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Jeff Zentner has created an absolutely breath-taking sophomore novel. It is one that will make you feel intensely. It is one that will make you question your own actions and whether or not you are as safe as you feel you are while driving. It is one that will make you think about the fragility of life and about the memories that you would leave behind. Perhaps, and I hope it does, it will make you think how to craft the best story you can for your own life.

I know I may sound like a broken record when I harp on @jeffzentner on here, but not since Ned Vizzini has any author written works that have had such an impact on my life. I feel that it is highly appropriate that I literally found a four leaf clover while rereading parts of the ARC back in September--for more than one reason. Great symbolism but also truly lucky to have this author in my life. (P.S. Jeff, the published book will be in my hands this month--although I think you may know that already from Savannah.) #jeffzentner #books #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstragramfeature #bookish #booklove #booknerd #bookgeek #bookworm #bookaddict #booklover #ya #yalit #youngadultbooks #reading #goodbyedays #fourleafclover
Jeff Zentner has created an absolutely breath-taking sophomore novel. It is one that will make you feel intensely. It is one that will make you question your own actions and whether or not you are as safe as you feel you are while driving. It is one that will make you think about the fragility of life and about the memories that you would leave behind. Perhaps, and I hope it does, it will make you think how to craft the best story you can for your own life. I know I may sound like a broken record when I harp on @jeffzentner on here, but not since Ned Vizzini has any author written works that have had such an impact on my life. I feel that it is highly appropriate that I literally found a four leaf clover while rereading parts of the ARC back in September--for more than one reason. Great symbolism but also truly lucky to have this author in my life. (P.S. Jeff, the published book will be in my hands this month--although I think you may know that already from Savannah.) #jeffzentner  #books  #bookstagrammer  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #bookstragramfeature  #bookish  #booklove  #booknerd  #bookgeek  #bookworm  #bookaddict  #booklover  #ya  #yalit  #youngadultbooks  #reading  #goodbyedays  #fourleafclover 
Books have power to help save lives. 
On March 3, 2016, I was completely devastated. I felt on that day so unwanted that I began to seriously consider yet again about ending my own life. That day, however, I said no. I said, "this is not going to be my story." A few days later, I started the process of trying to get help. 
Exactly a month later, I read The Serpent King. I cried. If you have read the book, while I cried because of THE event, I cried more because of Dill. I cried because he did something in that book that was like me and yet he made the same decision. A little bit later the quotation: "and if you're going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things" came up. Ensue more crying. 
For the last 11 months, this book has been a companion. While I admit that I've only read it twice, the story hasn't left me as the quotation goes rolling through my head on every single hard day I have. That art done for me by a friend hangs in my bedroom. 
I am really proud to say that today marks 1 year since my last serious suicidal thought. I didn't think I'd ever get to this point again. But I have. I thanked a lot of people on my personal page for their help, but this book....man this book. I can honestly say that this book changed my life. This book is a HUGE part of the reason why I am still here and why I'm doing well. I am so grateful for this book and for @jeffzentner. 
#books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #booklove #bookgeek #bookworm #booknerd #booklover #reading #yalit #ya #youngadult #theserpentking #jeffzentner #1yearwithoutsuicidalthoughts #mentalhealth #recovery
Books have power to help save lives. On March 3, 2016, I was completely devastated. I felt on that day so unwanted that I began to seriously consider yet again about ending my own life. That day, however, I said no. I said, "this is not going to be my story." A few days later, I started the process of trying to get help. Exactly a month later, I read The Serpent King. I cried. If you have read the book, while I cried because of THE event, I cried more because of Dill. I cried because he did something in that book that was like me and yet he made the same decision. A little bit later the quotation: "and if you're going to live, you might as well do painful, brave, and beautiful things" came up. Ensue more crying. For the last 11 months, this book has been a companion. While I admit that I've only read it twice, the story hasn't left me as the quotation goes rolling through my head on every single hard day I have. That art done for me by a friend hangs in my bedroom. I am really proud to say that today marks 1 year since my last serious suicidal thought. I didn't think I'd ever get to this point again. But I have. I thanked a lot of people on my personal page for their help, but this book....man this book. I can honestly say that this book changed my life. This book is a HUGE part of the reason why I am still here and why I'm doing well. I am so grateful for this book and for @jeffzentner. #books  #bookstagram  #bookstagrammer  #booksofinstagram  #booklove  #bookgeek  #bookworm  #booknerd  #booklover  #reading  #yalit  #ya  #youngadult  #theserpentking  #jeffzentner  #1yearwithoutsuicidalthoughts  #mentalhealth  #recovery 
I am freaking out right now because I somehow got an ARC of one of my most anticipated reads of 2017! I'm so excited to start The Upside of Unrequited by @beckyalbertalli ! Loved her first book. 
#books #booklove #booknerd #booklover #bookaddict #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #bookish #bookworm #bookgeek #ya #yalit #youngadult #youngadultbooks #theupsideofunrequited #beckyalbertalli
Started A Tragic Kind of Wonderful today. It's the story of Mel who is living with bipolar disorder. There was a life altering event when she was in 8th grade and again in high school. I have to find out exactly what happened, but I'm enjoying the read so far! 
#ya #yalit #yabooks #reading #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #booklove #booklover #bookgeek #ericlindstrom #atragickindofwonderful
Stopped at a place that serves raw cookie dough before @skippingstones' signing at @andersonsbookshop tonight! I asked for a small. This is apparently a small. I didn't finish even half of this! I did, however, finish The Last of August. While I didn't love it as much as the first, I found it to be an enjoyable read! 
Also--major congrats to Brittany Cavallaro for making the NYT Best Seller's List! 
#books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookish #bookstagramfeature #booklove #booklover #booknerd #bookworm #bookaddict #youngadultbooks #yalit #ya #yabooks #brittanycavallaro #thelastofaugust #astudyincharlotte #charlotteholmes #naperville #rawcookiedough
Stopped at a place that serves raw cookie dough before @skippingstones' signing at @andersonsbookshop tonight! I asked for a small. This is apparently a small. I didn't finish even half of this! I did, however, finish The Last of August. While I didn't love it as much as the first, I found it to be an enjoyable read! Also--major congrats to Brittany Cavallaro for making the NYT Best Seller's List! #books  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #bookish  #bookstagramfeature  #booklove  #booklover  #booknerd  #bookworm  #bookaddict  #youngadultbooks  #yalit  #ya  #yabooks  #brittanycavallaro  #thelastofaugust  #astudyincharlotte  #charlotteholmes  #naperville  #rawcookiedough 
Sometimes, you take a book title literally and take the picture on an American street and risk your life for the 'gram. I got this book from my mom for Valentine's Day, and I'm looking forward to starting it soon! 
#books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #bookstagramfeature #bookgeek #booknerd #booklove #booklover #bookaddict #bookworm #ya #yalit #youngadultbooks #reading #americanstreet #ibizoboi
Before the day off is over, I am having time to start reading Empress of a Thousand Skies. I'm 75 pages in, and I'm really digging Aly so far. Rhee is growing on me. 
This also very slightly reminds me of The Lunar Chronicles right now, a series that I loved. I like the space setting. 
#books #booklove #booknerd #bookgeek #yalit #yabooks #youngadultbooks #bookish #bookworm #bookaddict #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagramfeature #reading #empressofathousandskies #rhodabelleza #amreading
Before the day off is over, I am having time to start reading Empress of a Thousand Skies. I'm 75 pages in, and I'm really digging Aly so far. Rhee is growing on me. This also very slightly reminds me of The Lunar Chronicles right now, a series that I loved. I like the space setting. #books  #booklove  #booknerd  #bookgeek  #yalit  #yabooks  #youngadultbooks  #bookish  #bookworm  #bookaddict  #booksofinstagram  #bookstagram  #bookstagramfeature  #reading  #empressofathousandskies  #rhodabelleza  #amreading 
No work today means I get to spend the morning reading. After both @misskathleenglasgow and @kkletter talked about this book, I very quickly added it to my tbr list, and I'm finally getting a chance to start it. While the book is quite different than what I originally thought, it's a type of book just rooted enough in reality that I'm super intrigued! (And already half way through!) #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #youngadultbooks #yalit #booklove #booknerd #bookgeek #booklover #bookworm #bookaddict #reading #theedgeofeverything #jeffgiles
No work today means I get to spend the morning reading. After both @misskathleenglasgow and @kkletter talked about this book, I very quickly added it to my tbr list, and I'm finally getting a chance to start it. While the book is quite different than what I originally thought, it's a type of book just rooted enough in reality that I'm super intrigued! (And already half way through!) #books  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #youngadultbooks  #yalit  #booklove  #booknerd  #bookgeek  #booklover  #bookworm  #bookaddict  #reading  #theedgeofeverything  #jeffgiles 
I'm not going to lie. I had previously read two other @nina_lacour books, and I didn't really like either. Normally, that'd be enough where I wouldn't want to read another book by that author. 
BUT I decided to go with my gut on this one and pick it up. I LOVED IT. Goes to show that just because one book by an author doesn't appeal to doesn't mean you should discount all future works. I'd have missed out on what I found to be a great book. 
This book, We Are Okay, is a look at both past love and complicated family relationships. Told both in the present and in the past, it's a beautiful work. If you liked @adamsilvera's History is All You Left Me, you'll like this one. 
#books #bookstagram #bookgeek #booknerd #reading #booksofinstagram #bookaddict #booklover #booklove #ya #yalit #youngadultbooks #ninalacour #weareokay
I'm not going to lie. I had previously read two other @nina_lacour books, and I didn't really like either. Normally, that'd be enough where I wouldn't want to read another book by that author. BUT I decided to go with my gut on this one and pick it up. I LOVED IT. Goes to show that just because one book by an author doesn't appeal to doesn't mean you should discount all future works. I'd have missed out on what I found to be a great book. This book, We Are Okay, is a look at both past love and complicated family relationships. Told both in the present and in the past, it's a beautiful work. If you liked @adamsilvera's History is All You Left Me, you'll like this one. #books  #bookstagram  #bookgeek  #booknerd  #reading  #booksofinstagram  #bookaddict  #booklover  #booklove  #ya  #yalit  #youngadultbooks  #ninalacour  #weareokay 
Having you read any of the Charlotte Holmes series yet? I just finished The Last of August this afternoon and quite liked it! 
Also--it's 66° today in February--in Illinois. It's unbelievable and yet it makes me really happy. February is normally my most hopeless month, but this spring like weather helps to lift my spirits. 
#books #bookstagram #booklover #booklove #bookish #bookworm #booknerd #booksofinstagram #bookgeek #bookaddict #ya #yalit #youngadultbooks #reading #charlotteholmes #thelastofaugust #astudyincharlotte #brittanycavallaro
Having you read any of the Charlotte Holmes series yet? I just finished The Last of August this afternoon and quite liked it! Also--it's 66° today in February--in Illinois. It's unbelievable and yet it makes me really happy. February is normally my most hopeless month, but this spring like weather helps to lift my spirits. #books  #bookstagram  #booklover  #booklove  #bookish  #bookworm  #booknerd  #booksofinstagram  #bookgeek  #bookaddict  #ya  #yalit  #youngadultbooks  #reading  #charlotteholmes  #thelastofaugust  #astudyincharlotte  #brittanycavallaro 
When Mary was 9 years old, baby Alyssa died. According to the courts, Mary killed Alyssa. Allegedly. 
I found out that the library I've been using while mine restores YA services had this yesterday, and I went there eagerly. I've been immediately taken in by this book. 
I'm 130 pages in, and I have plans to read as much of it as I can this evening and then hopefully finish it early this week. It's so good. 
Edit: Just finished this. You must read this book!!!! #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookish #socksunday #reading #ya #yalit #yabooks #booknerd #bookgeek #bookworm #bookaddict #booklove #booklover #allegedly #tiffanydjackson #tiffanyjackson
When Mary was 9 years old, baby Alyssa died. According to the courts, Mary killed Alyssa. Allegedly. I found out that the library I've been using while mine restores YA services had this yesterday, and I went there eagerly. I've been immediately taken in by this book. I'm 130 pages in, and I have plans to read as much of it as I can this evening and then hopefully finish it early this week. It's so good. Edit: Just finished this. You must read this book!!!! #books  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #bookish  #socksunday  #reading  #ya  #yalit  #yabooks  #booknerd  #bookgeek  #bookworm  #bookaddict  #booklove  #booklover  #allegedly  #tiffanydjackson  #tiffanyjackson 
Another @andersonsbookshop book signing today! Today it is for @stephanie_garber who wrote Caraval. I read this last Sunday, and even though I normally don't go for these types of books, I really really loved it. So even if you don't normally like fantasy-esque books, try this one out! It's great! 
#books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookish #booklove #booklover #booknerd #bookgeek #bookworm #bookaddict #booksigning #bookstagramfeature #reading #yalit #ya #youngadult #stephaniegarber #caraval
Another @andersonsbookshop book signing today! Today it is for @stephanie_garber who wrote Caraval. I read this last Sunday, and even though I normally don't go for these types of books, I really really loved it. So even if you don't normally like fantasy-esque books, try this one out! It's great! #books  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #bookish  #booklove  #booklover  #booknerd  #bookgeek  #bookworm  #bookaddict  #booksigning  #bookstagramfeature  #reading  #yalit  #ya  #youngadult  #stephaniegarber  #caraval 
The calm after the storm on a Tuesday evening surrounded by princesses. Reading Carrie Fisher's The Princess Diarist with my Frozen blanket with my cat whose name is Merida (after the princess in Brave.) Couldn't pass up a chance for the princesses shot!

#booklove #booklover #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookgeek #booknerd #bookworm #carriefisher #theprincessdiarist #reading #frozen #cats #catsofinstagram
I loved all of the love for @adamsilvera at this library today! His book is a part of the "heart ache" display which has books with either a black heart bookmark for it being a "heartache" read or a red heart bookmark for it being a "heart" read. Any guesses as to what color was found in Adam's book? 😂

Seriously, even though this isn't my town's library, I'm so glad that I have borrower's privilege at this library too because their Young Adult department is seriously the best around. 
#libraries #youngadult #ya #yalit #reading #adamsilvera #morehappythannot #books #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #bookish #booklove #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict
I loved all of the love for @adamsilvera at this library today! His book is a part of the "heart ache" display which has books with either a black heart bookmark for it being a "heartache" read or a red heart bookmark for it being a "heart" read. Any guesses as to what color was found in Adam's book? 😂 Seriously, even though this isn't my town's library, I'm so glad that I have borrower's privilege at this library too because their Young Adult department is seriously the best around. #libraries  #youngadult  #ya  #yalit  #reading  #adamsilvera  #morehappythannot  #books  #bookstagram  #bookstagrammer  #bookish  #booklove  #bookworm  #booknerd  #bookaddict 
I will totally admit that I normally do not go for these types of books at all. However, Caraval sounds so intriguing and from what I pre-skimmed, it seems that I may end up actually really enjoying it! I sure hope so! I also get to meet the author on Saturday! Woot! 
#socksunday #bookstagram #reading #ya #yalit #booksofinstagram #bookworm #booknerd #bookaddict #booklover #booklove #bookgeek #bookish #caraval #stephaniegarber
#ireaddiversebooks 
Most of the time that I pick up a book, I know nothing about the author. I suspect that may be true for a number of people. Consequently, I've always read diverse books, but I'm now making it intentional to also seek out diverse books that either may not be well known or may be really well known but slipped my radar. I think it's important to read outside of our own experiences because even when the book is fictional, it's completely capable of being educational when done right and especially when it's an own voices book. 
And lo and behold, when I do this, I still love the books (most of the time--and if I don't, it's for quality of writing). Today, I'm finishing the last book in the March trilogy. This one is non-fiction, and I've enjoyed the graphic novel format. (Side note: I just looked and that's the proper terminology even if it's a non-fiction work. Weird.) #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #bookgeek #bookworm  #reading #bookstagram #booklove #booklover #bookish #socksunday #march #johnlewis #marchbook3
#ireaddiversebooks  Most of the time that I pick up a book, I know nothing about the author. I suspect that may be true for a number of people. Consequently, I've always read diverse books, but I'm now making it intentional to also seek out diverse books that either may not be well known or may be really well known but slipped my radar. I think it's important to read outside of our own experiences because even when the book is fictional, it's completely capable of being educational when done right and especially when it's an own voices book. And lo and behold, when I do this, I still love the books (most of the time--and if I don't, it's for quality of writing). Today, I'm finishing the last book in the March trilogy. This one is non-fiction, and I've enjoyed the graphic novel format. (Side note: I just looked and that's the proper terminology even if it's a non-fiction work. Weird.) #books  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #bookgeek  #bookworm  #reading  #bookstagram  #booklove  #booklover  #bookish  #socksunday  #march  #johnlewis  #marchbook3 
Not feeling too great this morning so I'm up early (because it's painful to keep sleeping). Figure today may be a good day to try to read more of @adamsilvera's History is All You Left Me after putting it down over a week ago for reasons completely separate from Silvera's writing. 
#adamsilvera #historyisallyouleftme #booklover #booksofinstagram #bookaddict #bookstagramfeature #booklove #booknerd #bookish #books #bookworm #bookgeek #ya #yalit #reading
Have you heard of @adamsilvera yet? If you have, have you picked up his new book? I'm still at a pause on reading it due to some personal issues that make it not the right time to read this book. However, this picture is super appropriate for what I've read so far, and I hope to be able to read the rest of it soon!

#historyisallyouleftme #adamsilvera #books #bookstagram #booksofinstagram #booklover #booklove #booknerd #bookaddict #bookworm #bookgeek #ya #yalit #diversereads #starwars #harrypotter #reading
Have you heard of @adamsilvera yet? If you have, have you picked up his new book? I'm still at a pause on reading it due to some personal issues that make it not the right time to read this book. However, this picture is super appropriate for what I've read so far, and I hope to be able to read the rest of it soon! #historyisallyouleftme  #adamsilvera  #books  #bookstagram  #booksofinstagram  #booklover  #booklove  #booknerd  #bookaddict  #bookworm  #bookgeek  #ya  #yalit  #diversereads  #starwars  #harrypotter  #reading