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Whenever Enjolras is getting overly worked up and excited talking about his Ideal World and Change and Shit, R just breaks into Don’t Stop Believing from Journey and it makes Enj very mad

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if you have never been on a road trip with Jehan and Bahorel then you are missing a lot

Top 13 books of 2013

So after a not so great 2012 reading year, 2013 proved to be awesome. I read 86 books this year and a record number of 29735 pages (thanks goodreads). I am really proud of this number considering school and my college applications have been hell. I hope next year turns out to be even better and I’ll try to read less YA. Anyways here is the list of my top 13 books of 2013. 

1. Les Misérables: I’ve wanted to read this book for years and I actually managed to do it this time around. It took me a month (yikes) to get through it. I absolutely adore it, the characters are really complex and the ethical dilemmas presented in the story are very thought provoking. Up to this day I still find myself pondering over the story. 

2. The Night Circus: I just read this book and I am mesmerized by its beauty. The imagery that the author manages to create is absolutely stunning. The writing is amazing and I love the story plot. The characters are extremely charming and worth rooting for. 

3. The Book Thief: I’d had this book sitting on my shelf for 3 years but tumblr got me to finally read it; thank god for that. I love the characters in the book so much, especially Rudy. The narrative of the story is one of the most clever ones I’ve read. I recommend this book to anyone anywhere, I get to see the movie next week so yay!!

4. Paper Towns: I got to read this beauty over the summer and I am obsessed with it. Margo reminds me of a girl I know and reading this book helped me understand my friend and what’s she’s going through a little better. I love the first part of the book with all the pranks and the road trip.  

5. Eleanor and Park: I remember the exact day when I read this book. I could not put it down. I loved that Rainbow Rowell challenged every stereotype and created original, complex characters worth remembering. Even though the ending broke my heart, I still love it and think it fits the story perfectly. 

6. Catcher in the Rye: I know not everyone likes this book but I adored it. The book gains so much meaning once you learn Salinger’s story; it is awing.  

7. Anna and the French Kiss: This is my favorite romantic novel ever. This story taught me so much about love and friendships. I laughed and cried throughout the book, I fell in love with Etienne. I love how Stephanie writes, the atmosphere of her books, the characters she creates and how strongly she manages to convey emotions. 

8. Clockwork Princess: I’d shied away from the shadowhunter universe but I got back into it this year. I am really glad I read this book. I believe it is one of the best conclusions to a series ever. The book is hearbreaking and joyful. The ending fit the story and pleased fans; it was perfect. It was also great seeing how much Cassie’s writing style has improved. I have high hopes for CoHF.

9. Unravel Me: This book is everything. I love Tahereh’s writing so much, it is odd to find someone who writes so poetically and beautiful. I love the struggle between good and evil. I love seeing Juliette turn into a stronger person and the struggle between using or not her powers.I love seeing the differences between Juliette with Adam and Juliette with Warner.  

10. Spirit Bound: This was the book that made me fall in love with the VA series. I loved the twists and turns. I think Rose is one of the most original protagonists in YA series. You know that whole screw writing strong women thing? Rose is what authors should aspire to create in terms of female protagonists. 

11. Champion: I am obsessed with the Legend trilogy. The writing is very captivating. I love the complexity of the series. Plus can we thank Marie Lu for writing about the rest of the world and not just the US. 

12. Daughter of Smoke and Bone: I don’t read that much paranormal anymore but boy did I love this book. The universe in this series is unbelievable. I love the complexity of both the story and character. I adore the way it is narrated and the settings.

13. My Life Next Door: This book was amazing. I love the character and the relationships. It is deeper than it appears to be. Every character in the story is well developed, it is resolved beautifully and it stays with you long after the last page is turned. 

anonymous asked:

Are you still taking prompts? I'm not sure, but if you are, some e/R would be lovely, coffee shop au? (or any equivalent. library au, bakery au, etc.)

The first time Grantaire meets the head of the local Local Business Association, he’s been up since three in the morning baking and he has flour all over his face. He knows this because Eponine polished up the glass display case for their baked goods when she came in at quarter to seven and he can see his reflection in it, and his reflection has white flour standing out on his face and hair.

“You’re the owner of Sticks and Scones,” the stranger across the counter informs him, like he doesn’t already know.

“I regret that situation every time my alarm wakes me up before dawn,” he says solemnly. “Can I ask who you are? And why Eponine fetched me out of the back and the holy ritual of the scones-are-baking mini-nap to see you?”

The stranger across the counter (who is, upon further examination, maybe the most beautiful single human being Grantaire has ever met and probably the second-grumpiest) holds out his hand to shake and doesn’t even flinch when he ends up with flour on his hand. “I’m Enjolras, and I own the Fair Trade grocery down the street, and I’m the head of the Local Business Association for the town, fighting to keep our main street locally owned. I thought I’d give you a few weeks to settle in before I came to speak to you.”

Grantaire turns plaintively to Eponine, who’s coaxing the coffee machine into producing sweet nectar. “You interrupted me for this?”

“Do you want to go back to sticking pans of pre-made shit in the oven at Starbucks?” she asks. “Because we can arrange that.”

“We have a very active downtown, and we’re trying to keep it that way,” Enjolras forges on. “We frequently have events, and rewards for shopping at multiple stores, and other arrangements to attract business to the area, and we hope that you’ll join us. It’s been a while since we had a bakery downtown, and we’re very glad to have you.”

Eponine elbows him, and Grantaire realizes he’s probably staring stupidly. “I’m just here to bake bread,” he says.

“If you’ll just listen to what I have to say, I promise you won’t regret the opportunity.”

Grantaire sighs and grabs a few of his best croissants out of the case, and a jar of peach-raspberry jam, hand-canned by him last summer, out of where they keep their condiments. “Sit down, we’ll have something to eat and you can tell me about your crusade to save the world one downtown at a time.”

An hour later, Enjolras has eaten two croissants with jam, one almond poppyseed muffin, and one savoury scone, all with increasing looks of surprise and muffled pornographic noises, and he and Grantaire have had no less than three arguments about corporate sponsorship, the future of the downtown, and how much harm discounts do businesses.

He expects Enjolras to leave in a snit, but instead when he’s ready to leave, he holds out his hand to shake again and smiles. “I’ll look forward to working with you, Grantaire.”

“You too,” says Grantaire, almost by accident, and sees him out the door, the shop bell tinkling as he goes.

It isn’t until he looks at the display case again that he realizes he never managed to brush the flour off his face.

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The Advent Calendar of Room 9
Day 1 - White Christmas

anonymous asked:

Ex-royalty courfeyrac!

  • His parents were royalty - his mom was the King’s younger sister - but after a revolution (? not the revolution.) lost their status and most of their money - though, thankfully, not their lives. Corufeyrac was 5 - he vaguely remembers the palace, the court, all the riches and golds and powdered wigs.
  • His parents, though, haven’t forgotten. They live in as much luxury as their now-limited means allow. Though they are staying in a tiny town, where they believe themselves safe, they still see themselves as above the rest of the population - they don’t try to mix and look down on anyone who tries to socialize with them, both for their own safety and also, well. Bigotery and snobbism. They try to pass these values to their son. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t work.
  • Courfeyrac makes friends with these kids his age - all from different background. There’s Enjolras, whose parents fought in the revolution against Courfeyrac’s family - he’s the closest to Courfeyrac in term of social class. Combeferre and Bahorel, who are both from peasant families, then there’s Feuilly, who’s a poor kid from the local orphanage, and Cosette, another orphan who lives with her adopted dad, a former convict. Courfeyrac has to sneak out of the house to play with them, because his parents would be livid if they knew he hung out with them.
  • Then, when Courfeyrac is maybe 15,16 - the revolutionnary governement is overthrown and monarchy is reinstated. The King and his heirs having been killed in the first revolution, Courfeyrac’s mom is the next in line to the throne, making her Queen - and of course, Courfeyrac himself Crown Prince. His parents take him in the middle of the night and they move back to the capital (Paris? who even knows at this point)
  • Of course, Courfeyrac will not have it. His friends devise a plan to help him run away. Do they succeed? Of course they do. 
  • They also meet Marius, who’s the grandson of the old King’s advisor - he’s to move to the Palace too as his grandfather will be the Queen’s advisor. But Marius is actually the illegitimate child of the Advisor’s daughter - his father was a servant - and his grandfather treats him badly because of it. So he wants to run away with Courfeyarc. he ends up with a huge crush on Cosette.
  • What kind of adventures await our little group of friends? Will they make new friends along the way? Coming soon on the Disney Channel - or something.
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the goodbye handshake featuring niall sheehy & james gant

anonymous asked:

what's wrong with chris key? :)

Sorry this has taken me so long. Easily distracted ;)

Too long, didn’t read version - I have three main problems with Chris Key’s direction:

  1. He has, at worst, encouraged or, at best, failed to correct lazy or selfish performances
  2. He has consistently hired the absolute wrong understudies
  3. The show as a whole has become even more of a melodrama under his direction

All of this makes me wonder where he is as a resident director. I mean, literally, where is he? It’s really not hard to tell the Chris Holland is a poor Valjean understudy. I’ve heard from multiple people that the poor man has apologized for his performance to people at stage door. It definitely wasn’t hard to see that Liam Tamne was bored with the show and should not have stayed on for an extra year. 

Is Chris Key not watching his show? Does he not care? Does he not give notes after each performance like a resident director should? Idol watchers have noticed these things so why isn’t the person who has the power to stop them doing anything about it?

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