books i have read in 2013

stormears  asked:

Do you know of any resources for "what it's like to live in X environment?" I'm trying to write about a character living in a village in a desert. I've checked your "research" and "resources" tags and didn't find anything that I could use. My google research gives me things like "facts about deserts/tundras/rainforests" but these are more trivia facts instead of how a person has to adjust their life to use/deal with their environment. I want to read about the human experience of living there.

Let’s turn this into a chance to do deeper searches. I don’t know what you’ve already found, but some of the trivia might be helpful later. Don’t discount it when you need to go hunting or gathering for dinner.

Three things before we jump down the rabbit hole: 

1. There are indigenous people who’ve lived in climates we Westerners think of as inhospitable for millennia. Focus on people, not climates. (Research both, though.)

2. I’m not going to filter out any results that might send anyone to articles that are culturally insensitive/appropriative/exceedingly white. I haven’t vetted all of them all the way. That part’s up to you.

3. You might want to outline or list the building blocks of the world you want to create so you can focus on those specific topics. 

First, make sure you are asking questions in natural, or close to natural, language. Just searching “desert” or “desert life” will probably give you way too many generic articles. 

My first search was “what is it like to live in the desert” and actually, the results that looked most promising were some of the related searches all over the page. 

That gave me the idea to search for “human inhabited deserts” and that got a lot more promising. 

I saw one article, Facts About the People in the Arabian Desert, and it looked like it was meant for kids. But I checked the references at the bottom of the page and found the name of a travel journalist named Ryan Murdock. A few dead ends later, I got to his Articles page on his own website and found a few good links to articles about Jordan and Namibia.

I went back to “human inhabited deserts” just looking for areas/specific deserts/specific peoples and found places like Alice Springs, Australia, the Sonoran Desert, the Kalahari Desert/San people, and the nomadic Tuareg people. 

Don’t forget National Geographic. There are articles available online. Hot tip: You’ll need to filter the search to avoid sifting through hundreds of single photographs. Unless you want to do that for landscape ideas. 

This looks like a start: 

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2014/07/hejaz-desert/salopek-text

[Beware the paywall … you might need to use a library database. :-( ]

Then I realized I wanted to find other longform journalism articles, so I searched “where to find longform journalism online” and found several promising, free sites where you might want to search for specific articles.

References on seemingly useless articles might be of the best help. You’re going to have to search more than the first page of results a lot, too. 

See what other authors have done with the topic. Other searches I dove into: 

“books about people living in the desert”

https://timesflowstemmed.com/2013/04/28/top-10-books-about-deserts/

“books about desert cultures” might be good, too.

There’s no guarantee that this is the research path you need to follow, but maybe it will get you started and you’ll find the road you need to take. 

Bonus advice: 

If you’re looking for desert living in a fantasy/sci-fi setting, I recommend reading the classic Dune by Frank Herbert. It’s a master class in using setting to frame a story (and in fact an entire epic saga).

If spec fic isn’t your thing, then I offer up Willa Cather’s Death Comes for the Archbishop – another novel where setting (New Mexico; the book was published in 1927, so keep that in mind.) is as important as the characters. 

– mod Aliya

A-Z Book Recommendations

EDIT: i’m so laughing because after like three days of this being posted, i realized i didn’t have a K title 😂 so props to anyone that caught that and i went ahead and added one! lol

Inspired by @macrolit. Enjoy! 

A - All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders: This book was…interesting and not at all what I expected.  A little slow at times but really good for people who like reading about the most off the wall stories.

B - The Bookman’s Tale by Charlie Lovett: This was a tough one to choose since I had so many B books that I wanted to pick.  But I read this four years ago and I always find myself thinking about it.  I love reading books that are about books.  This was beautifully written and very emotional.  It also made me want to learn how to restore old books.

C - Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare: I wanted to read this book purely because I liked the cover so much (and it had steampunk elements).  What started as a great read for me seven years ago turned into an obsession with the world of Shadowhunters that’s still going strong.  

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Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Anderson
T: sarahseeanderson

© 2017
It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot
T: rubyetc

© 2013
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh


I am always searching for female authors, artists and comics. I am so excited to own & read these amazing works. The top two have active tumblrs, also, Sarah’s book has fuzzy letters & it makes me so happy.

I just don’t want to live with regret. I know I’ll make mistakes. That’s life. But I don’t want to die wishing I’d done things differently. I don’t want to waste my time on could-have-beens.
—  Journal Entry; Fall 2013

anonymous asked:

I think people have mystified Larry. I think Harry just looked up to L as big brother. And he was already over it by beginning of 2012. After seeing how Harry is tacitil with people I can't just see Larry as anything different. On the other hand zarry 👀👀👀👀 all those 2013 rumors of them and some girls if nothing else they definitely had sex on same bed same time

Listen……. do not get me started with my Zarry theories….. (me: *puts on reading glasses, starts flipping through my book of Zarry Proof*)…. lmao no but yeah there was definitely at least a certain period of time in 2013 where I think they might have tried some stuff? Like I think there were girls present, but…. I also think some initial boundaries got crossed somewhere along the line, I’ll leave it at that.

And okay this is nothing, but for some reason this is my biggest reason for thinking something happened between them:

LIKE?!?!?!? ZAYN?!?!!? Tell me why he went out of his way, bypassed a completely open spot at the table, moved Niall aside, squeezed his way into Harry’s seat, and wrapped the protective boyfriend arm around him???? Like it means nothing but it’s everything?!?!?

(send me unpopular opinions)

How To Talk To Your Son

Read it here or on AO3


2016. Look in his eyes for the first time in nearly fifteen years. He doesn’t look the way you thought he would. More like Mulder than you anticipated, which is startling. He also looks a little like the dumpy woman fluttering about the porch, still in disbelief that a government helicopter just landed on her front lawn. He looks like her in way that old married couples are indistinguishable from each other, in the way that dogs start to look like their owners. Or is it the owners who start to look like the dogs?

“William?” you ask, even though you know.

“Yeah?” His voice hasn’t dropped yet.

“I’m Agent Scully, I’m going to need you to come with us.”

He looks to the woman on the porch, her colorless brown hair coming loose from its braid. “What is this about?” he asks.

“There’s not much time to explain,” you say, “but there’s a man in this helicopter who’s very sick and we think you might have a certain… element in your genetic makeup that can help him.”

His blue eyes flash–at least those are yours–as he tries to process. Then he says, “Okay.” Just like that, he believes you, and finally you think you understand how Mulder feels, after all these years.


2015. “Just think about it,” Walter says, and you do. You really do.

You have forgotten what it would be like to come home not smelling faintly of antiseptic and bile every day. You and Mulder are friendly. It wouldn’t be terrible to work with him again.

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Introducing my first BOTM!!

After looking at all the awesome blogs that submitted for my two BOTM slots, I am happy to announce my first BOTM of the year, Miranda aka boo-badger! 

Here is her self Introduction. 

Hi, I’m Miranda. I am 25 yo from the Appalachian Mountains. I am a construction manager, and hopefully soon to be engineer. I have a lovely puppy named Maggie who lets me be her mom. I like to hike and run and be outside.

I started my fitness journey a couple times, but this time I am determined for it to stick. I have just continued to get more and more out of shape since college in 2013 and am determined to get out of that habit. I am currently eating better than I ever have and trying to get the exercising down.

This year I plan to run or walk 1000 miles, run 5 (maybe 6) obstacle mud runs, and continue to get better and faster running. This year I bought a foam roller, so I’m serious now. Other goals are the PE (professional engineering) exam in April, flossing more, and reading 24 books for the year.

I am a long time follower and fan! If you like genuine, personal fitness blogs, you will be well served by checking out her blog and following! 

it’s international women’s day, and i’m not that big on hashtags (despite sporadic participation), but i’m all about opportunities to share asian-american and [east] asian books-in-translation (i admit/acknowledge that my geographic focus is narrow).  here are ten books by international women i love.

  1. banana yoshimoto, lizard (washington square press, 1995)
  2. marilynne robinson, lila (FSG, 2014)
  3. krys lee, drifting house (viking, 2012)
  4. ruth ozeki, a tale for the time being (penguin, 2013)
  5. mary shelly, frankenstein (penguin clothbound classics, 2013)
  6. han kang, human acts (portobello books, 2016)
  7. helen macdonald, h is for hawk (grove press, 2015)
  8. charlotte brontë, jane eyre (penguin clothbound classics, 2009)
  9. jang eun-jin, no one writes back (dalkey archive press, 2013)
  10. shin kyung-sook, i’ll be right there (other press, 2014)

also, one of my favorite book quotes comes from yoshimoto’s “helix,” a story which can be found in her collection, lizard:

“even when i have crushes on other men, i always see you in the curve of their eyebrows.”  (64)

happy international reading!

11 Questions

Tagged by @sonador-reveur @paratmin and @oneamateurgirl1612 Thanks for tagging and sorry if I missed anyone, mention notifications seem to be AWOL 😀

1) How many works in progress to do you currently have?
Loads, I have several notes pages of vague ideas and half rhymes. Some of them are destined to remain unfinished though 😂

2) Do you/would you write fan fiction?
I lack the planning, stamina and concentration needed for things longer than 24 lines, so probably not gonna happen.

3) Do you prefer real books or ebooks?
Both, I’ll read anything I can get my hands on 📕📗📘📙📔📓📖📱

4) When did you start writing?
I started this blog in 2013, but I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember 📝

5) Do you have someone you trust that you share your work with?
All of you lovely Tumblr people 😁 My family have probably read 100-200 of my rhymes at most, not because I don’t trust them. They know about my blog, they’re just not that into poetry. Plus the thought of reading 1000 poems is a bit daunting 😂🤣😱

6) Where is your favourite place to write?
On the couch with coffee ☕️

7) Favourite childhood book?
Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl and anything by Paul Jennings

8) Writing for fun or writing for publication?
For fun and entertainment, if I was writing for publication I’d be a very disappointed poet 😂

9) Pen and paper or computer?
iPad or iPhone mostly. I do write out finished poems in notebooks though

10) Have you ever taken any writing classes?
Nope, it’s something I’d like to do one day though

11) What inspires you to write?
Everything. I write down ideas when I have them so that when I’m struggling, I can go through my notes and something generally pops out. Failing that, I read loads of poetry which is inspiring. Poetry Prompt blogs are always good for inspiration too.

On choosing to do Fright Night
I got a call saying “They’re remaking Fright Night. Do you know it?” I said “Hell, yeah! I watched that horror film many times growing up. Why are the Hollywood philistines redoing it? [When I read the script] I was highly pissed off that I liked it as much as I did. I thought, God this could be so much fun.

You’ve even quit smoking right?
It was time. I was a 40-cigarette-a-day smoker, but I wasn’t enjoying it. So on my 34th birthday last year, I spent a day with a pack and consciously looked at every single puff until I smoked the last one at 11:55 that night. I did a whole ritual thing by writing a letter to tobacco, giving it as much significance as I possibly could. I’m done with it.

Though you have kept a little tabacco allegiance by wearing Dunhill suits.
When I was younger, I know they sold cigarettes but didn’t know Dunhill had a line of clothes! They make beautiful suits and have been very kind to me over the years, clothing my back more than once at the Oscars and Golden Globes.

Otherwise, do you think about fashion?
Not so much – even though right now I’m wearing this gray All Saints shirt that I got at a photo shoot two weeks ago, Rock & Republic jeans, and John Varvatos boots. I’m a full
fledged fashion victim today. But usually I’ll pop down to Jet Rag, this secondhand clothes shop in L.A., and splash down $200 on 12 items. I got this brown leather wristband years ago – I don’t know where or when or how – but I love it.

Your reputation as a ladies’ man is well documented. You once declared, “I’m a huge fan of women.”
I love women; I always have. I was raised by an incredibly strong, kind and generous mother, and I have two wonderful sisters. It all started there. They’re beautiful, life-giving creatures, so, yes, I adore women completely.

One of them was Elizabeth Taylor, who praised you as Richard Burton reincarnated. At her funeral you read a beautiful but very complex poem, “The Leaden Echo and the Golden Echo,” by Gerard Manley Hopkins, which couldn’t have been easy.
No, that wouldn’t be her style to make it easy on me. It was one of her favorites, if not her very favorite poem. She was an amazing woman, and I was grateful to have shared some times with her in the last year and a half of her life. I was truly lucky to bask in her presence intellect, generosity, kindness and sense of fun.

Let’s hit on your Irishness. Your countrymen are great authors. Are you a huge reader?
I’m not voracious, but I have an anthology of Yeats poetry that’s probably the book I’ve kept going back to for years.

Do you read it on a Kindle now?
I couldn’t. I love the weight and smell of a book and turning the pages. But who knows, maybe it’ll be another of those “I don’t go to the gym” moments, and you cut to Colin Farrell 2013, and he’s got a Kindle and a little earpiece, talking on the phone while he’s running on a treadmill.

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Happy 5 years of the selection! (tag)

put when you joined and how the series impacted you!!

thanks @krisspiaria for tagging me (I’m sorry if anyone else tagged me and I missed it)! 

When I joined: Let’s see if I remember this right. I’ve talked about it before and I don’t want to miss out on the details, but I was on vacation from college, the first long vacation I had in a while. Early 2013, I think. I had already hear of the TV series and I was dying to read the story that got a TV show even before the book came out. Read it in a weekend and totally regretted it. I loved The Selection and was dying for the second book.  

How the series has impacted me: Well, first, the story really got me. I’m a slow reader and when I fly through the pages, I know I have something good. I love Aspen, if you follow me and know me at all you know this. So, I just needed to keep reading to hear more about him. I felt his pain, I felt his love. After reading, I decided to deal with the wait for the next book by creating a Tumblr page just for this series. I had no intentions on getting followers, I just wanted a place to talk about this dear book since I had no friends who had read it. Tumblr never fails to gather the lost ones, does it? I found here a community of passionate people who have fangirled with me, supported my silly edits when I didn’t even have photoshop and just talked to me. With that said, The Selection is the reason I got Photoshop, it inspired me to learn how to edit, even if it was just the basics. 

Now about the people I’ve met, let me just talk about @partylikeawordstar  Kiera Cass here. I have never interacted with an author as much as I have with this woman. It always amazes me whenever I see her doing that. From ups and downs to Happy birthday wishes, from rebbloging to joining in on our tags, she’s always been here with me somehow and I very much appreciate that.

Oh, the friends I made. I love you all and I’ll tag you bellow. 

Special Thanks and Tag: I need to thank these blogs for all the support in my ride:

@lorelaikillmore I love you, girl.

@krisspiaria Meu benzinho! Obrigada por ter tanta paciencia comigo! 

@beangirl1389 I miss you, hon!

@illea-capital-report Emily! My blog sister. The one who was there with me since the beginning. You’re amazing. 

@savelapis Becks, my dear.

@aspenlleger I got you, you get me.

Special mention to the inspiring: @thequeenofillea @celesteschreave @marleeandcarter @eadlynschreaveofillea

And my best wishes for these marvelous followers: all of you! I can’t say enough how happy I am to have so many people to share my love for this book with. I’m eternally grateful to @partylikeawordstar for bringing us together.

I’m sure there’s a lot more people to tag here. I’m sorry if I left anyone out. I miss hanging out with you guys. 

I’ve been tagged by a lot of people to do the #20factsaboutme tag, so here it goes! 🙊
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1. I have a big birthmark on my left cheek in the shape of an upside-down heart
2. I live together with my boyfriend @pieter92 for almost 2 years now
3. We have been together ever since 13 February 2013
4. It was not my intention to make these facts super cheesy
5. Once (when I still lived with my parents) we had around 17-20 guinea pigs
6. I love pasta 🍝
7. I’m a vegetarian 🐷🐮❤️
8. I once dyed my bangs (only my bangs) red
9. And I also had the typical scene/emo hair when I was a teenager (you know? With the raccoon tails? No?)
10. I’m a graduated BA literature student
11. I’m currently taking a gap year in which I hope to get a nice job and blog a lot!
12. My dream is to become a professional blogger or to work at a publishing house in the Netherlands (like @lsamsterdam 🙈)
13. I had a monobrow when I was a kid 💁🏻‍♂️
14. I can identify myself more with the male emoji than with the female one 🤷🏻‍♂️
15. My favourite colour is Burgundy
16. My favourite season is Autumn 🍂🍁🍄
17. I’m going to the @efteling on Friday with my sisters ❤️✨
18. I still suffer from acne, and not the small kind of pimples 🤦🏻‍♂️
19. I have a bunny called Mellon (Elfish for “friend”)
20. I’m happy that I actually came up with 20 facts 💪🏼
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Feel free to do this tag yourself! I love to hear more about you 🙌🏼
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📸 by @pieter92

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REVIEW: THE BONE SEASON SAMANTHA SHANNON.

The Bone Season is a book I’ve been seeing everywhere since 2013. In 2015 I bought a copy and still it sits somewhere on a bookcase in my home gathering dust. I saw it up for review on Netgalley and i couldn’t resist. It was only a click and an acceptance away… I could just … read. I wouldn’t have to find it. I could simply read it and people could stop bugging me to pick it up. I’m not going to lie to you, i’ve held off so long as i was worried it wouldn’t live up to the hype. Seriously. I didn’t read it as others thought it was that good. *sighs*.

Almost five years after i bought my copy i finally picked it up. And i’m so happy i did. But i’m also happy I waited 5 years. Let me explain.

I was reminded when writing this review that ‘The Bone Season’ was heralded as the next Harry Potter. A fact i’d forgotten when i started. Ignore this fact. Its nothing like Harry Potter and shouldn’t be compared to such, in fact the phrases ‘next harry potter’ or ‘next hunger games’ is enough to make me run from a book screaming. It’s a cheap and insignificant review technique and one i’m afraid i don’t stand for. But five years is a long time, and i’d forgotten about that. I went in knowing one thing: that was my mate Tash LOVES THIS BOOK.

The next reason i’m pleased I waited until I was the ripe old age of 22 is that this books strengths lie in its world building. The book is set in London 2059 and then it moves to Oxford -  A place I know very well and have been visiting since I was a child. And i loved it. I will admit the first few chapters were heavy and getting to grips with the world were like crawling through treacle. This leads me on to my second reason, I was a really lazy reader back then. I wouldn’t have kept going, but boy am i happy I did. Saying this, the world building is incredible and Paige’s world is fascinating, just be prepared to slug through the first chapters!

Its fair to say ‘The Bone Season’ isn’t a mindless read, its one which will lead you exhausted and needing to nap for 30 years. You’re immersed in the world of The Seven Dials, home of the underground crime syndicate. A place crawling in the secret world of Clairvoyants and those willing to use there gifts. You’re thrust into Paiges world as you’re also made learn about Paige as a character and what she can do with her gift of ‘Dreamwalker’ and how this sets her apart from other Clairvoyants.

That said, all this information comes at a price. It was slow paced, believe me i’m aware how frustrating this can be but - in this it worked. It built the anticipation for the ending sequence in a way i’m sure wouldn’t have been as effective had I sprinted through it as i have done with books of similar ilk. I was also never bored. Shannon creates a world you’re happy to live in. No matter how slow paced. But i lived for it for three days, snatching chapters between shifts, reading late into the night. Its addictive. And i loved it. This addiction came from the care of the world building. The detail the sheer originality that kept me leaping from page to page.

That leads me to another of the novels strengths the complexity of the characters. I’m going to start with the heroine - Paige. Undoubtedly smart, but she makes mistakes. A fact i was grateful for as its become routine now for heroines to have no flaws what so ever. She’s simply the saviour, or the chosen one (sound familiar?!) this can leave them feeling two dimensional. However Paige, unlike many characters in this genre felt real and complex. She led this story with less grace than others before her but with a presence which made me fascinated to see where she’d go next, she’d someone i understood and would stand by.

Warden, just. I like problematic people. Its an issue. And Warden ticked the boxes, i’m looking forward to continuing on with the story, developing his character and his and Paiges relationshop, I’m Trash.

Overall and enjoyed it but the biggest ‘thumbs up’ i can give this book is as follows - I gave it to my mum. I’ve done that 3 times. Whats more, she loved it.

Samantha Shannon is definitely a new favourite. In a genre i don’t read that much from, i’m now obsessed. Ive ordered the Mime Season and honestly. I’m excited.  

Thank you Net Galley for this review copy.

June Book Reviews by Maia Kobabe

Black History In It’s Own Words by Rob Wimberly

A collection of beautifully illustrated Black History quotes, originally created by Wimberly for The Nib.

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor and Park is one of those books whose humor and sadness are so intertwined it’s almost impossible to keep them apart. Set in 1986, the year that the Watchmen comics were first released, it tells the story of two misfit teens who have nothing (but also everything) in common. It’s a love story, one of the best I’ve read in quite a while, for Eleanor and Park themselves know that first loves rarely last. This book is definitely on my favorites of 2013 list.

The Bird King by Shaun Tan

A beautiful collection of sketches and pages from Shaun Tan’s notebooks and preliminary drawings.

Billie Holiday by Carlos Sampayo and Jose Munoz

Jose Munoz and Carlos Sampayo tell a bold but fragmented tale of Billie Holiday juxtaposing some of her finest moments with some of her darkest ones. A reporter writing a story on the 30 year anniversary of her death digs through notes and remembrances, finding her lovers, her addition, her genius. The heavy black and white give the whole book a noir feel, with lyrics interspersed in a sharp spiky text.

Primahood: Magenta by Tyler Cohen

A set of wonderful, queer, feminist tales of mothering a wild daughter. I started reading this book while on the bus and became so engrossed I missed my stop. Highly recommend!

The Black Sinister by Kaare Kyle Andrews and Troy Nixey

A beautifully drawn but very slim story, heavily riffing on Batman.

Atonement by Ian McEwan

This book was just as good as everyone told me it would be. Set in England and France before and during the second World War, the main character in the first third of the narrative is Briony Tallis, a wildly creative thirteen year old who pours her heart into short stories. When her beloved older brother plans a visit back to the family estate, she writes a play to mark the occasion and press-gangs three of her cousins into rehearsals. During the day of excited preparation she witnesses a scene between her older sister Cecelia and the family’s gardener Robbie which leads her to believe a crime has been committed. Many years later, working as nurse in the war, Briony admits to herself that what she saw wasn’t violence, but passion. She is desperate to re-write the story to create a happy ending for the doomed lovers, but life isn’t fiction. Except that- this book is. Never before have I so struggled with thinking a work of historical fiction was an actual piece of history. I came away demanding “But what really happened?” An impossible and delightful question.

Nightlights by Loren Alvarez Gomez

Eerie and gorgeous, in a very similar vein as Anya’s Ghost.

5 years of the selection! (tag)

put when you joined and how the series impacted you!!

Thanks to @krisspiaria and @thedandelioninperspective for mentioning me!

When I joined: Around the end of 2013. I picked up both The Selection and The Elite from Barnes and Noble after seeing them in in like the things Barnes and Noble mails to your house. I marathoned both of the books that same day and have been hooked since.

How the series impacted me: The Selection series are the books that got me into reading ya and the book community. After finishing the books the amount of reading I did increased by at least tenfold. Within reading these books, I found my happy place. A place where I could envelop myself in these worlds and fall in love with characters. 

After months of stalking blogs on here I finally joined January 2016, after the release of the siren. It’s insane how much the people I’ve met on here have impacted my life. I have found so many amazing friends and have found an outlet where I can truly be myself, and that means the world to me. 

People who I love: 

@elains / @kilewoodwork- Livi, ok first off, you are actual goals. You are someone who I feel like I can always talk to if I need anything and you make me feel like I belong. I can’t thank you (and Alex) enough for creating the selection oc, and truly giving me and so many other girls such an incredible time and way to bond. Ilysm 💕

@fangirlingforinfinity - Viv, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!! You are always such a positive person who without fail will always put a smile on my face when I see you on my dash. You are literally the best secret santa I could have ever wished for, YOU WROTE A FREAKING SONG!!! I love you so much 💜

@eadlynschreaveofillea - T, you are the person who inspired me to join tumblr. I remember constantly just scrolling though your blog for hours. Till I decided I needed to be a part of this community. Since I’ve been on tumblr, I’ve been blown away by how much you contribute to this fandom. It only takes an idea, and you’re on it, there’s a week for it. Thank you so much for everything 💛

Wonderful people: @krisspiaria​ @prince-consort-erik @prince-consort-lolz @prince-consort-kile @the-selection-bitch @arewesafe @maxon-my-dear @americaleger @america-darling @eadlyns-tiaras @eadlynschreavve @thenewsomelibrary @lucy-leger @schreavetiara @theheirofillea @tuggingmyearmydear @clairesbooklr @a-court-of-books-and-authors @loveisbeautifulfear @queenamberlystationschreave @that-new-book-and-tea-smell @girlonfire64 @keadlyn @a-court-of-fanfiction-and-fandom @thedandelioninperspective

I love you all so freaking much 💛  -  Brooke

Im still in disbelief that Devin turned out to be such an important character even though he was minor before…….he was a side villain for 1 or 2 books, not that important and just there for Conor’s development, but now… he’s leading the protagonists to his hometown to steal a legendary sword while a whole organization supports him. he also (literally) burned the bridges of his villainous past. Like…Devin is more a more complicated character now that I ever could have imagined back in 2013 when I was reading Wild Born. My boi has changed so much from the noble who gave Conor a look of hatred and jealousy after that Nectar Ceremony.

Book tag

The lovely @feyxsand tagged me! Thank you very much hon 💛💛 I already did it, here, but doing it again gives me the chance to talk about other of my faves. 

1. What is your favourite book of all time?

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah (2013) was one of the best reading experiences of my entire life. For those of you who don’t know it’s about a boy and a girl who grow up in the midst of a political turbulent Nigeria during the late 80s- early 90s I want to say, and because of that they leave for USA and England. There they experience not only cultural shock, but racism and have to deal with the fact that they are now “black”. On top of this it’s a wonderful feminist book! So you have race issues, feminism, compelling story and a realist love story.

2. What are you currently reading?

I’m still on Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire… right now they are just announcing the Triwizard tournament. I’m slow but steady with this one.

3. Have you ever thought about writing a book?

Not really, but if I ever did it would be a collection of essays on feminism, female representation, fashion, cultural dialogue and race and… that sort of thing. I do love writing essays

4. What is your favourite series?

Besides the ones I mentioned in the other post, Six of Crows and Crooked Kingdom own my soul. To say they are incredible is an understatement. Also I really really love The Kingkiller Chronicles, they world and character development is on point.

5. What is a book you want to read?

Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake! I LIVE FOR DARK FEMALE CHARACTERS

6. What is on your tbr pile?

Everything, everything by Nicola Yoon and Little Women... it’s been such a long time since I read it that I want to revisit it again. And Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, I want to say but I’m not sure

7. Who are your favourite fictional characters?

Aelin.. I love Aelin, forever.. she’s just a wonderful character. But also Ifemelu from Americanah (Seriously guys read this book you wont regret it).

8.Who is your favourite ship?

Manorian! Manorian! Manorian! But Rowaelin is also so so cute and their story is just realist.. like it wasn’t love at first sight it’s something that was developed over time. Elaia from An Ember in the Ashes, aka the angstiest of all OTPs, just kiss you two!. This two, are only beaten by Kaz and Inej! But I am here for those two as well! And I do need more of them! ALSO DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON MATTHIAS AND NINA! THOSE TWO DESERVED SO SO MUCH MORE! MY BABIES *sobs*. Also MareCal… those two can’t catch a break can they? #GiveMareCalAHappyEnding2k18

9. Open the first page of the book closest to you and write down the first paragraph.

“When Mary Lennox as sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen.” The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

10. What is your first fandom?

Well this is the same answer, fandom fandom.. Twilight.. I was truly obsessed. Don’t regret it though, those books are addictive af. The movies are better though

Let me tag some amazing blogs I’ve seen around quite often but we haven’t interacted as much @fck-tamlin @seeliequeenofprythian @ladynesta and @laurenbhr! No pressure guys!

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Sometimes I want to step right into a romance cover. Art by James Griffin for the cover of Roses in Moonlight by Lynn Kurland, 2013. (Is that Craigievar Castle?)

Anyone read this? I think I have it buried somewhere in my shelves.

Derrick Cameron, antiquities dealer and adventurer, is furious when the priceless piece of Elizabethan lace he’s been pursuing slips right by him, in the improbable custody of a mousy textile historian! But he will retrieve it, even if it means dragging a very skeptical, albeit adorable, Samantha back in time with him. After all, he is used to living dangerously—in whatever century he finds himself.

Conscientious Samantha Drummond never dreamed the package her British employer gave her would lead her into places an ordinary gal should never go—like Elizabethan England!—or throw her into the company of one extremely attractive, but highly suspect Highlander who not only thinks she’s a thief, but insists on involving her in his mad schemes to retrieve his stolen treasure.

Trapped first in Elizabethan England, then caught in a web of modern-day intrigues, Samantha and Derrick are forced into an unlikely alliance by peril, never imagining that what they’re forging is a timeless love…

anonymous asked:

Have you ever drawn anything from the sabriel books?

DO YOU KNOW, I ACTUALLY HAVE? Although I started this in 2013 and it never made it past the sketch stage. 

The Abhorsen trilogy has been one of my favourites since my early teens, and I was super excited by the recent publications of Clariel and Goldenhand. I think it’s a fantastic series and well worth reading (in order of publication). Hopefully one day the series gets the TV adaptation it deserves, and reaches a much wider audience!

Maybe one day I’ll revisit this piece of Sabriel and Lirael standing back to back in Death as well…