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.
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.
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