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The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag

Book recommendations?

Yes, please.

(I needed a distraction from Call Down the Hawk and Kristin provided one.)

(Thank you, Kristin. CDTH is stressing me out.)

(Also, I agreed to write a novel this month? I don’t want to talk about it.) Continue reading “The Ultimate Recommendations Book Tag”

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Lauren’s Go-To Reads: New Favorites Editions

This list did not turn out how I planned.

I started writing about my all-time favorite books – Princess DiariesLunar Chronicles, all that junk – when I noticed a pattern.

I have a habit of acquiring books, thanks to unwise spending habits, a Seattle library card, and literary friends. I fill my pile with finds that others have recommended or that have interesting covers or that cost $8 at Target (a price that hits my stingy sweet spot. $9.99? What am I, made of money? $8? That means I can buy 4!) The floor of my studio is covered with brand new and gently used books I should be reading right now.

AND YET…

…I reread the same 11 books instead.

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. Continue reading “Lauren’s Go-To Reads: New Favorites Editions”

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The perfect wedding playlist

So I’m single. There isn’t a wedding in my near future. But I’m at the age where it’s normal for my friends to get married/engaged/pregnant now, which continues to freak me out. When I’m not panicking about my friends’ weddings, I think a lot about my future wedding, my hopefully-cool-with-paying-for-a-DJ future husband, and all the music that will play during the reception. Music is a big part of my life, so it makes sense that it should be a part of my big day.  Whenever I talk about my future wedding, music is usually what I focus on, i.e. “This song will TOTALLY play at my wedding!”

I saw this list on the internet and hated it. The mature thing would be to say that people have different tastes and what one person has on their playlist might not appeal to everyone.

I’m not that mature. Some of the songs on that list are duuuuuumb (e.g., “Banana Pancakes.”) So I compiled my own list. My future wedding is now basically halfway planned. YOU’RE WELCOME, INTERNET. Continue reading “The perfect wedding playlist”