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Book Review: Don’t Trust Hot, Smart, Injured Dudes

The Stranger Beside Me: Ted Bundy: The Shocking Inside Story by Ann Rule My rating: 4 of 5 stars This should be on every true crime buff’s reading list. I’d grown up hearing about Ann Rule and Ted Bundy from my mom because she loved this book and was fascinated by their friendship. Theirs is […]

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What We Keep (What to Read in the Rain)

Each year, The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas (or BFI) releases a collection of written pieces around a theme; this year’s theme was growth. Local writers and students from BFI all contribute. This year, I was lucky enough to be chosen. The books will be available to purchase on the site soon, but are […]

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Book Review: Time for Somethin’ SEXY

Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman My rating: 5 of 5 stars I read this because one of my closest friends gave it five stars on here. Oh, and because a popular movie that seemed like something I might like came out last year. But still, I went into this expecting to be…disappointed, […]

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Book Review: I Liked it Just Fine

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng My rating: 3 of 5 stars Three stars means I liked this book. I didn’t *really* like it and I didn’t love it. I read it quickly and I looked forward to picking up where I left off. It was a more sophisticated soap opera of sorts, plenty of […]

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Read My First F*cking Book Review of 2018

Something I’ve Been Meaning to Tell You: 13 Stories by Alice Munro My rating: 5 of 5 stars I hope this book sets the standard for all the other books I’m going to read this year. It was damn near perfect. This is the second book of Munro’s I’ve read and now I am a […]

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Oh Baby

I have a soundtrack to my life. You probably do too. Walking down the street with my headphones on gives purpose to the mundane and everyday. When I heard this song last summer, it sounded especially cinematic and made me think of those romantic build-up scenes in 80’s movies; running across campus in the rain, […]

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America, I Hate You (America, I Love You)

A few months ago, it occurred to me that I’d been going out and drinking more than usual. “I’m just busy”, I thought. “I say yes to people too often.” And while that’s true, I was a bit too willing. Usually, I’m happiest when I’m being productive and earning my cocktails. (To be clear, I […]

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Your Suburban Apathy

I grew up in Chicagoland. That’s actually what they call it. And by it I mean the great sprawl of suburbs surrounding Chicago. It never occurred to me that “Chicagoland” might sound funny to outsiders until I moved away at 25. It sounds like an amusement park; one that features a 90’s themed Chicago Bulls […]

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