i watched the new(ish) Little Prince movie today!!! the overarching story was weird and i’m still not sure how i feel about it, but the stop-motion papercraft book scenes were absolutely gorgeous! i wasn’t prepared for it to be so moving though, maybe i’m just getting more emotional about movies lately but i cried at least twice

i’ve been wanting to see it since it was first advertised and i really enjoyed it! it came out last year so everyone who was going to see it probably already has, but i definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of the book! it’s worth it for those stop-motion scenes no matter what you think of the main cgi-animated story 

apoipictures  asked:

When did the first 100 days of a president's term become something to look at? Which president had the most productive first 100 days in their term?

FDR is when the first 100 days really became a thing, and his first hundred days are generally considered the most productive. Jonathan Alter wrote a book focusing on that part of his Presidency a few years ago that I would recommend: The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope (BOOK | KINDLE).

I’d also suggest that LBJ’s first hundred days were extremely productive but they aren’t seen in the same light as FDR’s because LBJ was an accidental President and JFK’s assassination overshadowed everything LBJ was accomplishing after succeeding Kennedy (things that JFK couldn’t get done on his own before he was murdered).

anonymous asked:

hey um, this is a ridiculous question but like. what are books or websites about Buddhism youd recommend to soneone who knows literally nothing about it? im interested because ive seen you talk about it before, so thank you

nah youre fine. i have a buddhism page if you wanna read my paraphrasing of stuff ive learned, but other than that i recommend buddhanet for like a really mediocre introduction to buddhism (i say mediocre because im not a fan of the way they express things sometimes), and if you wanna inquire further i actually recommend wikipedia because it gives a pretty good overview of the philosophical foundations of most practices and concepts. Thich Nhat Hanh is really popular and so is Pema Chodron but theyre more on the non-specific spiritual side of things that makes buddhism palatable to the west as a secular practice of self-help. if you want to learn more about the material practices of buddhists i recommend going to a nearby temple or finding some online buddhist community. every person youll talk to online will always recommend finding a teacher to talk to face-to-face and tbh i agree with them.

starhoejpg  asked:

hey! I stumbled upon your blog and I noticed you really like this trilogy with characters like Renee walker? the premise looks super cool and I was wondering the name of the books/movies/whatever they are? thanks!!

ofc! it’s a trilogy called all for the game, the first book is called the foxhole court and its free on smashwords and the second and third one are a dollar each

i recommend you reading the summary since the beginning can get a bit confusing, but in short its about a group of troubled kids who play a made up sport called exy, and how all their fucked up pasts interweave one way or another. im completely biased obviously but i love these books and the characters so so much and i want people to love them as much as i do so give them a chance <3 i hope this helped!

edit: omg i didnt mean to post this im sorry

actuallanguagenerd  asked:

I'm really in love with your blog and all your book recommendations. I keep screenshots of them open when I go book shopping so I can remember which ones I want. So far it's worked, I've loved the ones I've read! You're the best, thank you!

bless. and they say tumblr people don’t sell books.
but this also means youre reading very diverse stuff, which i love and applaud you for. bless ur soul my buddy i appreciate it

anonymous asked:

Hi! I recently read symptoms of being human and even though I don't personally identify as gender fluid, their struggle with coming out to those around them really hit home with me. I was wondering if you could recommend any books that deal with the main character (preferably girl or nonbinary) coming out and the difficulty with it?

Definitely. From lightest to heaviest, Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler*, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan, Ask the Passengers by AS King, The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth, Her Name in the Sky by Kelly Quindlen, and Far From You by Tess Sharpe.

*full disclosure: I’m the author

anonymous asked:

Hey Chris! I know you recommended the podcast Running on Om which I really enjoyed!! I found a "The Rich Roll Podcast" on iTunes and thought of you! It goes into a lot of things such as veganism in sports, healthy lifestyles and mentalities, zen, and how to be more body positive. Highly recommend! (: Hope you're having a good day!

HEY ANON!! I actually have this podcast in my list of “books” to read to remind myself to listen to it! Thank you so so so much for the recommendation :) have a great day!

anonymous asked:

Which book is the one with the all-female order that kills criminals?

Green by Jay Lake. 

but listen, I didn’t list the book because I’m still on the fence about whether it’s actually good. the Straights™ often blow things out of proportion but it does sound like fetishization rather than just “kickass lesbian warriors” (and the author is male) so I don’t really know if I’d recommend it. I’d suggest going through the reviews to see if it’s something you’re willing to read.

read at your own risk I guess lol 

anonymous asked:

hello! i need some semi-writing advice, and i figured a lovely professional like you could help. i don't really have a quiet place to work on my book. i can't get into a good head space at home, with family and distractions making it hard to focus. there's no little nook just for me. do you have any recommendations on where else to write? i don't have a ton of money, so "buying" one won't work. only a library comes to mind.

Hi there!

I would say that the library is almost definitely the best place to go in this instance. It’s free, and usually quiet (not all of them are, but most of them are relatively so) so it’s a resource you could utilise.

Failing that a coffee shop, but it does depend on finances. Not sure where in the world you are, but as an example, a small black coffee in Starbucks is £1, and I can make that last me a good hour while I work.

Honestly though, libraries are great! 

Hope you find a nook for yourself soon, and that you can get yourself writing up a storm :) Good luck!

~Lorna xx

rosaliejune  asked:

Hi nia! Sorry to be a burden but inshallah, i will be converting soon to Islam. I was wondering if could recommend any islamic bookshops in london or Islamic books based around women? You're beautiful by the way! Your modesty is stunning🌸

Salamuaalaykum Sister, i no long live in London so I’m not really familiar with shops but i asked a friend and she listed some books and places.

Places :
Regents park masjid .
Zamzam on green street.
Islam impressions on green street.
billal bookstore on harrow Road.
Al - muntada masjid in fulham.
Dar a sunnah in shepherds bush.
There’s a big islam shop in Green street Upton park.

Books :
Free from the mental’s of islam
Al athab al mofraad ( basses of islam )
The woman around the messenger - Al islam.
You can be the happiest women.
Why not cover your modesty.
(Non fiction) From my sisters lips by Naima b Roberts.

some stuff relating ishtar to rose quartz!

[ishtar is from babylonian mythology, which rebecca mentioned drawing inspiration from for the show. i highly recommend everyone reads up on the wiki! here’s a summary of some cool stuff.]

  • had 7 lions
  • the 7 lions pulled her chariot, made of lapis lazuli and gold
  • lions were her symbol. she was really into lions
  • goddess of love, fertility and war
  • her symbol was an 8-pointed star
  • had many lovers, and was often described as cruel to them
  • talked of a flute of lapis lazuli that could raise the dead
  • also, this text sample (mentions carnelian + lapis instruments)
  • some myths talk about resurrection and healing powers
  • had a lot of female friends and underlings 
  • once walked through 7 gates to get to the underworld and had to get naked in the process but did it anyway. this doesn’t really relate to rose but ishtar was really cool
  • this is the ishtar gate, made of lapis lazuli and featuring 120 lions, flowers and other animals

which looks awfully similar to


Cursed Child was dumb and here are some reasons why

(warning: spoilers. this probably won’t make sense unless you’ve read the script. far be it from me to recommend this kneazle-vomit of a play, though, so if you haven’t read it, good)

  • the plot is messy, strange, and childish. there’s only one time-turner left!! how will the characters cope when said time-turner is lost? oh lol they’ll just use this other convenient time-turner. for convenient plot points, see also: harry can suddenly speak parseltongue again, because well he just kind of needs to be able to do that
  • Harry cursing “oh dumbledore” without a hint of irony. like really? really
  • the characterisation was a pile of dragon dung and we all freaking know it. let’s break it down into individual characters here because fuck if I can stop at one bullet point for this
  • Hermione: the brightest witch of her age, the constant crusader for the unloved and the unrepresented, whose successful career and capacity for kindness apparently rest in the hands of her romance with Ron Weasley. oh… but wait. it sounds a little familiar, this story. hear me out. let’s see now, a highly intelligent person who falls in love but doesn’t have that love reciprocated, and who then becomes a really fucking mean teacher at Hogwarts through bitterness. sound like anyone we know? fam, they tried to parallel Hermione and Snape. Hermione and Snape. this being the same Snape who sneered in Hermione’s face when she’d been visibly hexed, and made her cry; the same Snape who bullied Neville Longbottom for years, while Hermione muttered instructions under her breath to help him. if you want to tell me that Hermione would ever allow herself to become a Snape parallel then I will kindly invite you to shove a dirigible plum where there’s no lumos solem
  • Harry: when Harry was at his angriest in OOTP, and he’s yelling at Ron and Hermione, there’s one thing we notice. everything he yells is true. he means it. he’s bitter about it and he’s loud and furious, but he doesn’t have the kind of anger that just says anything to cause hurt, that speaks without thinking, not even at this crisis point in his life. are you really going to tell me that the boy who knows down to his bones what it’s like to feel rejected, and misunderstood, and alone, would ever say - even in anger - that he wishes Albus wasn’t his son? I am going to snap wands over this
  • Cedric. and this one burns. because Cedric was brave and he was true, and he had a sense of justice that led him to telling Harry about the way the golden egg worked, and led him to sharing the winning of the triwizard tournament with Harry. he died, he was murdered at the age of seventeen, embodying a sense of justice so strong, an innocence, a goodness. Cedric Diggory - the boy who believed in fairness with an integrity that is astounding - becoming party to the indiscriminate killing and casual torture of the Death Eaters just because he had his head engorged one time… is about as likely as Hagrid stomping on a dragon egg. it’s an insult to who he was and I am going to engorge the entire bodies of the writers of this fucking play so that hopefully they’ll just float away too, with all the grace and likeability of Aunt Marge
  • Voldemort: can we all agree now that Voldemort would not father a child. the idea of him experiencing lust seems out of character; the idea of him giving into a base urge seems more so. it’s too human, too vulgar, too physical; it would associate him with the common and the mainstream in a way that I contend he would find repulsive. Tom Riddle Sr. was trapped by Merope into sex and romance; to have sex would be to bring himself closer to his parents, down to the level of a Muggle and a witch who lacked power and craved love, two things Voldemort could never, ever stand. no. he wouldn’t have sex just because he wanted to; he’d be repelled by the idea. what other reason could there be for him to do the nasty with Bellatrix? to ensure the continuation of his line? that makes even less sense. achieving immortality for Voldemort was always a question of magic, a personal quest. he wouldn’t go for a messy, physical back-up plan. he always thought that he would win. if anything, he would see a child as a future threat, not a security. another being in the world with the promise of his power? he wouldn’t risk it.
  • what the fuck was that trolley witch scene though
  • “for voldemort and valour” are you serious. is there a Gryffindor spy in the Voldemort camp laughing their ass off because they actually managed to get that one through. and are they ten years old
  • overall, the message of the play infuriated me. Delphi was the child of Voldemort, so she was evil. Albus was the child of Harry, so he was good. Scorpius was the son of Draco, so he should have been evil, but Draco’s actually kind of good now and his mother was nice, so he can be good too. where is the complexity? was five hours of drama not enough to find some shades of morality? where is the hope, where is the resonance, in a story that says that good begets good and evil begets evil, and nothing can really change? the Harry Potter book series was about a boy who grew up with something inside him that was utterly evil, and who rejected it, fought against it, changed the path that fate seemed to wish him to walk. not slytherin, not slytherin. we had Regulus Black and Sirius Black, who rejected their pasts, whose heritage and whose House stood for nothing against their principles, their eventual and separate forms of bravery. we had Remus Lupin, who transformed into a monster but never became one, not even after years of rejection and pain. we had the word mudblood, and we watched Hermione fight it, we knew it was ridiculous to label someone based on their blood. and now… we have the Cursed Child. a play which is flat, and stupid, and tells us that your parentage inevitably dictates your character - and that how you’re treated is how you’ll treat others. dear writers, in the words of Albus Dumbledore, you fail to recognise that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be. you fucks.

“It’s when he looks at me that I know it’s really over,” I said. “Obviously, it’s been over. We’ve been broken up for a year now. But when he looks at me….almost like he’s afraid to look to long, or too hard—that’s when I really know. I look like a broken toy to him, and every time he looks at me, he feels guilty because he can’t fix me anymore.”

“I’m sorry,” she said.

“It’s okay. Really, it is,” I told her. “That’s just the thing about being his friend. I never wanted that to be all that we were. But even more than that, I never wanted him to see me as fragile.”

—  excerpt from an unfinished book #93 // If by chance you were considering befriending your ex, 0/10 recommend
Edye’s book recs!

So this is really long and overly comprehensive and took over an hour to write and is 6 pages long on Google Docs

Here I’ve compiled a list of my all time favorite reads for various genres, based on looking through the over-stuffed bookshelves I have in my room. I went a bit overboard describing each book, but hopefully you’ll enjoy my commentary? Anyway, feel free to ask me questions about any of the books, and if you read it send me an ask or tag me in a post to let me know what you think!

A couple notes

  • An asterisk * indicates that there is at least one sequel, which I may or may not have read or been a fan of.
  • These are listed in no particular order, except the historical fiction is listed in chronological order
  • There might be triggers in any of the books that I haven’t warned you about, so make sure to read the summary of the book beforehand. You can always ask me if you’re leery about any title listed here!
  • At the end I list my number one recommendation for each genre, if you want to skip to that.

Okay, okay, can you get to the list already?

If you insist. Rude.

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anonymous asked:

can you rec any books with lesbian protags, but like fantasy/adventure? i'm not really into slice of life/coming of age books unless they're done really well, but i feel like there are no wlw ya fantasy books. if you've already answered this would you mind linking me?

Ah same here, fantasy and adventure are my fave genres and most of my favourite wlw books are fantasy. They include:
* Mangoverse series - Shira Glassman. High fantasy with dragons about a young nerdy lesbian queen, her bi girlfriend and later wife, and the other members of their found family.
* Ash - Malinda Lo. High fantasy with faeries, f/f retelling of Cinderella.
* Huntress - Malinda Lo. High fantasy with faeries, pseudo prequel to Ash, two girls go on an epic quest to save the kingdom and fall in love along the way. They don’t end up together though neither dies.
* Otherbound - Corinne Duyvis. Paranormal high fantasy about switching between worlds.
* Seraphina - Rachel Hartman. High fantasy with dragons set in an Anglo-Celtic type of world.
* Engelsfors series - Sara B. Elfgren and Mats Strandberg. Urban fantasy about a group of girls with witchy powers.
Ones I haven’t read or haven’t finished
* The Legend Mirror series - Saruuh Kelsey. Urban fantasy with mythological creatures.
* The Glass Republic - Tom Pollock. Urban fantasy about an alternative London where inanimate objects come alive.
* Unicorn Tracks - Julia Ember. Urban fantasy, about two girls hunting unicorns.
* Of Fire and Stars - Audrey Coulthurst. High fantasy about a princess who falls in love with the girl who’s supposed to be her future sister-in-law, plus lots of horseriding.
* Brooklyn Brujas series - Zoraida Córdova. Urban fantasy based on Ecuadoran folklore.
* The Impostor Queen series - Sarah Fine. High fantasy with political intrigue.
* Tripping to Somewhere - Kristopher Reisz. Urban fantasy with faeries and a road trip.
* Bluebell Hall - Kayla Bashe. Urban fantasy, boarding school for witches.
* Deadly Sweet Lies - Erica Cameron. Urban fantasy with demons, about teens having powers.
* The Dark Wife - Sarah Diemer. Sapphic retelling of Hades and Persephone.
* Kissing the Witch: Old Tales in New Skins - Emma Donoghue. Short story retellings of various fairytales, all sapphic.
* The Halvarian Ruin Books series - Sara Gaines. High fantasy with political intrigue.
* Elemental Logic series - Laurie J. Marks. High fantasy with a warrior woman.
* Daybreak Rising - C. K. Oliver. High fantasy about a chosen one who fails her task.
* Chameleon Moon series - RoAnna Sylver. High fantasy about people with magical powers.
* When Women Were Warriors series - Catherine M. Wilson. High fantasy set in the Stone Age.
* Graveyard Sparrow - Kayla Bashe. Urban historical fantasy about detective ladies.
* Screaming Down Splitsville - Kayla Bashe. Urban fantasy, set in the 1950s about people with magical powers.
* The Quiet Ones - Ellen Goodlett. Urban fantasy based on Hawaiian folklore.
* Tiffany and Tiger’s Eye - Foxglove Lee
* We Awaken - Calista Lynne. Urban fantasy about magical dreams.
* Marian - Ella Lyons. Urban fantasy, sapphic retelling of Robin Hood.
* About A Girl - Sarah McCarry. Urban fantasy with Greek mythology.
* A History of Glitter and Blood - Hannah Moskowitz. Urban fantasy with faeries.
* As I Descended - Robin Talley. Urban fantasy with ghosts, boarding school retelling of Macbeth.
* Shallow Graves - Kali Wallace. Urban fantasy with zombies.


I finally finished my second grimoire! Complete with Contents page, Appendix & Index, as you can see from the photos. It took me roughly a year to complete, with lots of big breaks in between. (And yes i realise the t’s in the Contents title make it look like it says ‘Confenfs,’ lol, i guess i went a little overboard with the calligraphy).

I really recommend witches add at least a Contents page to their grimoires, if not an Appendix & Index as well, simply because of how easy it makes navigating the book later on.

I will now be putting all of my effort into my herbal and potion grimoires. :)
8 Great Japanese Books in Translation That Aren't by Haruki Murakami
We love Murakami, and all the cats, jazz, whiskey bars, mysterious women, and glimpses at modern Japanese life that populate his books. But there's a world of magnificent novels out there by Japanese authors who don't receive as much U.S. press for their work. If you've already devour

Because you all know how I feel about translations.

I read Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto during my college translation class. It’s really good and I recommend it! In fact, I recommend just about anything by Yoshimoto. She’s great!

Chain Mail: Addicted to You is also now on my to read list!

horsemilkcancleanyoufromyoursins  asked:

Hello! I hope I'm not bothering but I just saw your answer for somebody who told you the books they used to learn Japanese and you gave them some recommendations on how to go from there. I'm currently using the 日本語で どうぞ A1-A2 series (they're German so you probably won't know them but as the title says it's supposed to get you to the A1/A2 (N5/N4) level but I kind of doubt that). I already bought the first book of the Let's read Japanese series and plan to read that one afterwards. (1)

(cont. of message) When I learned English I learned most of it due to reading English stuff and not really in school. Do you think that’s enough or should I get a grammar-centered book as well (there was grammar in my books but I guess that there’s still a lot more to learn) and if so maybe you have some recommendations (I’m fine with them being in English). (2)


Hello there! Hmm… Actually, A1/A2 level is barely N4. We would say it’s about Basic Japanese to around N5 level.


“When I learned English I learned most of it due to reading English stuff and not really in school.“ >> This is true for English, but unfortunately it cannot be applied to Japanese… The reason is… in English, when you know enough vocabulary, you can figure out it’s meaning. But in Japanese, you will need to understand it’s grammar pattern before you’re able to understand the sentence.

As a fact, you might not even understand the sentence meaning even if you know all the vocabularies it uses. There are a hundreds of grammar patterns you need to learn which you cannot learn simply by using dictionary.


The let’s read Japanese series is a good book for reading practice, It’s basically a Japanese children book with a beautiful design 。゚✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ノ.✶゚ฺ。 But you will still require a good foundation for the grammar pattern. We recommend to follow the JLPT route since it’s the clearest and it’s the standard of the proficiency test.

Recommended books to read to lay out a good foundation before you’re able to start learning from anime/manga/novel/etc

Here’s our most recommended set of book reference, this set below is geared to make a good foundation before you’re able to start learning from movies/anime/novel/manga/etc:

• TRY N5 for Basic Japanese & Grammar patterns
• TRY N4 for Grammar patterns
• TRY N3 for Grammar patterns
• Dictionary of Basic Japanese Grammar

Even just reading through the 3 books above will help you immensely to start learning from manga/anime/etc. You can finish all 3 TRY books in around 6 months. While the dictionary will assist you to understand the grammar patterns in more details.

Unlike Minna no Nihongo, these book give English explanation on the grammar patterns, so it’s much easier to read. And in total, you get the material for N3 for much less cost than Minna no Nihongo set.

If you have a bit more budget, we really recommend you to get the N5 - N4 and N3, 500 questions below. It’s not an ordinary question book, you will be able to review the lessons on TRY book with the questions provided. It cover grammar/kanjis and vocabularies and provide quick explanation for each answer.

N5 - N4 Questions Drill (kanji/grammar/vocabularies) with answers & explanations
• N3 Questions Drill (kanji/grammar/vocabularies) with answers & explanations
• Dictionary of Intermediate Japanese Grammar

Happy learning ! 。゚✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ノ.✶゚ฺ。