Dad's reacting to someone who is obessed with books. Like there are piles of books everywhere. Constantly is reading and tends to make a obscure reference to a book no one knows about.
Joseph: He’s a bit troubled by the sheer number of books
stacked everywhere around the house, but he’s glad MC has found a wholesome pastime.
He loves listening to MC’s excited rants about whatever book he’s reading at
that time, the light in his eyes and the bright smile on his face just too
adorable. He sometimes picks up one of the books, just so that he can make
sense of all the random quotes MC throws his way.
Craig: surprisingly, he wants to start reading too. Books
had had next to no appeal to him before, but seeing the light in his bro’s eyes
as he goes on and on about his favorites gets him curious. He and MC start
something like a two-man book club, reading together and discussing the book as
they go along.
Brian: Cannot see the appeal of having so many books, but is
supportive. This is the one thing MC can truly beat him at, spouting quotes and
trivia that Brian can never understand. He definitely tries, and sometimes
pretends he’s read the book already, citing not wanting to spoil it for MC as
his reason for not discussing it. MC saw through his charade since day one, but
thinks it’s cute that he tries.
Mat: honestly? He doesn’t see anything strange about it. He
has stacks and stacks of records in his own house, what’s the difference? He does
like it when MC recites poetry or poetic literature, because he can hear a
subtle music behind it. Sometimes he tries to put them to songs, which MC finds
both hilarious and adorable, neither of which he’ll admit aloud.
Hugo: he loves to just watch MC read. He thinks it is
adorable how intently his boyfriend stares at the pages, how fully engrossed he
is with the story. Sometimes he purposefully snuggles with him and pretend to
read along, when he’s really watching MC’s face as he reads. He makes it a point
to listen to his explanations on whatever obscure quotes he makes.
Damian: he’s overjoyed when he sees Victorian literature amongst
the piles of books in MC’s home; Sherlock
Holmes, Dracula, etc. He’s already read them a thousand times over, and
eagerly engages in firing off quotes from all of them. MC takes him to the
graveyard sometimes specifically to read by candlelight, and Damian thinks it
is the single most romantic thing anyone has ever done for him.
Robert: he’s actually an avid reader as well, he just hides
it better. He prefers ebooks, because he can read them right from his phone
whenever he wants, and avoid unnecessary clutter. As you would expect, he’s
into horror and sci-fi novels, and often makes direct quotes during his explanations
of cryptids to see if anyone can call him out on it. MC does— Robert will never
admit how much he loves it.
•The house is bitter cold, even in the late spring, and though you’ve never quite adjusted to it, the frigid air feels more welcoming than the suffocating humidity that most low-grade apartment space heaters provide. It keeps you alert, and awake, and appreciative of your charcoal knit sweaters.
•The dorm kitchen is not a place where most chefs would feel at home, or even mildly comfortable.
•There are no appliances other than a rusted stovetop nestled under a thick layer of dust, and your tea kettle, which is often the only reason you enter the kitchen.
•Beside the kettle sits a plastic skeleton bottle holder; a gift from your mother. The skeleton is in a sort of seductive repose, holding the same bottle of red that it was when it was given to you. You’re not a drinker. You stumble enough when you’re sober.
•The only plant in sight is a dead fern; a gift from a high school friend who you hadn’t thought of since graduation and will likely never think about again. It droops melancholily in its flowerpot and will soon be no more than a sad pile of compost; clearly you don’t think much of the plant either.
•The cupboards are barren, save for a few biscuits and earl grey teabags scattered haphazardly around the empty shelves.
•The fridge is in a similar state; There is a glass bottle of ketchup at the far inner corner that expired in 2012. The bottom drawer is occupied by a head of wilted lettuce and three rotting tomatoes; or perhaps it was four. It’s hard to tell now.
•There is no source of protein to be found, save for a sizeable colony of silverfish living between the cracks in the walls.
•You don’t entertain much, but perhaps that was obvious.
Orlando belonged to neither sex; indeed, for the time being, she seemed to vacillate. She was man; she was woman; she knew the secrets, shared the weaknesses of each. It was a most bewildering and whirligig state of mind to be in.
Not one to usually give reviews but cause of all the hype I heard about how much better this one was than the first one, I kinda feel the need to offer up my opinion (spoiler free!) ⭐️⭐️⭐️ it was ok, enjoyable, it took until about halfway through for things to really get interesting and I still don’t reaaaaally feel any strong connection to any of the character but if you liked the first one, you’ll definitely like this one as well! Those of you who’ve read it, what did you think of it?
“Why read the classics? A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.” These are a few recommendations, books everyone should read. Don’t let yourself be convinced they are good: read and decide for yourself!
(no particular order intended)
Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes
The Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell
Hard Times - Charles Dickens
The Karamazov Brothers - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Wuthering Heights - Emily Brontë
The Waves - Virginia Woolf
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
Hamlet - William Shakespeare
Richard II - William Shakespeare
Little Women - Louisa Alcott
The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
Emma - Jane Austen
Anna Karenina - Liev Tolstói
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë
Romeo and Juliet - William Shakespeare
The Age of Innocence - Edith Wharton
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
Lord of The Flies - William Golding
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel García Márquez
Persuasion - Jane Austen
War and Peace - Liev Tolstói
Macbeth - William Shakespeare
The Tell-Tale Heart -
Edgar Allan Poe
Dracula - Bram Stoker
The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar - Edgar Allan Poe