Top 5 Wednesday: Banned Books

Top 5 Wednesday

This week is dedicated to the books you’ve read that have been banned.

The books I’m going to list have been challenged by groups or individuals to not be allowed in school libraries, on the shelves of public libraries, or to be sold in book stores. Here we go…

The Catcher in the Rye

1. The Catcher in the Rye — J.D. Salinger 

I read this junior year of high school and hated it. But I promise, I’m going to give it another shot. It has been questioned due to the use of vulgar language, lewd scenes, and has even been deemed as “anti-white.”

To Kill a Mockingbird

2. To Kill a Mockingbird — Harper Lee

I read this freshman year of high school. This book has been challenged because of Lee’s use of profanity, the racial content it contains, and references made to rape, along with a plethora of other reasons.

In Cold Blood

3. In Cold Blood — Truman Capote

I read this book over the summer. I can understand why people would want to keep this book off shelves due to the graphic nature it, the use of profanity, and the amount of personal information that is revealed about the victims.

The Awakening

4. The Awakening — Kate Chopin

I read this in my junior year of high school as well. This was never outright banned, but it has been censored for its depiction of suicide and the main characters refusal to play into gender roles expected of her at the time.


5. Slaughterhouse-Five — Kurt Vonnegut

I read this my sophomore year of college. This book has been accused of being anti-Christian, containing an obscene amount of bad language, and being psychotic.

What books have you read that have been banned?

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: If You Like…

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. This weeks challenge is to come up with a list of books based off of one book you may have liked. As you may know by now, I’m a pretty big fan of dystopias. So…

If you like dystopian novels, you should read…


1. Anthem — Ayn Rand
Read my review of “Anthem” and find out why I think it’s such an amazing book.

2. Divergent — Veronica Roth
I’ve talked about “Divergent” plenty of times (and also have a review on the whole series). I love it for it’s amazing story, along with powerful commentary on government and society as a whole.


3. 1984 — George Orwell
Another book I’ve talked about plenty of times, but I mean it when I say this is an amazing book. Even though it was written a relatively long time ago, it still sheds light on issues we can relate to today.

Brave New World

4. Brave New World — Aldous Huxley
Another classic tale that sends a great message. This book makes connections between how we live our lives and how we think others should live their lives as well. It’s extremely powerful.

5. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
Another one of my favorite books, maybe because it involves books, but Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” not only taught me how to spell “fahrenheit”, but also shed light on very important issues involving knowledge.

6. The Hunger Games — Suzanne Collins
While I don’t think this is the most beautifully written series, I think it is an extremely powerful one that people of all ages could learn a lot from if they look deeper than the words on the page.

Uglies Series

7. Uglies — Scott Westerfeld
I read this series back in middle school, but I remember being in love with it. It may be a series you need to read when you’re younger, but I still think it can teach kids a valuable lesson about differences and corruption in people that are in power.

8. Harrison Bergeron — Kurt Vonnegut
This is my absolute favorite short story I have every read. Vonnegut packs so much power into so few pages. This story highlights what can happen when we try to make a world where everyone is truly equal.

The Giver

9. The Giver — Lois Lowry
Also noted in my review of “Anthem” is “The Giver.” I compare the two because they are so alike. I clearly like “Anthem” more, but I think “The Giver” has an interesting spin on a future society as well. I do think it is a book that every young adult should read.

10. The Time Machine — H.G. Wells
This is science fiction and dystopia all wrapped up in one. It’s also an extremely short read, which makes the meaning behind the words even that more powerful.

Do you have any favorite dystopian novels I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy reading,

Treasure Tuesday

Treasure Tuesday

  1. I am currently reading “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

2. Halloween is coming up…kind of. Nevertheless, Buzzfeed has this amazing for people who love to read. I would definitely rock the #3 look.

3. Book Quote 23

4. Here are 15 book Bustle claims are as enchanting as Harry Potter. I really want to read “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline, I’ll make sure to let you guys know if it truly does measure up to my favorite series.

5. I’m only slightly addicted to watching those food tutorial videos on Facebook. Here’s a link to the page I could watch for hours, Tasty.

6. Baby Hippo

Baby hippos may be one of my favorite animals. SO CUTE.

Happy reading,

Human Madness

Title: Animal Farm
Author: George Orwell
Genre: Fiction
Quotation: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”
Would recommend to: anyone who likes a simple story with great meaning.

Animal Farm

“Animal Farm” is one of those books you probably hated reading when you were high school, but luckily, I didn’t have the misfortunate of encountering this book through required reading. Therefore, I loved it when I read it.

Here’s a brief overview:

The animals on the farm don’t like being “oppressed” by the humans, therefore they stage a coup and overthrow the humans to gain control of the farm. Things seem to be going well, until someone lets the power get to his head.

You may already be able to see where this is going, or you may not, but I will tell you it is deep.

This is one of the shortest reads I’ve done in awhile — it took me a day (maybe 5 hours) to finish, but Orwell packs so much meaning into the words he writes.

Readers of this story learn so much about the dynamics of power and how they play a role in every aspect of our lives.

I strongly suggest everyone with any slight interest in reading to pick up this book and give it a shot.

Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: Covers

Top 5 Wednesday

Today’s topic was supposed to be all about your favorite cover fonts, but I’m going to be honest with you all, I’m much more of a fan of the overall than the minor, therefore, my post will be about my favorite covers.

Fahrenheit 451

1. Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury

This is a special edition cover, but I think it is beautiful. First of all, you can light the match on the book, second of all, you can bun the book, which is the whole premise of the story. I think it is amazingly well connected to the story as well as good looking.

Jojo Moyes

2. Me Before You (etc.) — Jojo Moyes

I love the fonts on these books, and I love how the fonts are used to fill up the cover so that the cover art is the title. I think it is very classic looking and elegant.


3.1984 — George Orwell

I love this cover art for this book. Not only is it my favorite novel, but I think this cover in particular is really interesting and eye catching.


4. Wild — Cheryl Strayed

I was initially drawn to this book because of the simplicity of the cover. I like the font and the choice to leave the “w” in “wild” lower-case. I also love the basic boot and how central her boots were to her travels.

24-hour bookstore

5. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore — Robin Sloan

This book cover is so simply done, and I love it. (If you couldn’t tell, I really like simple.) I also do really love this font, but I really really like that the background is comprised of many, many books as well.

Leave a comment below of you favorite fonts or book covers. I would love to hear them!

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. Today I am talking about the books I want to read this fall!

All the Bright Places

1. All the Bright Places — Jennifer Niven
Because look at this beautiful cover. (And it delves into mental illness, which I find fascinating.)

Eleanor and Park

2. Eleanor and Park — Rainbow Rowell
Because I’ve been wanting to read this since the beginning of summer.

The Lucifer Effect

3. The Lucifer Effect — Philip Zimbardo
Because I saw it on my friend’s reading list, and it looks so cool!

The Girl on the Train

4. The Girl on the Train — Paula Hawkins
Because I’ve just heard a lot of really great things about this book.

Looking For Alaska

5. Looking for Alaska — John Green
Because I want to give his most talked about book a chance.

Pride and Prejudice

6. Pride and Prejudice — Jane Austen
Because I’ve already read half the book and would really like to finish it.

The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet

7. The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet — Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
Because I picked this up the last time I was at B&N.

Sweet Forgiveness

8. Sweet Forgiveness —Lori Spielman
Because my mom bought this for me.

One More Thing

9. One More Thing — B.J. Novak
Because I bought this last spring.

Murder on the Orient Express

10. Murder on the Orient Express — Agatha Christie
Because I just want to.

Happy reading and be sure to comment below with your must reads for the fall!

Treasure Tuesday

Treasure Tuesday

  1. I am currently powering through “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

2. Book Quote 22

3. I got 12 hours of sleep last night, and if that didn’t brighten my Tuesday, I don’t know what would.

4. Look at this fantastic map a 17-year-old created of how literature has evolved over the years and where certain themes and styles originated. AMAZING.

5. Please leave any suggestions for me to read down below. I’d love to read some of your favorites!

Happy reading,

There and Back Again

Title: The Hobbit
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Genre: Fantasy
Quotation: “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.”
Would recommend to: any one who wants to take another adventure.

The Hobbit

For shame on me for not reading this amazing tale until the end of my sophomore year in college. I know this was meant to be a children’s bedtime story, but I can’t help that I love this book. I finished it in a matter of days when I read it and have actually dreamed about reading it again.

The tale surrounds a homely hobbit named Bilbo who embarks on an adventure with 12 dwarves to reclaim treasure from the dragon, Smaug.

I’m sure by now many of you have already seen the movie, but as I usually say, READ THE BOOK.

Read the Book

It’s amazingly well written, and Tolkien does a fantastic job of capturing the readers attention. Along with the quality of the story, the characters are gripping. I loved Bilbo from the very beginning and would love to know even more about his life and his background.

Like I’ve mentioned countless times before on this blog, I love love love to see the other side of the story, and prequels give readers that sneak peak I so crave after hearing someone’s story. Sadly, I have no yet read “Lord of the Rings”, but I’m working on it, I promise. 

If you’re interested in adventure, and maybe a hobbit or two, I promise you won’t be disappointed in this book.

Happy reading,

Top 5 Wednesday: Mental Health/Illness

Top 5 Wednesday

This weeks Top 5 Wednesday has me talking about my favorite books that cover the issue of wellness, including body and mind. Let’s get started!

1. If I Stay — Gayle Forman

This book is about a girl who is in a coma after a car accident that killed her parents. She can choose to rejoin the world where her boyfriend is, or end her life and go somewhere else, somewhere where her parents are. I really loved this book because it shows the reader something we can only imagine — life for a coma patient. We hope they can hear us, but we really don’t know. It’s a sad story but a powerful one.

The Bell Jar

2. The Bell Jar — Sylvia Plath

I love “The Bell Jar.” I think it highlights the most important things about mental illness and trying to understand it. If you want to know more about my thoughts on this book, you can read my review.

Silver Linings Playbook

3. The Silver Linings Playbook — Matthew Quick

I’ll get this out of the way first, but the book is better than the movie. In the book, the reader gets a deeper look into Pat’s psyche and all the monsters he is battling inside his head. I really really  recommend this book to people who loved the movie.

4. Thirteen Reasons Why — Jay Asher

I read this book a long time ago, but I thought it was amazing after my first read. A girl who committed suicide has left tapes for people and explains to them how they played a role in her suicide. It is a haunting story that shows how even the little action, or lack of action, can forever alter a persons life.

Perks of Being a Wallflower

5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower — Stephen Chbosky

I also reviewed “Perks” because I love it so much. It especially looks at how sometimes the people who struggle with mental illness don’t even know it until it’s too late. This book shines a light on what’s important in life and how we can overcome even our deepest struggles.

Happy reading,

Top 10 Tuesday: Book Quotes

Top 10 Tuesday

Top 10 Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in 2010. It’s a fun way for bloggers all over the Internet to connect and post the things they love about books. This week we got to pick whatever topic we wanted to cover! I’m a huge fan of quotations (I have a whole list in my phone that I add to whenever I’m reading), so here’s a compilation of some of my favorites.

1. Christopher Robin
“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

Christopher Robin

I have this hanging across from my bed on a canvas I made myself to remind myself whenever I’m feeling down that I can do more than I believe.

2. Harlan Cohen
“Thousands of people will want you…millions will not.”

I actually read this in “The Naked Roommate” in preparation for college. (Yes, I was that person. No, it did not help.)But, it’s stuck with me ever since, and I think it’s an important reminder that not everyone will like you, but the important people will always be by your side.

3. Ponyboy — The Outsiders
“Maybe the two worlds we lived in weren’t so different. We saw the same sunset.”

This is one of those quotations that always reminds me to find the connections between myself and another person — no matter how different I think we are, I know I have something in common with everyone, even if it is just seeing the same sunset.

4. The Motto — 1984
“War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.”

War is Peace

It just gets you thinking about what other truths can be twisted.

5. Veronica Roth — Allegiant
“There are so many ways to be brave in this world. Sometimes bravery involves laying down your life for something bigger than yourself, or for someone else. Sometimes it involves giving up everything you have ever loved, for the sake of something greater. 

But sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes it is nothing more than gritting your teeth through pain, and the work of every day, the slow walk toward a better life.”

This quotation always hits home with me. It always reminds me that I need to be proud of myself for just making it through the day sometimes. Not everyone can be a hero in the traditional sense, but to some, getting out of bed every morning is a heroic act in itself.

6. J.K Rowling
“But from that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.”

Harry Ron Hermione

Nope, “Always” is not my favorite quotation, sorry. This quotation has always been my favorite because it gave me faith that I would find friends like this one day. Friends that had my back through everything. I always wanted to find friends like Harry and Ron.

7. Atticus — To Kill a Mockingbird
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

As I’ve mentioned before, I love seeing life from others perspectives, and this quotation encompasses that thought to the deepest root.

8. Stephen Chbosky — Perks of Being a Wallflower
“Things change. And friends leave. And life doesn’t stop for anybody.”

Perks Quotes

This became one of my favorite phrases after I had to do one of the hardest things in my life before freshman year of college. It’s just a little reminder that just because bad things, sometimes terrible things, happen, life doesn’t stop. You can’t hit the pause button no matter how hard you try, so you just have to keep living your life to the best of your abilities.

9. Unknown
“The hardest things to explain are usually the most important ones.”

Funny story, I read this is my AP Government textbook back in high school.

10. Mrs. James — One Tree Hill
“We are going to have to be strong for everybody else who can’t be.”

I know this isn’t from book, but it’s one of the greatest quotations ever. I firmly believe that I am as strong as I am because I know I have to be for the people around me. This pushes me to be a better individual for the ones I love everyday.

Feel free to share some of your favorite quotations in a comment below!

Happy reading,