My Top 5 Favorite Recently Purchased Books

My Top 5 Favorite Recently Purchased Books

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It's 2017, and I've already bought more books than I can keep up with; it's a bit of a problem. I already have a list of new books that I've extremely excited to read. I picked five to share in this article, although I assure you, I've bought more than that.

1. "Everfair" by Nisi Shawl

Before I caved and bought "Everfair" at the recent writer's conference, AWP, I saw the cover in one of the bookstores near me. I'm usually more of a YA Lit person, but the premise of the novel intrigued me. The general plot explores the question of what might have happened during the colonization of the Congo by Belguim if the natives had adopted steam technology. It's classified as a Neo-Victorian alternate-historical novel; a genre I can't say I've read before.

2. "We Are Okay" by Nina LaCour

I remember seeing the cover for "We Are Okay"online before it was released, so when I saw it out on display, I had to buy it. The story is about reconnecting with someone you love and dealing with grief. It follows the story of Marin after she left her old life behind, but is about to confront it. I don't quite know what to expect out of this novel, but I'm excited to give it a shot.

3. "Timekeeper" by Tara Sim

This book has probably already made it onto one of my lists, but I'm still super excited to read it. "Timekeeper" is set in an alternate Victorian universe where the worlds are controlled by clocks; in this novel, clocks are actually in control of time. It's supposed to be the first book in a trilogy, which means there's only more to look forward to with this book.

4. "Descender" by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

This graphic novel is one of the first graphic novels I ever decided to purchase. I was attracted by the simplistic and beautiful cover design. I also appreciated that it was the first volume of the series. "Descender "follows a young android named TIM-21 who wakes up and learns that all robots have been outlawed. TIM quickly becomes the most wanted robot in the universe. I'm looking forward to reading a story with the potential of such breathtaking visuals.

5. "Caraval" by Stephanie Garber

This book came in this month's OwlCrate (a YA book box subscription), which I couldn't be more happy about. I'd been eyeing "Caraval" for a while! The story follows a pair of sisters, Scarlett and Tella. Scarlett dreams of seeing the once-a-year performance by the name of Caraval, but when she gets the chance, it's more risky than she expected. Tella gets kidnapped by Caraval's organizer, and the Caraval revolves around a game of who can find her first. As if the idea of a circus performance wasn't enough to draw me in, I'm even more excited by how high the stakes are.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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