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Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
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Sarah Dessen is definitely a #notsofavoriteauthor for cherry picking a two year old quote from a grad student at an obscure school and using her platform to turn a lot of people against this poor woman. Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Weiner were particularly egregious at heaping on the mean. I hope they realize someday that #kindnessisbest 😞

Given what Dessen did, this apology is very lame.

#gratefulreads #namastenovember

Skeebies05 I was so sad to see some of the people dog piling on. IE Roxane Gay :( and Jennifer Weiner equating it MeToo!! 🙄🙄 2mo
Eggs Yes yes yes just be kind - it‘s not that hard to do 🥰😍 2mo
Megabooks @Skeebies05 I feel like Roxane‘s apology was the best, and Ng and Picoult using hers because they couldn‘t write a better one?? You‘re writers! 🙄🙄🙄 the whole situation was an exercise is women acting in a way they said they wouldn‘t act. People can not like your books. It doesn‘t mean they have “internalized misogyny.” It May mean they just don‘t like your writing and that‘s okay. I don‘t like Dessen, et al‘s shitty attitude/behavior. 2mo
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Megabooks @Eggs Exactly. On social media I try to err on the side of kindness. I am not perfect, but I try not to be rude, catty, or mean. I just went through a major depression in 2017 and 18 so I realize how important that is. (And I‘m sorry for anything weird I said on Litsy those years. It was so bad that I have huge gaps in my memory.) 💙💙💙 2mo
Eggs @Megabooks I don‘t recall anything too weird; I just remember you were struggling. I‘ve been there too (with depression) and when younger my filters were sometimes nonexistent 😳🤯 🙄... Growing older and modern meds have changed me. I‘m happy for you that you‘re feeling better❤️❤️ 2mo
Megabooks @Eggs It was horrible to a factor of 10 worse than in my 20s when I first started seeing a psychiatrist. I‘m doing better with changed meds and weekly appointments, but it‘s so hard. I lost a job I loved because of it. I just didn‘t ever think it would be that bad for me which is conceited. The whole experience has given me more empathy and made me much more humble. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly That whole shitshow reminded me why I gave up Twitter in the first place. 🐑 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I missed it 🤷🏼‍♀️ What did Jodi do? 2mo
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I‘m rarely on it, but I keep an account to read things like this first hand. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly I still have an account and did go back to read it firsthand after I heard about it. The only reason I won‘t delete my account outright is because Ellen follows me. 😂 2mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Sarah Dessen found a two year old article that quoted a grad student saying she got involved in her (small, very small) college‘s first year reading programs selection board because she didn‘t want Dessen‘s novel chose. Sarah cut off here, but the student instead wanted to pick some nonfiction about racism in the criminal justice system. First, it was one reader‘s personal opinion, second Dessen cut out the part about 👇🏻 2mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that did get picked. So then a lot of writers including Picoult, Weiner, Gay, Vivian, Han, Angie Thomas, Silvera, Ng, Sepyts, Jemisin etc. heaped abuse on this student personally and publicly. It was sad and disappointing. Some have apologized, some haven‘t. I thought Jodi said some of the worst things and made a terrible apology. Jemisin hasn‘t apologized though, and she was very mean. The girl they attacked is in hiding. 2mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s just a sad situation that so many authors would turn into Regina George from Mean Girls. 2mo
brittanythebookdragon I just read some of the articles and Dessen originally said something like we put our hearts and souls into our work. And like...exactly. You chose to do that and you chose to put it out there. Expect the criticism. Surely this isn‘t the first time someone hasn‘t liked her books. I‘m not sure why this group of grown women decided to gang up on this girl. 2mo
AnansiGirl Wow did you see Northern State U‘s apology to Dessen? People are lambasting them for throwing the student under the bus. 2mo
Eggs @Megabooks I understand the severity—it affected my job and relationships with others. I am sending hugs and zen thoughts to you 💗💗 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks omg!!!! That‘s awful!!! 2mo
OriginalCyn620 Wow 😳 2mo
Megabooks @brittanythebookdragon Right? I mean I‘m sure there are negative reviews on some books on amazon, goodreads, etc. Why did she pick out this one girl in a tiny South Dakota paper?? And why was everyone else so eager to attack?? 2mo
Megabooks @AnansiGirl Yes, I thought they were horrible for not supporting their student!! 2mo
Megabooks @Eggs Thank you so much! It‘s sad how many people can relate. I felt like coming public after a blogger I follow on Instagram did. I really appreciate how supportive you are and your kind soul. 💕💕 2mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620 it was terrible seeing so many adult women act so immature and mean. Some were downright vicious. 2mo
MicheleinPhilly @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Clearly it means we‘re best friends. 😉 2mo
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Ellen is a national treasure! Never. Delete. Your. Account! 2mo
Eggs You‘re welcome. I try to treat others the way that I wish to be treated. My circumstances and missteps have humbled me...❤️❤️ 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MicheleinPhilly clearly!! Besties for sure!! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks Sher is the sweetest 💗💗💗💗 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl How awful! 😢 2mo
Megabooks @CoverToCoverGirl I just found it so disappointing. So many authors, so much negativity. 2mo
CoverToCoverGirl I was completely oblivious until I saw your post, but what occurred is very, very disappointing and quite shocking! As authors they should understand the power of words. 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you for sharing this! I had no idea! This is so heartbreaking...These authors are supposed to be inspiring, walk the talk and practice what they preach. To see Picoult, See, and Gay's names here, authors whom I look up to, as some of the 'bullies', is so disheartening 😭 2mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Sorry not 'See'. Gah thought I saw her name. This is what happens when one types half awake. I wanna say Angie Thomas. Not See. Also why did the Uni have to apologize? I don't see the reason! 2mo
Megabooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz Right! I‘m not a fan of Weiner‘s writing, but she went so far as to compare a student not liking Dessen‘s writing to Larry Nasser???? The whole thing was just awful. 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just googled this!! I was totally unaware!! 2mo
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The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Wisdom | His Holiness Dalai Lama
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#NamasteNovember @Eggs

I have read a portion of this book. Everyone needs to read this. His message is so uplifting.💜💜💜

Zoes_Human Have you read The Book of Joy yet? It's a beautiful book of conversations between the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Their friendship warms my soul. 2mo
TheSpineView @Zoes_Human Not yet, but I want to. 2mo
Eggs Perfect!!! 2mo
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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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Both seasonal and the classic tale of #KindnessIsBest, as the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Future show Ebenezer Scrooge the error of his ways.

#NamasteNovember @Eggs

Eggs Classic choice👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
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Kindness, wonder, and unconditional love were the hallmarks of Fred Rogers‘ legacy. What greater lesson is there for our children to absorb? Just be kind


Fridameetslucy My hero. Always 2mo
Eggs @Fridameetslucy ❤️👏🏻💗 2mo
Bklover ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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"When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind."

“We carry with us, as human beings, not just the capacity to be kind, but the very choice of kindness.”

#NamasteNovember #kindnessisbest
A powerful and moving book.

Eggs Perfect👏🏻💗🤗 2mo
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Day 23 - #KindnessIsBest #TheKindnessofStrangers #DonGeorge #NamasteNovember

A timely collection of inspiring tales, The Kindness of Strangers explores the unexpected human connections that so often transform the experience of travel, and celebrates the gift of kindness around the world.

Eggs Nicely done! This is a popular prompt! 2mo
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