Book-of-Wonders

“I have arrived. With coffee. And a muffin. Thought we could share a cake. How’s the course book coming along?” Harry wondered, stepping into the dimly-lit Photography studio, shuffling across the speckled floor to where you were sat in the corner. Your black coursework book was open on 2 blank, black pages with photos scattered around the space. “Have you been here all morning? You skipped History. I wondered where you were” He pouted, as you looked up at him and gave him a nod, before you smiled and took the Starbucks paper cup from his hold. The Starbucks on the University campus was were the both of you would relax on a rainy day.

“You’re the best boyfriend ever, have I told you that?” You grinned, as he took a seat beside you on the black plush stool. “The book isn’t coming along well. I think I’ve set it out wrong, so it doesn’t make sense at all” You sighed, placing the cup to your lips and taking a hearty sip from the coffee inside. “I’ve made sure that all of the photos where you modelled for me are together, instead of spread out over the book, but I feel that it’s in the wrong order” You groaned, as your head dropped to his shoulder.

“Can I?” He suggested, nodding towards your book. His fingers curled around the pages before he pulled it towards him. You cleared the photos off the page so he could turn the book back to the beginning. “It’s looking amazing, though? I thought you were pleased with it” Harry whispered, as he turned the page. The photos of him coming into view. “Ah. This is my favourite page. Look at that handsome fella” He winked, knocking his knee against yours.

“His girlfriend is lucky. That face is to die for” You giggled, taking the muffin out of the brown paper bag and setting it on top. “Blueberry? You know me too well, Styles” You winked, before pulling off a chunk of the moist cake.

“Hm… I’ve been with you for a year and a half. I know your favourites, by now” He grinned, closing your coursework book. “That is looking amazing. I’m telling you, that is capable of the top marks” He smiled, taking a chunk off the top of the cake. Silence fell between the two of you, yet it was comfortable rather than awkward. Comfortable silences usually fell between the two of you, but they felt cosy and calm. “Do you want the History notes from today? I have them back at my dorm” Harry suggested, as you nodded softly.

“We have that exam next week, don’t we? That little quiz thing?” You smiled, grabbing your satchel and opening the flap. “I’ve called dibs on you as a partner” You giggled, as you slid your coursework book into your bag, sliding the loose photos into the small pocket.

“I’d want no one else as my partner” Harry smiled, as he stood up and picked his coffee cup up. “Here. Lemme take that for you, my love” He whispered, as his fingers gripped at the handle of your satchel and swung it over his shoulder.

“Thank you, H. To your dorm we go!”

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Your leg was hitched over his hips as you laid on your side, with a hand on his chest. Your fingers were drawing soft patterns in the material of his shirt. His University dorm was a lot warmer and bigger than yours, and you’d spent more time there than your own. You were only a block away from him, but to the both of you, it felt you were on different sides of the campus.

The TV was playing a random E4 show, but neither of you were interested in it. Your ears had perked up when you heard the chatter of his dorm neighbours, followed by clinks of glasses and beer bottles, and the cheers of the lads playing Fifa.

“Are you sure you don’t want to go out there with them?” You wondered, as he reached for the TV remote and turned the volume up. “I don’t mind. I’ll just go back to my dorm. I need to ring my mum anyway. Tell her about the plans for the weekend. I’m still coming to your mums house, yeah?” You asked, as you looked up at him and caught him staring with a smirk on his face.

“I want to stay with you. I’d much rather be here, cuddled with you, than out there getting pissed” Harry whispered, nudging his nose against your head. “Mum said you can still come, yeah. We’ll just ring yours tomorrow and tell her. I want to sleep, cuddled up right now” He yawned, rubbing his sleeve-covered hands over his face. His body was adorned with a baggy Nike jumper and a pair of Adidas shorts, whereas you were snuggled down into one of his hoodies and a pair of sweatpants you kept at his dorm.

“That sounds delightful, Harry. Let’s just… Let’s just sleep. I’m sleepy” You grinned, and pressed kisses to his neck. “I love you. So much..”

“I love you too, my little love bug. I love you too”

anonymous asked:

If your character was one person from Greek mythology who would they be?

ERIS: Goddess of Strife and Discord.

“I feel their rage…their beautiful hatred…rousing me. ‘We’re hungry’ their prayers whisper. ‘For the food you bring.’ Without hatred and anger the apples have no substance. And I so hunger for their worship.”

Eris is a daughter of Zeus and Hera, often doing Hera’s bidding and occasionally working alongside her brother Ares, the God of War. According to a poet, when Zeus went to fight one of the last sons of Gaia Eris was this monsters escort. However, the most famous tale of Eris is that while scorned because she was uninvited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, as revenge she arrived anyway and threw a golden apple into the party with the words ‘for the fairest’ written on it. This is the scene that began to Trojan war.

Today we welcome Stacey Barney to Behind the Book to talk about The Wrath and the Dawn, the sumptuous story of a young Caliph who weds a new bride every night only to have her executed the next morning, and Shazi, the 16-year-old who marries the Caliph to seek revenge but instead finds that everything about him is not as it appears. Stacey’s edited amazing YA like the action-packed Scan and Burn, The Well’s End series, plus award-winning titles such as Misty Copeland’s Firebird and Tara Sullivan’s Golden Boy, so she knows incredible writing when she sees it. Read on to see why she believes Renee will become a storyteller for the ages!

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Books are often wonderful echoes of the authors who write them and that is certainly the case with Renee Ahdieh and The Wrath and the Dawn. When I first sat down with Renee’s debut on submission, I was immediately swept away and found myself emerged in a very rich world. I could see, touch, hear, smell and even taste the entire kingdom of Khorasan—Renee’s delectable attention to detail for the setting, the fashions and even the food the characters ate was impressive and helped complete the immersive experience. It also made me extremely hungry. 

The characters felt like old friends and I could not and would not put the book down until I knew what would befall each and every member of this eclectic and charming cast of characters peopling this world. It was the kind of submission that made me nervous…the kind of must-have love for a book that an editor feels so rarely. It piqued my competitive spirit. I knew there must be some editor somewhere else in New York having the same reaction, experiencing the same sense of must-have wonder. But then there was something about the manuscript that felt like it was already at home with me because I felt most at home with it. I was overjoyed when Renee officially chose Putnam as her publishing home. We’d spoken on the phone before meeting and I found Renee delightful–as delightful as I’d found her story and the characters therein. 

The Wrath and the Dawn was a perfect echo of who she was–funny, warm, an adventurous and bold spirit, a person who feels deeply and sees the world in a very sensory way, and a person you root for. And even with a sumptuous love story, lush writing, exhilarating plot twists with danger and intrigue lurking at every turn, after meeting Renee, I understood the thing that really sold me on The Wrath and the Dawn—it’s an incredibly human story, an honest and big-hearted look at the human condition: what tortures us and what thrills us; our deepest pain and our purest joy. Renee had brought all that to her storytelling and more because it is all of who she is. 

I am pleased to have helped bring this story into the world and even more pleased to know Renee Ahdieh. Like her protagonist, Shazi, Renee is an absolute force of nature—one that will not be denied. A talent like no other, Renee will become a storyteller for the ages. I simply cannot wait for people to read the conclusion to Shazi’s story and to read more from Renee in the future. Simply irresistible.  

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Thank you, Stacey, for a look behind the book!

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Elissa Washuta | My Body Is a Book of Rules

pungent aromatic voracious American

I can smell you
It’s nice and I like it
Did you know that I am real

No one said immortality would be easy–
I’m a smeller you know, that’s what I am–
You were always right to fear me.

But don’t fear:
I have learned to feel
to smell you

My Darling,

I have written you countless letters like this one. They are scattered through every notebook, on old receipts, on loose papers tucked into my favorite books. I wonder what you would say if I gave one of them to you. Would you smile and be pleased, like you were with the little ones I left on your pillow on the nights I stayed over? Or would it simply be weird now? It has been 7 months. I still miss you every day.

For a little while I thought I was making progress. I hadn’t seen you in almost two months and I had come close to convincing myself that maybe, just maybe, it was the memory of you that I was in love with. Then one night you showed up unexpectedly while I was hanging out with friends. And even after time and space it was exactly the same. Seeing you made my heart beat too fast and I couldn’t keep my eyes off of you. It felt like finally coming home. You hugged me and I couldn’t remember how to breath even though I wanted to drown in your scent. You still remembered exactly how to move around me. I’ve never met someone so good at reading my movements and knowing how to make the most awkward of interactions look perfectly practiced and easy.

I do not regret anything that happened with us. You were a blessing, a gift I never underestimated the value of. And even though I miss you every day, even though I fall asleep to thoughts of you and dream of more, I want you to find happiness. With or without me.

I know that you are unhappy. I know that you have endured things that I can only imagine the edges of. I know that you are lonely and scared and so very very tired of fighting. I wish you would let me help you. And not only when you are so drunk that you cannot help falling apart. I wish you knew that no matter what you told me I would not be disgusted or repelled. I would not pity you. You are too strong and too brave for pity. You’re a beautiful person Darling and you deserve someone to take up some of the fighting for you, beside you. You don’t have to do it alone. Please don’t ever forget that whenever you’re ready to need a friend, I’m always, always here.

I love you. I will always love you. And I think I will always hope that you find your way back to me. But if you do not please know that I wish you the utmost happiness in everything. And I am forever yours.

With all my heart,

B

justletmelie asked:

I need book recs desperately...

Sure…!

• The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

• Wonder by R. J. Palacio

• Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

• The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

• All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

• Cinder by Marissa Meyer

• The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

• Amy & Rodger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

• Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

• A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Hope you can find something you like!

bookishvibe asked:

I love your blog!! I just made my new one dedicated solely to books, and I was wondering if you had any recommendations of other book blogs to follow?

Helloo :D There are no specific rules you have to follow to start a book blog. Just be yourself and share anything that you love in any way you want :) But if you want some general tips and advice here you go:

  • Be an active blogger. You can like/reblog other people’s posts or you can stick to original content if you like. If you are going to be away for a while, you can always set up a queue.
  • Have an organised theme. There are a lot of free Tumblr themes that are easy to use and visually appealing. 
  • Follow more book blogs
  • Share your thoughts or any opinions about books with your followers. 
  • Post original content and you can tag them. Tagged posts are easier to find and more likely to be seen by other blogs. 
  • Participate in book photo challenges: Books & Cupcakes Book Photo Challenge || Tea-Books-Lover Music Book Photo Challenge || Just One Word Book Photo Challenge 
  • HAVE FUN! That is the most important thing :) xx 

The website where I’m currently spending far too much time browsing and downloading from.

Mostly I’m focusing on the crochet books, but the rest amazingly wonderful to browse through, as I’m especially interested in the books from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

holdontothethingsyoulove asked:

hi! so I stayed up to the late hours finished RQ and then came on tumblr and have been basically creeping on you ever since (only slightly weird but I promise I'm not a stalker! haha) so now I am very sleep deprived but I just wanted to say thankyou sososo much for such a wonderful book! to be honest, I wasn't expecting much as I'm not usually that into fantasy when reading but you blew me away, it was amazing! And that 'Maven, help me get up. No I don't think so' part KILLED me I loved maven! x

Ugh, I love that part. In my head, that’s where everything goes wonky dutch angles. Thank you!!

bailseybooksy asked:

Hi Polly! I was wondering which is your favorite John Green book and why? (I was wondering because there seems to be a wide variety of favorite John Green books but some seem to be considerably more popular than others) 😊 Thanks ~Bailey 🐢

Hi Bailey!

Favourite John Green book? Definitely The Fault in Our Stars! It’s one of the books that got me back into reading and it reminds me of a great time in my life as well so I’ll always love it!

Thanks for your question love! <3

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Abu Yahya Zakariya ibn Muhammad ibn Mahmud-al-Qazwini, Wonders of the Seven Seas (Marvels of Things Created and Miraculous Aspects of Things Existing); facsimile of a page from an illuminated manuscript transcribed some time in the 17th or 18th century (Persia).