Month: July 2016

YA Book Deals, Continued (Always)

I fell down a rabbit hole of YA ebook deals tonight, sooooooo here, benefit from my search. These are almost all $2 right now: Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson You Were Here by Cori McCarthy Peaches by Jodi Lynn Anderson The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey All-American Girl by Meg Cabot More Than This by Patrick Ness The Nature of Jade by Deb Caletti Very Important Note: The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart is one of my all-time favorite anythings. I own two extra copies just for loaning or spontaneously gifting. It’s YA at its best. BRB, time to read. 😀

Two Tragedies

For your consideration. “In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.” ― Mr. Dumby (Act III) in Oscar Wilde’s Lady Windermere’s Fan

Heartbroken and Looking for a Solution

Dr. Brian Williams, a trauma surgeon at Parkland Hospital in Dallas, speaking to Don Lemon tonight on CNN is breaking my heart. He’s so sad and struggling with dealing with not having saved all of the police officers on Thursday night. And he’s also a black man sharing how he’s treated differently when he’s not in his white coat. I don’t understand why people think it’s okay to kill police officers. I don’t understand why black men die in custody and they’re forgotten the next day. I don’t know why this has to be us against them. It has to stop. It has to stop. So how are we going to stop it?

Sims Weekend

I really struggled getting through work on Friday because I couldn’t help but watch the updates on what was going on around my city, after the mass shooting the night before. I cried about twelve times and basically felt stressed and sad and ready to check out for a while. Sometimes you just need to hide from the world for a weekend so I spent much the past two days hiding in The Sims 4. It had been months since I’d played at all, and it was a really nice way to escape and reset a bit. Plus, I played at a desk that’s directly next to my husband’s desk, so we got lots of easy, hangout time. (And watching over his shoulder made me want to get back into my Fallout 4 game again.) I restarted my Sims world and didn’t want to spend forever making people (because let’s be honest, I was going to spend forever on the houses), so I grabbed some people made by other players and ended up with these great Pretty Little Liars …

Keep Dallas in your thoughts.

Watching video of a mass shooting in your own city is strange and sad and difficult. Keep Dallas, and the DPD, and everyone who was at the protest in your thoughts. (The Dallas Morning News is providing fantastic coverage, with an understanding of the city often not found in national media, if you need an update.) Let’s also try to remember the protest before the shooting. It was peaceful and had the support of the police department. Demonstration in #Dallas @ Belo Garden Park pic.twitter.com/IUx5IaERSB — Dallas Police Depart (@DallasPD) July 8, 2016 And remember: This is from 2014, but is so incredibly relevant today. I miss Jon Stewart's Daily Show. This is how I feel. #Dallas pic.twitter.com/3BiQ0AoaAT — David Thomas (@NOTDavidThomas) July 8, 2016 I know there are police officers doing good work every day, including many in Dallas, where Chief Brown has turned the department toward community policing and deescalation over the past few years. And I appreciate them. But that doesn’t make those who aren’t doing the right thing less deserving of being held accountable. …

To Be Read

As I worked on adding books to the floor-to-ceiling bookcases recently built in around the living room fireplace, I realized I didn’t have enough non-fiction in hardcopy to balance things out.  So I added a bunch to my wishlist and ended up with a new stack on my birthday. Perfect.  Coming Soon: bookcase photos, living room tour, and a post for each of these books. (Saying it here means I have to do it. Even if only I would remember if I didn’t.)

It’s my birthday!

I turned 34 today. And here’s what I did: slept in lounged and drank iced coffee ate a taco at Torchy’s got a manicure and pedicure read a book in bed went to dinner at Liberty Burger had a movie night at home It was a great day. Birthday Burger! The Nooner from Liberty Burger. Not pictured: Nutella Graham Cracker Milkshake. A post shared by Sarah Blackstock (@sarahblackstock) on Jul 7, 2016 at 5:49pm PDT