Books

Top Ten Least Favorite Books of 2020

I don't normally do a list of my least favorite books of the year. Everyone on BookTube was doing it, though, and it looked really fun. I disliked quite a few books this year, so narrowing this list down to ten was a REAL CHALLENGE. I managed, though. I had a minor change of heart… Continue reading Top Ten Least Favorite Books of 2020

Real Life

2020 Gift Guide

It's 2020 and I'd like to highlight some small businesses (and a few larger ones) that you can order from this holiday season. I buy from some of these shops regularly and would love to see them get more business. Check out these stores for great gift ideas. Art Prints Beverly Johnson sells soft sapphic… Continue reading 2020 Gift Guide

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2 June 2 Release Day

Good news! Four excellent books are making their debuts today! Consider supporting Black authors by purchasing one of these books! (Alternately, if you have the means, purchase a copy of one of these books for a Black reader.) You Should See Me in a Crown By Leah Johnson You can expect A queer Black protagonist!… Continue reading 2 June 2 Release Day

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10 Day Book Blog Post Challenge #4: Book Cover Likes and Dislikes

THIS IS THE BEST DAY YET. LIKES: A title in colored font I'm sitting right next to one of my bookshelves and there's a definite theme: many of my favorite books have titles in insane colors. That kind of detail draws my eye. An example: The Best Party of Our Lives has a rainbow spine with… Continue reading 10 Day Book Blog Post Challenge #4: Book Cover Likes and Dislikes

Real Life

Seattle Reality Checks

In 2015, I wanted to move to Portland, Oregon. When people asked me what my Plan was, I'd tell them, "I'm going to move to Portland and work at Powell's." Some people thought this was a cop-out, not knowing I was describing my Dream Life. I couldn't wait to work at my favorite bookstore in… Continue reading Seattle Reality Checks

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Lauren’s Go-To Reads: Actual Influences

I have books from childhood that I love and books that I constantly reread. This list consists of books that have impacted my actual life in big ways. On my spiritual health I read A Woman's Place by Katelyn Beaty and Jesus Feminist by Sarah Bessey while wrestling with mixed messages from the church regarding women. As much as I hated… Continue reading Lauren’s Go-To Reads: Actual Influences

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R.I.P. It or Ship It: Round 9

For round 9, I picked Ryan from You Know Me Well and Catherine Morland from Northanger Abbey Background How do you know Ryan is a serious artist? He writes SLAM POETRY and works on a LITERARY JOURNAL, two things that would make him cool if he wasn't such a terrible friend. Ryan pretends his "friends with benefits"… Continue reading R.I.P. It or Ship It: Round 9

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Lauren’s Go-To Reads: New Favorites Editions

I think about these books constantly. I press them on good friends, whispering, "This book ruined my life." I read them to stave off anxiety attacks and cure bad moods.
These aren't long-time favorites that I've collected throughout my life, but more recent volumes that I've read over the last two years. These are the stories I need right now, the ones that reassure me I'm on the right track.