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Paper Roses


Lately I've been in a happy daze of reading and working and a little bit of socialization. My reading addiction was intense when I was younger, but in more recent years I go through dry spells where I can't find new novels that hold my attention as intensely as I like--books that make me laugh out loud and go breathless with excitement and press the pages to my chest for a moment of respite are what I long for and when I can't find them I'd rather not read. But this summer I've been on a dragon kick re-reading all of my favorite dragon-related novels that I loved when I was younger--even googling random plot details from novels when I can't remember the title or author until I find out either then hunting down a copy. The summer my family moved to Hawaii we spent a few weeks living in hotel before got our home and without our boxes to unpack and no friends I spent a lot of time at the nearest library. Reading for fun has always labeled me as a bit of a nerd, but with my favorite genre being science fiction or fantasy I always felt even more self-conscious about my preferences than if I had heavily read the classics or the rare popular series to achieve mainstream recognition. Anyway, I was checking out a big stack of books at the library one day and the friendly librarian processed all my books then said, "you know, fantasy is an under appreciated genre." His encouragement put me in such a good mood and were a turning point for me. I stopped caring what other people thought about if I was reading in my free time (instead of being a quote "typical teenager") and made me care a lot less about what people thought about what I was reading. Books are brilliant. Dragons are awesome. Neither should be considered guilty pleasures.

Outfit details:
*pictures by Jon

14 comments:

Miranda said...

Scifi and fantasy and horror have always been my fave genres, and I was always cast as a dumb ass for disliking portuguese literature - I don't care if Saramago won a Nobel, his writing is unsufferable and turns any subject into pure boredom for me - and for loving Stephen King. I did read a lot of classics, a lot! I went through a russian phase, a french phase, a portuguese phase, an english phase, an american one and a japanese one as well. And yet, fantasy and horror have always been my happy place, with dragons playing a huge part of it(as well as vampires, I confess). Funny coincidence, I am currently writing my third novel, and it's a dragon themed one loool!!!
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cactus said...

This outfit and you by the way are so cute !

Cecelia said...

If you haven't tried Jo Walton's TOOTH & CLAW, I particularly recommend that one. It's a bit older, but I read it for the first time last year and adored it. Bonus: dragons!

Ina R. said...

I love the skirt and the simple and cute styling with the white shirt and sandals but what I love even more is the bag! Omg SO cute! <3

Magpie said...

Love the skirt and love sci-fi and fantasy! :)

Margot Meanie said...

i adore sci-fi/fantasy novels & series!!

<3
margot

Primrose Bigwood said...

Have always adored your blog, been following it for years! I've recently started up a fashion blog and it would mean the world to me if you could take a look! Many thanks and much love! x

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Jo said...

Check out The Wheel of Time series!

Shauna said...

A post like this calls for some book recommendations! What are you reading?

Kailey said...

You are so darling xo

Jessica H. said...

I just started an amazing dragon book! It's called Seraphina by Rachel Hartman. It's a YA book that's gotten several awards. The writing is fabulous!

Nikki Williams said...

gorgeous skirt!! and i love those sandals.

xxoo,
nikki

www.dreaminneon.blogspot.com

Deer Prudence said...

Hey, Rebecca! What are your favorite dragon books? Your post made me very curious and excited to read some! I'd love if you could recommend a few :)
All the best!

Prudence
prudencethedeer.blogspot.com.br

PS: a few years ago, I asked you about the best way to start reading Emily Dickinson, and you recommended books of her collected poems. I read them and they were all great, so I really trust your recommendations ;D

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