tackling tolkien | a read-a-thon

Tolkien Week: September 22 – 28 | Tolkien (Hobbit) Day: September 22

Oddly enough, Tolkien Week coincides with Banned Book Week. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit have been challenged due to satanic content. During the week, I plan to read The Fellowship of the Ring along with the other books from my Banned Book Week Challenge.

Originally, I had planned to read the entire Middle-Earth Cycle. However, due to my Banned Book Week Challenge, my priority is the first novel. Also, I decided to reward myself with a movie night if I finish The Fellowship (watching the film adaptation, of course!).

Have you read any of Tolkien’s work? Do you prefer the books or the movies? Let me know in the comments below.

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dear banned author | banned book week

About the Campaign | List of Author Addresses and Twitter Usernames

Banned Books Week is quickly approaching (September 22 – 28), and we are not only encouraged to celebrate the books that have been banned, but the authors who wrote them. During the week or after reading a banned book, reach out to the author. Whether you tweet them or send something via snail-mail, let them know how much their work means to you.

These are the books that I plan to read for Banned Book Week:

  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

Four out of the five books have authors that are still alive. If all goes according to plan, I’ll be able to write to all four authors. With that being said, do you plan to do anything for Banned Books Week? Do you plan to tweet or write to any authors?

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a challenge for banned books week

Banned Books Week | Founded in 1982

Banned Books Week was created with the intention of raising censorship awareness, because everyone deserves the right to choose the content that they consume. Each year a theme is adopted, and this year’s is “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark,” so we should fight to “Keep the Light On.”

[Frequently Challenged Books]

The Challenge

For Banned Books Week, I have decided to read five books. I’m going to read a children’s book, a young adult book, a classica book with diverse content, and a book from last year’s Top 10 list. After going through the lists, I’ve  selected the ones that I own (since I’m trying to reduce the number of unread books on my shelves):

  1. Children’s Book: The Giver by Lois Lowry.
  2. YA Book: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, or Hold Still by Nina LaCour.
  3. Classic Book: 1984 by George Orwell, or The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.
  4. Book with Diverse Content: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth, or The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.
  5. 2018’s Top 10: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas.

*The books that are highlighted in orange are the ones that I am most likely to pick up during the week.

the raven cycle read-a-long | september 2019

[announcement video]

The Raven Cycle

Host: Zoe from readbyzoe

Duration: Week One (1 – 6)

Liveshow: TBA / possibly on the 7th


The Dream Thieves

Host: Kayla from BooksandLala

Duration: Week  Two (8 – 13)

Liveshow: TBA / possibly on the 14th


Blue Lily, Lily Blue

Host: Kat from paperbackdreams

Duration: Week Three (15 – 20)

Liveshow: TBA / possibly on the 21st


The Raven King

Host: Ellias from ellias

Duration: Week Four (22 – 27)

Liveshow: TBA / possibly on the 28th

the reading rush | announcement + tbr

I’m starting the read-a-thon a couple of days late… On July 25… So here’s a rapid fire TBR:

1. Read a book with purple on the cover. Soft in the Middle by Shelby Eileen 📱

2. Read a book in the same spot the entire time. The Mermaids Voice Returns in This One by Amanda Lovelace 📚

3. Read a book you meant to read last year. Furyborn by Claire Legrand 📚 / 🎵

4. Read an authors first book. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim 📚 / 🎵

5. Read a book with a non-human main character. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness 📚

6. Pick a book that has five or more words in the title. Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston 📚

7. Read and watch a book to movie adaptation. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky 📚


The Reading Rush is a annual read-a-thon hosted by Ariel Bissett and Raeleen LeMay. This year it will be taking place from July 22 to July 28.

📚 = physical book | 🎵 = audiobook | 📱 = ebook

arc giveaway #1

A month or so ago, I entered a goodreads giveaway for Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim. Yesterday, I received a copy. Then I received another one today, which had to have been an accident.

I don’t need two copies, and would rather someone else get the chance to read it than have it collect dust on my bookshelf. So I’ve decided to do a giveaway!

If you go over to my Twitter, you will find my giveaway tweet. All you have to do is retweet and follow to be entered; if you follow my blog, you will receive an extra entry.

Due to the cost of shipping this giveaway will be US only, and it ends on Friday, May 17.

june 2019 anticipated releases

anticipated april releases

This Time Will Be Different


Title: This Time Will Be Different

Author: Misa Sugiura

Publication: June 4, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: Japanese-american main character, bisexual side character, tackles feminism and racism (discusses Post-Japanese Internment America)



The Beholder


Title: The Beholder

Author: Anna Bright

Publication: June 4, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: draws inspiration from classics and fairytales, journey across the world, possibly feminist



If It Makes You Happy


Title: If It Makes You Happy

Author: Claire Kann

Publication: June 4, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: black main character,  plus size main character, queer main character, small town life, summer before college



The Grief Keeper


Title: The Grief Keeper

Author: Alexandra Villasante

Publication: June 11, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: debut, “illegal” immigrant main character seeking asylum in America, queer main character, ability for people to take other peoples grief off of their shoulders, this line: “The Grief Keeper is a tender tale that explores the heartbreak and consequences of when both love and human beings are branded illegal.”

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune


Title: Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

Author: Roselle Lim (her craft updates give me life)

Publication: June 11, 2019

Price: $16.00

Key points that attracted me: debut, Chinese main character, food as a part of culture and healing, recipes, agoraphobic character



Tell Me How You Really Feel


Title: Tell Me How You Really Feel

Author: Aminah Mae Safi

Publication: June 11, 2019

Price: $17.99

Key points that attracted me: the cover (I mean.. just look at it), queer ladies, possible enemies to lovers, women/women of color as main characters



Something Like Gravity


Title: Something Like Gravity

Author: Amber Smith

Publication: June 18, 2019

Price: $18.99

Key points that attracted me: ftm transgender main character, trans boy falls in love, assault survivor, unlikely friends become romantically involved