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.

I hoard books. I hide them in my drawers, in the folds of my clothes, in the pockets of my coats. They are stacked in the corners, piled on the shelves, lost in the cupboard beneath my stairs. I hoard books, but I never seem to have enough of them.
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Hello, my bookish bees 😊

I am here, once again, to provide assurance that the bookworm life has chosen you and will never ever let you go, even if you don’t meet certain “criteria” that a lot of people think is “essential”.

Without further ado, you’re still a bookworm if…

  • … you don’t read all the new releases

There are sooooo many books coming out each month (no, seriously, it’s insane) and it’s completely normal to sometimes (or always) be out of the loop when it comes to them. It’s a lot to follow and it’s a lot to take in and sometimes it’s not just possible to keep in touch with everything new that is out. It doesn’t mean that you’re not a bookworm if you haven’t read the latest hyped book or continuation of a well-loved series. Most times, I personally can’t afford to buy all these new books. So instead, I save up for when there are sales or special offers. The only downside is dealing with potential spoilers because people are evil.

  • … you only read books from the library and don’t have a personal collection

Libraries are god’s gift to this world and more people should be using them. But I’ve had people tell me that they’re worried they aren’t “true bookworms” if they don’t have a personal collection. To these people I say “fuck that”. I know we all dream of a library like the one in Beauty and the Beast, but we’re not princes in castles and books unfortunately cost a shit ton of money. Also, a lot of people don’t actually have the space to deposit a book collection, so libraries are a great way to keep reading and not hoard books. Seriously though, libraries 👌💯

  • … you don’t have books in pristine condition

I personally keep my books as spotless as possible, but that’s just because I’m weird. A looooot of people love seeing books that are well worn, because that’s a sign of them being read and loved. And I agree! However you choose to treat your books, that’s your decision. Dog-ear them, highlight them, write in them, whatever tickles your fancy, go forth my child and do the thing! Your books, your rules.

  • … you don’t read an insane amount of books/year

I’ve touched on this before: life likes to mess us up and that usually implies it smiling at us and saying “well shit son, no reading for you today 😘”. But that’s okay. Once a bookworm, always a bookworm, whether you read 1 pages a year or 10.000 😊

  • … you only read a certain genre

Hey, we don’t all have eclectic tastes in books and that’s normal and should be in no way questioned. You only read YA books? GOOD BECAUSE YA IS A GREAT GENRE FIGHT ME 👊 You only read classics? More power to you because that stuff is confusing to me 😲 You love poetry and couldn’t think of reading novels? DO THE THING! Just read what makes you happy. I guarantee that you’ll always find people to discuss your feelings/emotions/thoughts with.

Basically, my loves, you’re bookworms. Period. You’ve been anointed into this life and I’m sorry to say, but there’s no way out ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Mary ❤️

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. 

Book Hoarding Pays Off!

I recently took every book from my TBR list on Good Reads off because there was repeats. That drove me crazy because I knew it affected the TBR number. So here I am putting my romance shelf on Good Reads.

So far I have two compete series- Loretta Chase’s Carsington Brothers and Johanna Lindsey’s Ly-San-Ter family. I didn’t do it on purpose. I didn’t even know they were part of a series. I bought them mostly at yard sales and thrift shops based on Loretta Chase being cool and Johanna Lindsey sounding weird but cool.

A Court of Mist and Fury - Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 624 Pages
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Started:
Date Finished:
Goodreads Rating: 4.73

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court—but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms—and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future—and the future of a world cleaved in two.

Rarely do I come across a 2nd book that surpasses the 1st in such a way that I still recommend the series. Frankly, if you have to struggle through the first book, nothing can redeem a series in my mind. However, I’ll gladly eat my words when it comes to A Court of Mist and Fury. Now, don’t get me wrong, I didn’t really struggle to read A Court of Thorns and Roses. It just wasn’t something to write home about. It was a decent Beauty and the Beast retelling but it didn’t really leap off the page for me.

A Court of Mist and Fury, on the other hand, was hands down one of the best books I’ve read this year. Each character was wonderfully built, even those introduced in the first book, seemed to have had some off page character growth that didn’t completely turn me off like they did in the first book. And they got better and better as the story progressed! I honestly didn’t think Maas had it in her. Feyre and Rhysand had such a gripping and enthralling friendship that I honestly could not put the book down. Feyre’s struggle to get beyond the changes of her own body and world were very believable. It was entirely possible to put myself in her position.

The world-building was also very well-done. Maas created a land that I could actually imagine. The characters fit nicely into it and the descriptions were well written without being overly flowery. Even after finishing it, I could not tear my mind away. Imagine my dismay at realizing that I had not yet ordered the 3rd book!

My one and only true gripe is the lack of diversity within the book. Come on, Maas! It’s entirely possible to have non-hetero, non-white characters.

☆☆☆☆ out of 5 stars

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.

The Lady of the Lake - Andrzej Sapkowski

Pages: 560 Pages
Genre: YA/Fantasy
Date Started: April 18th, 2017
Date Finished: April 29th, 2017
Goodreads Rating: 4.28

After walking through the portal in the Tower of Swallows while narrowly escaping death, Ciri finds herself in a completely different world… an Elven world. She is trapped with no way out. Time does not seem to exist and there are no obvious borders or portals to cross back into her home world.

But this is Ciri, the child of prophecy, and she will not be defeated. She knows she must escape to finally rejoin the Witcher, Geralt, and his companions - and also to try to conquer her worst nightmare. Leo Bonhart, the man who chased, wounded and tortured Ciri, is still on her trail. And the world is still at war.

Yet again, Sapkowski immerses us into the world of the Witcher. The Lady of the Lake is the 7th installment (technically the 5th, but I’m including the short stories as well) and it successfully holds it’s own as an enthralling contribution to the saga. Sapkowski once again proves his mastery at creating characters that truly come to life on the page. Geralt is sassy and sarcastic as always; he does have his moments when his brooding knows no bounds. But it’s Geralt… I’ve come to expect and love it in the character. Yennefer will always be a favorite of mine, simply because she isn’t a whimpering mush of dependency. She holds her own against “stronger” male characters and surpasses them in actual depth. Ciri… is an enigma. I love her and I wanted to know how her story was going to play out but, at times, she just wasn’t as intriguing, wasn’t as spell-binding. Needless to say, she does come into her own in The Lady of the Lake as the book’s focus landed on her, more often than not.

Obviously, I can’t go much further into details without spoiling the story since it’s so far into the series. Needless to say, the plot is interesting, the characters are well-developed, and the world-building in, as always, phenomenal.

☆☆☆☆☆ out of 5 stars

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]

Send me an OTP/OT3/OTWhatever and a number and I'll tell you which one:

1: Prefers gummy vitamins over pill ones
2: Prefers pizza without the tomato sauce
3: Cries at romantic comedies
4: Says “me” at literally everything
5: Is the most likely to have a weird knick knack hobby
6: Dips their fries in mayonnaise
7: Obsessively touches things
8: Hoards books, 75% of which they’ve never even read
9: Likes flavored water over plain
10: Has to plan the next day’s outfit the night before
11: Matches their pillows, bedsheets, blankets, carpets, and drapes
12: Color codes everything
13: Takes punch buggy waaay too seriously
14: Is more likely to get into a fist fight at Subway at 9:50pm
15: Has an embarrassing college story they’re way too proud of
16: Would get a tattoo on a dare
17: Celebrates Halloween for all of October
18: Has ended a friendship over Mario Kart
19: Likes getting lost in the woods
20: Is a horrific cook but denies it completely
21: Likes to prank their friends
22: Unironically loves Nickleback AND Smash Mouth
23: Watches YouTube videos until 3am at least once a week
24: Cries over viral animal videos
25: Would kill a man over petty things
26: Has seen the same movie over a dozen times
27: Can come up with amazing one liners on the spot
28: Is dangerously clumsy
29: Is surprisingly flexible
30: Would propose first

2

Almost 4 years ago, I left my kids’ father and struck out essentially on my own. I had nothing, no furniture, no car, no home. My children and I crashed at my sister’s apartment until she got sick of us and moved into another apartment by herself. 

He Who Shall Not Be Named tossed out whatever there was of mine that I had left behind except some of the books that he couldn’t sell for cash for himself. I ended up getting them back and they were one of the first things of mine in my very empty apartment. 

Now 4 years later, my book collection has grown exponentially. It has become almost an obsession. To keep adding, to have something permanent. Even after buying a reliable vehicle and purchasing a house on my own, my books - my library - still feels like the most permanent thing I own. 

Sometimes I just can’t believe that I’ve made it this far.