Thursday, June 30, 2022

Book Bans: Do We Need Them?


So this is all about book bans. These have been around for a very long time and we all know why books get banned. For some reason, a person or group of people think the book has themes that are bad or that may impress upon the minds of readers terrible things. 

I think these are unneeded. I mean if there is something in those books that bother you or you don’t want your kid to read than that should be up the parent or yourself. Banning the book makes kids want to read it more. Kids are such rebels. I sure was.

I think it’s wrong to mark someone’s hard work as bad or something that should be hidden in the dark, never to be read. They are just books. Yes, some books can change the way we think and see the world. 

But banning books like Harry Potter and Twilight. These books don’t hurt anyone. When I was growing up, HP was actually banned from reading in my religion (I’m not in that religion anymore). I was told that reading HP would send me to hell because it had witches and the occult in it. It would open my mind up to Satan and demons.

Those books did no such things. They are books. They take our minds to wonderful places. Harry Potter actually teaches some pretty good lessons. 

So again, I think book bans aren’t needed. We can guide ourselves in what we want to fill our minds and we can do the same for our kids. If there is a book that you don’t think your child should read, then you make that choice. There is no need for book bans.

So tell me what you think below. Should books be banned or should you choose for yourself?

Monday, June 27, 2022

Small Update

This is just a quick post to let you guys know that I'm currently going through some stuff so I won't be around like normal. I'm sorry. I hope to be back soon and then I'll talk about what's going on. Stay safe out there! 

Music Monday - Yungblud (Pride Month)

This meme is hosted by Always Me

This is the last of my Pride Month Music Monday posts, but I did just want to say that I feature LGBTQ+ artists all the time. I just don't point out if they're part of the community usually. I don't want anyone else thinking I only do this because it's Pride Month. I got a comment on a post that was pretty upset with me, saying I only cared because it's Pride Month, and I wanted that to be clear. 

Now! Let's talk about Yungblud. He's stated that he's pansexual in an interview. 

With that, let's jump into his music. 




Which was your favorite? Let me know below and have a wonderful day and great week! Enjoy the rest of Pride Month my little butterfly! 

Friday, June 24, 2022

Currently Reading


I'm actually in the middle of reading a few books which is great. If you've been around long enough you'll know that I used to read a lot of books but when my father passed in 2020, my entire life changed. I consider a good reading month two or three books these days when it used to be nearly 20 books a month. 

So yeah, for me, this is a win! 

I'm really enjoying all three books. So let me tell you a bit about them!



This one started out rough! I was crying so much that my partner took my book and hid it because he didn’t want to see me so sad. Gracie is having it rough! Her mother has Alzheimer’s, and she’s paying for a room for her to get the care she needs while trying to save up for a better place. It hit so hard because my grandma suffers from the same thing and she’s not doing too well right now.


But that’s not all! Gracie’s boss is a freaking jerk face! He’s sexually harassing her and then fires her when she won’t get on her knees for him. Ugh, monster. 

I was about to put the book down because I honestly couldn’t handle anything darker. I’m too sensitive for dark themes like that. 

But it’s coming around now that she’s agreed to switch places with the famous actress and I can’t wait to read more! 




So far, this feels like another run-of-the-mill paranormal romance. Nothing mind blowing, but it’s going to be a fun ride! 

We follow Julian and Thea in a duel POV. Julian is a very rich vampire that just woke up from sleeping for decades. Because his mother wants him to get married. Thea is just trying to make it as a musician when she gets caught up in his world. 

I’m not far into this one either. So far, Julian just saved her from a hungry vampire and took her home. He’s also told her what he is. 

There’s a lot of sexual tension in this one. So if you like spice, I can tell this one is going to have some! 



Okay, I’ve only read one chapter of this one, but I already love the hero. He’s a vet! I mean, really, a hot vet. Need I say more? 

This one feels like it’s going to be a fun romance with heavier moments, and I’m really down for that! 


That's it for this post! Please tell me what you're reading below! I'd love to know! Until next time, stay safe and happy reading! 

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

10 Controversial Books YOU May Have Read



Books are banned all the time and if they aren't banned... well they sure are a hot topic with people lining up to say what is wrong with these books and why no one should read them.

I'm only listing what has been said about each book. Also some of these I've read and loved. I'm that rebel that loves reading books that people say I shouldn't. I say, you should never let what someone else says keep you from reading a book you want. You do you. Always.

 So let's jump into the list, shall we? 


10) Harry Potter
Yep! That's right. Something like HP has been at the center of controversy for years! I actually remember this one when I was younger and just getting into reading, my mother would not let me read this series or even watch the movies! 

She had pamphlets all around the house with these pictures of Harry and the devil holding hands. Anyway, the thing around this series is the witchcraft it entails. Parents thought it would turn their kids over to the dark side and they'd all go to hell. 


9) The Black Witch
This one has been a hot topic for pretty much every 'ist' you can think of. People have said it's hurtful to POC and the LGBTQ+

8) Empire of Storms
So.... this is on my list for a few reasons. Some people have said the series is very racist ...to the point the author was sent death threats. Others were not happy at all with the sex in this book and it being geared towards young adults. 


7) The Hate U Give
This book has mostly been praised and pretty much everyone loves it. So why is it here? Well, there are some out there that say this book is racist and has too much police violence and the 'foul' language it uses isn't suited for young adults. Thus it was banned at a school in Texas. 


6) Forever
This one was banned. Why? Well... sex. Yeah... lots of parents at the time wanted their children to know nothing about sex and what it entails. My parents were no different. I wasn't allowed to read this one either.  Sex is going to be a theme with these it seems. 



5) Two Boys Kissing
This one will come as no surprise to you... sadly. Why is this one banned? Well, the cover... the two boys kissing on this cover was enough to send some people over the edge. They thought it would promote the 'gay agenda'. You really can't make this weird stuff up. This is one I've not read yet but I hope to do so soon.


4) Blood and Chocolate
This was wasn't banned because of the bloody scenes with werewolves fighting. No. It was banned for how the teenage girl accepted and reveled in her own sexuality. Told you most of these were about sex.


3) TTYL
This was has been called racist and it uses too much offensive language and it was way too sexually explicit for some people.


2) Carrie
The book that gave me my name has also been banned. Too much sexual content and violence they say.



1) Looking for Alaska
This one is banned for a sexually explicit scene that might make a student or young adult 'experiment'. *Eye roll* Yeah I know...

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So that's it! Let me know below if you've read any of these books and what you think about them! 

Monday, June 20, 2022

Music Monday - Halsey (Pride Month)

This meme is hosted by Always Me

Today we're going to talk about Halsey. I've really enjoyed their music for years now. Halsey's got such a different approach to their music. Yes, she does 'pop' music but there's just something different about their work in my opinion. Always this hint of darkness that draws me in.

In case you don't know, Halsey uses they/them and she/her pronouns. I used both to showcase that. Halsey's bisexual. She's written about these experiences in their music and is very open about this fact. 

Now, let's just get into some epic music! 


Which is your favorite? Please let me know below! I hope you have a great day and week! Stay safe and happy reading!

Friday, June 17, 2022

Connect 5 Friday - Bisexual Rep (Pride Month)


Hello! Welcome to Connect 5 Friday. It's been a while since I did one of these posts and I've missed it! It's so nice to have a little more free time because summer. Not as much as I'd like but hey, this is my fourth post this week! That's a win for me! 

Now, I've not read all of these but did some research and hopefully it's right. So forgive me if I messed up! With that out of the way, let's get to these books that feature bisexual characters! 

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 Danika Brown knows what she wants: professional success, academic renown, and an occasional roll in the hay to relieve all that career-driven tension. But romance? Been there, done that, burned the T-shirt. Romantic partners, whatever their gender, are a distraction at best and a drain at worst. So Dani asks the universe for the perfect friend-with-benefits—someone who knows the score and knows their way around the bedroom.

When brooding security guard Zafir Ansari rescues Dani from a workplace fire drill gone wrong, it’s an obvious sign: PhD student Dani and ex-rugby player Zaf are destined to sleep together. But before she can explain that fact, a video of the heroic rescue goes viral. Now half the internet is shipping #DrRugbae—and Zaf is begging Dani to play along. Turns out, his sports charity for kids could really use the publicity. Lying to help children? Who on earth would refuse?

Dani’s plan is simple: fake a relationship in public, seduce Zaf behind the scenes. The trouble is, grumpy Zaf’s secretly a hopeless romantic—and he’s determined to corrupt Dani’s stone-cold realism. Before long, he’s tackling her fears into the dirt. But the former sports star has issues of his own, and the walls around his heart are as thick as his... um, thighs.

Suddenly, the easy lay Dani dreamed of is more complex than her thesis. Has her wish backfired? Is her focus being tested? Or is the universe just waiting for her to take a hint?

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In Perfect on Paper: a bisexual girl who gives anonymous love advice to her classmates is hired by the hot guy to help him get his ex back.

Her advice, spot on. Her love life, way off.

Darcy Phillips:
• Can give you the solution to any of your relationship woes―for a fee.
• Uses her power for good. Most of the time.
• Really cannot stand Alexander Brougham.
• Has maybe not the best judgement when it comes to her best friend, Brooke…who is in love with someone else.
• Does not appreciate being blackmailed.

However, when Brougham catches her in the act of collecting letters from locker 89―out of which she’s been running her questionably legal, anonymous relationship advice service―that’s exactly what happens. In exchange for keeping her secret, Darcy begrudgingly agrees to become his personal dating coach―at a generous hourly rate, at least. The goal? To help him win his ex-girlfriend back.

Darcy has a good reason to keep her identity secret. If word gets out that she’s behind the locker, some things she's not proud of will come to light, and there’s a good chance Brooke will never speak to her again.

Okay, so all she has to do is help an entitled, bratty, (annoyingly hot) guy win over a girl who’s already fallen for him once? What could go wrong?

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After a disastrous blind date, Darcy Lowell is desperate to stop her well-meaning brother from playing matchmaker ever again. Love—and the inevitable heartbreak—is the last thing she wants. So she fibs and says her latest set up was a success. Darcy doesn’t expect her lie to bite her in the ass.

Elle Jones, one of the astrologers behind the popular Twitter account, Oh My Stars, dreams of finding her soul mate. But she knows it is most assuredly not Darcy... a no-nonsense stick-in-the-mud, who is way too analytical, punctual, and skeptical for someone as free-spirited as Elle. When Darcy’s brother—and Elle's new business partner—expresses how happy he is that they hit it off, Elle is baffled. Was Darcy on the same date? Because... awkward.

When Darcy begs Elle to play along, she agrees to pretend they’re dating to save face. But with a few conditions: Darcy must help Elle navigate her own overbearing family over the holidays and their arrangement expires on New Year’s Eve. The last thing they expect is to develop real feelings during a fake relationship.

But maybe opposites can attract when true love is written in the stars?

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After a public meltdown over her breakup from her cheating musician boyfriend, Cherisse swore off guys in the music industry, and dating in general for a while, preferring to focus on growing her pastry chef business.

When Cherisse’s younger sister reveals she’s getting married in a few months, Cherisse hopes that will distract her mother enough to quit harassing her about finding a guy, settling down and having kids. But her mother’s matchmaking keeps intensifying.

Cherisse tries to humour her mother, hoping if she feigns interest in the eligible bachelors she keeps tossing her way, she’ll be off the hook, but things don’t quite go as planned. Turns out for the first time in ages, she and Keiran King, the most annoying man ever, are on the island at the same time. Avoiding him is impossible, especially when Keiran’s close friend is the one marrying her sister, and he’s the best man to her maid of honour.

Keiran doesn’t know what to make of Cherisse now. They’ve always butted heads. To him she’s always been a stuck-up brat who seeks attention, even while he secretly harbored a crush on her. Now with Cherisse’s sister marrying one of his good friends he can’t escape her as the wedding activities keep throwing them together.

When things turn heated after a rainy night of bedroom fun, they both have to figure out if they can survive the countdown to wedding day, without this turning into a recipe for disaster.

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Morgan, an elite track athlete, is forced to transfer high schools late in her senior year after it turns out being queer is against her private Catholic school's code of conduct. There, she meets Ruby, who has two hobbies: tinkering with her baby blue 1970 Ford Torino and competing in local beauty pageants, the latter to live out the dreams of her overbearing mother. The two are drawn to each other and can't deny their growing feelings. But while Morgan--out and proud, and determined to have a fresh start--doesn't want to have to keep their budding relationship a secret, Ruby isn't ready to come out yet. With each girl on a different path toward living her truth, can they go the distance together?








That's it! Did you find one that sounded good to you? Let me know below! Until next time, stay safe and happy reading!