old book collection


ARIES-LIBRA:Aka everyone’s favorite pair,the best balance between beauty and conflict,one is the gold crown and the other is the sparkling gem stone embellishing it,the creator-destroyer pair,the fire tornado of astrology,super loyal and protective towards each other.

TAURUS-SCORPIO:The embodiment of the pleasing seasons:spring&fall,very intense relationships full of love,really keen on keeping each other happy,royal blood running through their veins,one is the the rose the other is the thron,their bond will never truly disappear

GEMINI-SAGITTARIUS:The diamonds that glitter beautifully and break glass,meditate together while listening to nature sounds,one is the arrow the other is the red target point,have the grace of old school swing dancers,the most beautiful song players,one is the ocean the other is the wind

CANCER-CAPRICORN:The most wonderful parents,the stoic couple that will survive every battle,one is the timeless wooden box and the other is the haunted treasure,fairies with star sparks in their hair,the sweet scent of old perfume bottles in their palms,give the best kisses

LEO-AQUARIUS:The Gods drinking ambrosia on the white clouds,always wear nice fabrics that fit well,one is the candle light and one is the butterfly orbiting around it,have and impressive old book collection,feel at home on old wooden stages that crack under their feet,the stars that attract us towards them

VIRGO-PISCES:The glamorous rebel pair that don’t care about your opinion,one is the crystal glass the other is the cold pink champagne inside it,their skin makes them look like sculptures in moonlight,can almost physically music notes at concerts,put daisies in each other’s hair,the embodiment of the lovely new year’s kiss

anonymous asked:

Hi! I hope you're doing well :) in a previous ask you said that "I only buy language learning books from there" (talking about Amazon) and I was wondering if you could recommend some good ones? Sorry if you've been asked this before! Thanks in advance!

I have recommended some books before, but those were my favorite books. I think I should just list all the books I have liked/used instead to give you a broader view. I categorized the books by the CEFR guidelines/ Test of Russian as a Foreign Language so the advanced books won’t be as useful until you’ve had at least three years of Russian in college (except for the dictionaries and roots vocab). I put a * by my favorites since this is a lot.

For Beginners (A1 Level or complete beginners)

  • The New Penguin Russian Course* : I used to own this before giving it away, but it was very beginner friendly. I think this is the best book to start learning Russian since it is not expensive, it does a good job at explaining grammar, and includes exercises with answers.
  • Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian Book 1: This was the textbook I used to learn Russian in college. While I liked it and found the tables really helpful,it is very expensive and not worth it for self-studying.
  • Oxford Pocket Russian Dictionary: This is a nice beginner dictionary that I still use. It is small and great for quick reference. It is not as exhaustive, however, since it is small.
  • Russian Grammar Quickstudy Sheet: Not a book, but it is great as a reference sheet.

For A2 Level (You know cases and verb tenses)

  • Schaum’s Outlines of Russian Grammar* : It explains the grammar you need to pass the A2 level without going beyond the details you need. It is very well organized and has exercises. 10/10 would use again.
  • A Comprehensive Russian Grammar: A great grammar book that people love. I only prefer Schaum to this because I like the format of the former better, but you can’t go wrong with it.
  • Big Silver Book of Russian Verbs: A great book for learning how to conjugate verbs. This includes exercises and how to use the verbs.
  • Schaum’s Outlines of Russian Vocabulary: A great vocab book. It doesn’t have stress marks, which makes it a bit difficult to learn pronunciation, but you will learn so much from it. It teaches you through themes and exercises.

For Intermediate: B1-B2

  • Ultimate Russian Advanced: The title says advanced but it is really B1-B2 grammar. It does a good job at presenting you with texts to learn from, as well as providing phrases and their meaning and usage in everyday language.
  • Making Progress in Russian* : This is the textbook I used (buy the 1st edition because it is much cheaper). I love the in-depth explanations of grammar, but the vocabulary can be quite outdated.
  • Russian Verbs of Motion (Stilman)* : At 78 pages, it is very handy when learning the verbs of motion. It provides how to form them, their prefix usage, charts to remember them by, as well as colloquial usage of the verbs.
  • Russian Stories: A Dual-Language Book* : You should definitely use it not only to improve your reading comprehension but also because it introduces you to some great Russian writers. It includes notes, stress marks, reading questions, and a glossary. While an intermediate student will not understand everything, I highly suggest it.
  • Short Stories of the 20th Century: A Dual Language Book: Similar to the above, but with different stories. I had to include it since I adore Russian 20th Century literature and this introduces you to great authors that are not as known as in the previous book.

For Advanced & Graduate Students

  • Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage* : Goes very in depth with the grammar and when you should use certain constructions, as well as how they would be translated.
  • Roots of the Russian Language: I am currently using this book to improve my vocabulary. By learning roots, it is easier to infer what the words mean in Russian, especially when dealing with verbs.
  • Introduction to Russian-English Translation: This book is for translators that want to correctly express terms from Russian to English and English to Russian. It outlines problems that occur in translation and how to correct them, along with exercises.
  • Russian Translation: Theory & Practice* : This goes more in-depth than the above. Definitely for academics/ graduate students.
  • Dictionary of Russian Slang & Colloquial Expressions: One of the better slang books out there. As with such things, it is not as up to date, but still does a good job at presenting you with when the words are used
  • TORFL C1 Level: PDF file with practice tests for the TORFL. This is more for those that want to take the test, than for those learning for fun.
  • Novels in Russian! Honestly, this is the best way to continually improve. I suggest starting with authors like Хармс and Гоголь and working your way up to Булгаков, Пелевин, and other modern writers.

The links to the books are either on Amazon or PDF files. I suggest you buy a copy of the books since it makes it easier to learn from.

My grandma’s eyesight has gotten really bad (and she’s moving to a smaller apartment), so she told me I could go through her books and take whatever I wanted. I filled two laundry baskets with books published between 1880 and 1930 and oh my god I am never gonna leave my apartment again

z-0013  asked:

Heyo! Can u do some fluffy V headcannons plz? The baby needs some love💙

~I’ve done so many and still it seems that it’s never enough, because we all need more V. 

[V/Jihyun Kim]

  • Has a floofy monogrammed robe and absolutely can not take a bath unless he can wear it afterwards 
  • Composed and played a song on the piano specifically dedicated to MC on their first anniversary and since then it’s become a tradition to play it every anniversary after 
  • Likes to go to karaoke with MC on the weekends 
  • WILL PICK FOOD OFF OF YOUR PLATE (BUT he always shares some of his in exchange) 
  • Carries really nice smelling hand moisturizer with him wherever he goes, he has soft hands 
  • Loves the smell of jasmine and lavender 
  • Ordered two wall calendars because he COULDN’T PICK, one is desert landscapes and the other is baby animals 
  • Emails jumin funny cat videos 
  • Also, him and Jumin email back and forth a lot and Jumin is like an old man and does those forwards (you know the ones) to V and V always just laughs 
  • Enjoys breakfast for dinner 
  • Can’t swim very well 
  • Collects old books just for the smell of them 
  • Him and MC go antiquing and they split up, making it a challenge for whoever can find the most interesting or odd thing. The loser has to buy it for the winner. Needless to say, their place is filled with some…..interesting stuff 
  • Wishes he could sell fruit at the farmers market, but he goes there often to take photos 
  • HAS worn mismatching shoes and socks before (thanks eyesight) 
  • Eats a lotta bread 
  • Love cotton candy and also afraid of carnival rides 
  • Very sentimental and keep random trinkets that mean something to him 
  • Actually super funny and witty??? When he goes to a party or gathering he is always center stage and making everyone smile and laugh 
  • And Jumin just (every chance he gets cause he is so proud of V) 
Tartan-Bound History

Scotland is a country of rich history and tradition. Four little books in Special Collections manage to cover a broad swath of Scottish history. They highlight a theologian, an outlaw, a knight, and a queen who are widely known in Scottish history and lore. These four books are part of Bryce’s Tartan Series, and are bound in tartan silk, adding that extra bit of heritage.

First up is The Story of John Knox. John Knox was a Scottish theologian who led the Protestant Reformation of the Church of Scotland and established the Presbyterian tradition.

The closing words of the book are, “He is the one Scotchman to whom of all others his country and the world owe a debt. His fearless love of truth, his self-sacrificing patriotism, his brave soul and clean conscience will for ever [sic] entitle him to the admiration and respect of all earnest seekers after truth.”

Rob Roy was a type of Scottish Robin Hood—an outlaw turned folk hero. He earned his reputation by participating in the Jacobite Rebellion, which sought to restore the Stuart line as the rightful rulers of England as well as Scotland. William Wordsworth even wrote a poem commemorating him, part of which is inscribed on the title page of this book. It reads, “Thus among the rocks he lived, / Through summer’s heat and winter’s snow; / The eagle, he was lord above, / And Rob was lord below.”

Sir William Wallace became the Guardian of the Kingdom of Scotland because of his leadership in the Wars of Scottish Independence. In the fight for Scotland to separate itself from England, Wallace played an important role when he defeated the English army at the Battle of Stirling Bridge.

The opening words of The Story of Queen Mary are, “The Stuart dynasty was cradled in misfortune and extinguished in disgrace.” These despairing words seem to be true in the case of Mary, Queen of Scots. The young Scottish queen was known for her turbulent life, trouble-filled marriages, and most famously for her unfortunate death. After being ousted from her own throne, she sought protection from Elizabeth I, Queen of England. Many years later, Mary was convicted of participation in a plot to assassinate Queen Elizabeth in order to put Mary on the throne. The punishment was beheading.

Though there are many sides to each of these stories, and in those other narratives our characters might be portrayed as the villains, to the Scottish these four are heroes. These books celebrate Scottish history, and whatever you might think of the four heroes, at the very least they are stories worth telling.

 -Lauren Galloway, student employee


Peter Apian’s Cosmographia, originally published in 1524, was based on the writings of Ptolemy. It provided instruction in astronomy, geography, cartography, navigation, instrument-making, weather and climate, and map projections. It is illustrated with some of the earliest maps of the Americas and includes a number of moveable parts, also known as volvelles or the “Apian Wheel.”

A volvelle is a paper instrument that dates to the 11th century and is made of rotating paper disks attached to the center. In the 16th century they were used to calculate time and distance and were used in many different subject areas such as astronomy and astrology.

At Special Collections you can find the 1553 and 1584 edition. The images above are from the 1584 edition. If you are interested in seeing images from the 1553 edition, take a look at this earlier post from last year.

-Jennifer Needham