Unpopular Opinions Books

I was tagged by Irena at Books and Hot Tea to do this tag, and you can see her post HERE. This is a fun tag thank Irena for choosing me! 😀

 

1. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT YOU DIDN’T LIKE

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I tried very desperately to like the Mortal Instruments series. I tried so hard, but I just couldn’t. Maybe it has to do with the reputation of the author, or just the story itself but I couldn’t get into it. The plot is intriguing on its surface, but I just can’t do it.

2. A POPULAR BOOK OR BOOK SERIES THAT EVERYONE ELSE SEEMS TO HATE BUT YOU LOVE.

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Don’t judge me, but I honestly like the overall idea of Twilight. If we work with just the first book, I think it is a decent, solid story. If you psychoanalyze it, it’s creepy af, but if you are just reading to read, it’s a good book. Most of the characters are fantastic and yes the writing isn’t the greatest of all time, but not every book has to be.

I like it and I’m not sorry.

 

3. AN OTP THAT I DON’T LIKE.

Ginny could have done way better than Harry. Harry Potter is the worst.

4. A POPULAR BOOK GENRE THAT YOU HARDLY REACH FOR.

YA Dystopia. — The genre is great and has amazing works in it, but I’m burnt out on dystopian trilogies.

5. A POPULAR/BELOVED CHARACTER THAT YOU DO NOT LIKE.

Harry Potter is the literal worst. Like I get the being a teenager that has to save the world is rough, but Harry Potter is my least favorite character in the Harry Potter series.

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Second is Severus “You friend zoned me so I’m going to torture your son and his friends for 7 years because how dare you love anyone but me who called you a racial slur” Snape.

6. A POPULAR AUTHOR THAT YOU CAN’T SEEM TO GET INTO.

This ties into number 1. Cassandra Clare.

I know that what happens inside fandom rarely makes it to the “real world” but there is no way that the people who published her books didn’t know what she did in the fan fiction word. I mean, I would like to think that publishing houses can use google. Plagiarism and online bullying aren’t, like, things that you can ignore. The fact that she has gained popularity only to again be accused of plagiarism and still be bullying critics, many of them teenagers when she is a grown-ass woman, is just, I can’t.

7. A POPULAR BOOK TROPE THAT YOU’RE TIRED OF SEEING.

LOVE TRIANGLES

8. A POPULAR SERIES THAT YOU HAVE NO INTEREST IN READING.

Divergent

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I mean, like, I’ve heard good things, but I don’t think I will ever read it. I had Divergent on my bookshelf for years, but it didn’t survive my latest round of bookshelf cleaning.

9. THE SAYING GOES “THE BOOK IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE”, BUT WHAT MOVIE OR TV SHOW ADAPTATION DO YOU PREFER MORE THAN THE BOOK?

The Shawshank Redemption, based on the novella Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption by Stephen King.

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Why? The Shawshank Redemption is probably the second greatest movie of all time after the Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane.

Besides the casting being, like, completely the opposite of how the characters in the book are described– because I always think Morgan Freeman when I think of a pale-faced red-headed Irishman– the movie follows the book pretty closely. It could be said that the movie adds some depth to the original narration. It’s just a good movie and Stephen King is one of if not the greatest story teller of our time which is probably why the movie is so good. The book is brilliant, but this movie man.

FUN FACT: this novella is found in the same collection as The Body which Stand by Me is based on, which is my second choice for this question.

 

We have now reached the point in the blog where I’m supposed to tag people. Like I did with the mystery blogger award, I’m not going to tag anyone. I’ve only been in the community for a month. I’m starting to meet people and love blogs but I don’t think I know anyone well enough to start tagging people yet. If you like this meme and want to fill it out, go for it!

Until Next Time Internet,

Deanna

 

 

Review: The Bermudez Triangle / On the Count of Three by Maureen Johnson

This is the same book that for some reason was renamed. The copy I have is called The Bermudez Triangle, so that’s what I will call it, but it is currently titled On The Count of Three

The Details:

 

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The Details:

Publisher: Razorbill
Published: October 6, 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, LGBT+
My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Goodreads Blurb:

What happens when your two best friends fall in love…with each other?

“Their friendship went so far back, it bordered on the Biblical — in the beginning, there was Nina and Avery and Mel.” So says high school senior Nina Bermudez about herself and her two best friends, nicknamed “The Bermudez Triangle” by a jealous wannabe back on Nina’s eleventh birthday. But the threesome faces their first separation when Nina goes away the summer before their senior year. And in ten short weeks, everything changes.

Nina returns home bursting with stories about Steve, the quirky yet adorable eco-warrior she fell for hard while away. But when she asks her best friends about their summer romances, an awkward silence follows.

Nina soon learns the shocking truth when she sees Mel and Avery…kissing. Their friendship is rocked by what feels like the ultimate challenge. But it’s only the beginning of a sometimes painful, sometimes funny, always gripping journey as three girls discover who they are and what they really want.

My Review:

Being honest, I haven’t read a lot of books with queer characters. I haven’t actively avoided them or anything, I just haven’t read them. From what I understand, there is a lack of LGBT+ books, especially in YA. However, this book is good and also happens to have a story that centers around sexual identity and accepting yourself. There are some things that 12 years later read much more problematic than it did in 2005, but I still think it captures figuring out who you are when you are 17.

A great deal of the story is about the friendship between the three girls. Can it survive, firstly, a huge secret as Mel and Avery hide their relationship that started over the summer while Nina was at smart camp and, also, the break-up?

Each girl goes through a complete transformation through the story, which I think is a brilliant part of the book. I could have been very easy to focus just on Avery’s journey as I think her’s is the biggest, but Johnson chose to write a rotating narrative that highlights each of the girls.

Reading Mel’s discovery of her sexuality was powerful, hers is a story of self-discovery and acceptance of herself.

Nina’s is a story of learning to see people, especially people close to her differently than she had before. She needs to accept chance and learn that even though people seem different, they are fundamentally the same.

Avery, oh Avery,  her story is so complex, and it’s with hers that some of the now problematic storylines lay. She doesn’t want to label herself, which I loved, but I can see how some could find it problematic. Johnson talked about this a little in a Twitter conversation years ago, and I couldn’t find it. Mostly because it was in, like, 2010 and if you don’t follow Maureen on Twitter,  you don’t understand the sheer volume of tweets she has.

This book also does a deep dive into female friendships. Out of all of Johnson’s books, I think this one does the best at exploring how girls relate to each other. Female friendships are complex and hard to quantify. I thin that she does an amazing job showing the different sides of those kinds of relationships.

Overall, I loved this book. I found it just really compelling and a quick read overall. Most of Maureen Johnson’s books are quick fun reads, this one is rather deep for her line of work. I recommend highly.

Maureen Johnson is my favorite author, I’ll be writing more about her on Thursday if you want to know more about that.

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

 

 

 

Being Weird on the Internet

 

I recently finished listening to the audiobook version of Felicia Day’s memoir You’re never weird on the Internet (Almost), and I would like to talk about it.

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My first introduction to Felicia Day was in her role as Charlie Bradbury, the computer hacker/newbie hunter/ fantastic character on Supernatural in Season 7 of the show. When Charlie entered the scene her face was super familiar, so I IMDB-ed her and I had literally seen none of the other shows that she’s been in (except her episode of House). I’m, like, the one person in my age group who has never seen an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and I hadn’t watched Doctor Horrible until Felicia Day was on Supernatural because I wanted to figure out where the heck I knew her from because it wasn’t the one episode of House.

(Funny side story: Usually, when I can’t figure out where I know an actor’s face from, it’s because they played someone on Supernatural. This is even true about some actors who have played several different characters on Supernatural.)

I got that answer from her book. Apparently, she was in a ton of commercials in the late nineties and early 2000’s and was the mastermind of the “Do you want to Date my Avatar” YouTube video, which along with most of the music from the first two years of the Vlogbrothers (including this gem) was constantly playing in the background while I worked on papers my senior year of college.

So essentially, the answer to “Why is this woman’s face so familiar!?!?!?!?” that I would mentally scream every time Charlie appeared on my favorite show, was “the internet.”

Felicia Day is not that much older than. She’s only about 8 years older than me; from a technology standpoint, we grew up with the same breakthroughs and changes. I was just in elementary school during some of the big parts of it and she being unschooled and in college at 16 (!?!?!). We grew up very differently, but we experienced the change from dial-up to broadband to WiFi and the change in the gaming world.

I recommend reading this book just for learning how Felicia Day grew up. It was so strange but interesting. Her education was extremely unconventional but shaped so much of her life and person presents publicly. She was homeschooled, but more the brand of it that is now called “unschooling” where she just sort of decided what she wanted to learn or do and then occasionally she would go on “field trips” to historical places to fill the history portion of the curriculum. Because of this, she read a ton of books including Perry Mason and Anne of Green Gables. She tells it much better than I do. She has a voice in her writing, and while reading it, that is “I understand this is completely ridiculous, but it’s the truth, and it’s my story.”

A large part of what this book is about is the generation of people who have grown up in the world of the internet, especially gaming. I am not a gamer. I’m pretty good at, like Tetris, but most games I don’t have the proper hand-eye coordination to be good them which makes them not fun for me. HOWEVER, most of my friends, especially my friend group in college, played video games and I watched quite a bit of WoW, and whatever else they were playing, I think maybe Halo, I wasn’t really playing attention. I was reading books while a group of mostly boys killed each other on the internet while in the same room.

Because she was unschooled/homeschooled, Felicia missed what I would call a fundamental part of public education. That one day a week where everyone gathered around the one desktop in the back of a classroom and watched one student play Oregon Trail and try to help them pick the best way to make it from Missouri to Oregon without dying of cholera. It was an important part of my third-grade experience. As someone who is known for her place in the gaming world, the fact that she missed that is a huge omission on her gamer-cred resume.

Felicia Day’s focus when discussing, especially her early video game life, was the friendships and culture that was built around the groups that played the games with her. How the internet and online gaming created these groups of people that all had something in common that everyone involved in that group can talk about– the early parts of internet fandom.

Personally, the internet has made such a huge difference in my life. The connections that can be made through having a common interest on the internet opens up so much of the world to each of us. I don’t have to express this to people reading a blog, but for real, sometimes I think about the people I have met because of the internet and I’m amazed. I have friends in France and Romania because of the internet.

Day’s involvement in fandom is what makes her interesting as a public figure, in my opinion. She doesn’t talk about the “behind the scenes” things of the shows she’s been on or talk about the people she’s worked with. Her book is mostly about her life with the internet and building The Guild YouTube show and pieces of growing her brand online. As much as I would love behind the scenes stories about Supernatural from someone who wasn’t members of the regular cast this was not where Felicia wanted to share it. Perhaps she’ll write another one. I hope so, she does have a voice in her writing that I would love her read more (or listen to the audiobook). I think that Felicia’s journey would be just as compelling if she wasn’t on television. What she was able to create with The Guild changed quite a bit about how media is consumed, paving the way for other independent creators to come in the years since.

Discussing her internet life, it makes the book, and by extension Felicia, easy to relate to. As bloggers, we are building our own type of brand in this huge space that is the internet. We create, not cliques really, but groups where we can discuss our mutual love of one thing that speaks to all of us, my case I want to be a book blogger, talk about the books I love. It’s the one topic that I didn’t have an outlet where I could discuss them. I would just sort of scream blindly at Jen that I really like a book. I’d end up in a book hangover where I would just want to talk about them and have no one to listen to me, now I do.

Felicia has first-hand experience in trying (and succeeding) in carving a place for herself in the fandom world. Through discovering what she loved and working hard to achieve a level of notoriety she was able to create and explore more of that realm, setting up a standard for many coming after her. 

I truly don’t believe that she started out with the goal of becoming internet famous. She was just doing what she liked and producing things that she and her friends would enjoy (aren’t we all). She just had a bit of an advantage because she has a few connections from being an actress. She had a little be more knowledge than the average bear opening their webcam and recording, and having a familiar face to attach to a project is never a bad thing. She had to work just as hard as anyone else does to create her end product and get people to watch it

What Felicia Day did with The Guild Youtube channel is something that could only be done by someone who grew up in this age of changing technology. YouTube creators are some of the most creative and interesting people that I’ve had the opportunity to interact with. I have had a chance to be a tiny, tiny part of that world a couple of different times, but the people I’ve met because of it are just… they are amazing. Felicia is definitely one of these people.

Another piece of Felicia Day’s book that I connected with was her honest writing about what was essentially a complete mental breakdown from trying to make everything in her life overly perfect and hyper-extending herself to the point where she was so stressed her body started to fight against her. She talks about the ways that she has learned to recognize that she’s doing too much and cutting away the fat of life to focus on what is important. As someone who does a lot of the same things that she talks about, although to a much smaller scale, it felt like there is someone else that understands.

One thing I really love about the time we are living in is “famous people” opening up about their struggled with mental illness. Whether it’s Carrie Fisher and her bipolar disorder which I talked about a couple weeks ago, or Dwayne the Rock Johnson talking about his struggles, or Supernatural‘s Jared Padalecki and his Always Keep Fighting campaign, having someone that we look at on a kind of pedestal talk about things that connect them to the “regular people” makes it easier to talk about. Felicia’s particular struggles mirror mine to a degree. Discussing anxiety and stress related illness is difficult and sharing them for the masses must add to that anxiety and stress a thousand fold. Discussing what it did to her, was brave and I’m sure will help people. It struck me very deeply.

She also touches on Gamergate. To be perfectly honest, I had heard of it, but I wasn’t really sure what it was. Listening to the BS that people in that part of the internet went through because of it and how little to no repercussions came from it is terrible. No one should feel unsafe in their fandom. Fandom is supposed to be a safe space to share and connect. It was ridiculous to hear about, and Felicia’s experience with it is well explained.

I guess it’s because Felicia Day was an actor from Supernatural–which is a show I have a very odd connection to because of the sheer amount of conventions that the cast does, and how often the cast of the show share their lives with the audience and that she is an internet star, the Felicia Day feels less like a “famous person” and more like just one of my internet friends. I have, like I’m sure anyone reading this does, a bunch of friends that I have met through twitter or myspace (as I’m old) or through video gaming or YouTube or Tumblr or whatever that I’m friends with, been friends with for years that I’ve never met. Felicia Day feels like that kind of person. In reading her book and learning the rest of her story, that internet friendship feels stronger. I will probably never meet Felicia Day nor will she probably ever know who I am, but through her book, I feel closer to her in a unique way.

This book was a pleasure to listen to, and I’m sure it would be just a great to read. There is something that I just find so intriguing about celebrity memoirs. Felicia’s is an excellent add to that fantastic genre. I hope she writes more. I am sure that if she tried her hand at fiction, she would have a unique voice to bring to made up characters. I also request a behind the scenes look at Supernatural.

I recommend picking this up if you are interested in gaming or the world that is the internet, whether or not you know who Felicia Day is or not. It’s just a well-written and thoughtful book.

 

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

Review- The Sun is Also A Star

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The Details:

Publisher: Delacorte Press
Published: November 1, 2016
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads Blurb:

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

My Review:

I loved this book.

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for YA romance, even the love at first sight kind that’s a little bit unrealistic, but even though this book falls into that love at first sight kind of story, it’s just so well done that it feels like it could totally happen. I think there is something about being 16 or 17 and believing that you’ve just met the love of your life at a record store that feels real. Anything is possible when you’re a teenager.

The book has a switching POV which works in this book. It doesn’t just jump between the two main characters but does flashbacks and jumps to side characters to explain their motives in respect to Daniel and Natasha. Each section has it’s own voice and style. It’s truly a work of art in that way. It’s just beautiful written.

This is the story of immigrants, Daniel is a first generation Korea-American, and Natasha is the daughter of illegal immigrants. I found the narratives sounding how these facts impacts their lives is amazing and interesting. I am, as I have mentioned before, a white woman from NH and most my family have been in the United States for at least three generations (some since the early 1600’s not the Pilgrims, but close to the Pilgrims). So I don’t have a family story like either of these characters, so I found it so interesting to learn and get a look at how heritage and being the first generation in a new country shapes people.

The book takes place in New York City, which, in my opinion, is on of the few places a book like this can take place. There is no other place in the United States like New York; there are so many different people and life stories happening there.

Daniel’s struggle between being the good son and wanting to be a creative, a poet in his case, feels universal. That pressure to do and be better than our parents is a universal struggle, but that pressure can be amplified incredibly as a child of immigrants. He doesn’t want what his parents want for him and finding this girl, this girl who may be leaving the country in half a day if everything doesn’t go exactly right on this day feels like she can change everything about the direction of his life.

Natasha’s life has been a struggle her whole life. It’s been a struggle to fit in in this new country, to be both Jamaican and American. She is struggling on the day that she meets Daniel to keep her family in their house. She’s doing everything her parents, who have for the most part given up, should be fighting for and she knows it. She feels the weight sitting on her shoulders and she does the best she can.

I think this is an important book, especially for readers who are outside the demographics in the book, it’s slice of what other people, people we see every day but never interact with, are going through.

I read this book in days, and it only took me two days because I started it on a Thursday and had to go to sleep so I could work the next morning. It was a fast paced excellently written important book that happens to center around two teenagers falling in love.

I highly suggest picking this one up if you haven’t yet.

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

Deadman

 

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It’s a narrow corner hill, and then a hairpin, all within a fourth of a mile, and it’s the exact center point between my house and Kelsey’s.  There is no way around it if I want to go out with my best friend I have to travel that stretch of road, and she the same for me. Right at the start of the hairpin are five wooden crosses, three from the late seventies, two from the last five years. One is from Jake, whom I called Kevin. Kevin is Kelsey’s brother. We lost him there one day, on the way home from the movies.

Next to the road is an apple orchard, if I reach out my window I can grab apples as I ride shotgun in Kelsey’s car. We were with Ali the day we lost Kevin. No one was driving, we were walking. We all knew it was a bad idea to walk along the dead man’s way, but there is only one way from Ali’s to Kelsey’s, maybe there are two ways, but we only ever took one, there were bears in the woods, and bears are dangerous. We’d never seen a bear, but we could never be too careful.

Kevin was head of us, riding on his skateboard; it was on this stretch of road that Ali broke my leg, but that’s a different story completely, this one is about Kevin and the day we lost him.   Kevin was with Cameron, Cameron was Kevin’s best friend, like Kelsey and I but boys.

We reached the top of the hill and looked down, down the rolling apple orchards that would soon be a housing development. Ali grabbed and apple and bite it, the crunch hurt my ears.

We rode Razor Scoters down the steep hill because Razor Scoters were cool then, or maybe it was several years past their prime, but we rode them anyway. When we reached the hairpin we realized we couldn’t find Kevin. He wasn’t anywhere to be found. We’d lost him. The three of us had lost Kevin. Cameron was by the crosses.

The next day at school everyone wore black, several girls cried. I stood silently against my locker with Kelsey and Ali next to the chemistry room. Kevin ran by, late for class a usual, his skateboard under his arm. I wanted to trip him, but I didn’t, that would have ruined the occasion.

In study hall, Cameron’s desk was empty. Someone put a candle on it, but it wasn’t lit, that wasn’t allowed. We all sat in silence for Cameron.

 

The day that we lost Kelsey’s brother in an apple orchard, a boy died; his name was Cameron. I didn’t know him, but he went to my high school, I knew his brother, his name was Jake. I called him Jake; he didn’t have a weird nickname like Kelsey’s brother. This Cameron was a year older than us. He was riding his dirt bike across the halfway point between my house and Kelsey’s. We all knew dirt bikes weren’t meant for corners that sharp, or hills that blind.

When Ali bit the apple that hurt my ears, Cameron crashed into a steel bar that crossed the dirt path next to the road. Cameron wasn’t wearing a helmet, and Cameron’s body hit a tree.

The day we lost Kevin, Cameron was at the half way point from house to Kelsey’s, but not the way that I normally went. I liked to drive the dead man’s way. Cameron was on the shortcut, the one that crossed under the highway and ended up behind Burger King. I don’t know if he was going there, but he might have been.

The day we lost Kelsey’s brother for forty-five minutes in the apple orchard; Lauren, the girl that sat next to me in algebra, watched her boyfriend die. Lauren was on the back of Cameron’s dirt bike. She was wearing his helmet, he only had one.

Kelsey’s brother’s friend Cameron was the one that found Kevin. He’d tried to ride his skateboard along the narrow path between the trees and crashed. Kevin cut his arm on the tree when he hit it. The dead Cameron cut his arms too, but he cut his head and face more. Kelsey didn’t tell her mom that we lost Kevin in the apple orchard, simply said that he fell while skateboarding, which was true enough. Lauren didn’t lie to her mom about what happened. Lauren didn’t have a chance.

After Cameron’s funeral, Jake went to the halfway point between my house and Kelsey’s a put up a handmade wooden cross. I pass it every time I go to Kelsey’s there’s no way around it. I pass it every time I go see my best friend. A simple reminder of a boy I barely knew.

 

 

Until next time Internet,

Deanna

 

 

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award!

The lovely ReadbyChris tagged me and I  am thrilled to be tagged in one of these cool question things that I’ve been seeing, so thank you very much 😀

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well (Okoto Enigma @ Okoto Enigma’s Blog)
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

3 Things About Myself: 

  • I am currently working as an editor for the indie Horror publishing house Stitched Smile Publications. I am the main editor for the YA department of the house (this is an unofficial title) and I am thrilled to be a part of the company and that I get to work in the industry.
  • I am a huge fan and the unofficial photographer for New Hampshire’s “Premiere improv troupe
  •  The only thing I have ever wanted to with my life if be a writer. I went to school to be a writer and scored the amazing internship that I have at Stitched.

Questions!

If you could only read one book genre for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

I am a big fan of slow burn romance. I have a bookmark folder of 120K slow burn fanfiction. I am a sucker for reading about people fall in love, preferably YA. I would say that I probably have the most romance stories on my bookshelves.

If you could add a character from one book to another, which book would you add which character to and why? (Does this make sense? Lmk.)

This is a tricky one. I mean, there is a character from the Maureen Johnson Suite Scarlett series, Spencer Martian, that is just funny and is great that I would like to hang out with, but when it comes to fandom crossovers, I’m not a fan.

I like keeping people in their own universe. Maybe that has something to do with watching the SuperWhoLock nonsense, but I like to keep people in their own stories.

What is your favorite book to movie adaptation and why?

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets– Most of the Harry Potter movies don’t live up to the book. But I am quite partial to this particular movie. I have no logical explanation, but that it’s always my answer when I am asked this question.

Also, Simon Birch, which is the film adaptation of part of A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, is good. Owen Meany is my favorite book, so I’m very protective of it, but I think that the parts of the book that were turned into a consumable movie and the changes that were made to fit it into a 2-hour movie were well done and true to the story.

Where and when do you like to read?

I read mostly in my room from the time I get home from work until primetime TV starts. There is no standing in my way when it comes to my shows. I also read a lot on the weekends. Durning the summer there is this great tree in a park behind the theater that the aforementioned improv troupe performs that it a great reading tree.

I listen to audiobook after lunch at work and sometimes when I drive if I don’t have a Podcast to listen to.

Silly question – Do the “Me in three fictional characters” challenge, and explain why you picked them.

This is the hardest question ever. I’m not going to lie. I was one of the few people in my facebook feed that did not complete this challenge because I got nothing. But I will do my best.

SO I took a personality test and got INFJ, which makes sense, and then I googled fictional characters with that personality type and although I don’t agree with many of them (I am not a Remus Lupin) I do agree with some (I am THE BATMAN) so I asked my friend Jen, who was very not helpful, then came up with this list.Only one of these characters are from a book which I think was the point but this was hard and shhhhh.

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Ginny Weasley: I am Ginny because I have loyal friendship and will ride or die with my friends. I am always torn between if I am more Hermione or Ginny, but I’m Ginny. She’s my favorite character in the books, the oft-overlooked sibling that has to find her own footing and make a name for herself. The movies treat Ginny so poorly, but she’s fierce and fantastic.

 

 

 

img_4866Charlie Bradbury from Supernatural: This was a suggestion for a friend of mine that I did GiShwHes with a few years ago. Thinking about it, Charlie has many of the same qualities as Ginny. They are both semi-reluctant heroes who know who are thrust into situations they wouldn’t seek themselves and through sheer force of will do what they have to do to protect what and who they love. Charlie is also a giant nerd. Although I am not into gaming and cosplay exactly, I see qualities of myself in Charlie.

 

img_4867Amy Pond from Doctor Who: Amy was the second character on the list of INFJ characters that I was like “yeah okay.” The first was Batman. Amy has less of a reluctant hero vibe to her, but watching her relationship with Rory and Eleven she does have that ride or die will literally do anything to protect the ones she loves. I mean, look how her story ends. Amy didn’t want a normal life, she was touched very early in life by something amazing and spent the rest of her life trying to figure out what it mean. There are pieces of me that I that understands and seeks that out.

 

And maybe I just really have a deep desire to be a badass redhead?

Tagging

Okay, so I haven’t been at this blogging game long enough to tag people– it’s barely been a month. I don’t really know people yet. So I am going to leave that part open to y’all.

My questions:

  1. If you had to pick one book that describes your personality, what would it be?
  2. What are your feelings about lending out books?
  3. What fiction character death has affected you the most? Why?
  4. What is the driving influence if deciding what you read? Book reviews, hype, recommendations?
  5. If you could switch lives with a fictional character, who would you choose and why?

 

Until next time Internet

Deanna