Books

I Need to Talk About “Queenie”

I decided a while ago not to write book reviews on this blog anymore. I'm breaking that rule to talk about Queenie. How did this book come into my life? Entertainment Weekly raved about it Emer wrote a gushing review for it I saw it for 20% off at Target and decided I needed it Cut… Continue reading I Need to Talk About “Queenie”

Books

The Strictly Book Tag

My parents love Baz Luhrmann's Strictly Ballroom. I refuse to watch it out of spite. However, I never turn down a tag, even one that reminds of Baz Luhrmann's continued existence. I misunderstood this tag's title. It's not strictly about books - it's about DANCE! I found this tag at A Dreamer's Library and loved how… Continue reading The Strictly Book Tag

Books, Music

The Lover Book Tag: Round 3

I'M BACK with a THIRD Lover-inspired book tag (and fourth general Lover-related post.) Will there ever be an end to these? PROBABLY NOT. I really enjoy this album! Sarah the Bibliophagist made this tag and Lori @ Lori's Bookshelf Reads did it on her own blog. Get ready to press play! And...begin. I FORGOT THAT YOU EXISTED:… Continue reading The Lover Book Tag: Round 3

Books

Summer Drink Book Tag [ORIGINAL]

Summer is winding down and I'm thirsty all the time. Care for a drink? Rules: Link back to Narrative Paradise so I can read your answers. Tag friends, Romans, countrypeople, etc. Tell me your favorite drink of the options presented. Stay hydrated. Water with lemon A boring book with one interesting element I wouldn't call The… Continue reading Summer Drink Book Tag [ORIGINAL]

Books, Real Life

2019 Democratic Debate Book Tag

Due to my personal political frustrations, I sometimes fantasize about setting the current political system on fire. Luckily, I won't have to; the Democratic party is doing that for me. With more than 20 candidates in a party that can't agree on its priorities, I don't have much hope for the 2020 election. How do… Continue reading 2019 Democratic Debate Book Tag

Books, Television

My Little Pony Book Tag

Confession: I was a brony. Or...whatever the female equivalent is. In high school and college, many of my guy friends loved My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. Once I started watching the show, I got their obsession. The show (at least the early seasons) prioritizes positivity, diversity, and inclusion. It offered a place for boys and… Continue reading My Little Pony Book Tag

Books

February Book-of-the-Month Club

I read a book early in February so great that I predicted it would be my favorite of the month. I've highlighted some of my other favorite February reads without mentioning this one. It deserves the spotlight. Dread Nation by Justina Ireland "Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the… Continue reading February Book-of-the-Month Club

Books

Birthday Book Haul

My birthday came and went with minimal angst. I spent a nice weekend with my parents. On the actual day, some friends took me out for dinner and improv. Oh, and I got a ton of books. These books came in waves. After Christmas, flush with gift cards, I ordered some books to be picked… Continue reading Birthday Book Haul

Real Life

Lauren’s 2018 Retrospective

Won't lie, didn't love 2018. Maybe the year wasn't a total lost cause, because of new friends and growth experiences and improved health, but I sure hated living through it. Different things influenced my year in big ways and I want to sum them up:   I quit my job I finally got out of… Continue reading Lauren’s 2018 Retrospective

Books

The Great December Readathon

I mentioned acquiring some serious, award-winning books that I couldn't wait to read. I also mentioned some long-unread books on my TBR and some current rereads. Well. I visited my hometown library. Both the Seattle Central Library and the branch I frequent have a decent YA section stocked with new releases. Walking into the Teen… Continue reading The Great December Readathon