Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! There is so much I am thankful for, including the beautiful bookish community I’ve met through blogging. I thought there would be no better time to do the Celebrating the Little Things Tag than now, along with a short discussion of one of my recent reads, When We Collided.
When We Collided by Emery Lord
I have very mixed feelings about this novel. It is sweet and poignant, yet at the same time, I feel as though it could have been so much more meaningful if written differently. I loved both Viv and Jonah; however, I liked them more as individuals than as a unit. The ending, I must say, is beautiful, and the novel enraptured me with how hopeful and hopeless it could be at times. Emery Lord’s writing is lovely, so I had to share my five favorite quotes from the novel:
- “We are seventeen and shattered and still dancing. We have messy, throbbing hearts, and we are stronger than anyone could ever know.”
- “Because it’s all so fleeting, isn’t it? . . . I’m just looking for some kind of permanence, so my mark will linger on the world once I’m gone, in the places where I found joy.”
- “Sometimes I think a heart of porcelain would be easier. Let it drop out of my ribcage and break on the floor, no heartbeat, the end.”
- “My dark days made me strong. Or maybe I was already strong, and they made me prove it.”
- “Oh, I imagine it’ll hurt less eventually. I think there will always be a hole, though. But lace is one of the most beautiful fabrics, you know. All those holes and gaps, but it’s still complete somehow – still lovely.”
All in all, When We Collided had its ups and downs for me. I appreciated its aching honesty, but if you’re looking for a life-changing, heart-shattering read about mental illness, I would suggest picking up All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven instead.
Celebrating the Little Things Tag
Thank you so much to Pierina @ Pierina Reads for tagging me! Definitely check out her fabulous blog if you haven’t done so already. 🙂
Who was your very first follower? Tag them and give them a shout!
Thank you so, so much to Kourtni @ Kourtni Reads for being my first follower (who is still an active poster). I couldn’t have done it without you!
What was the last milestone you reached?
I actually have no idea. I hit 20 posts recently, so it may have been that. I also hit 350 followers today, and I just wanted to take the time to thank each and every one of you for the endless support!❤
What was the very first post you posted on your blog? Share it with us!
My first post was a book review of Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley, a novel that truly has not received the attention it deserves!
Who was your most recent follower? Tag them and give them a shout!
Thank you to littlebookynook for the follow, and happy reading!
What was the last post you posted and who was the first person who took their time to click the like button? Give them a shout out!
How many months have you been blogging for?
In three days, I will have been blogging for five whole months! I truly cannot believe it’s been this long already, but it definitely has been a wonderful journey that I can’t wait to continue.
Do you have any bloggers you’re friends with? Give them a shout out!
I consider all my followers my friends, but I’d like to take this opportunity to especially mention my most frequent commenters:
- Stephanie @ TeacherofYA
- Amy @ bookwormgirls123
- Jasmine @ How Useful It Is
- Marie @ drizzleandhurricanebooks
- Melissa @ BookNerdMomo
- Beth @ Reading Every Night
I appreciate so much how you guys take not only the time to read my posts but also leave insightful comments that always spark conversation.
Who originally created the last meme or tag you participated in? Give them a shout out!
That would be Ayunda over at Tea & Paperbacks, but unfortunately, she’s taken a break from blogging.
- Everyone I’ve mentioned in this post
- Everyone I haven’t mentioned in this post
- So basically, YOU!
What better way is there to spread the love? xo