Have you really read all those books in your room?”

Alaska laughing- “Oh God no. I’ve maybe read a third of ‘em. But I’m going to read them all. I call it my Life’s Library. Every summer since I was little, I’ve gone to garage sales and bought all the books that looked interesting. So I always have something to read.

—  John Green, Looking for Alaska
Books say: She did this because. Life says: She did this. Books are where things are explained to you; life is where things aren’t. I’m not surprised some people prefer books.
—  Julian Barnes, Flaubert’s Parrot
I wanted so badly to lie down next to her on the couch, to wrap my arms around her and sleep. Not fuck, like in those movies. Not even have sex. Just sleep together in the most innocent sense of the phrase. But I lacked the courage and she had a boyfriend and I was gawky and she was gorgeous and I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating. So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was hurricane.
—  John Green, Looking for Alaska
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“Theirs was that substantial affection which arises (if any arises at all) when the two who are thrown together begin first by knowing the rougher sides of each other’s character, and not the best till further on, the romance growing up in the interstices of a mass of hard prosaic reality.”

- Thomas Hardy, Far From the Madding Crowd

Discarded books need love, too

I found these discarded books at a library sale. After serving their masters faithfully for decades, they were abandoned, discarded. :(

When I found them, they were having difficulty breathing under the plastic. Someone had taped the plastic on. (Cruel!) And just as bad, there were a number of stickers all over the books. Poor things. *sigh*

Tape hasn’t looked like this since the ‘70s! It gives you an idea how long these babies have been suffering.

They felt relieved when the tape was removed, but it left scars. :(

Now it was time for the stickers. The books were scared, so I had to pet them as I was removing the stickers.

Ugh! There was a sticker under the sticker! And this one was really tough to remove…

One sticker left all kinds of residue, and the book was still really uncomfortable. :(

We had to go into emergency protocol! This is a dangerous procedure, as it’s impossible to predict the allergic reactions of abandoned books to topical medications since their genetic history is unavailable to us.

Success! The book came through like a champ. :D

They’re so clean and happy now!

They love their new home, and they will never lack for love again. :)