Books, Real Life

January Wrap-Up: WHO EVEN CARES

WOW, I THOUGHT DECEMBER WAS BAD. PRESIDENT-SANCTIONED INSURRECTION? MUTATED STRAINS OF COVID-19? A SECOND IMPEACHMENT? CAN WE PLEASE CATCH A BREAK? PLEASE? Last month, I worked even more mandatory overtime. Oh, and I turned 28 during quarantine. This is not exactly the fresh start I'd hoped for. I'm trying to stay optimistic. "Trying," of course,… Continue reading January Wrap-Up: WHO EVEN CARES

Books

Mmm, peach books!

Hi all. I compiled a list of books today that have "peach" somewhere in the title. Hope you enjoy. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl A classic children's novel about an orphan boy who escapes his evil aunts on a giant peach. Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson Three teens from different walks of… Continue reading Mmm, peach books!

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2020 Reading Stats + Coup Thoughts: This is not a politics-free zone

We're eleven days into January and I'm just now posting my reading stats. Blame the jerks who tried to take over my country's government last week while the president did nothing. My nerves are shot. In other news, this statement from Andrew Yang sure hasn't aged well! Shut up. Number of Books Read in 2020… Continue reading 2020 Reading Stats + Coup Thoughts: This is not a politics-free zone

Books

Updated List of Comfort Reads

Ever have reading cravings? I have them all the time, especially under duress. Last month, I felt like picking up certain books and holding them to my chest like papery teddy bears (or, in my case, miniature plague doctors.) Some of the books I craved surprised me. They weren't my usual go-tos and most of… Continue reading Updated List of Comfort Reads

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October TBR: Stretch Goal City

It's spooky season now. This year, I'm leaning in EXTRA hard to the pumpkins, black cats, and skeletons. (The election is incoming. Let me have this joy.) I crafted this overly ambitious October TBR that I almost certainly won't finish, BUT...what if I did? Wouldn't that be sooo spoooky? Seriously, there are dozens of books… Continue reading October TBR: Stretch Goal City

Books, Real Life

June Wrap-up: WHO SIGNED OFF ON THE TEARGAS?

June was...a month. It's normally my favorite month, what with all the Pride celebrations. This month felt different. Washington state is slowly opening back up. Despite an ordinance from Governor Inslee, some citizens refuse to wear masks. Black Lives Matter protests are ongoing around the country. Seattle protestors took over a six-block area on Capitol… Continue reading June Wrap-up: WHO SIGNED OFF ON THE TEARGAS?

Books, Real Life

April Wrap-Up + Extended “Chaotic Good” Rant (I hated it)

Another month of quarantine down! Certain states have decided to reopen! Armed protesters are storming the Michigan capital! I hate it here! Despite all the drama, I was able to read 13 books this month! Hooray! Other than that, there's not much to report. My friend Carrie mailed me some yarn. I cooked portobello mushroom… Continue reading April Wrap-Up + Extended “Chaotic Good” Rant (I hated it)

Real Life

My Rage-Fueled Grown-Up Christmas List

Last night, while waiting for the bus, I got angry. It happened while I was reading updates on the impeachment trial and accompanying Tweets from Methodists annoyed with the proceedings. They have every right to be frustrated. Ten months ago, queer Methodists (myself included) and their allies were denied inclusion in the Methodist denomination. It… Continue reading My Rage-Fueled Grown-Up Christmas List

Books, Music

The Lover Book Tag: Round Five

Why would I work on my demon essay when there are more Taylor Swift tags to do? IT'S ROUND FIVE OF THE LOVER BOOK TAG, NOW WITH GRAPHICS. Katie at Pages and Pugs made this tag along with the graphics - it's her first book tag and I think she did a great job! (Also, Pages… Continue reading The Lover Book Tag: Round Five

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