Standalone Sunday is a meme that was started by Megan of BookslayerReads. I participated in Standalone Sunday for a while then came up with my own ‘Sunday Memes’ that I do from time after time. The last time I did a Standalone Sunday was Christmas time. Then last Sunday I participated in it again. As I was setting up my post for this I noticed that Megan’s blog was gone. I know she had not been posting as much and had started a candle making business, but I was still surprised to see it gone.
This past week I, along with the book blogging community found out that Megan recently passed away. We do not know the cause of death. All of her social media has been erased from the internet. So in addition to the deep loss of Megan we loose her in every other way. I did not know Megan personally, but she was very supportive of me and many others when we started our blogs. She was a very genuinely kind person and I wish I had known her better. Megan, your presence will be missed by the book blogging community. She was a young mother and I have many thoughts and prayers for her family and friends, both online and in real life.
Her death caused me to have that conversation with my husband about my site. If something happened to me I would want it to stay up for at least a while. I’ve worked so hard and love doing this site and I love sharing the love of books with everyone. This site may not be huge but it is mine and I am proud of it.
We will remember you at Jessica’s Reading Room Megan! I will continue to post Standalone Sunday and will include a remembrance to Megan in those future posts.
I am excited to share that Isaac Marion’s The Burning World is out in paperback here in the US TODAY! The Burning World is the sequel to Warm Bodies.
There are three books in this series to date, with the fourth and final novel The Living coming soon:
The New Hunger (A prequel novella to Warm Bodies)
The Burning World
Before you read The Burning World, find out what Warm Bodies is all about:
Published: April 26, 2011
**I listened to the audiobook in 2011. I need to Read this whole seRies! There is a movie based off WaRm Bodies, and the traileR will be below, but it is NOTHING compaRed to the novel. Isaac MaRion is bRilliant!**
“R” is having a no-life crisis—he is a zombie. He has no memories, no identity, and no pulse, but he is a little different from his fellow Dead. He may occasionally eat people, but he’d rather be riding abandoned airport escalators, listening to Sinatra in the cozy 747 he calls home, or collecting souvenirs from the ruins of civilization.
And then he meets a girl.
First as his captive, then his reluctant house guest, Julie is a blast of living color in R’s gray landscape, and something inside him begins to bloom. He doesn’t want to eat this girl—although she looks delicious—he wants to protect her. But their unlikely bond will cause ripples they can’t imagine, and their hopeless world won’t change without a fight.
Isaac Marion’s genre-defying debut startled the literary world with its poignant subversion of the zombie mythos, inspiring a major film adaptation and being translated into twenty-seven languages. Read the groundbreaking first entry as the Warm Bodies series approaches its conclusion with The Living, coming in 2017.
Buy Warm Bodies on Amazon
Next up is The New Hunger, a prequel novella!
Published: October 5, 2016
The end of the world didn’t happen overnight.
After years of societal breakdowns, wars and quakes and rising tides, humanity was already near the edge. Then came a final blow no one could have expected: all the world’s corpses rising up to make more.
Born into this bleak and bloody landscape, twelve-year-old Julie struggles to hold on to hope as she and her parents drive across the wastelands of America, a nightmarish road trip in search of a new home.
Hungry, lost, and scared, sixteen-year-old Nora finds herself her brother’s sole guardian after her parents abandon them in the not-quite-empty ruins of Seattle.
And in the darkness of a forest, a dead man opens his eyes. Who is he? What is he? With no clues beyond a red tie and the letter “R,” he must unravel the grim mystery of his existence—right after he learns how to think, how to walk, and how to satisfy the monster howling in his belly.
The New Hunger is a crucial link between Warm Bodies and The Burning World, a glimpse into the past that sets the stage for an astonishing future.
Buy The New Hunger on Amazon now
What today is all about: The Burning World is now available in paperback!
Published: February 7, 2017; Paperback is out TODAY!
Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He’s learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new world from the ashes of the old one.
And then helicopters appear on the horizon. Someone is coming to restore order. To silence all this noise. To return things to the way they were, the good old days of stability and control and the strong eating the weak. The plague is ancient and ambitious, and the Dead were never its only weapon.
How do you fight an enemy that’s in everyone? Can the world ever really change? With their home overrun by madmen, R, Julie, and their ragged group of refugees plunge into the otherworldly wastelands of America in search of answers. But there are some answers R doesn’t want to find. A past life, an old shadow, crawling up from the basement.
Buy The Burning World on Amazon now!
I will be giving away four pins that have the cover of The Burning World on them. They are wonderful! **This giveaway will be US only.** Another giveaway will be on the Bookies Facebook page. You will have 4 chances to win over at Bookies as well! The picture does not do these pins justice. They are much more impressive in person!
About the Author:
Isaac Marion grew up in the mossy depths of the Pacific Northwest, where he worked as a heating installer, a security guard, and a visitation supervisor for foster children before publishing his debut novel in 2010. Warm Bodies became a #5 New York Times bestseller and inspired a major Hollywood film adaptation. It has been translated into twenty-five languages worldwide. Isaac lives in Seattle with his cat and a beloved cactus, writing fiction and music, and taking pictures of everything. Visit IsaacMarion.com for more on these endeavors.[Top]
I am so excited to announce that Jessica’s Reading Room is growing: After deliberating for a while, I have added a Facebook page that both Kim and I will post on! Reviews and more will be posted. This will be a great place to get to know us a little more. The Facebook page will be a companion to this site.
It was created this week and we already have over 100 likes! It will be a ‘learn as we go’ process as we figure out what we want to do with the page. We will be open to any suggestions you can give. Later today I will go live on the page with an introduction to this site, myself, and the page.
Here is the direct link to the Facebook page
We are also here:
*Kim does a much better job than I do with Instagram since you have to use your phone. I like to do all my work at the computer, so I tend to forget about Instagram. I’m trying!
Please give us a like/Follow/Subscribe. We are both having so much fun doing this and we want you to be part of it!
**Please note that I WILL still be an admin of the Bookies Facebook page. I have been along time fan of the page and an admin for almost two years. I post the Weekly Wonder and Share the Love Saturday features. Bookies creator Beccie and fellow admin Alana have been great these last few months supporting me through some personal things going on in my life. They have also been supportive of this site and are all for this Facebook Page. If you haven’t discovered Bookies, go check us out there!
Bookies basically helped me to ‘get my start’ with reviewing, so it will always have a special part of my heart. I will try and keep the pages separate for the most part, but I am sure that I will mention both from time to time. They are that important to me. <3
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Have a great Sunday!! Happy Reading!!!