I read The Raven King this summer after procrastinating finishing the series for almost a year. Prior to finishing the Raven Boys series, I can’t remember the last time I finished a series. I forced myself to hunt through GoodReads and figure out how many series I am in the middle of. Twenty-five. I have 25 series......
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I read the Grisha Verse series by Leigh Bardugo in 2015 and adored it. I picked it up because it was Russian inspired – and this Russian vibe was definitely present. I’ll admit there were a lot of inconsistencies that someone familiar with or part of the Russian community will find grating (naming conventions are sometimes......
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I learned years ago that planning what I’m going to read never works (reading challenges are sadly not for me). Instead, what works is having a lot of books on my to-read list and choosing whatever I feel like reading. This month exemplified that perfectly. I read Uprooted because I was still in the mood for......
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This was always intended to be a year of intentional change. I knew I needed something drastic to shock me back into life. I was really unhappy with where it had gotten. You always hear that when all else fails, you should do what you love and retrace your steps. That resulted in moving to......
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It was just Jack and his guitar at the End Session. He was beautifully introduced and his long list of accomplishments came as no surprise to the fans who showed up on a Friday afternoon to hear him sing. (If you’re not a Bleachers fan, you’ll know Jack Antonoff from the group fun., the Grammy......
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When my mother was in college, she dedicated two summers to month-long “work action” projects. These were voluntary initiatives to support the communist system in Yugoslavia. They spanned the summer, to avoid interrupting the school year, and they benefitted the neighboring communities. There are many people my mother’s age in former Yugoslavia who have never......
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When I first started blogging years ago, I wrote exclusively about books and named my blog after a short story by Vladimir Nabokov. Russian literature is stylistically similar to Bosnian literature and reminds me of the stories my grandmother used to tell me. In all of this time of reading and hunting down obscure Russian......
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I feel energized and hopeful in a way I haven’t since the election. A march mostly intended for Washington DC expanded into so much more. A million people, all over the world, marched in solidarity peacefully. Acknowledging that women’s rights are human rights, the environment is ours to lose, that love is love, people cannot be illegal,......
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I’m marching this weekend with thousands of Seattle residents. The event is the shining beacon giving me hope and something to look forward to today. The last few months have been marked with more political activism than my entire youth combined. I’ve been calling my representatives, hunting for reliable news sources, donating time and resources......
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The last trip of 2016 was to sunny Las Vegas to celebrate Robert’s birthday.  He worked through his last birthday on a business trip in Kiev – and to say it made him happy is an understatement. We made a pact – never again work on a birthday. We chose Vegas kind of as a joke. Since......
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