Book Review: “The Android’s Dream” by John Scalzi

This is it. This is by and far one of my favorite books. It's right up there with The Book Thief, but it's also an entirely different genre, so take that as you will. I'm also at a slight advantage with the pronunciations in this book, as I listened to it on Audible (read by Wil … Continue reading Book Review: “The Android’s Dream” by John Scalzi

Game Obsession: Stardew Valley

Here's a relatively-new series of posts that I'm hoping to start: talking about games I'm interested in or have been playing recently. Remember how this is called Books are Only the Beginning? Gaming has been a large part of my life for a very long time, so this is just another part of that "beginning" that … Continue reading Game Obsession: Stardew Valley

Recipe Review: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

This is a recipe my mother gave me. She told me it came from the back of the Crisco can. However, her recipe is several decades old, so the recipe that now comes on the Crisco can is slightly different than the one she uses. I still use hers, and that's the one I'm posting … Continue reading Recipe Review: Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies

Unpopular Opinion: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird was released 57 years ago today, and it is a well-beloved story by millions. However, I am one of the few who never understood why it was so important to read it in ninth grade, and I still don't understand why it's continually on required reading lists for schools. I … Continue reading Unpopular Opinion: “To Kill a Mockingbird”

Welcome to Night Vale’s Live Show: “All Hail”

I've been a fan of Welcome to Night Vale for over three years now, probably closer to four. I'd heard of it through Tumblr and decided to do a little digging for myself. Lo and behold, I was soon converted. I never became a rabid fangirl, but I did eagerly anticipate each new episode. Somewhere along … Continue reading Welcome to Night Vale’s Live Show: “All Hail”

Book Review: “Ticker” by Lisa Mantchev

This is the story of a girl with a clockwork heart, but it's so loosely wound that I expected to die before I finished the book. Disclaimer: I did like this book. It had a rather interesting world and a wonderful concept. However, it was not pulled off as smoothly as it could have been. … Continue reading Book Review: “Ticker” by Lisa Mantchev

My Name is Lauren, and I’m a Book Hoarder

It started off as checking out a million library books each week. During the school year, I'd go to the library early in the morning before the first bell and I'd check out one book. I'd finish that book that day, return it the next morning, and check out another book. It was a simple … Continue reading My Name is Lauren, and I’m a Book Hoarder

Recipe Review: Caprese Calzones

Original Recipe from One Little Project? (I'm not really sure where I got the recipe as apparently I didn't pin it. This seems to be the closest to my hand-written recipe, though.) Sometimes, I like dinners that are simple and require very little to no preparation beyond sticking it in the oven and waiting for … Continue reading Recipe Review: Caprese Calzones