books read by other people

i want to take the train and just go. go to another city and explore it by myself with music playing in my ears. sit in a cafe, sip some coffee while reading a book and watch other people. take pictures of famous attractions. talk with the people who live there and learn what they think about life. i always have this strong desire to go and explore. a never ending wanderlust for life.

reading one star reviews of books you hated on goodreads just to stew in your bitterness is such a happy cozy feeling

there are some respects (especially as regards worldbuilding) in which LOTR is a lot more nuanced and detailed than many later users of the genre conventions it helped popularize and so there’s some stuff that Tolkienesque fantasy gets criticised for that Tolkien himself doesn’t actually tend to do

there’s obviously plenty to criticise in LOTR itself, but it’s not always what seems obvious based on later examples of the genre, and it’s fascinating to see how those tropes have mutated

Some people take sensitivity courses. Others read books.
—  Both learn to empathize with people they’ve never met.

When I say I want to read the book before seeing the movie, I don’t want brownie points or bragging rights. I want to be able to read the book with my imagined world and idea of the characters without the movie’s influence at least once. After you see the movie there’s always some part of it that sticks in your head for a long time and you lose the enjoyment of making it up yourself.

tbh the only reason that the anti discourse on this site bothers me- no matter what books or whatever it’s about- is that it often assumes that readers who enjoy certain books have somehow missed all the reasons it needs to be criticized. And haven’t “recognized” the abuse or lack of diversity or whatever.

And I’m like…..I have….a master’s degree from oxford…where I was trained to do textual analysis in multiple languages and i know im a baby academic so…not to be arrogant but…I am capable of critically reading something, identifying the problems, and not giving a shit because at the end of an emotionally and mentally challenging 10 hour day spent pouring over latin and middle french court records about rape victims, if all I want to read are books about vampire sex and fae mating bonds than I am damn well going to do that regardless of whether of not these books check all the boxes on tumblr’s “list of ways a book need to check out before i deem it worthy literature.” 

i just want to….read books….and not feel as if other people think Im stupid for my reading choices….and as a reader of romance, which is like the most denigrated area of fiction…I am always being made to feel like this. But! some of the most intelligent, successful, and aware women I know are romance readers! 

Also like I cannot deal with this notion that the relationships featured in romance are somehow bad for women when the entire genre is about women choosing, but like, okay.

i’m ngl my gayness increases slightly every time i watch dps like BYE it’s too much k that’s all i needed to say

History is accidental necessity. It is made up entirely of hazards, coincidences that hang by a thread, armies suddenly held up by storm or snow, negligent or ingenious generals, unlooked-for conversations, unexpected encounters or deaths, plots successful or foiled, outlaws who escape and runaways who are caught, temperaments and inspirations that miraculously correspond to the needs and hopes of a place or age. But once history is inscribed on the unfolding hours, days, years, and centuries, it is more immutable than the course of rivers or the outline of volcanoes. Transparent and shifting as liberty, it becomes, as it unfolds, more immovable than nature. God himself can do nothing to change it. Yet the future will uncover now one face of it, now another. Thus, as Justus Dion points out, the historian’s work makes him more powerful than God. For God is master of the future only. History is a second creation, and it is the work of man, who alone can play with the past and revive it by his art: “The future belongs to God, but the past belongs to history.”
—  Jean d'Ormesson, The Glory of the Empire 

What she says: I’m fine

What she means: why do people give writers such a bad rep? Why are people convinced that we sit around doing nothing all day and just stare at a computer screen and one day words magically appear and then they magically turn into a book and then we never have to write ever again because they think publishing a book means you’re set for life and can travel the world and never have to work again? Where does the notion that creating art is lazy come from when it used to be the most celebrated form of work in history? Why do people think that that writing isn’t a Real Job™ and just a hobby, and that writers somehow freeload their way through life to avoid the Real World™ and that all writers somehow live in a disconnected utopian fantasy and need to grow up? Why? Where does that come from?

The Netflix Series of Unfortunate Events is turning out to be awesome! Super stoked for season 2. Loving how VFD members are getting a lot more screen time too! And Lemony Snicket!! And UNCLE MONTY!!!


anonymous asked:

Gay people used to have their own bookstores and cafes but what happened was capitalism. Do you go to a local coffeeshop or do you get Starbucks? Do you buy your books from Amazon or Barnes&Noble instead of looking for a small business? This is why all those places disappeared. Most LGBT centers have gay choirs, though, they're just not skewed young to the queer community.

GOOD POINT ANON! There are few Gay Bookstores left, A LOT have gone out of business in the last few years. They all sell books, movies, gay flags, etc. and almost all of them are now combined with something else to survive: bookstore + coffee shop, bookstore + sex shop, bookstore + art shop, gay books + feminist/women’s books. Almost of all them have free dating nights, parties, book readings, book signings and other events where you can meet lesbian and gay people. Follow them on FB, IG and Twitter to keep up with their events. If you can’t actually go to any of these stores, please support them by ordering something from them online. We need to keep our places open! 

🇺🇸 United States 🇺🇸

Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room > site
12th & Pine - Philadelphia, PA

Bureau of General Services - Queer Division (BGSQD) > site
208 W 13th St, Rm 210 (in The LGBT Centre) NYC, NY

Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee > site
2710 N. Murray Ave - Milwaukee, WI

Charis Books and More > site
Moreland Ave NE & Euclide Ave NE - Atlanta, GA

Women & Children First > site
5233 N Clarke St - Chicago, IL

Common Language Bookstore > site
317 Braun Court - Ann Arbour, MI

🇨🇦 Canada 🇨🇦

Glad Day Bookstore > site
Church & Wellesley - Toronto, ON

Little Sisters Book & Art Emporium (and sex shop) > site
Davie & Jervis - Vancouver, BC


The only books you need to be careful with are library books and other people’s books. You know why? Because they aren’t yours.

If you own the book, you own the book and can do whatever you want with it. If you are super careful when reading your books, that’s great! If you break the spine on every book you own, that’s awesome! They are your books! 

Respect other people that read differently than you. Y’all need to chill.

Yo! Once again, I have sinned and made another aesthetics for @juuria ‘s OCs. This one is for my bigender Yuki! Had a slight difficulty due to the lack of information the gang has on her! Nevertheless, loved working on her!

Dicono che chi è sazio non può capire chi è affamato; io aggiungo che un affamato non capisce un altro affamato
—  “Umiliati e offesi”, Fëdor Dostoevskij
Facts you would never know if you didn't ask
  • 1.) applesauce or pudding?
  • 2.) what was your initial reaction when you first realized that your parents had to have had sex to have you?
  • 3.) if you could create ANY mix-up or mythical animal and have it be brought to life, what would it be?
  • 4.) what kind of bread do you prefer?
  • 5.) describe a moment that is a prominent memory, but didn't have a strong impact on your life.
  • 6.) what is the quote/lyric that you relate to most?
  • 7.) if there was one problem/issue you could wipe off the face of the earth, what would it be?
  • 8.) do you think everyone in our lives serves a purpose, or are some people just there?
  • 9.) Favorite knock-knock/cheesy joke?
  • 10.) how do you feel about getting your picture taken?
  • 11.) most embarrassing poster you've ever owned?
  • 12.) what are the 3 worst movies of all time?
  • 13.) when was the last time you were in a public setting and a stranger annoyed you?
  • 14.) strangest pet peeve?
  • 15.) what is a quirk you find cute in a significant other?
  • 16.) if you could make a guest appearance in ANY show, which one would you choose?
  • 17.) who do you think is the most underrated comedian?
  • 18.) based on your personality, what do you think your spirit animal is?
  • 19.) color combination that you hate?
  • 20.) what is your favorite childhood memory?
  • 21.) what cartoon character do you most resonate with?
  • 22.) what game do you never lose at?
  • 23.) what does your dream home look like?
  • 24.) Honestly, do you love your family, like them, dislike them, or hate them?
  • 25.) pettiest argument you've ever been in?
  • 26.) what is the weirdest article of clothing you've ever come across?
  • 27.) what is your favorite day of the week?
  • 28.) Do you feel offended by swear words?
  • 29.) Stupidest dare you've ever done?
  • 30.) Did your parents ever compare you to your siblings or cousins growing up? Did that affect the way things turned out?
  • 31.) You get to be any person in the world for a whole week. Who do you choose?
  • 32.) one food you hate that should be destroyed at all costs?
  • 33.) What is your favorite past time for each of the four seasons?
  • 34.) what is something that will always make you laugh?
  • 35.) what does your pet look like?
  • 36.) describe your favorite outfit.
  • 37.) most annoying noise you've ever heard?
  • 38.) at what age did you learn to drive?
  • 39.) What is something that you own which you know you probably shouldn't?
  • 40.) last thing you made with your own 2 hands?
  • 41.) Favorite time of day?
  • 42.) Do you believe in ghosts, spirits, or any kind of afterlife?
  • 43.) what sports did you do in school?
  • 44.) if you had been voted for a 'superlative' in your last yearbook (class clown, laziest, most likely to become president, etc) what would you have been voted?
  • 45.) reality show idea that you would most definitely watch on television?
  • 46.) do you still own a landline phone?
  • 47.) scariest storm you've ever had in your town?
  • 48.) skill you wish you had?
  • 49.) what is something you wish you could talk more about, but don't for fear of what other people would think?
  • 50.) last book you read?
  • 51.) what does your calendar have on it?
  • 52.) what do you do if you get stopped by a person selling something from a mall kiosk?
  • 53.) infomercial you're beyond tired of seeing?
  • 54.) what was your first stuffed animal/doll's name?
  • 55.) have you ever said something out of anger and instantly regretted it?
  • 56.) how do you feel about raising minimum wage?
  • 57.) how would you spend a perfect day with your best friend?
  • 58.) when was the last time you changed the oil in your car?
  • 59.) did you ever have to do speech therapy?
  • 60.) something you're looking forward to in the future?

anonymous asked:

how can you support Veronica Roth's book? It's racist. Do you even know what racism is? You should revoke your support of her book.

I’m going to answer your second question first. Do I know what racism is?

Being called Paki, Sand N*****, Camel Jockey, etc. and hearing my family being called that since I was a small child, having people vandalize my parents’ motel; having them trash my brother’s car; my father getting assaulted and arrested for being brown in white town; my teachers telling my mother I didn’t belong in their classes when I was 5 years old because I didn’t speak English even though I was 100% fluent; having a checkout clerk tell my mother I was stealing when I was a 3yo because I ate a grape at a grocery store; a teacher attempting to sabotage my education by forcing me to spend a year in remedial classes in junior high to put me behind despite having high test scores; being harassed, insulted and attacked by a group of teenagers as a 7 year old walking with my brother in the desert; getting ordered out of a store in my hometown for ‘looking like a gangbanger’, getting pulled over and hassled with my best friend for driving around my home town because she was white and I was not; having a group of guys surround me on a bus in college and mock me for my appearance;  being told over and over  GO BACK, GO BACK, GO BACK; Even now, dealing with micro-aggressions and getting regular messages and anon asks (b/c I choose to keep an open line of communication with fans) telling me that I don’t deserve any of my success, that I am a ‘diversity case’ or that I am, somehow, inferior because I am brown.

Does that constitute as racism? If so, then yes, I know what racism is.

Now that that’s out of the way: I have had many people asking my thoughts on Carve the Mark, the book in question, or telling me my thoughts are wrong, so here’s what I have to say:

I read Carve the Mark critically and did not find the book to be racist or ableist (which was the other criticism leveled at it.)   To be absolutely clear–I read the criticism thoroughly and found that I did not agree with what it was saying. I thought that there was plenty of evidence in the book that the exact opposite was true, and that the cultural groups represented were varied and nuanced and open to many different interpretations. (One example: I felt that the cultural group portrayed as more “violent” was comprised of many skin colors and reflected a hodgepodge of different societies, and that the main character was portrayed both critically and sympathetically. And I felt that the group portrayed as more “peaceful” also had an array of skin/hair types, and again, was portrayed as nuanced–both good and bad.)

(Re: the issue of ableism, more informed folks than I (see Leigh Bardugo and Kody Keplinger) have spoken about the issue. I direct you to them because they are more knowledgable about issues of ableism than I am.)

What is happening here is a difference in opinion. It is a normal thing in a free and fair society. For some reason, this upsets a few people, as they apparently think that people of color are some sort of Borg Uni-mind who all think exactly the same way. Here’s a tip: we don’t. POC can disagree with one another, guys. And we can discuss, and we can learn from such disagreements.

This is a case in which I disagree with the criticism that another POC has for this book. Not because I like the author of the book. Not because I haven’t read the book. But because I just don’t agree with the criticism. This, by the way, does not mean I don’t like or respect the people who have leveled the criticism. Quite the opposite. It. Is. A. DIfference. In. Opinion.

As the wise Somaiya Daud said, “there is no One Reading”, meaning that people can read the same book and have different takes on it.

Example:  I read a book a couple years ago by a POC author that unintentionally denigrated my language and people. Other people read this book and did not see this at all. In fact, some of you might have read it and not noticed it or found it offensive.  To me, that’s ok. You read and interpreted it differently than I did. I can inform you of how I feel, and discuss it with you (I actually did with the author, and the author was receptive) but if you read it, and hear my opinion and ultimately don’t agree with me, I’m going to respect your right as a free citizen to have your own opinion. I do not expect you to trash the book or not read it because I was hurt by it. In fact, I’d rather you read it, because then you’ll have an informed opinion about it and speak about it intelligently.

And that’s sort of what this comes down to:  In dealing with other POC, not all POC opinions are immediately the ONLY opinion. We are not a monolith.

As a WOC who has dealt with racism, often violent, since I came to this country, and as a WOC who has spent much of her life being told to sit down and shut up, I find it very odd that some of the people who consider themselves allies are essentially telling me to sit down and shut up. (Not all of them. I’ve had many civil and intelligent conversations about this.) Essentially, they want me to revoke my opinion about the book.

So here’s the thing: You can criticize me. You can say “Sabaa, you are an idiot and I disagree with you.” That’s fine. You have that right and I absolutely support you being able to voice your opinion. But don’t tell me to undo my opinion. Because by doing so, you are, in effect, attempting to silence me, and I am sick of people trying to silence me.