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Unsolicited List of Dadrien Headcanons
  • Adrien stays home with the kids when they’re young. Marinette offers to trade off days working and staying home but Adrien is like no I got this.
  • He is stay-at-home dad of the millennium taking kids to school, making their lunches, driving to sports/dance/band practice after school, taking them to the park when they’re babies, everything. 
  • Gabriel thinks he’s wasting his potential being a stay at home father; Adrien cannot bring himself to care because he isn’t going to pass up the chance to be a present figure in his children’s lives. 
  • He binges on parenting books more than Marinette does during the pregnancy because it isn’t like he’s had the best example to look up to himself. He checks out every book in the library and has seven parenting websites bookmarked in the first month.
  • He goes to Tom and Sabine a lot for advice because they obviously know what they’re doing and they’re just #parenting goals in Adrien’s opinion
  • Adrien doesn’t Dad joke as much as one might think mainly because he once made the most Chat Noir cat pun that his kids looked at him strangely all night. He reigns it in and saves them for especially cringy moments
  • Emma accidentally almost caught her father putting presents under the Christmas tree one year. Adrien panicked and transformed into Chat Noir. Now the kids believe that Pere Noel has officially deputized Chat Noir with delivering the Agreste-Dupain-Cheng kids’ Christmas presents every year. 
  • And strangely, all three children have foggy memories of Chat Noir cradling them in his arms, rocking them to sleep on the rooftops of Paris
Started Reading ToG

Because everyone keeps shouting at me for my failures, I have finally rejoined the battle of reading ToG. And even though I KNOW I should have been spoiled for this book, all I know is: There is a man who is a birb. A lady who is a dragon. Aelin has lots of bad ideas. Manon is their Amren. 

I find live-blogging reactions on tumblr fucks up my eyes so instead, if anyone wants to scream with me as I read this, I’m going to attempt to use my twitter @whispered_pages for it so. At page 50, my current theories are:

- Dorian is obviously not the big bad king’s child. Sapphire eyes? I did this shit with game of thrones and biology: you don’t inherit that recessive allelle from two dominant phenotype individuals! 

- Just who IS his father? I’m confident it’s the Gargoyle on the fucked up clock. Why else would that thing be giving Celena the stink eye so much? Obviously it’s because she’s come over there to steal away their precious princeling son. 

- The symbol on the garden path was actually just a little shit of a kid scratching stuff into the stones as part of an epic make believe adventure. That’s the symbol for the ninja-pirate-dragon clan of his 100-sword weilding, fire-breathing OC. 

- I ship Celena with books personally so sorry rowaelin and whatever the Dorian-ship-name-ship-is shippers are called. 

- Celena is going to list every detail and colour of her clothing at least five more times in this book, isn’t she?

- I think a lot of people hate him but Chaol is literally me??? Like, bored, apathetic, and grumpy as Grumpy Cat himself. I have never so strongly related.

Other house-keeping: Currently 2k into a Nessian BDSM club fic which I’ll hopefully finish soon, and Leslie’s Author interview episode for the podcast SHOULD be up today if I get my ass in gear.

After a little bit of traveling while she’s figuring out exactly what she wants to do, Cat Grant decides revisit an old pen name.  She wrote a few children’s books when she was younger under the name Charity Malkin, mostly to settle a bet with Lois, but there was no reason Charity Malkin couldn’t come out of retirement.

She finds she enjoys it, and finishes her first book in record time.  She sends it in to CatCo’s publishing department, through the normal approval procedures.  Sure, she could just order it done, but Cat refuses to take the easy option.  Her employees have been trained to recognize quality, and if her book doesn’t pass muster, she’ll just have to try harder.

Her book is picked up, however, and the first limited run is snatched up quick enough that she’s approved for wider release.

Charity Malkin gets fanmail, drawings from little children and thank you letters from parents, but two letters are sent to Cat Grant specifically, despite her expecting at most one, or more likely zero.  After all, Lois was the only other person who knew who Charity Malkin was.

Sure enough, one of the cards is from her former colleague, congratulating her and insulting her in equal measure.  The other card didn’t come through the mail, but instead appeared on her kitchen counter along side a styrofoam container with breakfast from her favorite bistro in France.  Kara’s card was short, congratulating her on her return and hoping for more, with no explanation as to how she figured out Cat was the author or why she had read the book in the first place.

Fueled by her initial success, Cat keeps writing.  The average american family hadn’t been static over the years, and Cat refused to use the stereotypical 50s family.  She didn’t always make it the focus, but her books were quickly noted as some of the best new examples of non-traditional families available.  Divorce, Adoption, Gay Parents, Transgender characters, characters on the spectrum, and more.  Cat did her research, interviewed real families to make sure she was accurate, because she knew children deserved to see themselves in books.

Cat has never been willing to settle once she’s on a roll, and she starts writing for older kids, first chapter books, then some young adult fiction, all the diverse casts she had made her mark with.  She made sure anyone who read her books could find themselves in the pages, and from the fan letters that made it to her and the communities that sprang up, Cat had succeeded.

Kara kept sending her cards whenever she published something new, usually a few lines about what she thought, but sometimes, the whole card is full of words, and once or twice, there’s notebook pages torn out and stuffed in the card, and Cat reads every word, more than once.  Those letters always end up in her collection of favorite fanmail, alongside pictures of kids and families dressed as her characters, fanart of her heroes, and letters that brought a tear to her eye.

Charity Malkin was successful, but reclusive.  Cat had fun lurking on the official Charity Malkin forums, posting only occasionally, typically to end discussions that had gotten out of hand, or to critique particularly bad grammar.  Her favorite section was the creative writing boards, and encouraged everyone to contribute.  It was considered high praise to have TheCharityMalkin leave a comment, even when she only left a few words, because she rarely left more than that.

But Cat wanted to be able to interact with her fans more directly than through an internet filter, and began planning her reveal.  A press release would be boring, and a media campaign wasn’t the right strategy.  Inspiration struck when Supergirl landed on her balcony.

Supergirl hadn’t taken much convincing to agree to her plan, not that Cat expected it would.  Two weeks later, Supergirl landed in front of the children’s hospital for a publicized meet and greet.  A camera followed her as she met the kids and answered their questions.  Eventually the kids were assembled for storytime, and Supergirl introduced her friend, Charity Malkin.  The camera barely left her face as Cat read her new book, about an alien who came to earth, and how she had managed to adjust to life on a new planet.  The kids clapped for the book when she was done, and Cat warmed because she knew they weren’t clapping just because of who she was, because most of them still didn’t recognize her.  It was a change Cat didn’t know she would appreciate so much.

The video was sold to everybody pretty much immediately.  Cat let the media run with it, and refused to answer her phone, except when Lois called for a comment, and Cat only did that because she knew nothing either one of the said would be fit for print.

Cat kept writing, though she slowed down production somewhat now that she was public.  She refused to do a full book tour, but instead, she would fly out and did public readings and Q&A sessions in bookstores whenever it struck her fancy.  Charity Malkin also spoke at fan conventions, where she lectured on writing and storycraft, and gave maddeningly obtuse answers whenever she was asked about a spoiler.

It’s the happiest she’s been in years.

Deaf!Matt Holt headcanons

I saw this on Tumblr a while ago and really wanted to add onto it. Also, warning, long post ahead!!

-Matt was born deaf, so he’s never been able to hear. Broke his mother’s heart when the doctors told her why his crying was so very, very quiet.

-He met Shiro in like second grade. The teacher tried to teach Matt’s class some sign language and the only one who really cared enough to try was Shiro.

-Seriously, Matt was basically friendless aside from Shiro, who was trying his hardest to learn fluent sign.

-Matt was offered the option of cochlear implants, but refused. He was also offered speech therapy but refused that too. He loved being part of the deaf community, and wouldn’t give it up for the world.

-He’s fully mute as well. He simply can’t talk. He thinks Katie needs to be quiet more, and that she signs too fast. “You can’t even hear me.” “Exactly my point sister dear.”

- Shiro is always digging for books on sign, looking for new words every day. Unfortunately, the Garrison library and the public library have very little outside of basics. “I don’t want to know how to sign ‘apple’ I want to know how to sign 'death and destruction’!”

-As much as Matt loves shitty sci-fi movies, he loves to read even more. He has read every flight manual, Star Wars novel, warrior cat book, and sappy romance book available to the library. Shiro wonders about the romance, but won’t say anything.

- Matt once punched a kid in the face for making fun of a boy with hearing aids. Just walked right up to him and decked him. It was amazing. Shiro laughed so hard he almost vomited.

anonymous asked:

Do you think the books would be more popular if warrior cats would be humanized? (Just wanna hear out your opinion.)

100%, and i think there would be a lot more the erins could do (especially in making them actual soldiers, which they basically are) and in uh….romance scenes (u can’t exactly write abt cat sex in a kids book LOL)

  • somebody: u shouldn't write about that because in real life its bad
  • me: stop the presses. everybody stop them- shut them all down. burn all your books. harry potter has to go voldemort killed people and killing people is bad. fuck. lord of the rings has to go bye bye. you liked those warrior cats books as a kid? yo. they KILLED each other in those. thats bad in real life. you can't support that. reading about people killing each other is JUST AS BAD as actually going out and killing somebody. so? no more game of thrones. no more percy jackson people DIED in that?? how could you support the killing of REAL LIFE PEOPLE by reading a book with that in it? disgusting. you're fuckin gross and disgusting. nope its for tv shows too buster brown put down steven's universe the big pink one KILLED the other big pink one. do you support that? in real life? the triangle in graphity fell DIED. how fuckin g COULD YOU watch that show you're literally JUST AS BAD as a murderer. ur promoting murderer culture by watching that show because people DIED in it. people died kimberly don't make excuses. you know everybodys favorite hip indie game under tale? guess what. that's right. you can KILL PEOPLE in that game. newsflash: the police are already on their way to ur house because exploring taboo things in fiction is JUST AS BAD as actually doing them in real life. so no more bad things in fiction. unless its a fluffy slow burn coffee shop au or a harmless romantic comedy i do NOT want to see it because its BAD and IMPURE and WRONG. blocked. your all blocked. bye.
2p Tumblrs

2p America: vegan-safe-memerinos
Vegan safe recipes and memes and pictures of his dogs. Lots of selfies and motorcycle stuff too. Reblogs those jokes about vegans that others would get mad at to keep the Bad Vegans™ away.

2p Canada: the-canadian-wilderness
Wildlife and forests.

2p England: cupcakeking
Baking recipes, those stichting patterns or whatever they’re called, cute animals.

2p France: au-dieu-amour
Quotes, cigarettes, really depressing/deep thoughts.

2p Russia: dont-forget-to-study-kids
Books, study tips, more books. The leader of Studyblr.

2p China: meowmeow420
Drugs, cats, and bad pick up lines.

2p Japan: toojapanesetobeaweeb
Katanas, anime, gorey fanart.

2p Veneziano: theultimateitalian
Knives, fighting tips, restaurant reviews, scenery.

2p Romano: fashionista-republica-italia
Fashion, positive posts, animals, occasional rants about Veneziano.

2p Germany: idfightapotato
Cats and memes.

2p Prussia: positivememesforeveryone
Memes, animals, positivity posts, lots of signal boosts, song lyrics.

2p Spain: am-i-still-skunk-head
Posts stuff like “Day 26365756, they still call me skunk-head.” That’s it.

2p Hungary: bubblegumqueen
Fashion, baking, love quotes, long arguments with Austria that nobody wants to see.

2p Austria: bandfannumber666
Instruments, music, infinite covers and remixes of All-star by Smash Mouth and Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley, arguments with Hungary.

2p Switzerland: lovelaughsmile
Just bad puns, animals, love quotes, fandom stuff.

2p Liechtenstein: theemoaesthetic
Guns and animals and flowers and Fall Out Boy.

2p Belarus: pleasesmiletodaydear
All types of cute stuff. Aesthetic blogger.

2p Ukraine: dothedosafely
Sexual education blog.

2p Lithuania: whyarepeoplelikethis
Questionable life tips, sneaky pictures he took of his friends, posts along the lines of “I wanna fight acephobes behind an Arby’s at 3 am.”

2p Latvia: flirtyman10000
Just bad pick up lines and how to beat alcohol/drug addiction. Fights with China a lot on that subject.

2p Estonia: billnyethesciencesenpai
Science. That includes TERRIBLE science puns.

2p Finland: iamnotameme

2p Sweden: minecraftbro
Minecraft and PewDiePie fan stuff.

2p Denmark: deathisinevitable
Aesthetic blogger but more sad than Anastasia’s blog. Lots of fighting with Prussia through repetitive asks.

2p Norway: flameboi
Fire safety and 3 am thoughts.

2p Iceland: flameboi
Helps Norway run his blog. Also has
1p Iceland on their block list to avoid memes.

2p Sealand: actual-pinkheadedprankster
Links to the prank videos on his Youtube channel, lots of reblogs from England.

2p Ladonia: wootwootminecraft
Basically the same stuff Sweden posts. Also reblogs Sealand’s stuff if he is in the videos.

2p Romania: vampiresdosparkle
Twilight fanblog. Argues with his 1p all the time (and his blog is called vampiresdontsparkle)

2p Molossia: how-to-survive-a-vegan
“How to survive having a vegan brother” blog.

while doing the anya x tara gifset i realized they didn’t have a lot of moments but it was more than i remembered. and now i feel like writing some headcanons for them:

  • they used to hang out a lot by themselves when the others were too busy with their own stuff.
  • after bargaining anya showed tara how to buy rare magic supplies on ebay.
  • well it was actually anya who taught tara all about it and how to make money on internet. then tara started to sell her old stuff when she was getting out of money.
  • tara once gave anya a kids book for her birthday because she felt bad when the ex demon didn’t know about the cat in the hat book and she didn’t want anya to feel left out.
  • as nice and subtle as she could, she tended to defend anya from willow’s grumbles.
  • ‘i actually kind of like her’.
  • tara liked to teach anya a few minor spells when she was feeling nostalgic and missing her powers.
  • please, tara was the only one who really did get anya and treated her well enough. they’re good friends.
  • anya really liked to talk with tara because the witch didn’t mind explaining her stuff and was always kind about it.
  • they liked to play board games with dawn. and did it a lot to keep her company when buffy was out.
  • tara always thought anya was funny…….. but in the opposite, anya didn’t get tara’s sense of humor. but yeah, that’s fine.
  • once they had a really weird conversation about lesbian sex because anya wouldn’t let it go.
  • sometimes they sat down and tara’d listen to anya talk about her adventures as a vengeance demon. a few times she’d get really disturbed bc anya didn’t know how to filter the details but it was at least entertaining.
  • anya actually helped tara to study one time and told her point of view on a few historic moments.
Help Out Your Local Chinese-American Girl

We’re in the middle of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! And I’ve just released my book on Amazon!

It features a Chinese-American girl, Eva, as the protagonist, soon to start middle school. She finds herself in an unexpected adventure to space, and experiences life on her own. With her cat sidekick, Eva battles her obstacles and learns more about herself.

Many of the books I’ve read with Asian main characters focus almost solely on problems unique to Asians, such as search for identity and balancing Eastern and Western cultures. While these struggles are definitely part of growing up as an Asian in America, I know I would’ve loved an Asian protagonist in the Nancy Drew series or Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as a kid.

I am 14 years old and this is my first book. With Green Glasses, I hope to normalize Asian protagonists in diverse genres and give Asians characters they can see themselves in. I am currently working on my next book, and I plan on writing and publishing more later. I hope you check out Green Glasses and Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

I was tagged by the lovely @ilgattopatata, grazieee <3

No selfies but here’s 10 facts about me (I’ll literally just write the most random shit I can think of so I’m sorry):

  1. I had never been active in a fandom until Captive Prince and Yuri on Ice happened
  2. I’m an atheist 
  3. Renee is not actually my name
  4. I’m pretty sure I had my first pizza when I was like…11? And yeah I’m Italian so go figure 
  5. I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting my own damn language
  6. My favorite plant is broom (it might or might not be because my favorite poem is La Ginestra by Giacomo Leopardi)
  7. I prefer e-books to physical books
  8. I speak three languages (not all at the same level)
  9. I love cats (which is like the lamest and most common fact since like 99% of tumblr loves cats)
  10. As a kid I was obsessed with dinosaurs and I still really like them

Now watch me come up with 24390482 more interesting facts as soon as I hit send because that’s how life works.

Not tagging anyone since I didn’t properly do this tag either (because I didn’t post pics) but everyone’s welcome to do it :)

tag thingy

I was tagged by @moodypastelzforasentimentalbitch 

Rules: answer 20 questions and tag 20 followers you’d like to get to know better

Name : Kristina 

Nicknames : pineapple, netizen 

Zodiac sign : Aquarius 

Height : 153 cm *sobs* 

Orientation : umm idk lol 

Nationality : American 

Favorite fruit : cold watermelon

Favorite season : fall cause its when some bugs start dying 

Favorite book : this is hard because I haven’t read in a while-aside from books assigned in class. ummm…i would say….The Knife of Never Letting Go, or Clockwork Princess. 

Favorite flower : lilies 

Favorite scent : idk but in general something fresh but not too strong, or just the smell of food lol 

Favorite animal : dogs 

Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate : tea

Average amount of sleep : lol depends I’m a night owl so I am more active at night–not kidding but I was dancing to Fantastic Baby this morning at 3am 

Cat or dog : dogs but cats are cool 

Favourite fictional character : Naruto, Luffy, Kaneki, Kim Joo Won (hyun bin’s character in Secret Garden)

Number of blankets you sleep with : one

Dream trip : visiting Santorini or Mykonos 

tagging: *you don’t have to do it* 

@skrrrt @topssi @jiyongsmilkythighs @thatweirdwinchester

Title: A Street Cat Named Bob
Author: James Bowen
First Published: March 2012
Genre: Non Fiction | Biography
Setting: London

About the book:

A street cat named Bob tells the story of a quite unusual friendship.

James Bowen, a recovering heroin addict, finds Bob the cat on his doorstep and at that point it’s impossible to tell who is feeling worse. James is trying to make ends meet as a street musician and Bob is roaming the streets, starving.

James takes the cat in, cares for him and as soon as he is healthy, sends him away again for he can’t afford to keep a pet. Bob however has other plans. He loves his new found friend and decides to stay with James.

Follow the beginning and development of an amazing friendship that overcomes even the worst situations.


This book, okay. THIS BOOK. Read it. Cherish it. Fall in love with it.
If you are a lover of animals [and even if you’re not], this book will touch every corner of your heart, I can promise you that. I have nothing more to say about this because I just can’t find the words to describe how amazing this book is.

Rating: 10/10
Educational Value: 5/5
Age Recommendation: 15+ [there is a simplified edition for kids]

Biancat x

Thank you @thedemons-diary for tagging <3

Rules: Answer the 20 questions and tag 20 amazing followers you would like to get to know better.

Name: Laura

Nickname: I don’t have one 

Zodiac sign: Libra

Height: 175cm I think it’s 5′7

Orientation: hetero

Ethnicity: white/latina

Favorite fruit: mango

Favorite season: fall and spring 

Favorite book series: I haven’t read a book for years but I loved Harry Potter and the Hunger Games as a kid/pre-teen

Favorite flower: hydrangeas and roses

Favorite scent: probably vanilla or chocolate- anything sweet

Favorite color: pastel pink, dark red, purple and yes black lol

Favorite animal: CATS

Coffee, tea or hot cocoa: tea

Average sleep hours: more than 10 because it’s holidays :DD

Cat or dog person: Cat person

Favorite fictional characters: gaara and itachi from naruto and makoto the sweetest sweetheart from free and shion, another sweetheart from no.6 and like everyone from yuri on ice- srsly I have too many favorite fictional characters lol

Number of blankets you sleep with: 2 

Dream trip: Japan for watching all of my faves live and to Brazil for visiting my family

Blog created: ~May 2015

Number of followers: exactly 100 lol. I want my old followers back T_T

People I tag: I’m sure most of you have been already tagged and I can’t get 20 people but oh whatever

@globalserendipitea, @japanese-zombie-hero, @beyond-reality-and-space, @romanesque-moon,  @welcometothemalformedbox, @severemagazinementality, @confused-and-slightly-disturbed, @mxsleazoid

The 1951 Disney adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s novel is considered a timeless classic. But while the cartoon you know is a masterwork of whimsy, the original vision was something ripped right out of our nightmares.

Walt Disney had planned on making an Alice In Wonderland film as early as 1932, which would have made it his next project after Snow White. He hired storyboard artist Al Perkins and art director David Hall to produce a story reel, but Perkins and Hall had apparently read a very different version of the book. It would have been less “surreal, lighthearted voyage of self-discovery” and more “Pan’s Labyrinth, but with cats.”

Sure, the book does get kind of dark in places for a kids’ story, but Perkins and Hall’s treatment went above and beyond. For one thing, unlike the book, it would have included a scene in which the Knave of Hearts is executed by cannon.  The movie would have also ended with the attempted execution of Alice by guillotine, though she wakes up just as the blade comes down …

5 Absolutely Insane Early Versions Of Totally Regular Movies

Get-to-Know-You Ask

What a lovely surprise! I’m new to the booklr universe, so it came as a shock to be tagged by @quill-reads-books. Thank you! I look forward to engaging more with you fellow book lovers.

What’s your dream job?
Running my own used bookshop complete with free-roaming cats and weekly soirees.

What are you talented at?
I had a knack for computer programming, but I’ve moved on to better things. Now I like to think I’m good at finding great deals (penny-pinching). And probably… planning events for kids. That’s my favorite part of my job as a bookseller. That, and being a super sleuth.

What’s your aesthetic?
Castles, a misty evening stroll in the moonlight, black lace gowns, murder mysteries, filigree patterned-walls, candelabras illuminating shelves of books, rainy afternoon windows

What is a big goal you’re working towards?
Tackling my TBR pile.

What’s a topic you’re always up to talk about?
Beautifully-illustrated books, thrift shop finds, Pusheen (I have a collection), new restaurants to try, vintage-inspired fashion

What is a pet peeve of yours?
Expensive greeting cards. I’d rather someone save that money or use it on something more useful.

Good advice to give?
It’s never too late to choose a new path. (I’ve experienced this in my career and love life)

Recommend three books:
1. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

2. Unmentionable: The Victorian Lady’s Guide to Sex, Marriage, and Manners by Therese Oneill

3. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

I tag: @mybooksareme, @roserequiem, @just0nemorepage, @freckles-and-books, @coffeebooksorme

I hope to get to know you all better (also, Hello).

anonymous asked:

Oh man I would just love to see a Galdios X Reader where she works at the library and he always tries to flirt with her when he goes goes to check out more books.

OMg! Yess! Thank you for waiting, friend!

Between the Stacks

Let’s be perfectly honest, you love your job. You love the books, you love the calm and systematic book stacking, the shared moments with fellow book lovers. Sure the kids after school gave you a splitting headache and having to explain over and over how late fees work and why they exist to the same customer over and over and over again. And, more often than not you ended up closing later, grabbing dinner for one and returning to your apartment filled with more books and your spoiled cat, nursing sore feet and in no mood to try meeting people after dark…

But still, you love your job.

Pushing the small trolley loaded with returned volumes, you hum to yourself to fill the silence. The grand wooden shelves, gleaming and dust free always beckoned your eye even after wandering through them a thousand times. Breathing in the smell of aging paper, you steer the trolley down the Historical Fiction aisle.

“G, G, ah!” Pulling to a stop, you scoop up the first two books on the top stack and file them into place. “Gregrigio. Gorus.”

“Is a bit overrated don’t you think?” A smooth deep voice nearly makes you jump. Rolling your eyes and ignoring the way your heart speeds ups, you stand and give one of your favourite patrons a small smirk.

“I wouldn’t know.” You say lightly. “Historical fiction isn’t my forte, good sir.”

Gladiolus Amicitia grins, showing white teeth and a gleam in his eye that makes your knees weak. You met him months ago while he was looking for recommendations, the big man politely clearing his throat before he approached you where so many others just snuck up and tapped you on the shoulder. He’d been so polite, playfully joking with a casual charm that put you at ease., It could be easy to forget who and what he really was.

Adjusting your glasses, you lean lightly on the trolley. To his credit his eyes never flick down lower than your face. Instead he leans a muscular arm against a shelf and poses in a way that displays his hard won figure. The flirt.

“Well since Gorus is off the menu, has anything new come in since my last visit?” He asks and you shrug, glancing at the spines pointed towards you.

“Nothing really in historical lit.” Straightening you scan your eyes across the titles on your trolley. Romance? No. Paranormal? Perhaps not. You were guessing of course. One could never tell what genres a person enjoyed. Still, every step brought you closer to Gladio. “Perhaps you’d like to spread out to a new genre?” You ask and pluck a book, a solid favourite of yours and offer it to him.

“It’s based on a roleplaying game the writers were a part of.” You say. Gladio arches a brow, but takes it, fingers brushing lightly against yours. The little touch is enough to make you freeze for a moment, the rasp of callouses on your skin sending a little thrill up your spine. The corner of Gladio’s mouth quirks upwards as he turns the book around and looks over the back.

“Something you enjoy?” He asks and you clear his throat before trying to answer.

“Found it during highschool. It’s a good escape.”

Gladio chuckles. “Dragons of Autumn Twilight.” He lifted the book. “Are there more?” You beam.

“Let me show you.”

He follows you through the stacks, slowing his stride to match your smaller steps.

“I didn’t really pick you for a fantasy fan.” He says as you start to slow, trailing your fingers against the spines.

“Always have been.” You say crouching down. Harding, Hellic, Hickmanne! With a small cry of success you pluck the next two books from the shelf and hold them up to Gladio. “My father gave me a copy when I was about fourteen, I think.” Carefully standing, you smooth out your skirt and brush a strand of hair from your face. Gladio is nodding, amber brown eyes flicking back and forth as he reads over the front page of the first volume.

“Pretty heavy writing,” he says and you shrug.

“Advanced reader.” You wave a hand, no small amount of pride in your voice. “It was a cinch.”  Gladio gives you that grin again and it gets a little harder to breathe.

“Pity I have to leave town for a couple of weeks.” Now his gaze flicks down, appreciation in his eyes. His eyes meet yours. “I wouldn’t mind grabbing a bite to eat and talking about these some more.”

You blink. Did he just? He just… And he’s waiting for an answer. Heat rises to your cheeks.

“Pity. Yes….” You shake your head. “I’d actually like that.” You cheeks burn harder as you meet his gaze. “A lot.”

The hard lines of his face softened and Gladio gave you a gentler smile. “So would I.” He tucks the three volumes under one arm. “Maybe afterwards if you’re free in say,” he shrugs his massive shoulders. “A month?”

You brace a hand on the shelf, not really sure you could keep your balance otherwise. Gladiolus Amicitia… was asking you to a potential date. Of course it might not be really a date, just food and book talk but… A girl could hope.

And you hope.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll be free in a month.” You say and Gladio leans down, taking your free hand.

“I hope so.” He says and bends over it. The brush of his lips over your knuckles sends a jolt through your body. They’re chapped, catching on your skin, but his breath was warm and soothing. For a vivid moment you could feel his breath and lips against your neck. Heat bloomed in your belly and you stared, your mind blank as he straightened. “See you around, babe.” Gladio lets your hand go, turns and heads down the aisle, books under his arm. Staring after him, you try and swallow, fail and gingerly slump against the heavy wood shelving.

“Shit.” You were doomed.

anonymous asked:

Can you make (an extensive, if it's possible) list of the books that deal with group dynamics that you like? Thanks! :)

If I could make an extensive list of these, I’d be happy to. But the books I’ve found that really excel at depicting at group dynamics are actually fairly rare. However, here are a few (and I’m defining a ‘group’ as three or more):

  • pretty much anything by Iris Murdoch, but esp. The Book and the Brotherhood and The Sea, the Sea
  • The Magicians, Lev Grossman
  • The Rehearsal, Eleanor Catton (though this is mostly a bunch of different people interacting one on one)
  • Lord of the Flies, William Golding
  • The Keep, Jennifer Egan
  • Euphoria, Lily King
  • The Bone People (this book destroyed me and I still can’t shut up about it)
  • Chronic City, Jonathan Lethem
  • The Lost Boys Symphony, Mark Andrew Ferguson
  • Muse, Jonathan Galassi
  • P. S. Your Cat is Dead, James Kirkwood
  • Holes, Louis Sachar (this is a kids’ book but still great)
  • The Haunting of Hill House, Shirley Jackson
  • The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner
  • Sleepwalking, Meg Wolitzer
  • Watership Down, Richard Adams (Yes, this is about rabbits, but at the end of the day it’s all allegorical, isn’t it?)
  • Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
  • and then there’s all the stuff that falls in the category of ‘groups of students/teachers who are too smart for their own good and end up committing felonies’: The Secret History, The Lake of Dead Languages, Special Topics in Calamity Physics, You Deserve Nothing, etc.

islandoforder  asked:

22, 15, 2

22: list the top five things you spend the most time doing, in order. uh, breathing, pumping blood - no for real, idk. coughing nowadays? consuming fictional stories (reading, watching shows, listening to podcasts) takes up most of my time, cant live too long in the real world yknow. cooking?? petting my cat. trying to sleep.

15: five most influential books over your lifetime. i’m going to list the entire Rurouni Kenshin series as the first book because damn. Count of Monte Cristo ofc. Inkheart (we can pretend the next two books didnt happen right). The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster is one of those books that everyone needs to read. and Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo was really important to me as a kid (tho i reread it a few years ago and its one of those stories thats really just more meaningful to children than adults)

2: have you ever found a writer who thinks just like you? if so, who? i actually answered this one already, normally id try to think of more to say but like. idk ive read so many things i cant even remember them all to remember if any of those writers thought like me

[heres a link to the identity ask meme, if anyone wants to send me more!]

I think one thing I look for in a kids’ book is an avoidance of a too-pervasive all-is-well outlook, mainly because it tends to be anti-literary. I mean, a happy ending is all well and good, but many of the books I’ve recommended here go at it in a more complicated way; they don’t flinch at ambiguity, assuming, correctly, that kids can not only tolerate complexity and ambiguity, but crave them, because in their hearts they know the world is big and scary, and crave sound counsel.

Well, that and farting cats who wear suspenders.