Banned Books: Freadom

Since last week was Banned Books Week, here are some of my favorite books that have either been banned or challenged, but I still read them, because I have FREADOM.
1. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
2. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
3. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
4. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
5. ttyl; ttfn; l8r g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle
6. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
7. Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
8. The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
9. The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold


Five on Friday

1. On Monday night, I got a new Alpha Phi Omega pledge baby and I couldn’t be more excited!
2. On Wednesday, I presented my awesome Sherlock Holmes poster over The Red-Headed League.


3. I gave an really good campus tour to an important person and got a lot of compliments.
4. This week was one of the busiest of my life so far, but I made it out unscathed.

Five on Friday

This Friday is all about college. And yes, I am tooting my own horn a little bit, but I’m okay with that! 🙂

1. I got an 84% on my Developmental Psychology exam last week.
2. I got a 102% on my Modern Grammar exam last week.
3. I did really good on my Modern Grammar exam I had today and only stumbled on a couple of questions.
4. I have a lot of confidence in myself this semester.
5. Alpha Phi Omega pledging starts soon and I’m excited for new babies! 😀

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

Five on Friday

Today I decided I’d start doing five on Friday. (Inspired by my favorite blog Where I post five things I love right now, five things I did this week, or five of anything in general really.

If you know me on a personal level, you know how much I love books. Reading them, sharing Facebook posts about them, keeping track of them on Goodreads, and so on and so forth. So today I decided I’d share five of my favorite quotes from books I’ve read.

1. “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” – The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins
2. “Secrets are like stars. They blaze inside the heart and ultimately could be explosive. But there are two types of secrets. Small secrets, like small stars, will eventually burn out. With time and space they lose their importance and simply vanish. No harm done. But big secrets, like massive stars, with time and constant fear grow stronger, creating a gravitational pull that eventually … When they get so big, they become a black hole.” Lipstick Apology, Jennifer Jabaley
3. “You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” My Sister’s Keeper, Jodi Picoult
4. As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” The Fault in Our Stars, John Green5. “Music is a total constant. That’s why we have such a strong visceral connection to it, you know? Because a song can take you back instantly to a moment, or a place, or even a person. No matter what else has changed in you or the world, that one song stays the same, just like that moment.” Just Listen, Sarah Dessen

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Have a fantastic weekend everyone!
Kelly Jo

Bucket List Challenge

When talking about bucket lists, most people probably picture a long list of dreams one wishes to complete throughout their lifetime. And many may choose not to keep track of them, because they believe that they’ll never be attainable, due to a lack of money, a lack of time, a lack of companions to complete them with, and for so many other reasons. And I see that as a problem.

What is life without goals, dreams, and the hope of success? I not only see a bucket list as a list of wishes, but as a list of things to check off and say, “I did this. I truly lived and enjoyed my life and the freedom of being able to do what what I wish to.”

So that’s my challenge; I challenge YOU, whoever you may be, to complete a bucket list. Whether it’s 10 goals or 100 goals, create a list, a physical list, and complete it, because nothing is ever too far away if you set your mind to it.

Kelly Jo 

Here is my own personal bucket list so far, including some small wishes and some large, and some things I’ve already completed. And I know that it will continue to grow.

Athens, Greece
Knoxville Races
Redwood Forest
Yosemite National Park
Learn to make Creme Brulee
See Saint Louis arch
Go to Ha Ha Tonka and walk every trail there
Create a successful blog (50 or more followers)
Visit all 50 states
Go to universal studios
Go ziplining
Learn how to shoot a bow and arrow
Conquer my fear of horses
Learn to play the piano
Ride in an airplane
Go to Yellowstone National Park
Ride a roller coaster

Hello There!

Hello everyone, my name is Kelly Jo! I’m currently 20 years old and I am currently a Junior in college. I am an English education major with a passion for reading and writing, and most recently, taking photos and cooking. Here at Live, Laugh, Read you’ll get to know me and my reading preferences really well, as well as many other aspects of my every day life. If you ever have any suggestions for books to read, recipes to make, or anything else, feel free to comment. 🙂
Happy reading,
Kelly Jo