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I'm Lauren. I'm from Milwaukee.
I like lots of things, and this is where I organize them all.
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I can do nothing but give props for this.

I can do nothing but give props for this.


GOOD AS GOLD! Sage Kotsenburg wins the first gold medal of the Olympics for the U.S. in slopestyle.

Golds already. That didn’t take long!

Up at 6 after a party… so I can watch a combo of speed skating and women’s hockey. OLYMPICS.

Thoughts on the Golden Globes:
- Tina & Amy = love forever,  please be my friends.
- I forgot David O. Russell directed “I Heart Huckabees”, which is sitting in my DVD case. I know what I’m watching this week.
- lol Watercraft movie shout out.
- wait, Cranston has only won this ONE TIME for “Breaking Bad?”
- I should probably marathon “Breaking Bad”.
- I love all the bleeps for the word “shit”, think of the children!
- Does Kate Beckinsale age?!?!?
- Amy Adams deserved that award so hard. Forget J Law’s performance, Amy rocked that movie. And perm.
- Give the makeup artists from “Rush” an award.
- Oh Emma Thompson, lets have tea and martinis
- Brooklyn 99 is my new favorite comedy this year. Happy it’s getting repped!
- Champagne is making me sleepy
- ahhh more Brooklyn 99!!!
- Will this be Leo’s Oscar year? I still haven’t seen that movie…
- Oh hi there real Nicki Lauda! Hi five! Omg Formula 1 needs to start again.
- omg Leo had to have said something insane for a blackout that long. I MUST KNOW.

Collie love pillows. It is known.

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise

Avatar: The Last Airbender - The Promise by Gene Luen Yang
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Inspired by an art book that came in to the library that I work at, I powered through all of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Legend of Korra during my winter break. Thanks Amazon Prime streaming!

Anyway, once done… I needed more. NEEDED Obviously Korra is still an ongoing television show, but to catch up with Aang and friends I would have to hit the books— the comic books.

Dark Horse has been producing the official sequel graphic novels to the show, the first of which being The Promise. I picked up a copy of the hardcover special edition, which includes all three parts of the series, plus some extra art and annotations.

I loved it. The story was developed with help from the original show writers, and it fits perfectly within the universe, taking place about a year after the television show left off. The character’s voices come through exceptionally well, and the plotlines and motivations fold exceptionally well into the continuity.

Though it is static on page, the artwork additionally captures the animated series in a wonderful way, staying with the style and translating the very dynamic bending scenes to the comic medium.

As far as the special edition features— I loved the annotations. The writer and artists let you know what was going through their minds when staging the pages, and it gives some extra back story and insight into the process. I was less enthusiastic about the extra artwork, since it was just a few character sketches and drafts of cover layouts. Nice, but if the special edition only contained those, and not the annotations, I wouldn’t think it was worth it.

Anyway, if you were at all a fan of the tv show, pick this us for sure.

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so cool princess costumes!

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This is pretty dang awesome.

So this is a bit of a cheat, since I started it in 2013 (so not a true 2014 read). But It’s my resolution— my rules!

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)

Insurgent by Veronica Roth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed the first book in this series, Divergent, more than I thought I would. But book #2 left me a little… disappointed.

I still liked this book enough to give it a third star (but it was really… really borderline. I’d do a 2.5 if I could), but I had bigger expectations for it. Think of all the great trilogies that had a stellar second edition - Star Wars, Godfather, Hunger Games. Insurgent did not live up to that bar.

Reviewing YA books is really hard for me, because I don’t often read YA and I want to criticize the simple writing, or annoying love stories. But really, most YA books are like that so those flaws should be expected by any adult reading the genre. So I can’t really crab on that, except to say that I was getting really tired of Tobias being lauded as the greatest person to ever live.

The action was entertaining though, as was most of the back and forth and plotting, but the “big twist” wasn’t really a huge surprise.

I’m hooked in enough to finish the series at least, but I’m hoping the final book will be an upgrade to this one.

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I swear every time I fast travel to Rorikstead a dragon attacks.

every. damn. time.

I’m trying to read a book every two weeks this year, which will totally happen because I count graphic novels as books. So there!

This is book #1, which I read in a day because it is lots of pictures— but funny pictures.

(I am crap at reviewing books… so sorry)

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve been reading the blog that this book was based on for years and years, and grabbed the book off Amazon with some sweet holiday gift cards. It is a mix of old stories from the website, with a good dose of new ones too.

As an owner of a “simple dog” myself, the stories about Brosch’s two canine friends were my favorite, and were so spot on when it came to describing idiot dogs with serious issues. She also tells personal anecdotes about her family and childhood, along with more introspective pieces about self image and living with depression.

While depression seems like a really heavy subject for a comic book filled with MS Paint drawings, her illustrations and writing style give an amazing portrait about dealing with the condition and the feelings (and lack of) that come with it.

Anyway, I give this title 5 stars. Most excellent, and worth the read and reread (in the case of the previously published tales)

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