book-hoard

An Old English word for library was “bōchord”, which literally means “book hoard”, and honestly I really think we should go back to saying that because not only does it sound really fucking cool, but it also sort of implies that librarians are dragons.

“It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.”  
 ―Oscar Wilde

Crooked Kingdom - Leigh Bardugo

Pages: 536 Pages
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Started: March 27th, 2017
Date Finished: April 10th, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 463

Welcome to the world of the Grisha.

After pulling off a seemingly impossible heist in the notorious Ice Court, criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker feels unstoppable. But life is about to take a dangerous turn - and with friends who are among the deadliest outcasts in Ketterdam city, Kaz is going to need more than luck to survive in this unforgiving underworld.    

Leigh Bardugo did it. She met my expectations and then blew them completely out of the water. Six of Crows was hands down one of the best novels I have read this year and I started Crooked Kingdom hoping for a sequel that was on par with the original, and yet I was pleasantly surprised by a book that surpassed those expectations. 

The writing once again is wonderfully done and the world building is meticulous. It’s an excellent read that’s fast-paced and full of surprises that kept me enthralled. I highly recommend the Six of Crows duology. The series is one of a kind with a wide range of well-crafted characters. 

I don’t want to really go any further. I really don’t want to spoil anything for the first book. All I can do is to urge you to add it to your TBR list, if it isn’t already on there, and to hurry up with the reading.

☆☆☆☆ out of 5 stars

It’s hard to explain to someone who isn’t wholly a bibliophile that yes, I buy books because they have beautiful covers and incredible stories and worlds and characters that I love to get lost in and even seeing their spines and titles on my shelves brings back the exact moment I read a scene that made me laugh so hard I cried or when I was so lost in another place, in someone else, that I didn’t realize it was three in the morning until I’d read the last line and it was completely worth the loss of sleep to spend every second inside the words printed on those pages nestled snugly on my bookshelf so I can return to that moment anytime I so wish. 

Whitehall Dorm, Floor 2

The Whitehall Dorm doesn’t appear very intimidating. Neither do its inhabitants. In fact, most humans pass through the small building without another thought.

And in the past, the Gentry have tried to burn the entire place to the ground in hopes of destroying the second floor.

Even those who live in the five single-person rooms on Floor 2 don’t know why the fae hate them.

Here is what the administration and the fae know that the students do not: Every year, some of the prospective college-goers are not entirely human. (No, not changelings.) They are something(s) else, and their blood and heritage means the fae cannot affect them. Not even a true name allows the fae any power, because these students have protections built in.

Room 201 houses a girl called Serafina. She has silver marks in the shape of wings on her back, and her eyes glow an unearthly blue when hymns are sung in her presence. (Her mom is named Lisa, and her mama is named Eloa.)

Room 203 has a coffin in one corner, filled with the dirt of Reginald’s homeland, and he keeps a mini-fridge for plastic bags full of his favorite meal. When he brings back a hook-up, they always walk away disheveled and happy, but a little dizzy and with a huge hickey on their neck.

Room 205 looks normal (the gleaming chrome, bright lights and changed gravity hidden) until the perception filter is switched off. Pluyki seems normal until then too; it was part of the deal with zir parents to spend a few years at an earth college before taking over the family business. (They had grudgingly agreed that perhaps time on another planet would give zir experience for when ze takes the throne of their planet in the Haxalv Galaxy.)

Room 207 is lived in by roommates, although you wouldn’t know it. A boy who goes by two names - Shy and Belphegor. (One of these names is true, but it makes no difference.) When the boy is kind and mild, he goes by Shy. When he is inventive and unhelpful, he goes by Belphegor. (The two are stuck and have become comfortable in the status quo.) Both avoid Sera as much as possible.

Room 209 is occupied by Gold. She hoards books and stories, and never loans them out. (She is not related to the slumbering Wyrm curled beneath the abandoned English building. Her family has elegant magic that allows them to change shape, and he is stuck with brimstone breath and claws the size of a car.)

It’s very annoying to the fae to have such deliciously powerful beings in their territory, and know they’ll never taste a single mouthful of said power.

The folks on Floor 2 of the Whitehall Dorm don’t care. They’re just trying to get a college education. And the less trouble from the fae several of their friends have spoke of (but which no one on Floor 2 has ever seen), the better.

Note: The edited version! And I believe The Wyrm was first spoken of by themagnificentgod, and our lovely Ruler charminglyantiquated declared it canon!

[Torn Thorn]

anonymous asked:

10 signs that someone is INTJ, not another xNTx?

I didn’t know if you wanted a serious answer or a humorous one. So I went with sarcastic stereotypes… these are meant to be funny and not to be taken seriously in the least…except some of them may be true…

10 Ways To Spot an INTJ Amongst the Analysts

1) They’re the ones not laughing. ENTP is making jokes, ENTJ is politely chuckling, INTP is giggling with the cat. INTJ is looking out the window.

2) They’re the ones who catch pneumonia from ignoring the weather. ENTP is quick thinking and finds shelter, ENTJ is prepared for everything and has an umbrella, scarf, and coat at all times, INTP wanted to stay in anyway. INTJ just walked out wearing a t-shirt and didn’t realize it was raining.

3) They’re the ones who lose everything but are super organized. ENTP is either all organized or all messy, ENTJ is a super neat freak, and INTP is an eclectic mess. INTJ can’t find their laptop, but if they could it has a detailed spreadsheet on organizational skills.

4) They’re the book hoarding dragons. ENTP is a memes dragon, ENTJ is a money dragon, and INTP is a knowledge dragon. INTJ would really like to just sit in their cave with their books for a few centuries.

5) They’re the ones with the unintentional killer death glare. ENTP’s has a sarcastic tinge. ENTJ is really close but it’s intentional, INTP’s sorta looks like their concentrating really hard to manage it. INTJ is just thinking about butterflies and people are still asking why they’re so angry.

6) They’re the ones who can trip on flat ground. ENTP can do a backflip off the wall, ENTJ’s feet wouldn’t dare trip them up, INTP can do a cartwheel. INTJ is lucky if they can walk around the corner without knocking an elbow or toe.

7) They’re the ones who offer the worst support when others are crying. ENTP asks if you’re ok and then tries to make you laugh, ENTJ kind of just pats your back and clears their throat, INTP tries to hug you and then laughs awkwardly. INTJ just stands their wringing their hands while internally screaming *WRONG*

8) They’re the ones who have planned out world domination. ENTP has joked about it, ENTJ is working at world trade domination, and INTP has had some pretty good ideas. INTJ has it planned to a perfection though.

9) They’re the ones who are terrified of falling in love. ENTP is cool with it, ENTJ is too busy for that, INTP is hesitant but maybe likes the idea. INTJ is freaking out and may have a major meltdown.

10) They’re the ones you can’t really spot. ENTP is good in crowds and easy to see, ENTJ is usually the one introducing themself to you, if INTP is there they’re the fun and epic nerdy one. INTJ is most likely trying to be invisible or is sneaking out the back door.

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WHAT’S IN GENYA’S CASTLE? (EPISODE#1)

So in the cut scene for Genya’s castle gacha, he said:

“Eh, is this a new place?”

“Hmm, I would love it if you add someone girly touch.”

“So you better get the things you want now, eh?”

But apart from this basketful of herbs… 

…everything else is definitely not MC’s stuff - they are Oshu boys’ stuff. Like:

Kagemusha’s eyepatch. Lol, Genya, you need to ask Hana’s MC how to make a decent eyepatch though, yours look subpar, hahahahah. 

Zundamochi cushion - aawwwwww! He does have a soft spot for Masamune (who reminds him of Sakuya)! (d’aaawwwwww). I imagine everyone on Yonezawa has gotten sick of Masamune’s zundamochi, but him. 

Books from Kojuro. I bet he doesn’t read them… I wonder if Kojuro merely lends them though, he hoards books, right? 

Messy wardrobe! You DO have something in common with Kojuro-san, Rokudenashi-san!

and the item that takes the cake is from Shigezane.

That says “Shigezane kara kusuneta shunga” - Shunga stolen from Shigezane. Shunga (literally spring pictures, hence the blossom on the cover) is naughty pictures, sometimes with naughty text or poems in them… 

I bet you have seen at least one… Like this one, 

Hokusai’s Dream of a Fisherman’s Wife (aka, the proto tentacle porn)

SHIGEZANE IS SHARING HIS PORN WITH GENYA!

now we know what they are talking about when they’re grinning like this!

I am crying. This just reinforces the canon that our Shige is a collector of naughty stuff. (He procured Saizo’s love guides for Masa after all).

*Sigh*

I love these Oshu boys!

Booklr Discussion: Bookish Pet Peeve

100 Days of Booklr: 21 of 100

I don’t find myself having too many pet peeves when it comes to books. I have issues with authors that fail to use at least a semblance of proper grammar or friends that don’t return borrowed books. But for real pet peeves I can’t think of anything right now that truly bothers me.

Do you have any bookish pet peeves?