Friday, October 25, 2013

Small Things and One Incredible Book

Well, it's been a few weeks, but I'm back to participating in VikLit's weekly Celebrate The Small Things bloghop where participants post about the little (or large) things they're feeling good about from the past week. Please click on the above link or the pic to the left for a complete list of participants.

Here's what I'm celebrating today...

—I have a day off from The Store. Of course, that day off isn't until November 1st, but at least I know it's out there (and, conveniently, the first day of NaNoWriMo!). I also have a half day of work coming up this next week. It's the day #1 Boss's boss is coming for a visit, and for some reason, #1 Boss doesn't want me around when she gets here. Can't imagine why...

—I read on Entertainment Weekly's website that the U.S. premiere of season three of Sherlock has been set for January 19th at 10pm!!!!! I'm so excited by this news that I am forced to re-use this gif:

Sorry, but this gif just cracks me up.

—My beloved Red Sox (you knew this was coming, right?) won the first game of the World Series in a very exciting fashion. I had hoped to be writing about how they had won the first two games of the World Series, but that didn't quite work out. Still, I'm celebrating the fact that we're there at all. And that the Yankees aren't.


Up next on My Pet Blog, is the latest installment of the Armchair Squid's Cephalopod Coffeehouse (I'm pleased to report that I can now almost spell 'cephalopod' without looking at the badge to the right. Almost.) where participants post about the best book they read over the previous month. Click on the link above or the badge on the right for a complete list of participants.

The book that I've chosen to feature this month is Fault Line by Christa Desir. Here's the synopsis, courtesy of Goodreads:

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl — sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She’s everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.

But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.

Now Ani isn’t the girl she used to be, and Ben can’t sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?

Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there’s anything he can do to save the girl he loves.


So, I've been thinking about this book ever since I finished it (almost a week ago, now) because it's the kind of book that stays with you. And I want to write a beautiful and eloquent review of this story because it truly deserves it. However, I doubt my ability to do it justice because whenever I attempt to write a proper review, I get a tad emotional—the kind of emotion which causes water to leak from my eyes— and I have to go hide in a cave until I can once again deny that I have emotions other than angry and angrier.

(I do like to pretend I'm a badass. Pretend being the key word.)

This novel is dark and raw and emotional and doesn't pull any punches. And though I love it for that—really love it for that—it broke my heart. It still breaks my heart. It presents a difficult subject, a sensitive subject, and I suspect there will be readers who won't be able to finish the book because of these things.

But I want people to read it and talk about it. I want teenagers to read it and talk about it. I've long been a supporter of dark YA because I feel the world is a messy place and avoiding that which is uncomfortable does no one any good, and maybe—just maybe—these dark books with their taboo subjects can lead to understanding.

Fault Line is a brave novel, and I think author Christa Desir is both amazing and brave for writing it.



So that's gonna do it for me today. What are you celebrating and/or reading? 

Have a great weekend, everyone, and thank you for stopping by!

40 comments:

  1. Glad you have a day off to look forward to! And Sherlock is returning in January?! Yay!

    I haven't heard of Fault Line before, but wow, it sounds amazing. Will have to keep an eye out for it!

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    1. I know! I can't wait for January now!

      And yes, please do keep an eye out for Fault Line.

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  2. I've been hearing about Fault Line. Sounds intense.

    And I can't help but wish that #1 Boss's boss would find, tucked under their windshield, a stack of your best blog posts on all the chaos there.

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    1. But how could a stack of my best blog posts find its way under the boss's boss's windshield? Hmmm.

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  3. I think your next day off is very convenient! Enjoy a day to write. And don't answer the phone.
    Sherlock is such a great show.

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    1. Oh, the phone will most definitely be off on November 1st.

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  4. Enjoy the day off, especially as it is the start of NaNo.

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    1. I've requested the 1st off the last couple of years, but this year I didn't even have to. Maybe they've learned.

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  5. I haven't read Fault Line yet, but it's on my to-read list! Enjoy your day off next week, and your half-day :)

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  6. Woo-hoo! A day off and it's the first day of NaNo. I'm jealous. I have to assist in my son's preschool that day. Blah. I'm celebrating that my husband is coming back home tomorrow after being away this week for a convention. Single parenting is hard. And, well, we can only eat pizza for so many nights in a row lest I feel guilty I'm not feeding my kid anything else!

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    1. Last year, November 1st was practically the only day I got any writing done. I hope to do better this year.

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  7. I've been reading the Dresden Files. Still reading, actually. It's taking longer than I expected.

    Enjoy your day off! Good luck with NaNo. Are you following the rules or being a NaNoRebel and working on an already-existing project?

    FINALLY MORE SHERLOCK. I've been reduced to reading fanfiction.

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    1. Well, I was planning to write part three of Second Nature (Effigy's sequel), but the day job has really prevented me from finishing part two. So I'm not really sure what I'll end up doing. Maybe nothing. Maybe just setting out to write 50,000 words between the two parts. I guess I'll know on the first.

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  8. Yours is really a very sweet and touching review. I'm sorry if that cuts against the badass image but your praise for this book is most eloquent.

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    1. It's all right...I don't think I really have much of a badass image anyway. =)

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  9. First, I'm super-excited about the third season of Sherlock, too! I love that show!

    Next, your choice for this week sounds very interesting. I like a little darker take on things as well. Your description of this book makes me think of that rape case of an Ohio teenage girl. I'm not sure if that's what goes on in this book, but if it is, it would be interesting to see how such a subject is handled. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for coming by today.

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  10. Plenty of good celebrations! And a day off is always welcomed, good luck with your writing. If you have time, drop by the cave. There is a special invitation you need to notice, for you are a guest of honor. :) Dragon Hugs.

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    1. I will be certain to make time. Thank you!

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  11. I know what you mean about wanting to write a review that does a book justice, but not being able to find the right words without crying. That's how I felt after reading The Fault in Our Stars. I'll have to add this one to my TBR list.

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    1. I went through so many tissues when I was reading The Fault In Our Stars. I love it when a book affects me so deeply.

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  12. I really, REALLY need to get on the Sherlock train. ;)

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  13. Yeh for your day off!

    FAULT LINE sounds amazing, and I can't wait to read it - it's been on my TBR list for forever and I really need to bump it up to the top. Right now I'm reading HELP FOR THE HAUNTED and it is really creeping me out...in a good way. :)

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    1. It was on my TBR list forever, too. I was thrilled to finally be able to read it.

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  14. I can't wait to see more Sherlock and Fault Lines sounds like it should go on my tbr list. Glad you're getting a day off!

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  15. Ah yes, Sherlock returns to your shores. Wait for the doggy version starring Penny the Jack Russell dog and modest internet superstar, starring as Sherlock Hound.

    NaNo, the Mork from Ork tribute challenge? All the best to the Blue Jays um Red Sox.

    Fault Lines does seem intriguing. I'm celebrating being such a nice guy.

    Have a good weekend.

    Gary :)

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  16. Be sure to do something special to celebrate your day off! Happy weekend.

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  17. Hooray for a day off... even if it's still a ways away. Enjoy it when it finally gets here.

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  18. You really did do Fault Line justice with your review. Well done.

    And really well done on freaking out Boss # 1 so completely that she has given you half a day off just so you don't show for upper management. I'm so proud of you. You possess a gift to which I can only aspire.

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  19. Ooh, NaNo's coming! Better batten down the hatches. Enjoy your day off. A Friday, too, so have fun.

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  20. You've managed to make me curious about Fault Line. All you have to say is that something bad happens (but not what it is) to intrigue me, ha!

    "I've long been a supporter of dark YA because I feel the world is a messy place and avoiding that which is uncomfortable does no one any good, and maybe—just maybe—these dark books with their taboo subjects can lead to understanding."

    You know, as a teenager I read some dark literature that belonged to my older sister (who was a teen in the 70s) and I don't think it scarred me, but made me aware of ugly things that could happen to a teenager who isn't careful enough, so I feel I can handle anything (in literature, at least!)

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  21. Well, I'm working all weekend at The Salon. Hope I survive the Glade-plug-ins. I still think the new manager is trying to kill me.

    Hugs and chocolate,
    Shelly

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  22. At the moment I'm celebrating the light at the end of the tunnel--the stupid midterm is almost finished and will be done before deadline. Hooray!

    I've read a few good books lately. Of course, I don't remember the titles.

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  23. I read about Fault Line on another blog so you're not the only one making a buzz about it. I think that cover is very well done.

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  24. YAY to days off! And Sherlock ;)

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  25. Hrm... that book sounds like something want to read but wouldn't be able to get through easily, if it deals with what I'm thinking it deals with. I'm intrigued anyway, might have to take a look.

    As for what I'm celebrating, I'm nearly done with my book's second-draft edit, but there are massive rewrites ahead. ...yay?

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  27. Can't wait for the new season of Sherlock Holmes. ^_^

    Enjoy your day off.

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