Banned Books Week

I’ve drafted so many posts but I finally have one.

From September 21… and I’m pissed now… I worked so hard to realize that I’m over a week ahead in planning! Crud. I wonder if I should just brown paper wrap the books as little mysteries for the students until the actual date… hmmm… Not a bad idea.

Well anyways, back to what I was saying:

From September 21st to the 27th is National Banned Books Week, an awareness campaign to teach society about the dangers of censorship and the books that have been affected by other peoples personal views on what should be considered “appropriate”. Something I found legitimately interesting about who is challenging the majority of books is probably both worrisome and awe-shocking all at once.

The vast majority of challenges were initiated by parents (2,535), with patrons and administrators to follow (516 and 489 respectively).

After much research, I decided on 30 titles that I would pull from my shelves to keep the books circulating properly. But here’s what I did to bring my creation to fruition:

- Using Word I created bookmarks with little saying like “Banned”, “Caution”, “Warning! Somebody considered me dangerous”… things that would create intrigue. Red paper to make it pop against the covers.

- Used black paper to cover the front portion of my desk to attract.

- My signage is made of recycled dictionaries and pages from R.L. Stine. I’m really impressed with how they turned out, so much so they wound up laminated with the bookmarks ;)

And that’s it! I’m really excited to see what the kids think. I wound up also writing on large pieces of paper, information and statistics that were available on ALA about challenged books. Also a page explaining what #BannedBooksWeek is. I think for my first BBW, I did really well :)

What do you think? If you’re working in a public or school library, I would love to see what you’re doing for Banned Books Week. Link your posts, tweets, Insta-posts to let everybody know what you’re up to!


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Blogging Confessions

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the bloggers over at the Broke and the Bookish. Book bloggers from all around create lists based on the chosen topics, and post links to the host blog to share our love of books.

This was last weeks TTT, but I missed it and decided that I would do it this week! I think I’ve been doing pretty well at admitting myself to you guys, but I figured I’d try and compile a list:

  1. Reading books is a lot harder than I thought it would be
    When I thought of the blogging scene, I thought: “This is going to be easy! I love to read, I should have no problem filling my quota”. Man, was I wrong. I found making time was a lot easier than actually blogging about it. I find it difficult to justify whether I should be reading a book for the sake of blogging about it, or reading because I want to read the book.
  2. Maintaining a blog regularly is tiresome
       Perhaps you’ve already figured this part out, but I know that even after blogging through different pseudonyms that it is still REALLY difficult to do. There’s always something new coming out, becoming available and it’s a matter of weeding through the widgets and programs that are worth your while and which ones aren’t.
  3. There’s a time and a place for everything
    I found that this particular blog is not for venting. Although I’ve never gotten into a disagreement with anybody for my personal beliefs or what I choose to read/write about, I do know that there are bloggers out there that are very verbal about what people choose to read/write about. It’s a touchy subject to some. I personally believe that if we all read or wrote about the same things, we wouldn’t be as diverse as we are. We’d be a bunch of “sheeple”.
  4. Finding a muse
    Reading is easy, but blogging, like legitimately blogging about something you want to talk about that other people can relate to, is difficult. I follow many bloggers and admire how they seem to find an inspiration to write about something that seems to gain so many replies. I’m lucky if I can get 6 replies on a single topic. It’s tough.
  5. My theory is, “If I want to read it, the kids will want to too”
    This is a terrible theory, I don’t know why I do it. It’s also not 100% true. A lot of books I’ve read, I have thought of purchasing, but there are also others that I’ve purchased, which are WAY out of my comfort zone. I try very hard to make sure my preferences don’t get in the way of ensuring my library has a well-rounded collection of diverse topics. One thing a co-worker once told me, something he struggled with, was finding books written by people of color. Whether this went as far as written by with characters of, I don’t know, what I do know is that this is something I have been trying to take into consideration. Obviously, when he was in junior high and high school there were fewer colored authors out there than there are today. This wasn’t very long ago, but I know there are many more today and it’s just a matter of going through the lists and finding the right books.

I have nothing else to add to my list but this was all supplementary until I can start adding some of my own content.  What are some things you need to confess?



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FIFA 2.0

Na nana na. Na nana na. Good byyyye.

So, for those of you who have been following the World Cup, you already know Ghana is long gone. Which makes many people very sad, but there has been much chaos off the field that it’s bound to mess with their psyche a little bit.


I’ve kind of given up on watching the games now, but I still have high hopes for my second team: Germany. They’ve been playing extremely well and yesterday they whooped Brazil’s ass!

Meanwhile in the non-WC world (yes, that is possible), I’ve been busying myself with English assignments and helping my parents get moved into their new place. Lots of traveling. Needless to say I haven’t been doing a whole lot of reading, in fact, before summer holidays began I had returned a butt-load of books to the public library. Fear not! says I. I had borrowed books from my school library with full intentions of reading them all!

Of the list the titles include:

Hollow City

… There’s a few other titles that I can’t remember.

Ooo I’ve been getting reactions from my Fah-jah on a few YA titles. Let’s see if I can find some GIFs to emulate:

Cinder series and Code Name Verity

Ya, he totally doesn’t approve lol

Either way, I’ve left him with a few new titles The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield and Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, more adult books he might enjoy ;)

Alright guys, as for me the only things I’ve read are Hamlet by William Shakespeare and The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence. They were both for assignments and I can’t say I’d be able to do them justice for a review, so I’ll skip them. I read Hamlet in the past, so I think it would already by on my list and Margaret Laurence is considered one of those iconic Canadian authors and should not be criticized the same way we judge current literature (if that’s what it should be called these days).

Another note, I haven’t checked my email (, Bloglovin (blacknwrite), or (blacknwritereviews) for nearly a month and a half. My priorities have been every where! So, I appologize to anyone and everyone who has been trying to get ahold of me. I promise that I will start going through my email (primarily), because trust me my phone has been reminding daily that I have 13 more emails than I did the day before, and figure out what’s what and answer who I need to. However, if you haven’t noticed already, my Instafeeds are always active feel free to follow me @TaintedVampyre or on Twitter (also) @TaintedVampyre.

Alright peebles, Imma bounce but feel free to hit me up on any of my social media outlets, I’m gonna shower up and go grab a latté or something.

Q of the Post:

How’s your summer holiday going? (if you get the similar luxuries I’ve had) What’s your favorite summer past-time?



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