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7/30/16 – 8/2/16: Montreal Getaway

August 8, 2016

Fun fact: I’ve never traveled outside of the United States. Well, unless you count the fact that I was born in South Korea, but no one counts that, right? Right. Anyway, this all changed this past weekend when I made a somewhat spontaneous decision to join the Boyfriend on his trip to Montreal. Don’t worry, I was invited, I didn’t just show up at the bus station yelling, “Surprise!”.…

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5/8/16: Book Haul and South Street Seaport

May 9, 2016

  This week was a pretty darn good one in my bookish world. I mean, look at all those beautiful books! I was lucky enough to snag copies of Caraval and Heartless from work and you bet your bookshelf I ran out to buy A Court of Mist and Fury as soon as I could. I also attended the launch party for Mindi Scott and Michelle Andreani’s The Way Back To You, which…

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TBTB Secret Santa Haul

January 2, 2016
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This was my third time participating in the Broke and the Bookish’s Secret Santa exchange and it was just as exciting as the first time! I even managed to submit my application on time this year! Go me! My recipient ended up being someone I know, so that was a lot of fun! One of the books they requested was Jackson Pearce’s Sisters Red, which is one of…

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Buzzlines: November 13, 2015

November 13, 2015

Buzzlines is a weekly round-up of articles, videos, and other tidbits you might have missed during the week.  “One Bouquet of Fleeting Beauty, Please” by Alisha Gorder (The New York Times) — I was introduced to the Times‘s “Modern Love” column a month or two ago, but only just began reading it regularly. This week’s piece is beautiful and heartbreaking, and tackles loss and love in such a simple,…

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Weekend Catch-Up: November 7-8, 2015

November 9, 2015

This past weekend I resolved to get back into blogging, so here I am with a recap. A small one, but hey, it’s a start! 🙂 First of all, I had the pleasure of participating in last month’s QUEER ROMANCE MONTH and my post, “The November Song”, was selected as the series closer. You should probably check out my post, but you really need to read all of them.…

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Weekend Catch-Up: February 27-29, 2015

March 1, 2015
2/27/15 Weekend Pile

I decided to take this weekend a little easier than normal. I usually run errands or explore the city with my camera in hand, but with the temperatures being a bit too harsh for my Canon, I’ve been staying in more. Here’s what I’ve been up to this weekend: CURRENTLY READING I started Claudia Gray’s Sorceress a few days ago and finished just past midnight on Friday. This…

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5th Anniversary Giveaway

February 18, 2015

On Friday, February 6, my blog turned five. Can you believe it’s been five years already? I sure can’t. I still remember stumbling across The Story Siren and thinking, “I want to do this!” So, I did, with the support of my friends and family, and now, five years later, I’m still here. And it sure has been a wild ride. So, to celebrate, I’m giving away a…

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Review: Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

January 7, 2015
Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova

Wildalone by Krassi Zourkova William Morrow Finished: 10/25/2014 Krassi Zourkova’s Wildalone is an intoxicating debut. Zourkova weaves an intriguing tale that blends Bulgarian and Greek mythology in a unique way. At times, the writing falters, yet it possesses an ethereal quality that keeps the plot, pacing, and descriptions in tact. Thea is a bit too naïve at times, but she remains a likeable heroine and narrator with an…

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Review: Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

January 6, 2015
Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente Tor Books Read/Finished: 12/31/2014—1/1/2015 Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is a sprawling and visceral tale that expertly weaves Russian mythology and history together in a seamless manner. Valente’s writing is, quite simply, captivating and lush, and she evokes a perfectly grim and almost suffocating atmosphere. Marya Morevna’s transformation from a wild-eyed girl to the bride of Koschei the Deathless is fascinating to watch, if…

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Day 5: The First Monday and Other Thoughts About 2015

January 6, 2015
Happy New Year

We’re now five days into 2015 and here I am, back at work, finishing up a simple lunch—though, the Pringles to-go cup was a nice touch—and trying to wrap my head around the fact that it’s not longer 2014. Seriously, where did the time go? Did last year even get a chance to happen, to learn to breathe and walk and live? Looking back, 2014 was rather eventful, even if it feels like…