Hi friends! Happy Friday!
What a week. I’ve been anxious, we got SNOW!! (yup we really did), and I’m still working hard on my book. But, it has been a good week and today I’m sharing something that inspired me, a book I finished, plus something new!
Before we get to all that though, today is 9/11 and I just want to take a moment to reflect on that. A lot of the thoughts I shared last year are still relevant, maybe even more so. I do love this country. We have been through so so much (this year and in the past) today I’m remembering the fallen and taking an extra moment to be grateful for the life I have, for the freedoms I do have, and recognize the freedoms that we’re still fighting for.
I won’t ever forget what happened 19 years ago (okay wow, didn’t realize it had been that long until I just thought about it).
2020 has been chaos, but I hope that today (and going forward) we can remember the moments that brought us together as Americans, and I hope that we can come together again now and in the future. We need each other.
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A little inspiration (TW: Suicide)
Yesterday was World Suicide Prevention Day.
As I thought about the books that have helped me hold on in my darkest hours, I felt so grateful. Grateful for life. Grateful for my struggles with mental illnesses, yes grateful.
I had several friends growing up who struggled with depression and suicidal thoughts. I often thought to myself ‘if they just tried harder, they wouldn’t feel this way’. I didn’t know. I didn’t get it. It wasn’t until my own battle with PTSD, anxiety, PPD, and then my own suicidal thoughts that I began to understand.
I’m in a much better place mentally now (and I’m getting the help I need). But on days like yesterday, and days like today, I am so so grateful for life.
Because your life matters. My life matters. You are worth it.
My invitation to you today is to go look through the photos under the hashtag #BooksWorthLivingFor and read some of the stories there.
And then check in on your friends, the ones who seem to be doing okay and the ones who are struggling. We could all use a friend or two right now ❤️
If you or someone you know are struggling with suicidal thoughts, depression, or anxiety, please use the National Suicide Hotline: 800-273-8255
Time to share mini-reviews from what I read/finished this week! I’ve only got one review to share today, as I’m knee-deep in book edits and haven’t been reading as much this week. I keep reminding myself that it’s not a race and that I’m writing a book so it’s totally okay if I don’t read as much right now!
Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I LOVED the first 150 pages or so. I was hooked and captivated. What was going to happen now that she’d been chosen by The Dragon?
Then things fell a little flat for me. From a readers perspective, I really enjoyed the writing and the story. From a writers perspective (especially since I’m in editing mode) I really struggled with the plot. I felt like so much happened and yet nothing happened.
So yeah, it was a fun fantasy, but not my favorite. 3/5 stars.
Read with me!
This weekend I’m hoping to finish reading The House in the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune. So far it’s living up to all the hype and I am loving this quirky, magical world. (And even though I haven’t finished it yet, I am gonna tell you to pick it up, it’s just that good ?)
About The House in the Cerulean Sea
A magical island. A dangerous task. A burning secret.
Linus Baker leads a quiet, solitary life. At forty, he lives in a tiny house with a devious cat and his old records. As a Case Worker at the Department in Charge Of Magical Youth, he spends his days overseeing the well-being of children in government-sanctioned orphanages.
When Linus is unexpectedly summoned by Extremely Upper Management he’s given a curious and highly classified assignment: travel to Marsyas Island Orphanage, where six dangerous children reside: a gnome, a sprite, a wyvern, an unidentifiable green blob, a were-Pomeranian, and the Antichrist. Linus must set aside his fears and determine whether or not they’re likely to bring about the end of days.
But the children aren’t the only secret the island keeps. Their caretaker is the charming and enigmatic Arthur Parnassus, who will do anything to keep his wards safe. As Arthur and Linus grow closer, long-held secrets are exposed, and Linus must make a choice: destroy a home or watch the world burn.
An enchanting story, masterfully told, The House in the Cerulean Sea is about the profound experience of discovering an unlikely family in an unexpected place—and realizing that family is yours.
What are you reading and loving this week?
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