book-rec

So, since we were called to … arms? Book shelves? Keyboards? Here I am, presenting you with my recommendation.

It’s from 1979, it’s gay, it’s circus, it’s so non-fantasy that I still wonder whether Marion Zimmer Bradley REALLY did write this.

First off, I am NOT a huge Zimmer Bradley fan, not as much as I used to be, especially regarding her more fantastic books (these are an entirely different can of worms and MAYBE I’ll open it. One day.)

I’m here today however to talk and gush and squee and – a bit – shudder about her 1979 novel „The Catch Trap“.

Set in the USA in the mid-1940’s to the early 1950’s „The Catch Trap“ tells the story about Tommy Zane and Mario Santelli, two boys born into Circus life and currently traveling with their respective families as part of a small circus. Tommy, while being the son of two lion trainers has absolutely no intent of taking up this profession, but shows great aptitute for air ballet and bear a deep fascinaion for trapeze flying. So naturally he starts to befriend the youngest offspring of the italo-american Santelli clan who provide said trapeze flying to their circus company. Mario however, while encouraging his interest in trapeze flying, remains somewhat distant and it takes a good while til Tommy finds out why. Mario is several things: Roman-catholic. Gay. Once-convicted. And in love with Tommy.

Considering the setting, you probably wont expect a smooth ride and sunshine. So I think part of this recommendation is me saying and assuring you that yes! They will live, they find their niche and their place in life and in society, even though it takes them several years and a lot of worry and fear and tears, they find happiness and this is in large part due to their mutual love for trapeze flying (I think they described it as being extremely intimate in public without anybody noticing and it’s seriously awesome).

So… what are the important themes of this book?

Strangely enough, given the fact Tommy is 14, not the discovery of identity. Tommy worries a bit about what he discovers about himself, but feels comfortable enough with it. The more important thing is the worry about social repercussions and how this fear informs actions and thoughts of the characters, starting from fake-dating unsuspecting girls (it ends nasty) towards being afraid of even the most innocent actions in public.

Plus, some lovely, well-thought out in-story discourses about how representation matters both for those who do the representation and for thoe who receive it and how times WILL change but how Tommy and his generation will probably not be able to fully embrace this, simply because their paranoia kept them alive for so long…

This all being the backdrop to a gripping, rich history of a circus family, a world that’s at once glittering and glamourous and covered in sweat, hard work, blood and danger and dedication – and this world itself being the backdrop for such interesting, complex, multi facetted and on occasion downright contradictionairy characters (also rather messed up in Mario’s case. Seriously. Fendassor and I already joked about how Seregil and Vanyel Ashkevron could open a therapy group about their issues (and never talk about their issues, masters of not-talking-about-issues they are and rather play harp all day long). Mario totally could join them and contribute his dancing.)

Plus I adore Papa Tony. Over 70, italian patriarch over his family and … he watches his grandson and a boy in his care growing closer and closer and he admits he doesn’t understand why and what, but they don’t harm anyone or each other and they even seem to thrive, so why would he judge them? It’s heartwarming and inspiring.

So, a book I can recommend with all my heart?

Well, yes and no.

First of, please be warned about the age thing. Tommy in the beginning is 14, Mario 21. I personally was never that troubled by the age difference itself, but I am aware several people here might be, so be warned. Considering the story spans eight years (and has an interuption of five) it evens out.

There is one thing I found extremely troubling though…

Mario, 21, fondles Tommy, 14. They’re not together yet. Tommy is half asleep. They’re on the backseat of a car. With Marios uncle and grandfather in the front seats.

this might be a tad problematic.

This is my main angry point about this book and it would be an a lot bigger angry point if Tommy didn’t call Mario out (harshly) on it later. This scene too raises the question whether Mario is in general interested in younger boys. Considering the in the late 1970’s still-prevalent idea that gay men are pedophiles this might be deliberate (compare to Mercedes Lackeys „Last Herald Mage“ Vanyel, who in-story has to diffuse similar accusations).

All in all – if you can find it, check it out. You can find „The Catch Trap“ on amazon here and in general you can try your luck everywhere where you get used books. Keep tissues ready. You gonna need them.

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Here is a full list of all the Percy Jackson books to date; however, The Staff of Serapis is not. It will be added when I can find a link. If you do decide to read this series, I am not responsible for any trauma, emotional breakdowns, and/or aching hearts. But I will be here, waiting for you with a box of tissues and blue food. You’ll understand the blue thing later. [Percy Jackson thing]

*These books are important to understanding the 2nd series.

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians {1sᴛ sᴇʀɪes}

The Lighting Thief [ʜᴇʀe]
The Sea of Monsters [ʜᴇʀe]
The Titan’s Curse [ʜᴇʀe]
The Battle of the Labyrinth [ʜᴇʀe]
The Last Olympian [ʜᴇʀe]

*The Demigod Files [ʜᴇʀe]

The Heroes of Olympus {2ɴᴅ sᴇʀɪes}

The Lost Hero [ʜᴇʀe]
Son of Neptune [ʜᴇʀe]

*The Demigod Diaries [ʜᴇʀe]

The Mark of Athena [ʜᴇʀe]
The House of Hades [ʜᴇʀe]

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Extras:

Percy Jackson & The Singer of Apollo [ʜᴇʀe]
Son of Sobek [ʜᴇʀe]

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For the love of God, read YA. 

No, not that. Read this

TRUE GRIT BY CHARLES PORTIS: This is YA. I will fight you tooth and nail if you say otherwise. 14 year old Mattie Ross leaves home to bury her father and get revenge for his death. Both equally funny and intelligent and a coming of age story in a strange, adventurous way. I love this book and Mattie fiercely. 

When we reached the top I said, “Wait, stop a minute.” He said, “What is it?” I said, “There is something wrong with my hat.” He stopped and turned around. “Your hat?” said he. I took it off and slapped him in the face with it two or three times and made him drop the reins.

UNWIND BY NEAL SHUSTERMAN: Dystopians were a huge thing after The Hunger Games (think Divergent and The Maze Runner). Unwind was published a year prior to THG. But it really, it’s like…there is no other YA dystopian that can top this. Nothing (sometimes I think it can be seen on the same level as other classic dystopians—sometimes).  It’s one of the most politically driven dystopians I’ve come across. It’s also one of the few YA books that actually tackles how society views and treats teenagers. I want to gush more, but I’ll stop and let you decide. But fair warning, this book hurts in so many ways. It’s hard to read. But then it’s hard not to read either. 

In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong, and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.

“I’d rather be partly great than entirely useless.”

WHITE CAT BY HOLLY BLACK: One of the reasons why I love White Cat is that it’s a mash up of different genres—magic realism, crime, mystery—and it does it EXCELLENTLY. There is this sort of twisted grittiness that makes Cassel and his (fucked up) family so appealing. They manipulate and lie to each other’s faces and then say I love you. Also, Cassel is such a great, fun narrator. And unreliable. You desperately want him to forgive and love himself, it’s insane.

Once someone’s hurt you, it’s harder to relax around them, harder to think of them as safe to love. But it doesn’t stop you from wanting them.

RED RISING BY PIERCE BROWN: By the end of this book you will be screaming BLOODYDAMN, GOOD MAN. This series is intense on numerous levels. It’s a science fiction mashed with historical context (heavy heavy Roman culture. Greek myth themes are incorporated as well). It’s incredibly smart, and fast paced. Even if you’re expecting a twist or turn, something else will shock you. Some crazy shit happens, man. The characters suck you in and refuse to let you go even when you beg and cry. Darrow is a great lead, even if he is a bit Gary Stue. He gets the shit beat out of him plenty of times to make up for it. I wonder if Brown intended Darrow’s journey to resemble a Greek hero’s. Fair warning: this book has major issues (its sexist, there’s rape). I’m trash for suggesting it.

Funny thing, watching gods realize they’ve been mortal all along.

THE KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO BY PATRICK NESS: Chaos Walking (the series name) is the only series that’s had me sobbing. Unwind is emotional by the themes presented. Chaos Walking is emotional thanks to the damn narrative. Todd is your modern Huck Finn on some distant, strange planet where he lives in a town full of men, where thoughts are heard loud and clear, whether you want them to or not. This book is about a boy and his dog who find a girl who crash landed on this strange planet. They make a run for it from this town of crazy men into the unknown. Basically this is a coming of age story. Todd and Viola goes through some pretty twisted stuff. I don’t even wanna talk about it because it’s messed up man.

And the pain is too much it’s too much it’s too much and my hands are on my head and I’m rearing back and my mouth is open in a never-ending wordless wail of all the blackness that’s inside me.
And I fall back into it.

THE WINNER’S CURSE BY MARIE RUTKOSKI: Oh yes. This is a romance and fantasy. But don’t fret! Something amazing occurs. Intelligent. Characters. The romance isn’t a forbidden one—it’s an impractical one. The fantasy elements are soft, but they’re unique enough (and in further books they develop and grow—it’s great). Rutkuski’s prose is almost poetic at times. This is what you get from an experienced author. More importantly, Kestrel is one of the most intelligent flawed female characters out there. If you get sucked in quick enough, you can finish this in one sitting.

He knew the law of such things: people in brightly lit places cannot see into the dark.

THE RAVEN BOYS BY MAGGIE STIEFVATER: I almost didn’t put this on here, but then I thought better. You’re living under a rock if you haven’t heard of or seen this book on tumblr. There is a whole searching for a dead king to grant one wish plot going on, but really it’s about the four boys and one girl and their relationships with one another. Complex relationships. That makes you laugh and cry and swoon. Seriously some great stuff here. It helps that Stiefvater is such a talented writer. God, I hate her seriously what did you do? Swallow a dictionary???

Gansey had once told Adam that he was afraid most people didn’t know how to handle Ronan. What he meant by this was that he was worried that one day someone would fall on Ronan and cut themselves.

Peace out,

Caitlin

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Books everyone should read //The Raven Boys by Maggie Stievater

“The key, Gansey found, was that you had to believe that they existed; you had to realized they were part of something bigger. Some secrets only gave themselves up to those who’d proven themselves worthy.”

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn’t believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

Maggie Stiefvater comes a spellbinding series where the inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never been before.

I’m SO TIRED of high fantasy books that are about mysterious, tortured straight dudes that are mysteriously good at everything, with whom the female character has a student/mentor relationship but will invariably end up sleeping with

And as much as I appreciate how good dystopian fiction can be for kick ass female characters, I just want some kick ass high fantasy female characters

HEY YOU AGAIN YEAH YOU PROCRASTINATING ON TUMBLR

YEAH THAT’S RIGHT IT’S ME THE GEN REX PERSON WHO USES TOO MUCH CAPS AND TOO LITTLE PUNCTUATION BECAUSE MY PERIOD AND COMMA KEYS ARE BROKE

I’VE GOT A BOOK SERIES FOR YOU THIS TIME ONE THAT'S 

HARDCORE

AS

FUCK

YEAH I’M TALKING ABOUT THE SKULDUGGERY PLEASANT SERIES AND YEAH THAT’S A FUCKING WELL-DRESSED SKELETON WHO CAN SHOOT FIRE FROM HIS HANDS

THIS BOOK SERIES IS PROBABLY ONE OF THE BEST THINGS I’VE READ AND IS DEFINITELY NOT FOR THE 6-12 YEAR OLDS THE COVER SAYS IT’S FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS BOOK GO HARD AS FUCK AND IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BOOK WITH 

A SUPER DIVERSE CAST OF CHARACTERS

A HELLA RAD FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER WHO IS BEAUTIFULLY PORTRAYED AND NOT ONE OF THOSE FLAT STRONG/UNEMOTIONAL FEMALE CHARACTERS ALONG WITH A CRAZY COOL CAST OF PEOPLE

A WILD CRAZY MODERN FANTASY SETTING THAT WOULD MAKE ANYONE WHO READS THIS SHIT THEMSELVES IN SHOCK OF HOW FUCKING FANTASTICALLY IT’S PORTRAYED

REALLY PAINFUL EMOTIONAL SCENES THAT WILL RIP YOUR HEART OUT OF YOUR CHEST AND FEED IT TO A HUNGRY DOG

AND THE BEST PART? FANTASTIC WRITING SKILL WITH HILARIOUS AND WITTY DIALOGUE THAT DOESN’T OVERDO IT WITH THE WORDS WHILE GIVING YOU BOOKS THAT ARE HELLA LONG BUT HELLA RAD

AND MORE THINGS THAT YOU WOULD FIND OUT IF YOU READ THIS FUCKING SERIES I HOPE THIS PIQUED YOUR NERDY ASS BOOK INTEREST BECAUSE IF YOU EVER READ ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE YOU SHOULD READ THIS 

anonymous asked:

I've just recently started to find out that poetry is better than air, but my knowledge on poets is limited. Who are your favorites? I'm talking online or ones with published works. A long list would be absolutely perfect.

Ooh ooh ooh!!

Online (though some of these lovelies are published as well!): alonesomes, theseoverusedwords, writingsforwinter, exaheleinkskinned, hollowtowers, kaitrokowski, commovente, clementinevonradics, contramonte, viperslang, vapourise, benedictsmith, lora-mathis, 5000letters, rustyvoices, lipfused, inkywings, overwhelmington, wordsoftakumi, razor-echolalia, modesofexpression, bradburyblues, radueriel, misehry, latenightcornerstore, battybatty, deeplystained, spiritslyrics, s-k-e-t-c-h-e-d, shinji-moon

And I’d recommend any and all books by Richard Siken, Leonard Nimoy, Allen Ginsberg, Silvia Plath, Pablo Neruda, Andrea Gibson, Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, Dylan Thomas, Anna Akhmatova, Rudy Francisco, Jeanann Verlee, Margaret Atwood, and Walt Whitman.

Happy reading!

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d.a.s

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I interrupt your dashboard to bring you an important announcement:

YOU SHOULD READ THESE BOOKS. [x] [x]

Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, allow me to explain why.

  • Microchips that calculate your compatibility with other people
  • A messed up (but perfectly functional) world that has come to rely on these microchips
  • Kickass female lead who knows whats up
  • She acknowledges her mistakes and takes them in stride
  • Kickass hilarious side-kick. Kind of. (Not best friend. They aren’t friends. Kind of.)
  • Great love interest. Seriously. 
  • Dynamic characters who make you feel things
  • Sass
  • PLOT TWISTS GALORE
  • They’re never ever boring
  • Shiny covers
  • Heartbreak you’ll be happy about even though it hurts so much
  • I don’t even know how to words when it comes to this duology
  • Written by Australian author Jessica Shirvington *fist pump*
  • have average Goodreads ratings of 4.35 and 4.61 :’)
  • If you have any doubts about the awesomeness of these books  you can talk to anyone I’ve forced to read it like literatureloveaffair, thebooker, thegirlofnovels, a-noveltea, thebookhangover. And pixelski who had read it before I did.

Unfortunately they’re only available in Australia at the moment, but they should really be more widely available. Spread the word, guys. 

AND AUSSIES- GET. ON. THIS. 

meanttobeextraordinary asked:

So I love your Greek mythology stories and reading and saw you just bought a bunch of mythology books. What books would you recommend to a semi mythology noob?

*cracks knuckles* OK, so I did a book rec list a while back, but I’ve read a lot more since then, and so it’s about time I did an update. 

Long post coming up; please do feel free to press J to skip if mythology books aren’t your thing!

Without further ado, let us plunge right in.

Classical sources

One place to start, if you feel ready or willing, is by looking at the Classical sources themselves. Apart from the first bullet point, the books listed below are all compendiums of Greek mythology that date from the Classical period*; there are a million other Classical texts that I love but haven’t recommended (eg there are Greek plays with a mythology based narrative, such as Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus) because I’ve focused on texts which recount more than one specific myth.

  • Of course, the first two things I have to recommend in good conscience are the Iliad and the Odyssey, both by Homer. I think that these two texts, particularly the Iliad, are really vital for anyone who wants to see where it all began; the Iliad is, after all, one of the oldest examples of Western literature, dating from around 800 - 750 BC, and although it’s not strictly the story that we tend to think of when we think about mythology, it’s really important - in my opinion! - to look at some of the earliest examples on record of the gods’ actions, motives and alliances.
  • Library of Greek Mythology / Bibliotheca - Pseudo-Apollodorus. This one is useful in that it is another classical source. It’s essentially a compendium of all the major Greek myths, dating from around 150 AD. I’m not going to lie to you, it can be pretty heavy going; it’s definitely a case of substance over style, and is very dry in places. However, it’s one of the texts from which we have most of our knowledge of Greek mythology, so it’s a bit of an essential, really.
    Interesting fact for you, though - it’s sometimes attributed to Apollodorus, but dude died in like 150 BC, so unless he was using some sort of vessel from beyond the grave to do his writing duties, he’s not the author; hence the attribution Pseudo-Apollodorus. 
  • Theogony - Hesiod. This one dates from around 700 BC and is essentially a genealogical history of the Greek gods. Like Bibliotheca, it’s probably not one for whiling away a Saturday evening, but it was an incredibly influential text, and one from which, along with Hesiod’s Work and Days, we get much of our understanding of Greek culture.
  • Metamorphoses - Ovid, around 8 AD. You know how I feel about Metamorphoses. I recommend it so highly because, like the previous two texts, it’s one of the books which has been most influential regarding our modern knowledge of mythology. However, unlike the previous two texts, it’s incredibly readable. Ovid, being a Roman fellow, didn’t write in the Greek epic style that Hesiod and Homer favoured, keeping rigidly to the narrative structure and focusing on the narrative rather than the style, and instead wrote in an epic style derivative of theirs (with a shared meter) that we’d consider far more typical of poetry today, using the form to invoke imagery and play with the narrative content. In his day, he was often derided for using style over substance, but of course, there’s enough substance in his poems to make the style a welcome addition.
    Plus, his poems came into huge favour during the Renaissance, which means that most of the images we have depicting scenes from Classical mythology are inspired by them as told in Metamorphoses. Rad.

As stated above, there are myriad other Classical texts which recount particular myths in detail - my personal favourite text based on Oedipus, for example, is Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, as well as his other Theban plays (Antigone and Oedipus at Colonus), and there are of course about 5108375 other texts for all the myths; more than you can shake a stick at. Argonautica by Apollonius Rhodius is the go-to text for the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, for example. Euripides wrote on the same myth (although further along in the narrative) with Medea. Both Euripides and Sophocles took on the myth of Electra in their equally originally and indeed identically named plays Electra and, erm, Electra. You’d need to research all those for yourself as I can’t even begin to list them all. No-one could. Many apol. 

Allusions to mythology

Once you’ve got a good groundwork of the mythology, it might be within your interests to have a look at some other Classical sources that don’t necessarily retell the myths, but use them or change them so as to suit their own purpose. For example:

  • Protagoras by Plato (428/7 - 348/7 BC) is a philosophical dialogue about whether or not virtue can be taught. In this text, the sophist Protagoras recounts the myth of Prometheus and the birth of mankind, but does so in such a way - elaborating on details that have not previously or since been recorded as mythological canon - that it directly supports his own argument. This is kind of groovy because it shows that as far back as Plato, people were invoking myths from the common consciousness and applying them for purposes other than entertainment or theology. 
  • Some fragments of Sappho’s (~630 - ~570 BC) poetry also relate and recount well known myths, such as Fragment 16, which essentially characterises Helen of Sparta, who wasn’t given much of a voice in Homer’s original works. Again, she doesn’t really expand upon the myth in detail, but chooses particular details to create specific images, primarily those of love and domesticity. This too shows that the nature of mythological stories and texts has never been untouchable; they’ve been invoked and reworked ever since they first appeared (and this is why I get pissy when people say that I’ve told ‘the wrong version’ of a myth - there is no wrong version!)

There’s a whole host of others - you could look further at Plato’s dialogues, for example, or at more Greek / Roman poetry, but those two are my personal favourites, and I cannot even begin to list all of them. I’d be here for the next 67 years.

Modern compendiums

There are also, of course, many modern books which collate and retell mythology in a way that might be more engaging to someone who wants to learn about mythology but doesn’t necessarily want to slog through the old texts yet, which is absolutely valid! 

  • The Greek Myths by Robert Graves is basically the standard recommended modern collection of mythology, although it’s slightly dated at this point, being first published in 1955. It’s a good book, though; an incredibly weighty tome which really does cover all the myths you could think of. It does read a little dry, which is disappointing (you’re capable of more, Robert Graves!) but it really is a useful reference book. 
  • The Golden Bough by James George Frazer is another dated but useful text, published in its completed form in 1915. It’s an incredibly useful text because it takes a comparative approach on the study of several religious canons, seeking as its thesis to discuss the shared themes and possible reasons for this from a modernist anthropological perspective. It’s fucking stacked, at around 1,000 pages depending on the edition you have (mine is just over 900, I think) but it’s really interesting from a more critical perspective.
  • Tales of Ancient Greece - Enid Blyton. But really, you cry? Really? You’re recommending a children’s book; one written in 1930, at that? Well, yes. Yes, I am. It’s a book that I first read as a child, and which got me into Greek mythology. You have this book to thank for all the retellings I’ve done (or to blame, depending on how you look at it). It tells a good variety of myths, from Baucis and Philemon to Apollo and Daphne, and yes, it sanitises them out of necessity (eg rapes become trysts) but if you’re coming at this from an entirely blank perspective, with absolutely no knowledge of the myths at all, I can honestly recommend it. Stop looking at me like that. No-one is too good for Enid Blyton, you hear me? No-one

There are also, it goes without saying, absolutely hundreds of modern critical texts which seek to dissect and analyse myths from certain literary perspectives. I’m not going to list any here because I don’t feel as though they’d be appropriate or indeed of interest for a mythology newbie, mostly because I think you’d need a fairly rounded knowledge of the myths to understand or really benefit from a lot of the texts, but it’s fair to say that, should you ever reach the point whereby you do want to read about critical analyses of mythological sources and traditions, you won’t find the book well too dry. 

Hopefully there’s something there of interest or use! If I’ve left anything off, I may amend this list at a later date, or I may not. Who knows? I’m a free spirit. Also, if anyone else has any particular recommendations, feel free to share them! It would be rad if this could become a really wide reaching source list. 

* tiny disclaimer, because I know this will get picked up on - by ‘Classical period’, I’m referring to the widely accepted definition of the term as encompassing Ancient Greece from its earliest recorded works (~800 BC) up to the fall of Rome and the very end of Late Antiquity (around 700 AD), although none of the texts listed above and defined as Classical are from any period later than the Roman Empire.

limitless list of loved literature 
➥ready player one by ernest cline 

“I created the OASIS because I never felt at home in the real world. I didn’t know how to connect with the people there. I was afraid, for all of my life, right up until I knew it was ending. That was when I realized, as terrifying and painful as reality can be, it’s also the only place where you can find true happiness. Because reality is real.”

anonymous asked:

what books are have you been reading recently? i really need some inspo! 💛

books:

  • The Stranger by Albert Camus (get the more recent translation unless u can read French in which case definitely do that bc I wish I could)
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison (read this for a class and it is truly a work of art, it’s won a bunch of awards)
  • The Life of Pi by Yann Martel (i’m actually in the middle of this) (haven’t seen the movie)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz (I’ve heard from good sources that his other books Drown and This Is How You Lose Her are also wonderful)
  • Atonement by Ian McEwan (there’s also a movie which has cinematography that is somehow as beautiful as McEwan’s writing)

short stories (with links!):

as always, for more go to urbancatfitters.com/tagged/book-rec

Okay, nuggets, sit down and shut up because I am about to take you on a fucking voyage of discovery. 

You see these books? These are the Alex Verus novels by Benedict Jacka and they are absolutely 100% what are missing from your life. “Why?” I hear you ask. Well gather close, children and I will tell you. 

You want a modern day magical fantasy set in London? These books. Reluctant hero that just wants to run his shop and be left the fuck alone? These books. A mixture of the light hearted and the down right disturbing? These muthafucking books, my friends. 

We’ve got POC, we’ve got well rounded female characters, we’ve got giant, sassy, talking spiders. The only thing we got missing is queer characters and the reason for that is *leans close and whispers* there is hardly any fucking romance in these books. “What’s that? A book where the two primary characters are a female and a male and there’s no massive romantic sub plot all the way through?” That’s right! Any romance is pretty brief and underlying and not at all the drive of the story. 

If you do one thing in 2015 I strongly suggest you read these books because they filled the void that Harry Potter left in my soul and there’s still more to come.

Young Adult Lit. Meme: 4/10 series or books

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen 

“Listen,” Kristy said, “the truth is, nothing is guaranteed. You know that more than anybody.” She looked at me hard, making sure I knew what she meant. I did. “So don’t be afraid. Be alive.

“It’s the same thing,” I told her.

“What is?”

“Being afraid and being alive.”

“No,” she said slowly, and now it was as if she was speaking a language she knew at first I wouldn’t understand, the very words, not to mention the concept, being foreign to me. “Macy, no. It’s not”

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