100 followers!?!?

Hi everyone,

I started this blog on January 16, 2017.

Thursday, April 20, 2017, when I signed into my account I had a notification that I had 100 followers. I can’t even begin to believe that’s true.

I honestly, thought it woimg_5120uld take a very long time to get 100 people to follow my blog, and I am pleasantly surprised and humbled that so many people have decided to read my posts and like and comment on them.

I am greatly enjoying being a part of this book blogging community. I’ve met some wonderful people and I am very grateful for the opportunities I’ve found and new books I’ve discovered through this book blogging experience.

I’m still finding my footing in the blogging world and figuring out exactly what I want to do with my blog, but I am very thankful that all of you have taken the time to follow and read what I post. The friendships with the other bloggers on this site, and how quickly a new blog was accepted into your community astounds me. Thank you so much for accepting me into thing group of amazing people. Reading your blogs every day has been the highlight of many a morning. I’m not much of a commenter, but I’m trying to get better at it. I want to badly to be an active part of this book blogging community.

I look forward to running this blog for a long while and hope to grow it into something that I’m extremely proud of.

Again, thanks everyone for reading and liking and commenting on my posts. It means a great deal to me.

 

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

 

Review: I Was Here Gayle Forman

Content Warning: this book is about suicide.

The Details:

Publisher:  Viking Juvenile
Published: January 27, 2015
Genres: YA, contemporary
My Rating: 5 sold Stars

Goodreads Blurb:

Cody and Meg were inseparable.
Two peas in a pod.
Until . . . They weren’t anymore.
 
When her best friend Meg drinks a bottle of industrial-strength cleaner alone in a motel room, Cody is understandably shocked and devastated. She and Meg shared everything—so how was there no warning? But when Cody travels to Meg’s college town to pack up the belongings left behind, she discovers that there’s a lot that Meg never told her. About her old roommates, the sort of people Cody never would have met in her small dead-end town in Washington. About Ben McAllister, the boy with a guitar and a sneer, who broke Meg’s heart. And about an encrypted computer file that Cody can’t open—until she does, and suddenly everything Cody thought she knew about her best friend’s death gets thrown into question.
 
I Was Here is Gayle Forman at her finest, a taut, emotional, and ultimately redemptive story about redefining the meaning of family and finding a way to move forward even in the face of unspeakable loss.

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My Review:

This book is about survivors guilt. That feeling when something unexpectantly dies from what feels like a preventable event and you, the dead person’s friends and family, are left staring at what is left and wondering what you did wrong. This is something that I understand completely, and I relate to Cody and her journey deeply.

My personal story isn’t one that I’m comfortable sharing on this platform at the moment, but know that I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to finish this book when I read the blurb, but I decided to try it because I love Gayle Forman and what I found was something deeply touching and surprisingly beautiful.

The story opens with Meg’s death. It’s set up immediately. Cody, the dead girl’s best friend, is almost tired of having to go to memorials and wakes for her friend. She can’t bring herself to say anything about her friend at any of these events as much as she wants to. Meg’s parents as Cody to go to the college that Meg was studying at to collect Meg’s belongings. Cody agrees, and it is here that the story really begins.

Cody discusses her feeling about Meg, her best friend to the point where they were basically sisters, inseparable like many girlfriends are. Cody’s angry, confused, lost by what Meg did. She doesn’t get it. She doesn’t understand how this person that meant so much to her could leave her out of such a big decision. How could Meg leave and make Cody do this thing, this life thing, alone?

This book gets it. Gayle Forman writes about how Cody feels her guilt and anger so well. This book, although I was worried about how well I would be able to handle it, was exactly what I needed, to have my feeling validated.

Gayle Forman is known for her realism and profound writing, this example is no exception. It is very different from the books of hers I’ve read before If I Stay and  Where she Went as well as Just one Day and Just one Year. This story is about a very different kind of love. It’s beautiful and worth picking up.

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Until next time Internet,

Deanna

Top 5 Wednesday- Books to Get You Out of a Reading Slump

Top 5 Wednesday is currently being hosted by Sam at ThoughtsOnTomes. If you want to learn more about the group or are considering joining in, check out the Goodreads group. Each week has a different topic, and you just post 5 books that fit that topic.

This week’s topic is books that get you out of a reading slump:

Harry Potter

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So Technically, the answer would be Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,  but I’m going to go with the whole series. When I’m coming off a couple books that didn’t quite live up to expectations, or I’ve read too many of the same kind of book in a row, and I need something very different that I know I can get through pretty quickly, I turn to the boy wizard. I can finish the whole series in less than a month and find my way to something different after getting through these.

 Devilish by Maureen Johnson

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Maureen Johnson has written some great books, this one about a girl who makes a deal with the literal devil that involves a cupcake is my favorite. Johnson’s writing style is funny and thoughtful. She creates characters that have the feeling of an every person. Devilish is a one sitting read that can pull me right out of a reading slump and back into my TBR pile.

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

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That’s a weird choice for someone who reads mostly YA, Deanna.  Yes. You are correct. A very dense John Irving novel sounds like the exact opposite of a “get out of a slump” book. However, this is my favorite book, and I’ve read it about 8 times. This book isn’t a one sitting read or one that I can read very quickly despite knowing what happens, but when I am bored with my TBR pile, and I’m not into re-reading Harry Potter, Owen Meany it is. Maybe someday I will explain my connection to this book, but that would have to be a Thursday long post as it’s not something I can explain in a couple of sentences. If you haven’t read A Prayer for Owen Meany, I would add it to your TBR pile because it’s amazing.

 Heist Society by Ally Carter

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So this book is much like the TV show Leverage but with teenagers. I named my cat after a character for Leverage, so needless to say, big fan of that kind of storytelling. The characters are fun, and the heist/cons are complex and interesting. They are fun, and I am a fan of the good guys stealing stuff for the greater good. Each of the books in this series is a one sit read. I love them. I saw on Goodreads that there may be a book 4 and I am thrilled by this development.

Looking for Alaska by John Green

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This book is sad but so good. I love John Green’s writing style. I can’t wait until he has something new to read. Until then I just have to re-read his already published books. His first is by far my favorite. I’ve read it 3 or 4 times. It’s just as great on a re-read as it was the first time around.

What books get you out of a slump?

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words. It’s very simple – answer the three questions and leave a link in Sam’s post.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

 

WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

23272028I am still chugging away at A Study Charlotte, I expect that I will be wrapping it up over the weekend. I truly love this, I can’t wait to write my review on it on Monday.

It’s completely different than what I was expecting, and I’m excited to find out what happens.
I am currently listening to Felica Day’s You’re N23705512ever Weird on the Internet (Almost).  I’m pretty excited for this listen. I’ve heard some pretty good things about it.

I haven’t actually started to listen to it, as I finished listening to The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher while I was writing this.

 

 

 

 

WHAT HAVE YOU JUST FINISHED READING?

Okay so since last Wednesday I’ve listened to several books. I finished the Hamilton Biography, which I will be creating a larger post about tomorrow. I also finished listening to what I called the follow-up to a part of the story that I wanted to know more about the election of 1800, The Magnificent Catastrophe two thumbs up from history nerd Deanna.

After those, I listened to three very quick listens by Carrie Fisher. With my hour long commute and my long work day, I was able to listen to these books in basically one sitting.

These are her memoirs, which I’ve had in my audible queue since before I bought the Hamilton biography in October. I didn’t think I’d be reading them after she died, but that’s what has happened. I plan to write a long post about these books and the woman who penned them for my Thursday post next week.

 

WHAT DO YOU PLAN ON READING NEXT?

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My next physical book will be Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver. I bought this book they day it came out, and I for a reason I can never explain, haven’t read it yet considering how much I love Lauren Oliver’s writing.

 

 

 

I am debating on the audio book that will be next, either a George Washington biography or Jane Eyre. I’m leaning toward Jane Eyre at the moment. It will be a nice change up to the biographies and memoirs.

My TBR pile is obnoxious. I’m sure many people who have book blogs also have a TBR pile that is completely ridiculous. As I usually do after reading several books, I’m going to post a picture of my TBR pile on my social media platforms when I finish reading Charlotte. I may add it to a post here if I can find a place for it.  I started this blog as a way to force me to read more. It’s helping, and I’m dusting off books I should have read 2 years ago, and just let me say that it’s actually added about 15 books to my physical TBR pile.

 

WHAT ARE YOU READING

Until next time internet,

Deanna

Deanna Writes About…

What will Deanna write about?

Well, mostly about what I’m doing. I’ll be reviewing and recommending books and talking about my not exactly exciting work life. I’ll throw in some world perspectives, and do my best to be entertaining as I put my own spin on what I’m seeing.

I’m a writer, so I guess I’ll be occasionally posting pieces that I’m working on. I write mostly YA, and I’m currently writing a novel, but I do get ideas for smaller stories and need a place to write and share them.

We’ll see where this takes me, but I’m hoping it’s somewhere amazing.