If That’s Not All Part of God’s Plan: On Faith in Fictional Characters

This weekend, my husband and I caught up with the world/my tumblr and twitter friends by binge-watching Daredevil on Netflix. We enjoyed the hell out of it (haaa). There’s some unnecessary leaning on tropes, especially where some of the women are concerned (Preeti Chhibber has a great post on this), and the world doesn’t always feel fully realized in weird ways. But there’s also much to love: the Matt/Foggy friendship, the well-timed and engaging flashbacks, the gruesome and kind of beautiful fight sequences, CLAIRE. It was, as one of my friends had said, very reminiscent of Angel the Series, which we love–dark and grim without being “grimdark,” fun group dynamic, lots of delicious moral struggling.

In fact, one of the elements of the show I felt most drawn to was the way Matt Murdock deals with his moral struggles. I’m such a sucker for a superhero who’s trying to do their best with a murky sense of that means, and I’ve rarely met a hero–or any character ever–in that position and not immediately welcomed them into my poor wasted heart. But Matt is different from many of those characters in what is, to me, a really significant way: Matt is worried about what God thinks of his ethical dilemmas. Matt sorts through his morality in a confession booth, over coffee with a priest, in the shadow of a cross. Matt’s world is on fire, and he feels compelled to act and react accordingly, and he wonders what his actions and desires mean in light of his belief in a God who has a plan for him and for the world.  Continue reading

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New Spring Stuff – mini-haul

Happy Friday! One of the shopping centers in town has a Barnes & Noble right next-door to an Ulta, so I get in trouble there fairly frequently. Last weekend I bought a few new spring-y lipstick shades and a few YAs I’ve been meaning to pick up for spring reading, and since it’s the name of the blog, I thought I’d share!

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Wildlife by Fiona Wood – review

Happy April, friends! Today I want to talk about one of my favorite March reads. Technically this was a fall 2014 release in the US, but it pubbed in Australia earlier.

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I finished Fiona Wood’s Wildlife late last week and haven’t had a chance to write about it until now. I probably could’ve found time immediately after I finished it, but I was too busy hugging the book to my chest while I rambled at my husband about how happy I was. Really. This is that kind of book.

Wildlife is a dual narrative, alternating between new girl Lou and newly-popular-girl Sibylla as their class embarks on a school term in the wilderness. Lou is recovering from the loss of someone close to her, while Sibylla is navigating and reevaluating her own close relationships. Amazon calls the book “a tender, funny story of first love, good friendship, and going a little bit wild.” Continue reading

Try-it Tuesday: Revlon Matte Balm “Unapologetic”

Hello and welcome to the most maturely titled/acronym’ed new feature on my blog.

Last weekend, on the official first day of spring, I was supposed to fly to Vermont for a writing retreat/conference. It would’ve been my third year and, you guys, I love this retreat. I also would’ve gotten to see one of my dearest friends who lives in VT and whom I haven’t seen since my wedding in summer 2013, and I was so looking forward to seeing her (and, actually, talking about YA lit and lipstick). But snow at my connecting airport pushed back and pushed back and finally cancelled my Friday flight, and a Saturday flight they offered me would’ve meant missing most of the retreat. Thankfully, my critique group members were gracious enough to help me Skype in for our manuscript discussions, so it wasn’t a TOTAL loss, but still–my attitude about winter is at a record low this week.

So I went out and bought some spring-or-bust lipstick!  Continue reading

#womeninfiction — 3 Faves

If you haven’t been following the #womeninfiction trending topic on Twitter, started by the awesome Preeti Chhibber, I highly recommend catching up! It’s been an awesome celebration of fictional women and what makes us love them, what makes them real and powerful and vibrant.

To kick off the blog, I want to highlight a few of the literary ladies I tweeted about, why I love them, and why you might, too! Continue reading

Intro post

Hi! I’m Catey!

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I love YA lit and I love lipstick (for a slightly more extensive list of things I love, see the about page), and I want to spend more time talking about things I love.

Some tentative plans for this blog include:

  • Book reviews! Mostly, you’ll probably see positive reaction/recommendation posts–not because I don’t think criticism is important, I absolutely do, but because there’s a lot of thoughtful criticism being written by people who are smarter than I am, and because I do my fair share of–let’s say short-form criticism–and I want this blog to be a space of positivity because I need that in my life. Also, really, I’m not likely to read a book about which I won’t have lots of positive things to say.
  • Makeup recommendations! Because I think it’s a jungle out there as far as trying to find the right shades, the right formulas, the right price… I’ve been learning about makeup from friends and other blogs for a couple years, and I’d like to share some knowledge! I’ll mostly focus on drugstore makeup because that’s where my budget is, ha, but I have some favorite splurges that I’ll be sharing too. So these posts might include swatches, maybe tutorials if I’m feeling brave…? Definitely selfies.
  • Favorites Flashbacks! Because I have so many books that I already love, so it doesn’t seem fair to focus just on new/current titles and never talk about older books that have influenced or impacted me in some way.
  • Probably other stuff! I won’t really know until I get the wheels rolling, and I’m open to suggestions and requests–let me know what you’re interested in!

It’s also totally possible that a couple of weeks will go by and I’ll forget this blog exists at all. But if not, I’ll see you again soon!