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Faery Books -  Reviews pt.1

I love, love collecting pretty much any books that mention faeries. Here’s some different titles I’ve checked out before if you’re looking for any ideas of what you might like to read yourself!

  1. The Fairy Bible by Teresa Moorey: My absolute favourite book for faerie information. Advice for interacting with different faeries, folklore and traditional tales, multiple faerie spells, lots of relevant info. Writing is thorough without getting too lengthy.
  2. The Faerie Book by Samantha Gray: General information about faeries. If you’ve read a lot about fae before, this won’t be as useful, but if you’re just getting started it’s a nice overview about different types of faeries and some lore.
  3. A Complete Guide to Faeries and Magical Beings by Cassandra Eason: Lots of detailed folklore and history. If you want an in-depth guide, this is a good place to start. Each chapter also ends with an activity/meditation you can use for drawing closer to the fae. 
  4. The Complete Book of Flower Fairies by Cicely Mary Baker: Even though CMB states she never saw faeries and the images are imagined, the art and poems are still pretty, and if you want to draw close to flower faeries this book could help you appreciate them and their flowers.
  5. Fairies 101 by Doreen Virtue: Not much info, but many personal stories of different people’s interactions/sightings with faeries, which are positive to read.
  6. Fairies: A Spotter’s Handbook by Alison Maloney: This I picked up in the children’s section but it surprisingly has correct info about different faeries and the things they like. Plus cute little faerie spells you can do!
  7. Good Faeries / Bad Faeries by Brian Froud: Not your Cicely Mary Baker faeries, a book of art that’s more in the traditional view of fae. Contains stories from the author’s personal experience with faeries.
  8. 13 Treasures by Michelle Harrison: A YA book based on traditional faery lore. The faeries in it are of the dangerous, tricky kind, and you can feel the atmosphere of them lurking in a dusty mansion, surrounded by overgrown gardens. Story uses/mentions various ways of dealing with faeries.
  9. Faery Dance by Amy Brown: Any Amy Brown art book is good, IMO! Lovely paintings and cute poem about a girl recalling meeting faeries in her childhood.
  10. Faery Magick by Sirona Knight + Faery Folk by Edain McCoy: I was only able to read a few chapters of these (online), but they seemed to be good sources of information on attracting and warding against faeries, plus general lore.

Have any book recommendations? Please let me know! 😃💕

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anonymous asked:

Top 10 books recs, please?

oh, sure! sorry if this is long and boring, but i had to explain why i recommend these books and make a tiny description of what i think about them, in case you’re interested to read one and have no idea what you have to expect for it.

  • crime and punishment, fyodor dostoyevsky; along goethe’s faust, i think this is my favourite book. even though there are almost 600 pages of heavy dostoyevskian description, complex monologues and even more complex events, i literally devoured it in two days and absolutely love it. if you want a complex read but also a fascinating story with beautiful characters, you must read it. 
  • agony and ecstasy, irving stone; this book changed my life. this novel, which is about michelangelo’s life, emanates such art, with its richness of information and smooth, beautifully-written prose. you’ll immediately wish to know more about art and you’ll become conscious of what a divine thing it is.
  • the blind assassin, margaret atwood; i don’t like contemporary books, but this novel is definitely an exception. her writing style is marvellous, raw, and even though the story seems kind of banal, this book is an experience. an easy, but complex and surprising read. totally recommend. 
  • les fleurs du mal, charles baudelaire; baudelaire is my favourite poet for who i carry in my heart an eternal and intense love. you absolutely need to read his poems! they’re so gloomy, palpable, cold. and i love him. 
  • against nature, joris-karl huysmans; this is the most pretentious book i’ve ever read, but also one of my favourite. however, it’s a book hard to love. the number of the characters is insignificant and the action is almost nonexistent. the book consists mostly on descriptions and monologues. but they’re more than beautifully-written and, oh, i can’t put it into words. life-changing. it’s a small and strange read, but its complexity is fascinating. and huysmans is such an underrated author, he’s incredible.
  • hamlet, william shakespeare
  • king lear, william shakespeare; in case you wondered what are my favourite books by him. they have, especially hamlet, a deeply important place in my heart. 
  • the portrait of dorian gray, oscar wilde; i find this book an essential read only because it utterly changed my view in literature. it was my first classic. you just can’t not love this novel.
  • the aleph and other stories, jorge luis borges; he’s m a g i c a l. his writing style is extremely poetic and wondrous and his ideas are sublime.
  • faust, johann wolfgang von goethe; my absolute favourite book. my heart beats for it. every moment i live, i live with this play in my mind. my love for this piece of paradise is hard to put into words. everything about this was beathtaking and goethe is such a genius. someday, you need to read this book.
  • orlando, virginia woolf; her works are delicate, vernal, fragile. they give me an inscrutable and unique feeling. and this book is my favourite.

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anonymous asked:

Please elaborate on the 🍑🍑 nature of this book/film for those of us unaware but entirely ready to see armie hammer like this

honestly, friend, I’m labouring the 🍑  point because otherwise I’ll think too hard about this movie and start FUCKING CRYING. 

okay, so the Plot of the book is a 17-year-old Italian boy falling in deep, obsessive, passionate love with a 24-year-old American grad student who’s staying at his family’s villa for the summer. as you can imagine, being narrated by a lovelorn bisexual teenager, it’s INCREDIBLY FRAUGHT, and can probably best be summed up by the scene in which their bare feet touch under the dining table and it’s so intense that Elio gets a nosebleed. 

while this may SOUND like your run-of-the-mill M/M steamy summer romance novel that you can buy for 99p on kindle books, it is ACTUALLY an incredible TOUR-DE-FORCE work of ART written by André Aciman, a PROFESSOR OF LITERARY THEORY, which made THE NEW YORK TIMES, PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY, WASHINGTON POST and CHICAGO TRIBUNE’S Books of the Year lists when it was published and ABOUT WHICH the FOLLOWING PHRASES were used: ‘an effortless and unaffected erudition; a brutal, rigorous mastery of language’! ‘Brave, acute, elated, naked, brutal, tender, humane and beautiful’! ‘Few novels since Proust’s In Search of Lost Time are this adept at capturing the nuances of human emotion’! ‘The beauty of Aciman’s writing and the purity of his passions should place this extraordinary first novel within the canon of great romantic love stories’! ‘Exquisite’! ‘Superb’! ‘Extraordinary’! (not to mention that I have read it once a year since first reading it in 2014 and now own three copies because I keep discovering it in secondhand bookshops and am unable to leave it behind. don’t trust the NYT. trust me.)

and NOT ONLY is A Movie being made, it is a movie directed by RESPECTED DIRECTOR LUCA GUADAGNINO, co-written by JAMES IVORY – of MERCHANT-IVORY PRODUCTIONS, director of such screen gems as Howards End, A Room With a View, The Remains of the Day and fucking MAURICE – starring TIMOTHEE CHALAMET (of being good on stage) and ARMIE HAMMER (of ‘I’m 6′5″, 220 and there’s two of me!’), ACTUAL WELL-KNOWN ACTORS, premiering at SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL (because it’s a [reverential pause] FILM, not just a MOVIE), and FEATURING ORIGINAL SONGS WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY SUFJAN STEVENS!!! WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON!!! I LITERALLY COULD NOT HAVE HAND-PICKED A BETTER COMBINATION OF THINGS!!!

yesterday it got bought by Sony Pictures Classics, which means a) world-wide distribution, and b) actual human beings have now seen it with their eyes. one of those #blest and chosen individuals said this: “Visually rich, stunning, deeply emotional and sensual, Call Me By Your Name confirms Luca Guadagnino as one of the world’s master filmmakers. It will be a privilege to bring the movie to audiences around the world.”

tl;dr in conclusion, Timothee Chalamet is going to fuck a peach and Armie Hammer is going to eat it while Sufjan Stevens sings about Jesus and being gay in the background and then, because that’s not enough, everyone at Sundance is going to give it a goddamn fucking standing ovation. 


Oh my god. 

There’s a remake of Anne of Green Gables on Netflix called Anne With An ‘E’ which were absolutely my favourite books and also one of my favourite TV series (Megan Follows was fantastic). ANYWAY

This remake retains ALL OF THE ORIGINAL SUBTEXT that was missing from the first TV series. THEY TALK ABOUT AUNT JOSEPHINE’S ‘COMPANION’, and and keep the subtext between Anne and Diana, but still have it be really innocent and sweet 

MAN. I want to write a modern Anne of Green Gables except gayer where the subtext is maintext

Hi! This is a bit late but here’s my studyblr introduction post! My name is Elizabeth, and I created my studyblr mainly for inspiration and motivation, and hopefully to find some people with similar interests. So this is me! 

About me:

  • My name is Elizabeth, friends call me Bambi or Tiny Thunder
  • I’m 19 years old, going into my first year of University 
  • Pansexual, She/her pronouns 
  • I live in Canada 
  • I’m a proud Capricorn, Ravenclaw, and INFP

Little Things

  • I am studying English and Creative Writing 
  • I’m in the process of writing my first novel and I hope one day to be a published author and poet 
  • I absolutely love books and reading. Some of my favourite books include: The Road by Cormac McCarthy, The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Stephen Kings On Writing, Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, Wuthuring Heights by Emily Bronte, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The poems of Anne Sexton, Macbeth by Shakespeare, and I could honestly go on and on and on 
  • Ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by Greek mythology and I identify as a devout Hellenist
  • I like my coffee heart stoppingly sweet
  • While in high school, I’d perform Spoken Poetry and I find it a very moving and inspirational thing to watch and listen too

Upcoming University Classes: First Year Fall Semester 

  • Intro to Philosophy 
  • Intro to Poetry and Drama
  • Intro to Gender and Women’s Studies
  • Reading and Writing Stories

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@thepowerwithin @motivatemycollegelife @ravnclaw @universi-tea @intellectys @blackteaandlanguages @bookishbumblebee @griffin-studies @smartstudy @raven-studies @estudier @estudiear @the-literaryowl @modernstudies @study-ren @avouer

Thanks for reading and I want to wish everyone a successful year in whatever they are pursuing! Have a wonderful Day xx

anonymous asked:

Yo book recommendations? In a bit of a slump ATM pls help (ily)

yes, I would love to give book recommendations! it does depend on the kind of stuff you like to read, but here are some of my favourites and hopefully there will be something you like! x

  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer - fairytale retellings set in the future with robots and spaceships. I read these last year after finishing exams, and they’re really gripping!
  • Percy Jackson by Rick Riordan (or any of his books really) - super fast paced and exciting, and really funny! Also you learn so much about Greek mythology, I have learned more from Percy Jackson than from my first year of a classics degree I swear
  • Alex Rider by Anthony Horowitz - 14 year old spy goes around saving the world but doesn’t actually want to do it and is super salty about it the whole time. He does get really cool gadgets though
  • Cherub by Robert Muchamore - teenaged spies again. These books won’t win any literary prizes, but they are really easy reads and have been very successful in getting me out of reading slumps
  • Lockwood and co by Jonathan Stroud - ghost hunting! With the most precious characters you will ever meet, and a really sassy skull which lives in a jar and hates everyone
  • Chaos Walking by Patrick Ness - kind of hard to explain the plot, but they’re great books! I read the whole trilogy over one weekend, although the ending is pretty distressing
  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani - a lot better than the title, sort of a twist on fairytales. They are also pretty funny and sooooo easy to read! They’re not the smallest books in the world but you can zip through them. Also they have illustrations, and that’s always a plus
  • Timeriders by Alex Scarrow - time travel!!! So many twists and turns throughout the series though
  • Magisterium by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare - magic school, sorcerers etc.
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie - the only Agatha Christie I have ever read, but it’s a great mystery! a group of strangers invited to an island, then they start getting murdered one by one…
  • Keys to the Kingdom by Garth Nix - there’s a really cool magical world in these books
  • The Glory by Lauren St John - this one’s a bit more fluffy, and involves a horse race with very high stakes and stuff… idk I just really liked it. It’s not mind blowing, but it’s nice
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket - they are fun short books with a really interesting narration style. Really unique and you can get through one in a single sitting, perfect for a reading slump
  • Itch by Simon Mayo - this one is about a kid who finds a new and very dangerous radioactive element and all the repercussions of that. It’s pretty exciting for a book about chemistry!
  • Harry Potter by JK Rowling - if you haven’t already read them! my absolute favourite books of all time
"Dally was so real he scared me."

Anon said: “What do you make of Ponyboy’s quote, “Dallas was so real he scared me.” I feel like Pony expresses much contradictory toward Dallas, like he says that a poor dumb hood represents Dal perfectly, but before that states that he was smart and you had to respect him. What do you think? ❤️ Also, do you think Dal honestly cared about Ponyboy or even liked him in general? Thanks so much!“

First of all, thank you so much for your question. I really enjoy writing headcanons, imagines and playlists but I absolutely love this type of questions (because it’s my favourite book and I love exploring it together with you guys). I’m going to answer your question in two parts:

1. I’m going to explain the quote.
2. I’m going to explain Ponyboy and Dally’s relationship.

“That was the first time I realised the extent of Johnny’s hero-worship for Dallas Winston. Of all of us, Dally was the one I liked least. He didn’t have Soda’s understanding or dash, or Two-Bit’s humour, or even Darry’s superman qualities. But I realised that these three appealed to me because they were like the heroes in the novels I read. Dally was real. I liked my books and clouds and sunsets. Dally was so real he scared me.”

I think the reason why Ponyboy was scared of Dally being so real is because he didn’t feel ready to grow up yet. He wanted his life to stay the same; clouds, sunsets and books. But inside, he knew that he would have to make sacrifices someday in order to become a ‘man’. Ponyboy is the type of person who prefers to see the good in people, that’s why Sodapop, Two-Bit and Darry seem like heroes to him, heroes always fight for good causes and never betray their good nature. However, superheroes are fictional, and people like Dally who have lost their innocence, seen the evil sides of the world/people and therefore aren’t all good are real. And Ponyboy is just not ready to face the truth, he’s not ready to accept the fact that the world has evil in it just as much as it has goodness in it.

Both his parents and Darry have raised Ponyboy to be a kind, heroic, strong, respectful (and respected), and a well educated young man who defends the weak and values morality. That is why Ponyboy calls Dallas a ‘hood’, because he is the exact opposite of what Ponyboy was raised to become. Dally seems like a ruthless, careless, emotionless, violent, reckless, rude, no-good, but the gang still love him because they know that he’s actually good at heart and just broken, scarred. They know that Dally has become what he is now to defend himself. Even though we don’t know anything about Dally’s parents, we can assume that he did not properly receive love and that’s why he acts all tough and careless to avoid a heartbreak. Ponyboy does respect him because he knows how difficult it must have been for Dallas to stay alive in New York (knowing that he was 10 years old when he first went to jail) and come to Tulsa all by himself, and the traumas he must have suffered (“…and Dally -wild, cunning Dally- turning into a hoodlum because he’d die if he didn’t.”). That’s why Ponyboy respects him, because Dallas was strong and smart enough to keep himself alive and raise himself up all this time. Finally, I think that Dally felt somewhat responsible of Pony. I think he did care about him (not so much though) partly because he felt like he owed Darrel -who took him in when he first came from New York and had nobody- that much. He wanted Ponyboy to get tough like him so he wouldn’t get hurt.

Hope I could answer your question, thank you so much once again for asking. 💕

ID #54589

Name: Rae
Age: 17
Country: Australia

Hello, everyone!
So, my name is Rae, and i’m currently undertaking year 12 (aka; Hell) in high school.
I really enjoy reading and writing, and i’m on my way to writing my own book!
I’ve always wanted to make friends with people from other countries, and I really hope that I can meet some people- anyone, really!
So, I love a lot of TV series’, books and movies, but my absolute favourites would have to be the Harry Potter series, LoTR, Supernatural and Sherlock. I have a pretty diverse music taste- honestly, if I put my songs on shuffle it goes from smooth jazz to ACDC!
Anyways, that’s enough of my blabber!
I hope that I can meet some people, and please don’t be afraid of my slightly overzealous manner!

Preferences: No preferences, really; just please try not to be rude, although I doubt you will!

anonymous asked:

Hey! Along the same vein as the previous anon, could you please make recommendations for someone (moi) who loves Angela Carter? x

Ah, if you love Angela Carter I would suggest both prose and poetry.

Catherynne Valente, Deathless; A Guide to Folktales
Carol Ann Duffy, The World’s Wife
Jeannette Winterson, Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
Maurice Maeterlinck, Pelleas and Melisande
Julien Gracq, A Dark Stranger; The Castle of Argol
Charles Baudelaire, Flowers of Evil
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre
Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Anne Sexton, Transformations
Anne Carson, The Glass Essay
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid’s Tale ; Alias Grace

(By the way, did you know that Carter did write poetry as well? Unicorn is absolutely haunting and one of my favourite poems. Very triggering though.)

Something a little different to my study notes! My books of the month!

Now, just to clarify, although I did read all of these books this month, it is also my 6th time reading Radio Silence. If you haven’t heard of the amazing @chronicintrovert , she has written two of the most amazing contemporary young adult books. Radio Silence is my absolute favourite book EVER which is saying a lot because I give almost every book I read 5 stars on Goodreads!