Books, Real Life

An introduction

Welcome! You made it! I started this blog as a "portfolio" for "serious writing" (per some professional advice that would have better suited someone else.) Over the years, Narrative Paradise morphed into a book blog...of sorts. I don't write book reviews (very often) or participate in reading challenges. I DO post book tags and gush… Continue reading An introduction

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The New Releases Book Tag

Hey hey! ANOTHER book tag? Yes, and this one is about 2021 releases! This tag was created by Ellyn @ Allonsythornraxx. Do the tag yourself and tell me about some of your favorite new releases! A new release you've already read I read It's Kind of Cheesy Love Story a few weeks after its publication.… Continue reading The New Releases Book Tag

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The Medieval Queens Book Tag

I'm listening to You're Wrong About's episode on the Romanovs. This sad choice reminded me that Jessica tagged me in the Medieval Queens Book Tag. (I have a lot of feelings about the Romanovs.) This tag was created by Jess @ Jessticulates, btw. (Truly wonderful graphics at that blog.) Empress Matilda (1102-1167)After her father, Henry… Continue reading The Medieval Queens Book Tag

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April Wrap-Up: A blur

Happy April! School is kicking my butt! I'm struggling! I feel like I have a lot to do at all times. I have numerous errands to complete this week and I'm just...so tired. Also, I genuinely do not remember a single thing that happened last month. Let's do stats. April Stats In April, I completed… Continue reading April Wrap-Up: A blur

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Outed by my book-buying habits

If it wasn't made clear in past posts, I'm bisexual. I wasn't privy to/able to process this piece of information until my mid-twenties. So it goes. It took me until NOW to realize that many of the SFF YA novels I've purchased over the years have similar cover art. You'll see what I mean in… Continue reading Outed by my book-buying habits

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Cute Mutants Book Tag

Am I doing a book tag for a book I haven't read yet? I AM. If it helps, I own the first volume! (I'll read it...eventually.) This tag was created by El @ El's Book Reviews, Andee @ Mouse Reads, and Finn @ Evidently Bookish. I found it at Althea is Reading. Here we goooooo...… Continue reading Cute Mutants Book Tag

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March Wrap-Up: A Tiny Energy Boost

Another big energy drop this month! I started feeling really down around Daylight Savings Time. Talking to friends and family helped and I was able to finish a decent number of books. I also went TikTok viral accidentally, so uh...that happened. School is going well. Not too many updates aside from that. Let's do some… Continue reading March Wrap-Up: A Tiny Energy Boost

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The Spring Cleaning Book Tag: Quarantine Edition

I really should clean my apartment. I have been doing some sorting off and on. I cleaned out my closet (could go for a round two) and unhauled quite a few books. Surely there's more to be done. I could probably...I don't know, clean my bathroom or something. Anyway, 'tis the season to redo the… Continue reading The Spring Cleaning Book Tag: Quarantine Edition

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2021 Achillean Books

This is a petty recs post. Someone on Twitter mocked achillean romance recently and it rubbed me the wrong way. I'm seeing more marginalized achillean voices in publishing and I think that's rad! What an exciting time! Why aren't we celebrating!? Anyway, here are some 2021 achillean book recs. Be Dazzled by Ryan La Sala… Continue reading 2021 Achillean Books

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Revisiting the Night Circus

(Spoilers ahead for The Night Circus) (CW: depression, anxiety, alcohol, suicide) I expected to hate The Starless Sea. I'd been hyped about everything from the cover (bees! keys!) to the plot synopsis (something something pirate ship in a magic sea!) until I realized who wrote it: Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, my least favorite book… Continue reading Revisiting the Night Circus

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2021 Books You Need to Know About

I have a problem, and that is: There are SO MANY good books either out now or coming soon. I ordered a few of these for myself and think everyone should know about them. Here's a list I compiled that just about covers all the bases. I hope you find something that appeals to you.… Continue reading 2021 Books You Need to Know About