being adam parrish was a complicated thing, a wonder of muscles and organs, synapses and nerves. he was a miracle of moving parts, a study in survival. the most important thing to adam parrish, though, had always been free will, the ability to be his ownmaster. this was the important thing. it had always been the most important thing. this was what it was to be adam.
We are Ravenclaw.
We are blue and bronze.
We are the whistling of the wind.
We are clouds and dust.
We are the sunrise and witty lines.
We are the pens that are mightier than the swords.
Sometimes our patience is shorter than our laughs.
Sometimes our words are harder than our bones.
We know. We’ll apologize.
We are the dealers of stories and keepers of legends.
We pay in riddles and trade in ballads.
We are the poems from ancient times and the songs you’ll sing in decades.
And we’ll be just and old and wise.
Every book has a last chapter.
A last page. A last line. A last word.
And sometimes I don’t want to go.
Sometimes I don’t want to close the book.
I don’t want to forget.
But that’s all I can do, the voice yells at me.
That’s all I am there for.
Sometimes I tell a fairytale. And I stop in the middle.
Sometimes my words are stuck in my throat.
And I look at friends and see them wonder:
Does she really believe all that?
And I can’t help but think:
Should I not believe in it?
And the voice goes:
And it hurts.
But then you are there.
With hope in your eyes.
And a laugh on your face.
And you are reaching out to me.
And you ask:
“Can you tell me a story?”
And I could cry.
And I nod.
I believe in this.
In those stories
And how they will be told in times of trouble.
How they will be whispered around the fire.
How they will conquer the world long after my story has ended.
But for now…
Let me tell you a story.
Because in the end,
We are all stories.
We are the ravens flying high.
We have our head in the clouds but are down to earth.
So let’s make it count.
I know we can.
So I know a lot of people have been collectively screaming/crying after the end of Maggie Stiefvater’s incredible quartet. But the biggest question seems to be: What to read next? A lot of recommendations have been floating around tumblr, so I decided to compile them here for everybody.
The Foxhole Court: Chances are, you’ve already read this series. But if you haven’t, you should. Neil Josten transfers to a new college to play a pretty rough sport called exy (sort of like rugby). While he’s there, he gets wrapped up in the relationships and drama of his new teammates, and the dynamic is pretty interesting. It’s heavily character-based, with a lot of “found family” trope and beautiful writing. The first book is free on iTunes!
The Secret History: This book by Donna Tartt has been compared a lot to The Raven Cycle, and with good reason. The writing style and themes are very similar, as well as the enigmatic but intriguing cast of characters. Richard is a struggling college student who enrolls in the Latin program at a private college. His classmates - only 5 of them - drag him into their obsession with Greek and Roman culture, which involves a lot of drugs, alcohol, hookups, and murder. It’s more of the “found family” trope with a lot more mystery on the side. While it’s an internationally recognized and loved novel, it’s a lot more adult than most of the books on the list, just be aware.
Aristotle and Dante Discovery the Secrets of the Universe: This is another popular. It explores the relationship and lifestyles of two Hispanic 15-year-olds as they come to learn about the world, themselves, and the people around them. While a more somber novel, Aristotle and Dante’s friendship is amazing. The book also deals with the problems of discovering one’s identity, especially considering race and sexuality.
The Captive Prince: Lots of courtly politics in this one! In the fictional land of Vere, Damen has been denied his role in government by his half-brother. He is thrown together with the deadly and suspicious Prince Laurent in his grapple for power. More LGBT romance here, but again, there’s a lot of adult themes, especially concerning sex. Very good writing, very character-driven.
The Song of Achilles: A different take on the relationship between the famous Trojan characters Achilles and Patroclus, Madeline Miller portrays their relationship through the Trojan War as romantic rather than platonic, and has been praised for doing so. While the writing is more simplistic than most people expect, the relationship between the two protagonists is portrayed beautifully. Even Rick Riordan is a huge fan.
If anyone has any other recommendations for this list, I’d love to hear them. Additionally, if anyone has any questions (or just wants to yell about books), I’d love to talk!
I just unfollowed a bunch of inactives and other blogs that didn’t really fit the general theme/aesthetic of this blog so I’m looking for a ton of people to follow (probably 50-100) so please reblog this if you post:
Anything in bold is very likely to be followed andanything in bold w/ italics will more than likely be a definite follow
six of crows
harry potter (this does include fantastic beasts and all the other stuff)
the foxhole court
greek mythology (definite follow lol)
poetry and other writings (any kind, though I definitely like myth inspired!!)
mythology in general
the raven cycle
old writer aesthetic stuff (ex. oscar wilde and edits of his writing, stuff like that)
if you have a chapbook or poetry book for sale or for free! (I love to support other writers, so shoot me a message if you’re one of these people)
pretty aesthetic stuff
When you reblog, please tag it with whatever you post!! The more of these you post, the more likely I am to follow!! And remember that anything in bold or bold w/ italics is very likely to get a follow!
I feel like that once you read one of the following:
The foxhole court
the raven cycle
artistotle and dante discover the secrets of the univers
the song of achilles
You end up reading all of the listed series/books above because you cannot read one and not the other. They all come as a package. A blessing and a curse. And of course, they all have gay. How can one resist?
*taps the mic* hello, is it on? Hi, I just wanted to thank Madeline Miller, Nora Sakavic, C. S. Pacat, Maggie Stiefvater and Benjamin Alire Sáenz for ruining my life in the best way possible. Thanks.