Top 5 Tuesday || Characters I’d Trade Places With

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Okay, but do I really want to swap places with anyone?

To be entirely fair, there aren’t any characters I’d trade places with, not 100%. Too many of them deal with constant suffering, or intermediate suffering that sucks four times as much as the constant suffering.

I’d get flattened in an instant by that, especially without my anti-depressants. No thanks, too much pressure for me!

But if you’re really going to make me choose, like Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is doing with today’s Top 5 Tuesday prompt, then I suppose I can come up with a list of characters whose lives are either tolerable or have cool enough pieces worth trading for!

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Miscellaneous Magic || Birthday Thoughts: Twenty-Third Time’s the Charm?

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Can you believe I’m 23?

I can’t either, mostly because time super does not feel real this year. But somehow, it’s definitely happening, and even more surprising, I think the universe gifted me a spare brain cell. How do I know? Because I have birthday thoughts.

Could they be pearls of wisdom, or just the exhaust fumes from my disparate brain cells spinning really really really really fast? Finish reading this post, and then you tell me! 🎉

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Top 5 Tuesday || Characters I Would Dress Up As

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Quick, tell me about your cosplay dreams!

Whether you’ve never been to a con (like me), or if you’re a regular attendee somewhere, you know that cosplay is a huge part of con-going. And today, Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads is really throwing me (and all of my fellow con dreamers!) a bone, because the topic is to name characters I would dress up as!

Trust me, I’ve thought long and hard about this one. And some of these are…pretty much already in the works.

No, you don’t get to be surprised by that. I’m almost certain you saw this coming from at least a mile away.

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Mini Review || I’ll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

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I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara

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For more than ten years, a mysterious and violent predator committed fifty sexual assaults in Northern California before moving south, where he perpetrated ten sadistic murders. Then he disappeared, eluding capture by multiple police forces and some of the best detectives in the area.

Three decades later, Michelle McNamara, a true crime journalist who created the popular website TrueCrimeDiary.com, was determined to find the violent psychopath she called “the Golden State Killer.” Michelle pored over police reports, interviewed victims, and embedded herself in the online communities that were as obsessed with the case as she was.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark—the masterpiece McNamara was writing at the time of her sudden death—offers an atmospheric snapshot of a moment in American history and a chilling account of a criminal mastermind and the wreckage he left behind. It is also a portrait of a woman’s obsession and her unflagging pursuit of the truth. Utterly original and compelling, it has been hailed as a modern true crime classic—one which fulfilled Michelle’s dream: helping unmask the Golden State Killer.

4 STARS

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Weekly Wrap || August 15th, 2020

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August 15th, 2020

Somehow, despite bringing an entire blog back from hiatus, it feels like I haven’t done anything over the last couple weeks. Of course, that’s what I write each Weekly Wrap for: not just to show you what I’ve been up to, but to remind my brain that we did do things!

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Tower Talks || Paper Mario: The Origami King

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The newest Paper Mario installment is here, and yes, I already beat it.

Is it any surprise I’ve already finished Paper Mario: The Origami King? Paper Mario is one of my all time favorite franchises, largely because of the classic charm of Paper Mario and the Thousand Year Door. Talk about a game I’ve replayed half to death!

But if we talked Thousand Year Door, we’d be here for the titular thousand years. Instead, we’re talking Origami King and its unique charms, which won’t take nearly so many decades all crammed together. Isn’t that a relief?

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Top 5 Tuesday || Books Where Something Went Right

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Now, let’s look on the other side of the coin.

After looking at everything getting messy in books last week, now it’s time to look at books where something went right! There’s something satisfying about seeing all the threads come together for a victory lap, and thanks to Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads hosting Top 5 Tuesday, today’s the day we’ll explore that!

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Mini Reviews || Reverie, Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy, and Red, White, and Royal Blue

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Today’s mini reviews are full of love in all its forms.

Romantic? Yep. Platonic? Sure thing. Familial? Oh, definitely. In today’s mini reviews, we love love, and that’s that.

And since love comes in different forms, so do these books! Varying in genre and age range, we’re really covering a lot of ground this morning. What’s not to love?

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