1. If it feels wrong - Don’t Do it!
2. Say exactly what you mean.
3. Don’t be a people pleaser.
4. Trust your instincts.
5. Never speak bad about yourself.
6. Never give up on your dreams.
7. Don’t be afraid to say No.
8. Don’t be afraid to say Yes.
9. Be kind to yourself.
10. Let go of what you can’t control.
11. Stay away from drama and negativity!
12. LOVE!

—  anonymous

[Let’s try something new, shall we?]

I know there’s more than three of you out there, but the rest of you rarely but ever try to socialize with me. We’re going to fix that.

If you see this on your dash, I’d love for you to send me the following

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  • Zodiac Sign
  • Meaning behind tumblr url
  • Hobbies/Interests
  • Why you follow me
  • Random fact about yourself
  • Question for me

It’s time to introduce yourselves darlings!

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Sending a huge 🎉CONGRATS🎉 to all of the nominees and winners of The National Book Awards last night. Robin Coste Lewis won the poetry category for Voyage of the Sable Venus; Neal Shusterman’s Challenger Deep won for Young People’s Literature; Adam Johnson’s Fortune Smiles took home the gold for fiction; Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me won the nonfiction category! & the best news is we have copies of all of them! #nba #nbafinals #nationalbookaward #awardwinners #readthis (at Strand Book Store)

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The New Story of Stuff: Can We Consume Less?

A new study finds that Britons are consuming less than they did a decade ago, with similar patterns being seen across Europe. Could this be the beginning of a trend in developed countries? Might we be reaching “peak stuff”?

Will rich societies start consuming less? Could wealth go green? Might parsimony become the new luxury? Heresy, surely, you would say. But it might just be possible. Take Britain. A new study finds that the country that invented the industrial revolution two centuries ago reached “peak stuff” between 2001 and 2003. In the past decade, Britain has been consuming less water, building materials, paper, food (especially meat), cars, textiles, fertilizers and much else. Travel is down; so is energy production. The country produces less waste, too. This analysis is not the product of data juggling by a free-market think tank. The author of the study is Chris Goodall, a fully-paid-up environmental activist and parliamentary candidate for Britain’s Green Party, but also a stat guzzler who once worked for McKinsey & Company. His books include How to Live a Low-Carbon Life. The stats hold true even when you allow for the ecological footprint from the manufacture of imported goods. And, while the decline in resource use in Britain has accelerated since the economic crisis in 2008, the trend started long before the banking crisis. There was a decline in overall materials use of 4 percent between 2000 and 2007. So it cannot be attributed entirely to recession, and can be expected to survive economic recovery.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

I wish it had been longer. I think that’s the best compliment I can give to a novel. I wanted more, because the characters and the world they inhabit became something special to me.

I’ve liked Neil Gaiman’s work for a while now, having read his Sandman comics as well as other work he’s done in the comic medium. This was the first full novel of his that I’ve read (not counting Good Omens with Terry Pratchett) and he is even more amazing than I already thought he was.

Hi writing, for lack of a more eloquent word, is beautiful. He’s an artist with words. In the past with his work I’ve had other artists doing the seeing of his work for me. When left up to me, it felt like a privilege to turn his words into my own images in my head. I can’t wait to read more of his novels.

American Gods is the story of a man named Shadow whose world falls apart and as a result gets pulled into an arrangement with a man named Wednesday who needs a bodyguard and errand boy. Soon Shadow is exposed to a world just hidden beneath our own, and discovers what happened to the gods of old when they were brought to America by their believers.

I really enjoyed this tale, and what really set it apart were the characters. I really identified with the main character. He’s a shadow of my own personality if you’ll pardon the pun. Holding things in is a talent of mine.

There are a ton of brilliant characters in this book, and an America that you didn’t even know was there. I have this urge to go on a road trip and see some of these places that I never even knew existed…and see if reality is just a little thinner there.

Read this.

Cross Out What You've Already Read (Six is the average)

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte

Harry Potter series - JK Rowling

To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

The Bible - Council of Nicea

Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte 

Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman

Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

Catch 22 - Joseph Heller

Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier

The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien

Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk

Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger

The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Middlemarch - George Eliot

Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald

Bleak House - Charles Dickens

War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy

The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh

Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll

The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy

David Copperfield - Charles Dickens

Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis

Emma - Jane Austen

Persuasion - Jane Austen

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres

Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden

Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

Animal Farm - George Orwell

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown

One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving

The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins

Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery

Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

Lord of the Flies - William Golding

Atonement - Ian McEwan

Life of Pi - Yann Martel

Dune - Frank Herbert

Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons

Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen

A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth

The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon

A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens

Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon

Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov

The Secret History - Donna Tartt

The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 

Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy

Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding 

Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 

Moby Dick - Herman Melville

Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens

Dracula - Bram Stoker

The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson

Ulysses - James Joyce 

The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath

Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome

Germinal - Emile Zola

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray

Possession - AS Byatt

A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens

Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell

The Color Purple - Alice Walker

The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro

Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert

A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry

Charlotte’s Web - EB White

The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom

Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery 

The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks

Watership Down - Richard Adams

A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 

A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute

The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas

Hamlet - William Shakespeare

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl

Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

The Orphan Master’s Son - a comedy, tragedy, and story of knuckle-breaking adventure, all at the same time - won the Pulitzer Prize yesterday. Pick up a copy and find out why Adam Johnson’s story of one man’s challenge to Kim Jong-Il’s rule was 2012’s most irresistible read. A must for anyone who loves big, wrenching stories full of dangerous escapes and comic outrages. (It is possible I just described everyone)