rereading a song of ice and fire

“When at last she slept, she dreamed of home. The kingsroad wound its way past Winterfell on its way to the Wall, and Yoren had promised he’d leave her there with no one any wiser about who she’d been. She yearned to see her mother again, and Robb and Bran and Rickon… but it was Jon Snow she thought of most. She wished somehow they could come to the Wall before Winterfell, so Jon might muss up her hair and call her “little sister.” She’d tell him, “I missed you,” and he’d say it too at the very same moment, the way they always used to say things together. She would have liked that. She would have liked that better than anything.”

A Clash of Kings, G.R.R. Martin

Hello bookish people!

Somehow, I convinced myself that attempting to reread the entire A Song of Ice and Fire series is a splendid and spectacular idea, so here I am! I asked around if anyone would be interested in joining and the people have spoken, so I present to you:

A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE READALONG (the first book, at least 😂)

Are you as excited as I am to read thousands of pages? No? AWESOME! I have to say, I’m doing this for two reasons: to prove to myself that I can do it again, because I read these books a few years ago and everything is hazy and I lowkey think I read them in a dream, and, reason number two, I’m hoping that by rereading them, my sweet friend George will publish the Winds of Winter faster (by faster, I mean in this lifetime). Who said bookish black magic can’t/won’t work?

Aaaaanyway, how are we doing this? Well, I thought forcing people to commit to the entire series is cruel, so for now, we’re reading the first book, A Game of Thrones! If, after we’re done with it, people still want to go on (😂😂😂), I’ll set reading dates for the next books as well 😊

The readalong will start on April 1st! Strap on your reading glasses, tuck yourselves in, because Winter is coming! (or so they say…) I might host some discussion posts as we read along, to discuss theories and opinions and fangirl together, because that’s the entire point of a readalong. I’ll make sure to announce them beforehand 😊 

I’m allowing 3 weeks for A Game of Thrones, so the aim is to finish it by April 23rd. However, the timeframe is only for the sake of orientation, you can read as fast or as slowly as you’re comfortable with 😊

I encourage you to post photos, quotes, opinions, questions, edits, discuss at length, because there’s plenty to choose from! Use the tag #asoiafreadalong, so everyone can find each other 😊

And, most importantly, HAVE FUN! 💖

P.S. It’d be hella awesome if you spread the word about this 😊

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Rereading “A song of ice and fire” » GoT, Chapter one - Bran

Yet our way is the older way. The blood of the First Men still flows in the veins of the Starks, and we hold to the belief that the man who passes the sentence should swing the sword. If you would take a man’s life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die

“She smells Dornish.”

Rhaella sees Elia’s neck straighten, her chin raised and her lips pursed as Loreza’s ever had whenever Aerys had said something to irk her.  She looks so like Loreza, Rhaella thinks.  

Loreza would have narrowed her eyes and hissed at Aerys, king be damned.  But Elia simply says, “Your Grace.”  She dips into the briefest of curtsies and crosses to Rhaella extending her arms for Rhaenys.  Rhaella hands Elia her daughter, then watches as the Princess sweeps from the room, her neck still stiff.

Loreza had once said that any child of hers would have a spine of steel.  When first she’d met Elia, Rhaella had wondered if Loreza mightn’t have failed.  The girl seemed meek, and quiet–everything that Loreza had frowned upon during her time at court.  But as she saw Elia Martell’s skirts whip around the doorframe of the chamber, Rhaella wondered if perhaps she was wrong.

“Not everyone fights with a sword,” Loreza had once said, when Rhaella had tried to convince Rhaegar to work harder in the yards.  This was before he’d been determined to train, when he was a quiet and bookish boy.  “Some are born for mace or spear.”

Loreza had always said the spear was more of a subtle instrument than a sword.  Swords were for hacking at men, for throwing your body at them.  Spears could be subtle and strong and could kill a man just as well far or near.

Elia Martell’s spine was a spear.  Rhaella did not doubt that her daughter would hold a grudge quite as long as her mother had.  Aerys only looked for swords–for the weapons that men brought into his court, especially after Duskendale.  He never looked for the distant weapon, whose wielder was just out of arm’s reach.

Rules: Answer the questions and tag 9 people you want to get to know better.

Tagged by @rykesmeadow <3 <3 

Relationship status: single
Favourite colour: canary yellow, pale pink, blue
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Last song you listened to: galway girl by ed sheeran
Last movie you watched: The Riot Club
Top 3 characters: Rhysand, Rose Calloway, Jamie Fraser
Top 3 ships: Feysand, Rowaelin, Wessa
Books you are currently reading: United by Melissa Landers, Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller, Guarded by Kayla White, and rereading Ice like Fire by Sara Raasch and Stone Cold Touch by Jennifer Armentrout
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tagging @gianlucafalcone @looonyluna @jilyeverafter @loranhale @kazrietvelds @stay-y0ung-at-heart @feyrhys @queensusan @velarisfae 

ASOIAF readalong? Maybe? It’s a possibility? Idk

I’ve been thinking of rereading the A Song of Ice and Fire series, in the hopes that this will speed up the publication of the 6th book (don’t ask me how I came to this conclusion, the answer is probably “magic”).

My questions are: would anyone else be interested in this? Should I organise a readalong? Would you want the readalong to be only for the first book? (they’re pretty dense and difficult to read, so I don’t know if a readalong for all of them would work). Or for all 5?

Send me your thoughts! :)

Some thoughts on rereading A Game of Thrones

First of all, I’m doing my best to take my time reading the Song of Ice and Fire books this time around. It’s not so much an issue on this book, but I know I rushed through A Clash of Kings and A Dance With Dragons, which upped the confusion level to about 11.

I recognize names this time around! Not just that, but I know who characters are! In a series with 1000+ characters per chapter (slight exaggeration), that’s quite an accomplishment.

While this book is the one that has the most faithful tv adaptation, it’s interesting to see the differences. And by interesting, I mean it’s obvious the showrunners really reeaaaaallly like sex and nudity. I’m not a prude, but jeez. The most glaring difference is the beginning of Dany and Drago’s relationship. *glares at showrunners*

Also, it’s much easier to remember that the kids are kids in the book. Like, actual children, not 20-something actors pretending to be teenagers.

Sergeant and Mrs. Snow


I just reread Saskatoon Berry Pie by @justadram and now I can’t wait for the next chapter!

So I made this tag on Instagram called #SeriouslyMissThisBook. Basically, you take a picture of a book or books that you really miss reading, want to reread or a book whose world you really miss being in. I for one REALLY miss being in the world of A Song Of Ice and Fire, since the books are incomplete and the tv show’s on hiatus. If you have an Instagram, fee l free to follow me! My username’s @leeyanndruh. 😊👋🏻 And I just love this Game of Thrones pillow I had customized by @customizebuddy. I obviously couldn’t pick a House. 😂❤️📚👍🏻📖👏🏻😍

anonymous asked:

i haven't read a published book in years (fanfiction...) and was wondering if u could rec me some? i like large books (i consider 250 pages smoll) that are very thoughtful and deep and have a lot of meaning in them. literally just rec me every book that you remember reading, no matter how long ago you read it. that means it impacted you enough to still keep ap art of itself with you. i will look up every single book you list. thanks so much.

I have a list of book recommendations here, but i’ll narrow it down a little to the books which had a lasting and significant impact upon me.  

  1. Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
    this is self explanatory, but i honestly wouldn’t be alive without harry potter. it means more than anything in the world to me. it’s not even a single part of me, i became the person that i am because of that series. please burry me in my house’s colours with my wand clasped between my hands.
  2. The Secret History by Donna Tartt
    everything about this book is wonderful. the writing is a masterpiece and the novel is so captivating. it really changes your perspective on the world and leads to a lot of self-analysis. the novel is full of terrible characters, and yet you become so enchanted by richard’s story that you begin to sympathise with them. i think it’s better to read ‘the secret history’ slowly and carefully, as you will have the most memorable reading experience.  tw: incest, murder, death.
  3. Dare Me by Megan Abbott
    i can really relate to the characters of this novel and the trope that’s been created from ‘there’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls’. It’s a beautifully written novel and there is a lot to dissect and consider. If you’ve ever felt a never ending discontentment with life and are prone to self-destructive behaviour, i would definitely give this a go. tw: eating disorders, suicide mentions, death.
  4. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brönte
    although wuthering heights is a well known classic, many people don’t like it and find it to be a tedious read, but i adore it. i agree that the second half of the narrative is less captivating, but it is beautifully written and the final message of the story is very powerful. it really speaks to me as a story of passion, as passion can be a blissful love but it can also be a murderous rage, terrible decisions and horrific violence. i think brönte tells this perfectly. i also adore the ‘monsters in love’ element of the cathy and healthcliff relationship, because they are terrible people and sometimes that’s a whole lot more interesting to read. also check out this post by ahneboleyn​. 
  5. Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    nabokov is a very talented writer, and lolita is another story about twisted passion and obsession. similarly to wuthering heights, it is more a story of hate than one of love. nabokov’s language stays with you forever, telling the most horrific series of events through beautifully written prose, distracting you from the reality of humbert’s abuse. ‘and the rest is rust and stardust’ is one of my all time favourite quotes. tw: pedophilia, sexual abuse, rape, murder. 
  6. 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
    i read both of these books when i was twelve/thirteen, and ever since then they have stayed with me. animal farm made me realise my love for history, as i adored the politics of the story, and it quite possibly lead me to choosing history as my major today. i haven’t read 1984 in a very long time, but i don’t think it’s possible to read without permanently changing your perception of the world and other literature.
  7. Macbeth by William Shakespeare
    macbeth is one of my favourite texts of all time and my favourite of all shakespeare’s plays. lady macbeth is one of the most fascinating characters, and i adore her story arc. if you haven’t read it, please give it a go!
  8. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente 
    i can’t even begin to describe this book, but it is breathtaking. one of the most well written novels. it definitely isn’t for everyone as it can be a little tricky to follow, but you should check it out. 
  9. A Song of Ice and Fire by George RR Martin
    i read this when i was fourteen, and i completely devoured each book in under a week. i would read 250 pages a night during the school week, ignoring everything else because i was so lost in the story and characters. i regret reading it so quickly now, as i find it difficult to remember a lot of the minor characters or plots, but it means that a reread will be even better. this series redefines the fantasy genre, telling a very adult and often realistic narrative that happens to have dragons and dark magic. i love this series for bringing sansa stark into my life.
  10. The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides 
    the title is a bit of a spoiler, but it’s written from the perspective of some boys who observe five mysterious sisters in their neighbourhood. this novel perfectly fits the ‘there’s something dangerous about the boredom of teenage girls’ trope that i adore so much. though the subject is quite serious and depressing, the language is enchanting and it almost feels like you’re dreaming. it’s quite a short book, but there is a lot to think about and i’d recommend reading it slowly to truly savour the writing. tw: depression, self harm, suicide. 

Other novels that shaped my love for reading from an early age; A Series of Unfortunate Events, Nancy Drew, The Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials and all of Jacqueline Wilson’s books. 

“A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE” -
SUMMER 2015 REREAD PROJECT.
Starts on Monday, June 15th.

“In life, the monsters win.”
- George R. R. Martin

ASOIAF fandom! At arms! It is time to remember why we love these characters and these stories. HBO has tainted what we hold dear, but let’s rise to the occasion. They may do as they please, but they cannot take away from us what really matters. The real characters, the real stories that made us fall in love with this or that great House. Starks, Lannisters, Targaryens, Baratheons, Martells, Tullys, Tyrells, Arryns and so on: they have failed all of us. Characters erased, butchered storylines, unnecessary violence for a story that was already violent per se. Enough is enough. 

We will not give you a schedule, nor deadlines or tasks. All we want is to go back to when the books mattered more than HBO’s money-making machine. When people mattered over income, and feelings over shock value. 

Starting on June the 15th, we invite all of you to commence a reread (it maybe one book, chapters, or the whole series!) or join in the revival project with your knowledge. Graphics, gifs, meta, discussion over canon events and canon characters, with CANON behaviour.

Use the #asoiafedit tag, which has already been sponsored in the past few weeks, or the #asoiafrereadproject tag, or both! Show material may be used for visual purpose only. 

As soon as season 5 ends, leave Game of Thrones behind for a while and join us.

You’ve already been hurt enough.

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jon snow + favourite book moments ≣ 1/?

He thought Ygritte might try to run, but she only stood there, waiting, looking at him. “You never killed a woman before, did you?” When he shook his head, she said, “We die the same as men. But you don’t need to do it. Mance would take you, I know he would. There’s secret ways. Them crows would never catch us.”
“I’m as much a crow as they are,” Jon said.
She nodded, resigned. “Will you burn me, after?”
“I can’t. The smoke might be seen.”
“That’s so.” She shrugged. “Well, there’s worse places to end up than the belly of a shadowcat.”
He pulled Longclaw over a shoulder. “Aren’t you afraid?”
“Last night I was,” she admitted. “But now the sun’s up.

About Catelyn in GoT

In the scene where she’s taking Tyrion to the Vale and their group gets attacked by some Mountain Clan, when Tyrion rescues her and cuts down a guy’s leg with an axe, Cat cuts open the throat of the second guy who tried to get back at Tyrion.

It would have been cool if they kept that in the show. I see people whine that Cat only ever cries and whines but like… have we been reading the same books? At least 90% of her turmoil is kept inside her own head. Everytime she has an outburst of emotion or acts fast (like the thing with Jon or arresting Tyrion) people treat her a stupid hothead, but apparently Jaime shoving a 7 years old out of a window to his death to cover up his incestuous relationship was entirely reasonable for the sake of his self-preservation and his love for his sister? Or that time when he attacked Ned in King’s Landing after Tyrion had merely been arrested and had to flee the capital to his daddy because attacking the Hand of the King is ILLEGAL for some reason, especially when you’re in the KING’S GUARD.

I’ve seen a lot of Cat posts on my dash lately and I dunno Catelyn always gets a ton of shit that other characters don’t seem to be getting in worse situations.

A point about Arya Stark & Nymeria of Ny Sar

There may be more to follow at some point, but while I’m stuck on a train, here have some thoughts:

Only Princess Nymeria of Ny Sar spoke against him [Garin of Chroyane].  “This is a war we cannot hope to win,” she warned, but the other princes shouted her down and pledged their swords to Garin.  Even the warriors of her own Ny Sar were eager to fight, and Nymeria had no choice but to join the great alliance. (Ten Thousand Ships, TWOIAF)

I’m looking here at forethought.  Nymeria is someone who clearly has a handle on what the damage of war may hold for her people.  In this case, she’s right as fuck, given the destruction that the Valyrians bring to the Rhoyne.  But there are a few things that I feel like bringing up.

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If Robb was frightened, he gave no sign of it. Catelyn watched her son as he moved among the men, touching one on the shoulder, sharing a jest with another, helping a third to gentle an anxious horse. His armor clinked softly when he moved. Only his head was bare. Catelyn watched a breeze stir his auburn hair, so like her own, and wondered when her son had grown so big. Fifteen, and near as tall as she was.

Let him grow taller, she asked the gods. Let him know sixteen, and twenty, and fifty. Let him grow as tall as his father, and hold his own son in his arms. Please, please, please.

Catelyn, aGoT.

She could never hold a picture of Willas long in her head, though; her imaginings kept turning him back into Ser Loras, young and graceful and beautiful. You must not think of him like that, she tolf herself. Or else he may see the disappointment in your eyes when you meet, and how could he marry you then, knowing it was his brother you loved?

Sansa, aSoS

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Woah, Sansa/Catelyn parallel :o