Just message me on Twitter or email me at what you want to write about, I’ll let you know when I have an opening and voila.

One post I have right now is that I want to do a collection of recommendations of thrilers, mysteries and horror books, just generally spooky ones you reach for in the fall. If you want to participate just email me the title, a photo of the book (if you have one, otherwise I’m using one from Goodreads if I don’t own it) and why you would recommend this book to someone.


Top Three Authors I Know I Would Like

I’ve gotten to a lot of authors I’ve wanted to but I still have a lot I think I would like. I keep putting them off for the stupidest reasons including the fear I won’t like them. I own all of these authors. I know they’re similar to what I enjoy and I’m quite positive I will enjoy them when I do read them. All of these authors are on my list of books to read before the end of the year so hopefully I’m right in thinking I will like them.

  1. Joe Hill- I now own three of his books and haven’t read any of them. If that doesn’t show you how sure I am I’ll like them then I don’t know what will. Actually just on Tuesday someone posted that NOS4A2 actually scared them and they aren’t scared easily which is basically me so that made me know I’ll love it even more. Also I’m sure some of his dad wore off on him.
  2. Fiona Barton- Her books sound really interesting and I’m always in need of a good thriller. These books caught my eye since her first one was published and I just haven’t gotten to them yet. This one is a gut feeling since I haven’t heard much either way about her writing style, plots, characters ect.
  3. Cat Marnell- She only has one book out, a memoir of her rise in the fashion world and her battle with addiction. I’ve been reading a lot more non-fiction, particularly about life exploration and figuring out where your life is going. This one has been on my shelf forever and although it is her first novel I am not worried at all about the writing since she writes columns for Vice and edits. I’m pretty sure she knows what she’s doing.

Have you read any of these authors? Who are some authors you keep putting off? Or authors you keep saying you’ll read more of?

What’s in my Notebooks?

Like any reader/ writer/ blogger/ person in general probably, I have an abundance of notebooks. Some are fuller than others, some are completely blank, some have writing from years and years ago that I know I’ll never finish but I have some I continuously use… and two I should really use more.



I have a couple different blogging notebooks for different things.

Yellow= book recommendations to me, some TBRs, tag answers, some job interview stuff from when I was still job searching because this notebook was always within my reach during that time.

Purple= This is the one I’m using to plan out my new blogging series. I have a list of general topics and then the research, lists, more details about the posts.

Black= My more recent blogging notebook. It’s a lot easier to carry and there’s a pocket in the front. I normally use this one now, but I’m still working through some stuff in the yellow one.

Watercolor= This includes all of my notes on how I felt about books (generally ARCs) that I plan on reviewing, and notes on books I know it’s going to take a while before I can get to the sequels so I can look back on them. To be honest I don’t generally use this notebook because I don’t really like writing book reviews but when I do I will write them right away. This is for when I’m not by my computer/ when I’m in non-wifi zones.



I have two different journals. Both of which I really should use more. I don’t particularly like writing in them but I love looking back. I’ve tried doing the question a day journals and the really structured ones I fail at. And freeform ones I don’t have motivation to write in them.

The Harry Potter journal I got at the London Studio Tour and that is the one I just write whatever in. It’s filled with rants from my last year of college but I haven’t written in it since January…. Whoops. And that post is saying I’m going to attempt to write in it more often.

The 52 weeks one is the one I used until March! I was pretty on track with all of the lists for the first couple months and then just stopped. I don’t even know why. I just forgot one week and then never started up again.



This one is all of the notes I’m taking as I’m learning how to code so that I don’t forget it all or can look back when I need to know how to do something specific. I have different tabs for different kinds of coding. I’m actually surprised at how neatly everything is written. I learned that the hard way when I took a coding class in college. My notes are generally messy. But that is not really a good thing when it comes to coding so even when I add things in I make sure it looks good.



This is the current notebook I’m using for writing. I have some ideas from way back when written in here but I’m trying to get back into writing so this is my ideas and outlines. Then I write books on my laptop because I hate copying over handwriting. Right now I’m brainstorming characters and plots because I kind of want to do NaNoWriMo but I also have barely written in five years.

What do you put in your notebooks? Do you have a lot of them or just a couple?

Liebster Award x2

I was nominated by Paige for the Liebster Award! I think I was nominated once before and forgot about it so I drafted this post as soon as I was tagged so I wouldn’t forget! Then I was tagged by Jenn as well, so there will be two sets of questions answered and one asked.

The Liebster Award is an award presented to bloggers by other fellow bloggers, with the pure intention of supporting each other! As part of being nominated, you must answer the eleven questions given by the blogger who kindly nominated you. Then in turn nominate eleven more bloggers and leave eleven new questions for them to answer.

Paige’s Questions:

  1. Do you prefer paperbacks, hardbacks or e-books?
    Generally I prefer paperbacks, but I buy most of my books secondhand so I’m not too picky. E-books hurt my eyes after a while so I try not to read them too much.
  2. Why and when did you start blogging?
    I have this whole thing here. But I wanted to keep my family updated when I was traveling in Europe and then during my internship I found the book community.  October 3rd, 2014 was my first post.
  3. Who’s your favourite fictional villain?
    The ones I can’t say because of spoilers.
  4. What was the last book you read, and what did you think of it?
    Final Girls by Riley Sager and it had a slow beginning but that ending was just plot twist after plot twist. It was a ride, a wild and unpredictable ride.
  5. Who inspires you the most?
    In blogging and (currently non-existent but hoping to change that) writing probably #CroneBloggers because we cheer each other on and help each other out and it’s such a supportive group. For people I don’t really interact with: Molli Reads and Kalyn Nicholson
  6. If you could spend one day as a character in any book, what book would you choose?
    After like ten minutes of thinking… I think When Dimple Met Rishi because how cool would it be to be learning about app coding at summer camp. They had so many opportunities with that.
  7. What’s your favourite cereal?
    Cheerios and fresh fruit.
  8. What’s a book genre that you never read?
    Romance. It’s so unrealistic that they always end up together.
  9. Tell us something interesting about yourself.
    My grammar is unfiltered on Twitter and when I’m speaking, which is ironic because one of my jobs is editing things.
  10. If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?
    Elend!! From Mistborn! We could just sit and read all day!
  11. What’s a piece of advice you would give to any new bloggers?
    Do what you want, blog what you want and you’ll attract the followers you want. And interact with people.

Jenn’s Questions:

  1.  What is your go-to self care? Something you do, wear, etc.
    My main thing when I have a bad day is to take a shower and wash my hair, for some reason that is really relaxing to me and then put on leggings and a baggy sweatshirt and drink coffee or tea.
  2.  What was the first book that made a difference to you and why?
    The first one that comes to mind is The Giver because it was the first ambiguous ending I read. It showed me that books can be open to interpretation. Also there was such solid world building.
  3.  What is your favourite time of year?
    Fall! It’s so comfy-cozy and it’s eternal coffee weather. Plus the color scheme is perfection. If I could find somewhere it was eternally fall I’d move in a heartbeat. Even if it was just the temperatures and not the changing leaves for eternity (but that would be so awesome)
  4.  Where is your favourite place to read?
    Currently the futon in my sister’s room since she doesn’t live here anymore but normally the reading chair in my room. They both have lots of blankets and pillows with a reading lamp right where my head goes.
  5.  Which book would you buy as a gift for someone right now?
    There are different books I’d buy different people and reasons. I’d buy Big Magic for someone who’s struggling creatively. Mistborn for someone trying to get into fantasy. Misery for someone who likes horror. Reading With Patrick for my friends just starting to teach this year. The list goes on and on, it’s not fair to make me pick just one!
  6.  What do you find the hardest thing about blogging?
    Coming up with ideas! I’ve been doing really good with this right now but I tend to run out and then it’s really hard to beat the blogging slump again.
  7.  What is the most fun aspect you find about blogging?
    Talking to everyone on twitter!! They get me out of my comfort zone with genres I wouldn’t normally read and give me hidden gems in genres I do read.
  8.  If you could offer year-ago you any advice, what would it be?
    “Actually post maybe?” I was in the world’s worst everything slump. I didn’t want to do job applications so I put them off and blogging and reading was my reward for doing them so then that didn’t get done. It was the worst and I hope I’m never in that mindset again because most people in my life could tell I was off and eternally overthinking things because I had too much time on my hands.
  9.  Why did you start blogging?
    I answered that one up there 🙂
  10.  What is your dream holiday?
    Scotland/ Ireland I really want to go back to Ireland, it was one of my favorite countries I visited in Europe and then I didn’t get to Scotland. But I want to go up to the lake the Loch Ness Monster is supposedly in. (definitely there).
  11.  What would be your ideal bookish gift?
    I really want a pillow with a bookish saying on it, not a quote from a book like so many have. Or bookish necklaces. I don’t generally look for bookish gifts because I know I probably won’t get them. I love seeing the props and stuff on bookstagram though!

My questions:

  1. Do you have any weird blogging habits?
  2. What is a book you really wanted to read this year and haven’t yet?
  3. Who is your favorite blogger? (besides me… obviously.)
  4. Where do you write your posts?
  5. What inspirational book would you recommend to anyone?
  6. What do you read blogs on? Phone, tablet, computer, combination?
  7. How did you come across the book blogging world?
  8. What do you do when you’re not blogging/ reading? Jobs/ school/ other hobbies?
  9. What is your favorite ship that isn’t cannon?
  10. If you could move anywhere, where would it be?
  11. Most binge-able TV show?

I tag:

  1. AJ @ Read All The Things
  2. Tina @ As Told By Tina
  3. Ashley @ Falling Down The Book Hole
  4. Zoe @ Abooktasia
  5. Kaeley @ Spoilers May Apply
  6. Jacquelyn @ YA Bookmark
  7. Courtney @ Curly Book Owl
  8. Regina @ Bookish In Bed
  9. Laura @ Boats Against The Current
  10. Holly @ Nut Free Nerd
  11. Anyone else who is inspired by this post

How I Get My Motivation for Life

Recently I’ve been posting a lot more. And tweeting. And blog hopping. I’ve been looking into videos and courses about SEO and asking more questions at work. I’ve been upping my work game and my blogging game.

To begin with I don’t force myself to blog. I never have, if I have a set schedule I will get stressed and just nothing will get posted. Instead I started telling myself I should have a blog post up. It just feels like a routine now. I really like just sitting at my computer listening to music or watching Netflix and typing out my thoughts. The more I blog the more I want to blog.

Earlier this summer I read Big Magic. I don’t read non-fiction that much, but this cover has been calling out to me since it came out and I finally sat down to read it. I still can’t get over the fact I had the library copy so I couldn’t write in it. But it talks about creative processes and ideas coming and going, about taking a leap into creativity and just doing what you love.

Going off of this: Girl Boss. I’ve been semi-binging this and I’m going to be so sad when I get to the end of the season. Even though what Sophia does is different than what I do she’s amazing at it. It’s inspirational and she just goes after what she wants unapologetically.

The more I post and tweet the more comments and likes and interaction I got from all of you. Honestly I don’t care about follower count (until I want a specific ARC because that apparently helps). But I love having conversations in the comments! I try to respond as fast as I can and I feel like I know you all. I would like to think people would notice if I stopped posting.

I’ve seen the types of things other people do, things I someday can do. The more I delve into the world of SEO and coding and the internet the more I want to learn. My school didn’t teach any of this. We didn’t have any classes about SEO in the English department, I didn’t know it existed until I graduated. Quite honestly, I’ve found it’s fun to manipulate google, creating something out of nothing that anyone can see at the click of a link. The more I learn the more I want to learn.

To be fair, this comes and goes. I’m not 100% motivated all the time, I wake up in the morning and want to just fall right back to sleep (stupid internal alarm waking me up on days off) Some days I literally just lay around scrolling through Twitter and watching Netflix, saying I’m going to do something soon.

** In the photo up top the pile is my non-fiction/ inspiration TBR that I own. **