But let's start with a little background story. I've been seeing a lot of bloggers (Estelle wrote this awesome piece) talk about how they really want this community to be a positive one, and for the most part, it is. But they also discuss the downside to social media and connecting with others 24/7 may not be the best thing in the world, especially when drama happens. We also have a lot of issues balancing blogging and networking against actually reading (ie, the thing that made us start the blog in the first place).
I've been a little absent on main social medias lately because of several reasons (and by absent, I mean posting a few times a week instead of daily). I'm trying to focus more on my love of reading than the media aspect to it, and I've been trying to have more conversations with people when I am on social media instead of sending massive amounts of emojis at people. Also, I have a grown-up job now, and it's surprisingly (okay, not really too surprising) tiring!
Which brings me to my focus. I've added several books to my "reading next" pile that I wanted to share. (It's different than TBR because that's a never-ending pile. This stack I am actually currently working on and/or have finished.) These books have helped me take a step back from things and focus more energy on reading. It's odd because they're about social media. I think seeing the downsides of what it can do have helped me see what I like to do in my IRL life as opposed to being glued to my phone.
The moral? Nothing like watching fictional characters' lives fall apart because of the internet to get you good and scared of social media!
1. Weightless by Sarah Bannan
I'm a sucker for any story that involves the South, especially people out of their comfort zone in the south. Moving from New Jersey to Alabama is a shocker, but Carolyn is doing surprisingly well at the new school. That is, until all hell breaks loose after a risque video of her and another girl's boy makes the rounds. Once it's on the internet, it's here to stay.
2. serafina67 *urgently requires life* by Susie Day
Man, this takes me back. This is a book I read a while ago. By a while, I mean in 2008 when it was published. I started blogging in 2009 when it was still a new thing and most people were confused as you tried to explain to them what it was. Serafina takes refuge in her shiny new (brick of a) laptop, and she blogs about her life, using it as a personal outlet. But she quickly discovers putting your secrets out on the interwebs doesn't make them secrets anymore—especially when her parents can see them.
3. Can't Look Away by Donna Cooner
This one made the rounds a while ago, but I just now got it from the library. Torrey Grey is a beauty vlogger, and she's a pretty famous one. But her sister dies suddenly in an accident, and everyone seems to turn on Torrey. Cyber attacks at her and her family on top of issues at her new school make dealing with her grief over her sister's death nearly impossible. I can't wait to start this one, and I have a feeling it's going to be a one-sitting kind of read.
4. My Invisible Boyfriend by Susie Day
I actually found this book while looking for fake-relationship books to complement my reading of The Fill-In Boyfriend. I then realized it was the same Susie Day that wrote Serafina's story, so naturally I found it at the library and grabbed a copy. Heidi thinks the key to popularity is simple—best boyfriend. Only problem is, she doesn't have a boyfriend. Soon, she's in over her head trying to keep up her fake beau's status alive and believable as a real human's.
Lucky for you, the lovely folks at St. Martin's Press have kindly offered up a copy of Weightless!
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