F is for (Books About) Family #atozchallenge

For A to Z 2018, my theme is Books About ____. If you’re stopping by from your own A to Z blog, feel free to leave a link. If you need help with how to do that, you can look here.

If you’re someone looking to read a lot of great blogs, here’s the link for the A to Z challenge.

I’m a big believer that families don’t have to be blood; we create our families. There are many reasons to create family; the important thing is to know that they’d always have your back no matter what.

This Savage Song, by Victoria Schwab (YA horror): Kate was born into a family with a father who doesn’t seem to love her. August was adopted into a family who just wants to protect him. Their families are at war over control of a dangerous city where violent acts create monsters. Kate and August both have to decide what family means to them, and how they fit into the war. This is a fantastic, gripping book that kept me turning pages. I had just as much trouble putting it down the second time I read it as the first.

If I Stay, by Gayle Forman (YA): When a car accident kills her family and puts Mia in a coma, Mia realizes that she can choose whether to live or die. She thinks about her life while her boyfriend tries to remind her of all the things she has to live for. This novel basically ripped my heart to shreds. So you should definitely read it. I haven’t seen the movie yet, but it’s on my list to watch. But since the preview made me cry, I’m guessing I’ll love the movie too.

The Sun is Also a Star, by Nicola Yoon (YA contemporary): Both of her books are fantastic (and now that I think about it, both speak to the nature of family). This one is all about the ways families simultaneously lift us up and drag us down. Natasha and Daniel both love their families, but they both expect them to be different people. The majority of this book takes place on a single day in New York City, but what an unforgettable day!

Harry Potter and The Sorcerer’s Stone (and all of them, really), by JK Rowling (MG through YA fantasy): Harry’s parents died, so he ends up stuck with his horrible aunt and uncle, who don’t love him. During his first year at Hogwarts, he finds a family that will stick with him through all seven amazing books. Some people might call this friendship, but when you have people willing to die for you, isn’t that family?

The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (contemporary): Victoria is an orphan who had one shot at a family, and blew it. Now an adult, she has another shot, and it scares her to death. She’s only comfortable with flowers and expressing herself through them, as she was taught as a child. This story is told with dual timelines between 18-year-old Victoria and 8-year-old Victoria. It’s moving and fascinating.

What are your favorite books about family?

Sometimes You Just Need A Day Off

Every day is a day off for us, because we're lazy house cats.

Every day is a day off for us, because we’re lazy house cats.

I’m sorry I dropped off the face of the earth yesterday (and most of today), but I’m nursing what I think is bronchitis.

On Wellness Wednesdays, I usually post about a wellness topic.  This one is particularly appropriate for me, as I hate doing nothing.  I feel guilty when I don’t accomplish anything.  But as I lay on the couch, drinking tea, wheezing, and dealing with a huge headache, I realized that there was no point in fighting it.  I was going to have a day off whether I wanted it or not.

Deciding to finally embrace it, I picked up Gayle Forman’s If I Stay, which was sitting on my bookshelf.  I knew nothing about it, but though it would be a nice, light read.

Um, wrong.

There was nothing light about it, but that didn’t stop me from reading straight through to the end, despite the awful pain in my head.

I am feeling marginally better today, telling myself that it won’t kill me to have someone else do everything that needs to get done for a few days.

I guess the moral of this Wellness Wednesday is that sometimes you need to be okay with taking time off.  And that the world won’t stop just because you’ve started a love affair with your couch.

But I wouldn’t complain if tomorrow, I woke up feeling good as new.  🙂