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 about my favorite series.
I occasionally publish posts about faith, politics, and/or mental health.
Oh, and I MAY have turned this site into an unofficial Maggie Stiefvater fan blog.
More accurately, Narrative Paradise operates as an unofficial Ronan Lynch blog.
I’m not kidding.
Read. Comment. Explore.
Good news! Four excellent books are making their debuts today!
Consider supporting Black authors by purchasing one of these books!
Continue reading “2 June 2 Release Day”
Hi all. Happy Pride.
I’d planned to start a Pride book series today.
Now, however, is not the right time.
I’ll be saving those posts for July.
Stay safe, everyone.
A rundown of recent murders of Black people by police:
On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot in her own home by police who entered the wrong house during a raid.
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd died after cop Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nine minutes.
On May 27, 2020, Regis Korchinski-Paquet died under suspicious circumstances after an encounter with the police, who claim the woman “fell” from the balcony of her 24th-floor apartment
The same day, Florida police shot Tony McDade dead, claiming he had a handgun. A witness says officers shot McDade without a verbal warning or any attempt to deescalate the situation.
Government-funded racism is killing Black people and it has to stop.
Now is not the time to say, “There are good people on both sides,” or, “All lives matter.”
Black lives matter today, tomorrow, and every other day of the year.
I’ve been on Twitter a lot the last week, looking for ways to help.
If you’re as angry as I am and want to know how you can help, here’s a handy list:
Donate to your local bail fund to help protesters who’ve been arrested. Find your local fund on one of
these lists. (Sources: @rdellon, @bailfundnetwork)
Donate to the families of
George Floyd and Tony McDade to assist with funeral costs and to the family of Regis Korchinski-Paquet to fund an independent investigation into Regis’ death. (Sources: @NadineThornhill, @morganmpage) Donate to organizations like
Black Lives Matter, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Black Visions Collective, Reclaim the Block, and North Star Health Collective. (Sources: @hvrnon, @seanmiura) Write letters to your local government using
Resistbot. I’ve used this tool – it will walk you through the entire process and offer help when needed. Text 50409 to get started and be done in less than 2 minutes. (Source: @tpwkhollands) Sign petitions concerning the deaths of George, Breonna, Regis, and Tony. (Source:
Petitions for George Floyd found
here, here, here, and here. Petitions for Breonna Taylor found
here, Petitions for Tony McDade found
here, PSA: DO NOT DONATE TO CHANGE.ORG. The money won’t go to the campaign. (Source:
@stacysuh) Call out racism when you see it. This includes “jokes” and statements about “peace” that promote respectability politics. (Looking at you, Michael Gungor.)
LISTEN TO BLACK VOICES. All of these steps and more were
helpfully summarized by Twitter user @mireillecharper. (She included further reading and additional people to follow in the final tweet of the thread.)
To my fellow white people (especially white Christians): Get off your moderate asses. The time to help is now.
To everyone else: Stay safe. Stay strong. Godspeed.
I missed the
Percy Jackson train.
I read maybe half of the first book when it came out and spent years trying to find a DVD copy of the Logan Lerman film adaptation.
Other than that, I have no knowledge of the series.
Continue reading “The Percy Jackson/Heroes of Olympus Character Book Tag”
WELCOME BACK TO THE OPTIMISM BLOG.
I HAVE RETURNED TO WORK.
Continue reading “Books and Bakes Book Tag”
My Books That Matter April box came ON TIME and I NEGLECTED TO WRITE ABOUT IT UNTIL NOW.
Continue reading “Subscription Box Post: Books That Matter – April 2020”