i love books more than i love most people

oliviahmargaret asked:

Hi! I've read tons of books you've posted about and loved all of them. They were all non fiction; do you have any recommendations for fiction? either way, thanks for all the impeccable taste and the forever monster aesthetic.

i feel like i mostly read fiction actually? *peers into tag* oh….yes, most of those are non-fiction, huh. interesting. i read more for how people use language than for story most of the time so reality vs fantasy distinction makes little difference to me, really. i don’t care about genre. here are the first fiction books that come to me, i suppose:

  1. slice of cherry 
  2. magic for beginners (you’ll love this, i think, kelly link is very #me)
  3. dept. of speculation (i have no idea if this is nonfiction, but i also not care as you will like this anyway if you have eyes)
  4. melancholy of mechagirl and deathless
  5. for YA…. the lunar chronicles
  6. everyone should read at least 1 octavia butler novel 
  7. all our pretty songs / this series by my friend sarah is real good too
  8. i would remiss to leave out my all time fav series of anything, by diane duane. truly the most important foundation for my childhood!!! I DEMAND YOU READ THISSSSSSSSSSSS FIGHT MEEEEEEE

ok that should be a good start. have fun

anonymous asked:

I saw your post about the less popular booktubers but what are a few of the most popular booktubers?

Here are some popular* booktube channels:

* The popularity varies. I’m not that big on booktube so I’ve probably missed people out - I just went by what channels I’m familiar with. Most are YA-orientated.

My personal favourites are thereadables, littlebookowl, inkbonesbooks, bookswithdylanw and peruseproject. I love the kind of books that they talk about in their videos and they appeal to me more than the others in terms of personality, content and reading taste. :) 3/5 of them love The Book Thief too, which naturally makes me happy.

Also check out penguinteenaus‘s list of Aussie booktubers

ledmonds94 asked:

Have you read book 6? And if so, what do you think of Jamie's dream of seeing Claire in her time?? I've read your theory about Jamie's ghost in the first episode, but what do you make of Jamie's dream?? PS:I love your blog!!

Thank you! Glad you’re reading!

Yes - I’ve read Book 6 and all the other main Books more times than I’d care to admit. Diana Gabaldon has been pretty unequivocal in saying that Jamie lacks the time-traveling gene. But that doesn’t mean he can’t “see” his loved ones in other times. So I think he has a form of the Sight - which is what most people think that Claire has, oddly enough, though she’s just got the foreknowledge that comes with time travel.

Anyway, this form of the Sight seems to really develop as he gets older - much like Claire’s healing powers (blue aura in Book 8, anyone?) seem to develop as she gets older. 

I really don’t think it’s more complicated than that - this is a universe where time traveling is a norm, after all! 

And who best to describe this phenomenon than Jamie himself:

“And after all,” he added logically, “I dream of the past; why would I not dream of the future?”

– Jamie to Claire, Book 6 (A Breath of Snow and Ashes)

By the way - here  is the scene I believe  you referred to:

“Aye, and it had a thing on top like a wee club, only wi’ a knob to each end, and the club was tied to the box wi’ a sort of black cord, curled up on itself like a piggie’s tail. Jem saw it, and he reached out his hand, and said, ‘I want to talk to Grandda.’ And then I woke.” 

He leaned his head back farther, so as to look up into my face. “Would ye ken what a thing like that might be, Sassenach? It was like nothing I’ve ever

“Yes, I know,” I said. “I’ve told you about them, I know.” I didn’t think, though, that I had ever described one to him, in more than general terms. I cleared my throat. “It’s called a telephone.”

– Jamie and Claire, Book 6 (A Breath of Snow and Ashes)

She settles back on Carmilla’s shoulder. “Nice save.”

“I’ve had practice,” Carmilla says

Is always so painful, because it refers to Maman. :( 

Laura falling asleep on Carmilla’s shoulder while they are reading the book together is actually on of my favorite Hollstein-moments in this fic. Since I’m an aromantic-asexual I don’t really experience love in this firing passion like some people do. 

To me love is that gentle trust you have with somebody. Falling asleep on someone’s shoulder is so incredibly intimate in the cutest way possible. You trust them to see you in the most vulnerable state possible: when you’re asleep. 

She smiles. “I know this is nice, but the bed is more comfortable than my shoulder.”

“You don’t know that,” Laura grumbles sleepily.

just let me drown in this fluff please.

I’m a man of simple tastes, future love. You’ll come to discover this as you get to know me, as we begin to spend time together, talk about the things that are most important to us.

I had lofty goals once. I lived wild and rebellious and loved every minute of it. I set my mind to my dreams and I penned more books in ten years than most people write in their entire lives. I’ll still write, future love. I’ll still be wild and ambitious in my own way. Heck, I’ll probably write a little bit every day for the rest of my life, but I’ve reached the point where I’m ready to settle down and put most of my energy into other works instead. I’m ready to put my all into building a home, into building a family, into building a legacy that our children can smile about, knowing all that we build is a part of their legacy as well.

Let’s build something lasting together, future love. Let’s make a legacy they’ll talk about for generations. We can do it, future love. I can’t wait to look back with you at all that we’re about to create together. I can’t wait to be in the midst of it, taking each step with you by my side, knowing we’ll end up at the end together.

rockywillows asked:

Not gonna lie - I had a TOTAL crush on Moses when I watched the film for the first (hundredth) time. Just rewatched it last night! And for the record - as a Christian, I love the Old Testament. I love it more than the New Testament. Exodus is my favorite book in the Bible. And I have no issue with the movie. Neither does my family. It taught me that we can learn of our faith(s) in many different ways! (No idea why I told you all that, haha. Sorry!)

Noooo, don’t apologize; this is so good to hear!

One of things I love most about The Prince of Egypt is how accessible it is regardless of what you believe in. Obviously many people of faith love it but I also know a lot of atheists/agnostics who find an echo in it too.

I’m Jewish and not very observant, but I love this movie for actually trying to convey some sense of Jewishness (and whether I believe it actually happened or not, this story is part of my heritage…) Like The Ten Commandments and the new Exodus movie come off as a bunch of white dudes basically cosplaying and going through the motions, but The Prince of Egypt is the only Exodus retelling I’ve seen that feels Jewish to me.

And I also really love what this movie has to say about agency and identity, it’s like the ultimate takedown of “I’m just one person, what can I do?”

anonymous asked:

18 ombré hair tan, dark brown eyes, athletic, mostly femme, I'm a twin, I love nature and animals and movies and music and coffee. going out is fun, but so is staying in. books are cool, I love my dog more than most people, for a date I would take you to an aquarium and spend the rest of the day in the city.

So can we just skip dating and get married or

"My sexuality is not the most interesting thing about me."
  • K:Just because I'm attracted to both sexes does not mean I'm down for a threesome, an orgy, or being videotaped for some heteronormative male. My sexuality is not for anyone's entertainment (not that there's anything wrong with any of these things). These are some of the first questions I get when I come out to someone. It sometimes feels like people find my bisexuality to be the most intriguing thing about me, but it's not. I'm so much more than that.
  • B:That's why I never really focused on your sexuality, it's just another fact about you. Like, you love elephants, your back was once injured, a good cup of tea relaxes you, you're bisexual, you love the smell of fresh coffee, you have a great love for words and books, and you're a hard working sexy bitch! It's just another fact.

refrescorojo asked:

random 5, 17, 34, 57, 78, 119

5. 4 turn ons?

Uuuh none? I’m asexual and not interested in relationships so I don’t really have any

17. Favourite food?

Pesto Pasta or Pizza, I love them

34. My relationship with my parents?

It’s good, though they tease me a lot more than I like and don’t listen if I tell them when I’m uncomfortable

57. What do I think about the most?

Books and games

Like if I find a good book or game I obsess over it for a good couple of weeks to a month before I finally shut up

78. How can you win my heart?

Well since I’m asexual the only way to win my heart is being a friend (or family) cause they are the only people I love (except my followers cause I love you guys too)

119. Learned another language?

I took higher French in high school and I’m pretty decent at reading and writing it but my speaking skills aren’t that great

gilmoregalz asked:

7, 8, 9, 10!

7. Inspiration, time, or motivation. Choose two.

time and motivation - honestly inspiration is always flowing but its finding the time and trying to get it down on a document thats literate and coherent thats hard

8. Why do you choose to write?

i did very well in english at school and absolutely loved literature and analysing it and writing essays breaking it down, and the more i read books and proper literature the more i understood the components of good stories and writing and it inspired me to write. i want to make people feel how i felt reading soooo many books, poems and fics 

9. Do you ever have plans to write anything other than fic?

yes!! id love to create a story with full on original characters because the 1d boys - even though i try to make them what i envision - arent purely original

10. What inspires you the most?

ideas that get in my head - even if its just a poetic quote that i make up i just think “damn someone should write about it”

unclefungusthegoat asked:

Hi! When you get this ask list five things that make you happy then send this to the last 10 blogs that reblogged from you! ^-^

Sorry I’m late at answering this! I’ve had all sorts of hectic happen to me recently! :)
What makes alice happy:
1) books, to be specific a good book, with lots and lots of pages with beautiful sentences! 😊
2) friends and family, because they know me more than I know myself! Most of the time
3) love, love makes me happy because it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside😊
4) art, I’m first to admit it I am awful at art in all forms! But I love looking at other peoples art! It fascinates me! And then makes me wish I was good at art😂
5) sunshine, because the sun is definition of happiness! 😀🌞

I feel like if we were all characters in fiction everyone would find their soulmate because so many people know what it’s like to fall in love with someone in a book or show, more than you’ve ever loved a real person, and I think a lot of it is that you get to see that character in so many different situations and particularly private ones, so that you know them more deeply than most real people

imagine if we all had fans out there who’d seen us at our most despicable and instead of being repulsed they just had so many feels and wanted to make a plushie of us and cry and spend all day fantasizing about us, and imagine if we could then actually be with those people. it would be so much easier to find our ideal matches T-T

my fandoms are slowly killing me by reminding me of how alone I am if you can’t tell

On my strange love for minor characters

Well, I realized that I have this inclination to love minor characters of books or movies. Like Grantaire and Gavroche in Les Miserables. I mean they’re not so important in the great scheme of things, but they just make the story even more beautiful, Gavroche because is just a great character and I don’t care what everyone say, he was the most important part of the barricade and he was the voice of the people even more than Enjolras. He was the face of a better Paris, raised from the bad and the rotten towards a better future (I mean, he was self-instructed learning from the people of the streets, and he was the one who gives help to unknown people without searching a reward, just because he can and he feels that it is the right thing to do) and his sacrifice is worth more than everything else (at least in my heart). Grantaire because is on my train of thoughts, if I was a character I’d be him probably, and also because of his beautiful, desperate love for Enjolras: I mean is not about OTP, is about a great tragic story. Even the more cynic unbeliever can change his mind when has a love worth to die for. I find this ideal, one side love more romantic than lots of great epic love story, because is real. You can feel it, you can sense the truth behind it. I just love it.


It’s so strange how one book you’ve read over 6 years ago is still manifested deep in the outreaches of my mind. Elsewhere scared me because it was about death and as a 10-12 year old I wasn’t down with the whole “dying” vibes this book gave off but it was completely about death. I should have known sooner that it was literally inevitable. But in the book, it was lovely to see how dead people transitioned to “Elsewhere” where as they reached there at the age they died they aged backwards until birth to be someone else’s future child. It’s wildly exhilarating because imagine if that was the actuality of our death situations? That would be very against most beliefs of immortality because we’d be more concrete than abstract. In the novel there was an observatory where these humans could see the “phenomenal world” and see their loved ones and life on Earth without their existence. When I was younger, I fantasized about those watch glasses being about the future. Seeing random moments, mementos of a stretched existence. I mean, rather than seeing human faces I always imagined blurs because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise of who would be in my life later or who I’d marry or who was the person I met once that changed my life. A looky loo in the future would sound so tempting. I wonder how many of us would take it. Ironically enough, as a child I wanted this so badly. A 5th grader who sat in a gymnasium floor yearning to be a senior in high school and in a blink of an eye she stood in front of elementary kids in that same gym. Time flies and 6 years ago I would’ve given a kidney to see into my future. I guess current me is more into knowing what my future occupation is more than ever. The novel Elsewhere was one of the many jump starters to my idealistic nature and I look at it laying less than 10 feet away from me and I for some reason can’t bring myself up to open it. Maybe I’ll be disappointed?

marinalj asked:

When you get this reply with 5 things that make you happy, then send it to the last 10 people you have notes from in your activity! Have a nice weekend :)

The rain, but no only a bit. One big and strong storm, whit thunders and lights. While I’m in home, reading a book or just seeing the rain through the window.

My cats. They annoy me sometimes, mostly when I have work to do,or I when I am watching a tv show, but I loved them most than many people I know.

Listen music. IIt’s the best thing I can do when I am sad, or happy, or in any mood. It is basically the fucking best in the world. 

Read a good book. Find a new character that you fall in love. 

Travel. This is a thing that I need to do more.

“Biblioph- nah”

As a person who plays games, watches movies and worships technology most of the time, I never allowed myself to spend the time off my eye-straining computer screen and settle for the printed word.

Don’t get me wrong - I like reading, but not in the way most of the people who love to read do. Articles and editorials are my thing, I love reading biographies, and I learned more about Science and History by reading than going to school.

I am different in a way that I enjoy reading off the paper, and that I do not enjoy fiction that much. Honestly, I don’t know why. It’s weird how I want to enjoy books the way bibliophiles do (I follow a lot of literature blogs), but I can’t even last halfway through a novel.

So in attempt to make a change, I am going to read five of these literary masterpieces:

  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes

  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

And I really hope these books would open a new door towards a literary adventure for me!

The Truth About Fat Sex | Rebecca Jane Weinstein

I’m curious about what the book will be about in the end. I have this constant fear that as far as fat acceptance goes, women more and more relate love/acceptance with sex. It’s really the one aspect of FA that I don’t agree with: I don’t think the fact that people will have sex with you should make you feel beautiful. But I accept I have a different relationship with sex than most people.
That being said, the brief excerpt here was something I related to so hard. I still work very hard every day to love myself and have a better relationship with myself. I still have days where “fat” is a bad word, and I attribute all the negative stereotypes fat people are saddled with into myself. When I’m in a new relationship I dread getting naked.

What upsets me the most, though, are the people who think that “oh. Of course you would care so much about this, look at you.” Or the guys who think that I want them to find me attractive. I don’t you’re an ass. I don’t want bigoted assholes to find me attractive.

This so isn’t about me. I mean it is a little but it’s so much more important to me that children don’t get bullied the way I did. That no one grows up hating their bodies the way I still struggle with. That no one ever thinks that they’re never going to be loved by someone else because of how they look. No one should ever live with the fear and isolation I did and still do.
I can only speak from a lens of a fat person, but this is important for every single body. Very thin to very fat. Able bodied and disabled. White and Person of Colour. It’s all so important! (But it would be irresponsible of me to speak for any group I am not a part of, hence my particular focus on fat acceptance)

So if you are one my friends who still think it’s ok to shame fat people, can you please give this a quick read. Think about all the things you’ve thought about fat people. All the negative things you’ve thought. And then apply it to me.

I can remember feeling rather anxious as  I travelled down to BritMums Live last year.  I was meeting up with some lovely blogging buddies, but I was also walking into a venue with 700 bloggers who were obviously going to be far more confident than me, more deserving of being there, than little old me!   I soon realised that actually, most people were feeling as anxious as me and actually we all deserved to be there.  I had no hesitation in booking my ticket for this years event as soon as they went on sale. I was thrilled when Orchard Toys offered to sponsor me this year, a brand I love and it meant a lot to have their support.

I headed down to London on the train with my good blogging friend Iona from Redpeffer. We chatted non stop and headed to the Premier Inn to meet up with the rest of the gang. Ladies who have supported me, in most cases, right from the beginning, friends who I value greatly, proof that geography is fairly irrelevant in this digital age.

Fiona, Jen, Jenny, Eileen, Anna, Kel, Colette and Pippa and of course Little E – the star of the show.  It’s been wonderful to know you have a group of friends to start and end each day with.  We might want to attend different sessions, it never matters.  We all do our own thing and then meet up later, it works, it’s easy, stress free and I’m very glad it works so well for all of us.

I’d made a list of the sessions I’d wanted to attend, which I’d left in my diary, at home. Good start.  We found a table and waited for BritMums to be officially opened by Susanna and Jennifer.

Now for the funniest ice breaker ever.  We would be attempting to break a Guinness World Record for the Most Mummies Wrapped in One Room in 3 minutes.  You really did have to be there.  Have you ever wrapped someone you’ve never met from foot to tummy in toilet paper?  No? Well I have, and Jodie from Life with Pink Princesses was a great sport.

Did we beat the record?  Well, just! 51 Mummies wrapped from head to foot in 3 minutes, quite a few were disqualified for incomplete coverage, but not our Jodie, bless her, she had to stand like that for quite a while, waiting for the official adjudicator.  So I came home as part of the BritMums Guinness World Record holding team!

As the sessions began I realised that I needed to cut myself for a few of the slots.  I would have liked to visit the team from the Costa Brava Tourist Office, but I was also really interested to hear Amanda Jennings (The Judas Scar) and  Cesca Major (The Silent Hours) speak, along with Abbie Ross.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable session, and really interesting to hear how the three authors worked.  I need to order Hippy Dinners now, so I can complete the ha-trick of reads!

Then it was time to listen to Katy Hill, Eleanor Mills (Sunday Times) and Christina Amarchey (Action Aid) in the Shouting Back: Women’s Voices, Loud, Proud and online.  A thought-provoking session  which showed we really should be brave and stick our heads up above the parapet for the things we feel passionate about.

The BIB’s awaited and time to relax a little with friends, cheer on some great bloggers and then head out for dinner. Iona had done some research and discovered the Yard.  We booked ahead and it was great to have a table for 9 ready and waiting.  It had been a long day and we all wanted food and our beds!

Day 2 started with Carol Smillie talking about her new project Diary Doll – a brilliant idea and something I really do need in my life.  My pelvic floor really isn’t what it used to be! I’d got to meet Nadine Hill at the coffee stand, so it was lovely to hear her and others talk in the Bloggers and Brand session.  Always good to make sure to hear both sides of the story. Claire Candler was particularly interesting, coming from the PR/brand side of things.

The craft area had been calling me, I knew if I started sewing I’d be in there all day, so I decided to try something completely new – crochet.  I’ve seen so many others take it up and thought it would be good to have a chill out session and learn a new skill.  I think I threw the instructor when I told her there was no way I could hold the crochet hook in my right hand.  I am as left-handed as it is possible to be!  I found me own way in the end, but watched Fiona in awe as she started to master Granny Squares.  I will be purchasing a hook, wool and YouTubing ‘crochet for lefties’ some time soon.

Lunch was a good time to catch up with people and have a chat with some of my Oxfordshire Bloggers group.  Hoping to catch up with more of the group more locally at some point soon.  It was great to meet some PR contacts in person and say hello to those I already knew.  For me it was nice that the brands were less baby orientated this year.

I’d bumped into Judith Lewis from deCabbit Consultancy over a coffee earlier in the day and her Advanced SEO session was probably my favourite of all.  Really informative, and lots to take away and put into practice.  I would have loved to listen to the Social Media Manager session but decided on Photo Styling instead.  I’m not the tidiest of people, and I know my photos can be cluttered too.  It was an interesting session learning about colour triangles and numbers, angles and the like.  I’m not sure I’ll ever be a true ‘stylist’, I certainly don’t have a space I could set up in advance.  But I like learning new things, and will try to put some elements into practice!

The sessions were over, where had the time gone?  Some of us chatted to the lovely lady from The Velvet Daisy who was working for Lindemans Wine.  We explained Jenny’s link to sunflowers and she very generously made us up a lovely sunflower bouquet to surprise Jenny with after her Keynote speech.

I think for all of our group, the say had been building up, we were all conscious that Jenny (The Brick Castle) was recovering from a major operation, and was obviously anxious about taking to the stage to read Dear Elspeth.

I have to be honest, I hardly took in what Caprice was saying, I’m still unclear of her point. Trust me, even women in their 40’s can have kids.

There were some wonderfully touching Keynotes for bloggers, some posts I’d heard before, others not.  But I was conscious that each one read, was another one nearer to Jenny’s turn.  Sitting next to her, I already knew what a strong woman she is, but I am so immensely proud of her for standing up, with Pippa by her side, reading her post, one that is so beautifully written.  It brings me to tears every time I read it, but to hear Jenny speak it, the tears just rolled, for me and everyone else in that room.  Except Jenny and Pippa, who were just awesome.  The sunflowers made her cry, we’re sorry for that, but we wanted Jenny to know that Elspeth was with her, as were so many of Jenny’s friends.

Another heartbreaking moment came from 23 Week Socks and her Twinkle Twinkle post. Then it was all over for another year – see you in 2016!

What I’ve taken from BritMums Live 2015?  Well, it’s ok to take a break and not go hell for leather to every session.  It’s good to catch up with friends and meet people you’ve admired and not had the chance to meet before.  I don’t feel ‘new’ any more, but not sure I’m ‘advanced’ either.  I fit, I belong, I understand, I can share experiences and lessons learned. I’m still rubbish at walking up to people and introducing myself, I’ll try harder next year.  I am actually really quite shy, am totally useless with names and faces, throw in a blog name and name tags I can’t read – uum!  If I missed you, I’m sorry, but I did say, grab me I’m blind!

When anyone asks me what blogging has given me; my instant reply is always friendships. It’s given me and my family wonderful experiences, and yes I have a voice, but I have gained some amazing friendships through blogging.  I’ve shared laughter and tears with some lovely people, and BritMums Live 2015 cemented that.

If you’ve not been to BritMums Live before and are thinking of going next year – do!  There are lots of groups on Facebook and Twitter so you can meet up with other bloggers if you’re travelling alone.  It was my second year and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience again.


What I’ve taken from BritMums Live 2015 my thoughts on #britmumslive thanks to my sponsor @OrchardToys I can remember feeling rather anxious as  I travelled down to BritMums Live last year.  I was meeting up with some lovely blogging buddies, but I was also walking into a venue with 700 bloggers who were obviously going to be far more confident than me, more deserving of being there, than little old me!