Give a Girl a Book

Day 6 of my 30 day Oneshot Challenge! You can find the rest here. And I hope you like this random fluffy thing!

Prompt: You’re overdue on this book and I want it so I’m tracking u the fuck down

Give a Girl a Book

“Alright, Andor, where is it?”

Cassian glances up from his report with a frown. He squints against the sunlight as he takes in Jyn Erso’s angry face. It’s not the first time he’s witnessed the passion in her eyes or the hard set of her face when she knows what she wants and has decided that she’s going to get it, no matter the cost. Honestly, it’s a bit of a turn on. Not that he’ll tell her that when she’s angry, but her passion is exquisite.

“Where’s the book?” She demands, dropping into the seat beside him.

He casts around for an inkling as to what she’s talking about, but the answer eludes him. “What are you talking about?”

The History of Intelligence? The book you checked out of the library three weeks ago, the same book you know I wanted to read.”

Right. Now he remembers. It’s under his bed right now, an old receipt stuck between the thin pages about three quarters of the way back. He got distracted a couple days ago by another one of Bodhi’s ‘secret missions’ and hadn’t picked it up since then. At the time, the joy ride in the helicopter had been worth it. Now, staring into fierce brown eyes, he’s a bit on the fence. On one hand, if he had finished it Jyn wouldn’t be angry. On the other hand, he now gets to spend more time around her.

“I haven’t finished it yet.” She’s not going to leave it at that, but Cassian returns to his report all the same. It’s kind of fun to rile her up.

“Doesn’t matter,” she crows, leaning on his desk and covering his report. “Wanna know why?”

Cassian taps his pen on the paper, which he can’t write on because she’s covering the next section. He sighs and looks up at her expectantly.

“It’s been more than two weeks, which means it’s overdue.”

He sighs, wondering what her game is here. “So what? I can renew it.”

“But you can’t!” She grins at him. “Because someone else has it on hold.”

“You.”

“Me!” She sits back with a huge grin, clearly pleased with herself.

“But you can’t get it until I actually return the book,” Cassian points out with his own smile. If he keeps the book, then she’ll come bug him every day. It’s childish, but it allows him to spend time with her, to witness her playful side. And no doubt, she’ll attempt to return the book for him, which would be interesting. Really, it just amounts to spending more time in her presence, which is always a win for him, and maybe – just maybe – it would convince her to say yes when he finally asks her out.

“Oh, you’ll return the book.” Jyn stands, confident in every moment.

Cassian frowns. She’s still light and teasing. There’s something up her sleeve, and it’s not the cards she uses to cheat. “And why would I do that when I still haven’t finished it?”

Jyn leans over the desk again, her facing pausing inches from his own. “Because Kay says you like me.”

He freezes, unable to look away from the mirth that twinkles in her green eyes. It looks good on her, like it’s meant to be there. He should probably be embarrassed by the fact that Kay spilled his secret to his crush, but all he really wants is to find out what Jyn’s smirk tastes like.

She draws him in, like gravity. Her breath catches in her throat, as her eyes drop to his lips. And just like that he’s got the upper hand once more.

“And what are you gonna do with that information?”

Jyn’s eyes search his face. It’s a game of chicken now. Who will make the first move? Who will the sexual tension get to first? He can’t be the only one who feels it, the only one effected by their proximity. Her dilated pupils speak to the veracity of that.

Cassian likes the thrill, so he feels a wave of regret as Jyn pulls back and her breath no longer fans his face. She backs from the room, biting her bottom lip as she watches him. He would give her just about whatever she wants right now. He’d walk all the way back to the room to grab the book and hand it over.

“If you return the book, I just might say yes when you finally ask me out.” With one last flirtatious smile, she disappears out the door.

Jyn finds the book on her bed when she gets back to her room, her library card slipped between the pages. But what really brings a smile to her face is the pink sticky note on the cover that reads:

Coffee. Tomorrow. 10am.  

She shakes her head. It’s about time he asked. Of course, he would do it in the most Cassian way possible.

It’s a good thing she likes him too.

In all the excitement from yesterday, I forgot to tell you guys about this little beauty I found at a used book stand at my school.

Obviously with a cover like that I dished out the $5.45 on the spot, but it gets better. There’s a picture of Qui-Gon on the back, you see, and you know what this book looked like when I happened upon it? Here, let me recreate the picture since I didn’t get a chance to snap one of the original:

Keep reading

Back in September I bought cheap used copies of all the Vampire Chronicles (and New Tales) for myself so that I could reread them in time for PLatRoA. And I wrote in them and stuff. It was pretty fun. I crammed all 14 books in 10 weeks and it was PRETTY EXHILARATING. 

So anyway, for as long as it interests me, watch this space as I flip through them again and make posts of quotes and passages that I enjoyed. :)

my journey back to books

(this is an update to an earlier post here that I made back in April. A couple of people have since asked me to explain in a little more detail so I thought I’d take the opportunity to do that now)

I’ve always loved books. In grade school and junior high I wouldn’t leave the house without a book to read, and in high school I would trek to the library after school and camp out in the back room for hours with books about  myths and legends. For a long time, books were a natural and immensely helpful part of my life. And then they weren’t.

Suddenly, I was reading five books a year. Four books a year. Two books a year. For someone that loves to read, no longer having the will to read was confusing and frustrating as hell. I wanted to read more books, but when I opened one up my attention strayed. The words blurred. I started thinking about other stuff I should be doing or my brain would straight-up refuse to translate sentences into meaning. 

When I got officially diagnosed with depression and anxiety, the books slowly disappearing from my life suddenly made sense. This wasn’t a sudden lack of desire on my part. It was a symptom.

Forcing myself to stare at the pages of a book until the words sunk into my brain wasn’t going to do me any good, so I tried baby steps. I read some comics because they don’t take very long to read and i still got to finish something. That felt good, and I found out that some comics are really good.

For a while I tried audiobooks, but my attention would wander. That’s when I discovered Amazon’s “whispersync” feature on some books, which plays the audiobook while you’re reading the book on your kindle. (I’m not advocating for Amazon’s service in particular, and there are definitely some other ways that you can accomplish this same thing without a kindle, but that is what I used.) It allowed me to read along, but also listen for stretches and check back in with the text if my attention wandered.

I read two books that way, listening and reading at the same time: Kraken by China Miéville and The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (both excellent and recommended btw). From there, I had trained myself into paying attention to audiobooks and no longer needed the extra text to help me along. Doing other things while listening helped me to fit reading back into my life in a major way.

There’s a sort of stigma in book circles about audiobooks. I’ve sometimes seen people calling it not “real” reading, to which I say:

I find the attitude that audiobooks don’t count because they don’t require the same type of concentration as print and ebooks harmful. Besides people listening on their drive home or while doing the dishes (both of which I do now!) there are a lot of people that audiobooks could help out that aren’t served by print books. People who, like me, find print books more difficult for one reason or another and need the accommodation. It’s an accessibility issue much more than it is a pedantic argument about the realness of words on a page.

I hope that if you’re struggling and want to read more that you give audiobooks a try, or take baby steps up to them like I did. Last year I read twenty books and this year I plan on reading sixty. I might even read one or two print books, too.

Aware of his mistresses thoughts, Diaval often accompanied her to the Dark Pond, where he would sit silently with her until she was ready to leave. But one afternoon, several says after Aurora had taken Maleficent’s hand in her’s, Diaval was not there when Maleficent left the grove. Discovering her gone, he quickly flew to the Dark Pond and, upon arriving handed on her shoulder. He began to rub his head feathered head against her as though comforting her. But Maleficent was not in the mood. “Stop!” she ordered.
He began to rub harder. With an anger wave of her hand, she transformed him into a man. When he was up on two feet, he looked at Maleficent, his expression worried. “Mistress” he said, “You’re miserable.”
—  Maleficent (The Novel)

omg they had a copy of said’s orientalism in the charity bookshop? so i bought it jdbsjshs n also they had a full set like all three books of the divine comedy like, all the same translation n stuff…and i got the oresteia too

fantasy book recs, as told by my dash

a couple days ago, i asked people to rec fantasy book that were written by women and starred a woman protagonist. since finding these sorts of books is something of a Recurring Problem for me, i figured i’d make a list of all the books! i organized as best i could, let me know if something’s goofy!

author recs
ilona andrews (my rec– wife/husband writing duo)
leigh bardugo (my rec)
n.k. jemisin
shannon hale
kameron hurley
ursula leguin
anne mccaffrey
robin mckinley
tamora pierce
lj smith
patricia c. wrede

high or historical fantasy (alphabetical by title)
ya
the firekeeper saga | jane lindskold
girl of fire and thorns | rae carson
graceling | kristin cashore
a great and terrible beauty | libba bray
the grisha trilogy | leigh bardugo (my rec)
howl’s moving castle | dianna wynne jones
the naming | allison croggon
princess ben | catherine gilbert murdock
the queen’s thief series | megan whalen turner (not a lady protag, but lots of awesome ladies)
seraphina + shadow scale | rachel hartman
six of crows | leigh bardugo (my rec)
sevenwaters series | juliet marillier (my rec, dark/triggering themes for book one: daughter of the forest)
snow like ashes | sarah raasch
the sunbolt chronicles | inistar khanani (my rec)
thorn | inistar khanani (my rec)
the water trilogy | kara dalkey

adult
bel dame apocrypha series | kameron hurley (dark themes/graphic)
brother to dragons, companion to owls | jane lindskold
deathless | catherynne valente (folklore)
deerskin | robin mckinley (warning: dark themes)
the elements: descension | lauren drube (available on inkshare)
the hero and the crown | robin mckinley
the hundred thousand kingdoms | n.k. jemisin
the fifth season | n.k. jemisin (rec’d multiple times!)
parasol protectorate series | gail carriger (steampunk)
the spiritwalker trilogy | kate elliot
the study series | maria snyder (warning: dark themes)
the tombs of atuan | ursula leguin
uprooted | naomi novik (warning: sex/violence)

urban fantasy
ya
the darkest part of the forest | holly black
the lynburg legacy | sarah rees brennan
the mortal instruments/infernal devices | cassandra clare
shadowfalls (born at midnight) | cc hunter
shatter me series | tahereh mafi

adult
alex craft series | kalayna price (my rec)
the broom closet mysteries | marianna roberg (irish mythology + paranormal)
the edge series | ilona andrews (my rec)
kate daniels series | ilona andrews (my rec)

honorable mentions for dudes writing lady protags who don’t suck
the craft sequence series | max gladstone (urban fantasy/adult)

I don’t regret anything I’ve ever done in life, any choice that I’ve made. But I’m consumed with regret for the things I didn’t do, the choices I didn’t make, the things I didn’t say. We spend so much time being afraid of failure, afraid of rejection. But regret is the thing we should fear most. Failure is an answer. Rejection is an answer. Regret is an eternal question you will never have the answer to.
—  Born a Crime, Trevor Noah
The Sick Books Tag :D

Many thanks to book bae @the-forest-library (I hope you’re cool with being called book bae. Let me know otherwise lol) for tagging me!

1. Diabetes - a very sweet book: 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins! It’s super cute and fluffy and whatnot. 10/10 a good rec for a day when you need to squee. 

2. Chickenpox - a book that you read once and will not read again:  

Probably Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. Once you know the twist, I feel like the book loses its element of surprise and novelty.

3. Influenza - a contagious book that spreads like a virus:  

Honestly? Twilight. A bit of a throwback but I swear, EVERYONE in my high school read that damn series within a month. 

4. The Cycle - a book that you read every month, every year, or very often:  

The Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon gets re-read once a year. I try to do the same with the All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness, the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. They’re all fantastic books. Go read them!

5. Insomnia - a book that kept you up all night:  

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon! It’s one of the most exquisitely written books I’ve ever read, and I remember little tenth grade me staying awake reading that book and almost failing a physics quiz because of that.

6. Amnesia - a book that’s been forgotten and failed to leave an impression on you:  

Ummm. Wow. That’s a tough question since I… don’t remember. Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave? I don’t really remember what happened, but I do remember being hella annoyed at it.

7. Asthma - a book that took your breath away:  

Faithful and Virtuous Night by Louise Gluck. I was stuck in the Chicago airport because my flight was delayed for like two hours, and I read this book and it was absolutely stunning. All her poetry is beautiful, but this one… this one is something special.

8. Malnutrition - a book that lacked food for thought:  

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. I really really reeeaaally wanted to like it, but it just… stagnated. It never seemed to move forward… The writing was beautiful but… bleh…

9. Motion Sickness - a book that took you on a journey through time and space:  

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s so beautiful and sad and tragic and delightful and stunning, and I love it sooooo much!

I tag @whatbooksaremadeof, @persephonelovesbooks, @midnightinkspill, and anyone else who wants to do this! Of course, there’s no pressure :D