To be simple means to make a choice about what’s important, and let go of all the rest. When we are able to do this, our vision expands, our heads clear, and we can better see the details of our lives in all their incredible wonder and beauty.
Thank you all SO much for all the great recommendations! Instead of spamming you with tons of messages and posts and reblogs, here’s a master list of all the recs made today.
East by Edith Pattou (East of the Sun, West of the Moon) Wildwood Dancing by Juliet Marillier (12 Dancing Princesses) Entwined by Heather Dixon (12 Dancing Princesses) Tithe by Holly Black (Beauty & The Beast/Urban Fantasy) The Goddess series by Aimee Carter (Mythology/Folklore) Midnight Pearls by Debbie Viguie (The Little Mermaid) Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier (Beauty & The Beast [Domestic Violence TW]) Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (Cupid & Psyche, also one of b00kstorebabe‘s favorites!) The Veil trilogy by Christopher Golden (Various mythological creatures) Splintered by AG Howard (Alice in Wonderland) The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor (Alice in Wonderland) The Child Thief by Brom (Peter Pan- Creepy) Ash by Malinda Lo (Cinderella) Sandman (graphic novels) by Neil Gaiman (Various) The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer (Various) Abandon by Meg Cabot (Hades & Perseophone) The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter (creepy fairy tales) Lavinia by Ursula Le Guin (The Aeneid) The Hunter’s Moon by O.R. Melling (Modern fairy tales) Beauty by Robin McKinley (Beauty and the Beast) Anything by Juliet Marillier Uprooted by Naomi Novik (fairy tales)
Also, I’m going to add my own
The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (fractured fairy tale) American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Norse/other/Ragnarok) Feminist Fairy Tales by Barbara G. Walker Fairy Tales From the Brothers Grimm by Philip Pullman The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye by A. S. Byatt The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Adieh (1001 Nights) Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day by Ben Loory (short stories, modern fairy tales) The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen (amongst others)(mythology based) The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood (Greek Mythology) Lamb by Christopher Moore (Jesus’s childhood- satirical & funny) Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (creepy stories)
Serene illumination, or just sitting, is not a technique, or a means to some resulting higher state of consciousness, or any particular state of being. Just sitting, one simply meets the immediate present. Desiring some flashy experience, or anything more or other than ‘this’ is mere worldly vanity and craving.
Dag and Avery are looking down from the balcony in Devota's club when they see one of the patrons talking to Devota. Even from up there she didn't look like she was enjoy his company. They look at each other, play rock paper scissors to decide who'll handle this, Dag wins, and he goes down. "Hey honey," bending down he kisses her hair "is this guy bothering you?"
The man instantly looked up at Dag and raised an eyebrow. “And you are? I haven’t seen you with Devota before” “Thats Madame to you, Mister Loory” Devota growled and turned to Dag. “Hey honey, this is Mister Loory, one of the journalists with the local paper” she explained, then telepathically reached out to them both. “Bloody journalists, he thinks he can come in here with his second rate shoes and shirt and try to talk big shit to me. I didn’t know people used the term ‘bangin bod’ anymore as a pickup line”