Blogmas #5: Does a book club about banned books appeal to you?


Lately, I’ve been kicking around this idea in my head about starting a book club about banned books.


I love Banned Books Week and I think it’s so important to read Banned or Challenged books. My only issue is that I feel like when Banned Books Week is over those books that are challenged aren’t highlighted anymore. They’re pushed back behind the curtain to wait a whole year before being spotlighted again. I want to keep the focus on banned books year long.

Goals this book club would have:
reading banned books (of course)
keeping the spotlight on challenged books
fighting censorship
exploring diverse reads

I love the real issues that banned books bring up such as racism, homosexuality, drug/alcohol use, sex, government criticism, and so many other issues that should be talked about and not tucked away or swept under a rug. I don’t think any of these reasons are good enough to ban a book.

p.s. why are we, as a society, so stingy about sex and profanity yet violence is tolerated over those. I will never understand.


I was inspired by Zoe at readbyzoe Jane Austen book club that she formed with the goal to read all of Jane Austen’s writings and Emma Watson’s feminist literature book club.

I honestly don’t know how I would form this book club, I don’t have a Booktube channel nor do I really plan on starting one anytime soon so I wouldn’t be able to do a live show. Goodreads is always an option or there’s Facebook. As you can tell, nothing is set in stone for this. This post is simply me tossing an idea out there. Nothing needs to be decided today like I said I’m just testing the waters.

Maybe someone wants to explore why banned books have perceived as “bad” or “evil” or whatever reasons are for challenging/banning books. I personally have never been told not to read something or had anyone try to censor what I’ve read so I don’t know most of the reasons why maybe a parent would try to keep their child from reading a book.

But maybe someone who reads this has had that happen to them and maybe they want to read it but are scared of the judgment or don’t know where to start, I would hope that this book club could help that person.

Book ideas

This is not a reading schedule, this is not concrete, these are simply ideas to give a feel of what could be expected during.

Brave New World
Fahrenheit 451
Catch 22
The Color Purple
The Kite Runner
The Handmaidens Tale
Slaughterhouse 5
To Kill a Mockingbird
Grapes of Wrath


5 Reasons to read Banned Books

10 Reasons for Banning Books, and 5 Much Better Reasons Not To

ALA Frequently Challenged Books

Ten Book Controversies

ALA Banned Books

Let me know if a book club like this appeals to you and if it doesn’t let me know why.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. not banned books related but my giveaway for A Court of Mist and Fury is still open so go check it out and enter if you want!

Blogmas #4: A Court of Mist and Fury Giveaway!

Good Morning everyone!

I am really excited about this post today because I am finally doing a giveaway, I am giving away a hardback copy of A Court of Mist and Fury!

Unfortunately, this is a US based giveaway.


This giveaway will be open starting today, December 12, and will close Friday, December 16th at midnight (PST).

Rules for the giveaway:

1. Must be following the LittleBookCottage

2. Like this Post

3. Leave a comment telling me about your ideal perfect winter night; tell me about who you are spending the evening with (family? Friends? Significant Other?), where are you at (home? maybe childhood home? cabin in a snowy mountain?) and any other details that would make it your ideal night.

And that’s all you have to do to be officially entered.

Personally, mine would take place in a cabin in the mountains with a nice roaring fire in the fireplace. I’m curled up on a nice comfy couch with a mug of hot choco and a book, the bf curled up next to me. If I look outside I can see a small flurry of snowflakes gently falling from the sky.

Good Luck if you enter, I will be announcing the giveaway Saturday, December 17th, please spread the word around 🙂

Thank you and Happy Holiday

Blogmas #3: Arkham Knight, Orphan Black, and coffee fail


Blogmas Day 3

I didn’t do much yesterday, at least not much worth talking about. I read This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen and I freaking loved it! One thing that I really liked about it was that that main character Remy was kind of a bitch. And she was basically alright with it! Sometimes girls are portrayed as “catty” or “petty” but Remy was pretty bitchy and owned it. Maybe not an ideal character but respectable. I really liked that.

After finishing that I just played a bit of Arkham Knight on the Xbox One and watching a few episodes of The Big Bang Theory. TBBT is a show that I put on when I don’t know what to watch or when I don’t know what to do, but I can’t wait until the next episode, I really want to see Howard and Bernadette’s baby.

I need to talk about Arkham Knight real quick. If you’ve never played it basically its the final episode in the Batman Arkham series, probably my favorite video game series ever (followed by Tomb Raider and Assassin’s Creed), in AK you have the main story and a handful of side missions. After completing five of the side missions you can activate something called the Knightfall protocol. I finished all but one mission (I ended up giving up on it) and decided to activate Knightfall.

And the Knightfall protocol is some bullshit!
I could not believe that ending!
I screamed and cried!

I’ve already screamed and cried because there was another part of the game that’s also total bullshit.

I don’t want to spoil anything so I guess youtube the video but if you are planning to ever play the game dont spoil yourself that way.


P.s. how gorgeous is Poison Ivy in this game? The girl is stunning!
Love her so much!

Blogmas Day 4

Again on day 4 I still don’t have much to update it on. I’m dog sitting for my grandma for a couple days.

Shes such a pretty puppy!


The Coco Puff!!

I started reading Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe and I am really liking it so far.


I also started watching Orphan Black, two episodes in, and I think I’m already hooked. Every single time I think I have a question answered two more pop up.



Holy Mother of Dragons this show is intense!

Last thing that I want to talk about for the night is this experience I had this morning at a coffee stand.

I woke up this morning craving a peppermint mocha. Pretty odd craving for me because I take my coffee straight black and usually mochas are too sweet for me. Another fun fact, when I get an espresso drink I get mine with almond milk, it adds a creamer and smoother taste to the drink and doesn’t upset my stomach.

I go to my second favorite coffee stand in town (the first one had a line and I didn’t want to wait)

I order a 16 oz blended drink for the bf and ordered my peppermint mocha with almond milk. The barista said “okay” and started preparing drinks. She turns around and says “Oh sorry, we’re out of almond milk. And soy.” bummer. “So I said, okay, dairy milk is fine.” The barista starts preparing my drink, turns around again and says “I’m sorry but we’re actually out of peppermint syrup.” All I could do at that point was laugh.


I know a handful of people that would be so mad but I thought it was hilarious.

That’s it for my last few days/weekend.
I lead an exciting life lol.

But I guess I had more to talk about then I thought I did.

Blogmas #2: First and Then mini review

I almost forgot about Blogmas today! Its 10 p.m. here in Washington and I had forgotten that I meant to post my mini review, better late then never right??

First and Then
by Emma Mills
my rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Synopsis via Goodreads

Devon Tennyson wouldn’t change a thing. She’s happy watching Friday night games from the bleachers, silently crushing on best friend Cas, and blissfully ignoring the future after high school. But the universe has other plans. It delivers Devon’s cousin Foster, an unrepentant social outlier with a surprising talent for football, and the obnoxiously superior and maddeningly attractive star running back, Ezra, right where she doesn’t want them: first into her P.E. class and then into every other aspect of her life.

Pride and Prejudice meets Friday Night Lights in this contemporary novel about falling in love with the unexpected boy, with a new brother, and with yourself.

While this took me a pretty long time to get into, for the most, it was enjoyable. That being said I did have quite a few issues with it.

-First, the pace was very slow at the start, it really took a while for the ball to get rolling.

-Second, there are so many unanswered questions at the end. I am dying to know what happens next, especially the question that was proposed at the start of the book…Did Devon get into Reeding? Nobody knows!

-Third, I wanted more backstory on one specific character, this one guy really eluded me because he had a minimal introduction, a significant impact at an event, and a confusing wrap up. Again I have more questions, where was he from? Why was he so intimidating?

I really wish there would be a follow up sequel to this because there were so many questions left unanswered. I also want there to be a companion novel for Jordan because he was so sweet and nice which is unusual for the “popular guy” character. Plus I need a follow up with Marabelle. Either I need a follow up or this needed to be 200 pages longer.

That’s my mini review, have you read this yet?