The Desolation of Books

Hey guys! I’ve been super busy and haven’t been able to do much of anything recently besides school and my internship, but I wanted to throw something up here. Remember that totally awesome notebook my parents bought my for my birthday? I loved that notebook…well apparently so did my dog because she ate it. Yup. She tore up the leather on the cover and shredded the paper. I was very angry with her, but she is the best example of puppy dog eyes and I couldn’t stay long at her for very long.
Then a week or two after that I sat down one Saturday afternoon finally having gotten a moment to actually read! I picked up Fragments by Dan Wells and I was so excited to dive into this book. I get about 50 pages into the book, set it on the couch to get something to drink, come back and the book is missing. Where did my awesome book go? Well my dog had dragged it off the couch and into the other room and had proceeded to eat that book as well. The funny and kind of creepy thing is that somehow she took off the jacket first and didn’t harm it. So if I put the jacket onto it you can hardly tell that she ate it (with the exception of ruined pages). I wonder if she thought she was going to be clever and put the jacket back on and sneak it back onto the couch while I was looking lol.
Needless to say, I haven’t been able to do much reading at all and I miss it! I miss being able to get lost in these awesome world and go on a journey with these characters. I am about 1/3 of the way through my internship and I am hoping that by the time I am halfway done it will calm down. I also think once I am finished with my summer course I’ll have more time to read as well. From what I actually got to read of Fragments it was amazing. Dan Wells is such a terrific writer and Partials was amazing so I am super excited for this. I got a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble for my birthday that might just be spend buying me a new copy of the book so I don’t have to carry around a half torn one with dog slobber all over it.
Anyone else have dogs that have decided to destroy your books?

Did anyone else see this???


If you guys haven’t read the book go out and get it now!

The Orphan Queen Cover!!!!

Jodi Meadow’s Orphan Queen comes out next March and I am so excited! I’ve seen her talking about how beautiful the cover is on Twitter and today she finally was able to show it to us.

AHHHH!!!!! Isn’t is amazing!!!!! This was basically me:

Isn’t it beautiful! So different from any in the Incarnate trilogy. The description is amazing as well and I feel like this is going to be one kick ass adventure ride. Go to Jodi’s Website and take a look at a more in depth discussion of the over. So many things are in it! If you click on the cover on her website it can take you to another page where you can zoom in on the cover and it will show you everything is talking about! So cool.

 

Jodi has proven herself an amazing author with the Incarnate trilogy and from everything I’ve heard this one is going to be ten times better and more amazing. Can’t wait to read it!
 

 

Faking Normal by Courtney Stevens


Title: Faking Normal
Author: Courtney Stevens
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Source: Gift

An edgy, realistic, and utterly captivating novel from an exciting new voice in teen fiction.

Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer. Ashamed and embarrassed, she hides in her closet and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does.

When Bodee Lennox, the quiet and awkward boy next door, comes to live with the Littrells, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in “the Kool-Aid Kid,” who has secrets of his own. As they lean on each other for support, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her find the courage to finally face the truth.

A searing, poignant book, Faking Normal is the extraordinary debut novel from an exciting new author-Courtney C. Stevens.

 

 

It is not often that a book leaves me speechless or causes my jaw to drop in shock because everything I thought I knew I really didn’t. A book has to be fantastic in order for me to read it in less then twenty-four hours. This book was all of that. Once I opened the pages and started to read I was a goner. There was no putting this book down.

At the end of this book the author, Courtney Stevens, mentions that while this is not her story, she does have a story and that’s why she had to write this book. While this book is not my story either there are people who will read this who will identify with Alexi’s story. This is not something that only happens to people in books. This is truth and that’s one of the reasons why I loved this book so much.

Alexi’s story is fresh and authentic and a view on abuse that I haven’t seen before in a book. Alexi has a hard time speaking up for herself and so it makes it easier for other people to take advantage of her. She knows what she wants, but it’s just very hard for her to speak for herself. Stevens shows a few instances in the narrative where Alexi is unable to say no to things. As a reader I took this to be a constant need to always please other people first. Further along in the book I realize that this is true and it is cemented by an event that happened to her as a child.

I’ve seen other views on this book accusing Alexi of not having normal reactions. Why wouldn’t she say no? Is it rape if she doesn’t say anything? Why does she still remain silent after it happens?

Other people seem to be under the impression that because she did not speak up and voice for objection that it’s not rape and that makes me sad. This is a book meaning to show that yes, it is. If a person does not consent or is unable to consent it’s rape. Why wouldn’t she say no? There are many times when a person feels uncomfortable about something that they feel unable to speak up. When someone is shocked or is shy it is incredibly difficult for them to have a voice. Why does she remain silent after it happens? There are so many people out there, girls and guys, who feel as though they cannot speak up for various reasons. If the person is in a position of power (check for Alexi), if the person is a welcome member of their family (check for Alexi), if the person is older and therefore deemed a more mature voice (check for Alexi), if the person is afraid of what others will think of them (check for Alexi), if the person is afraid of the consequences of speaking out (check for Alexi).

This is not an inaccurate book. It is a powerful truth that I think everyone could benefit from reading.


Delicate Utility: Birthday!

So my birthday was on Easter this year! I had a wonderful day and I was so excited because my parents got me a Delicate Utility notebook for my birthday!! It is beautiful and I am such a nerd and it makes me feel like a legit writer toting that thing around.

 

I got to pick the color of the leather. I chose the two buttons and got to pic the color on those as well. It comes in a few different sizes, but didn’t have the one that I wanted so I asked her and she was able to make it for me! There are also three little notebooks on the inside and I can get refills once I fill those pages!

 

AND I was able to get my name stamped into it so even if you want to steal mine you can’t unless your name is Hannah Courtney. lol.

 

Susan was so nice and even though it usually takes a little longer than 2 weeks to make she was able to make mine and get it here in time for my birthday which was just a little over a week from the time it was ordered.

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