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“There is no law that gods must be fair, Achilles,” Chiron said. “And perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone. Do you think?” - The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

I don’t even know if I finished this book, but I love it. It’s just one of those books that I didn’t want to end, I wanted it to last forever and to live in it.

Classic Literature

Foreign Language Literature

Biology & Medicine

Physics

Chemistry

Psychology

Geography & Anthropology

Economics & Politics

Maths

History

Philosophy & Theology

Art & Art History

Music

[This is by no means a perfect list and I had real trouble finding books written by female authors, specifically in more scientific areas, so if you have any recommendations then send them to me and I’ll update this list]

FIC REC’S OF 2017 : SUMMER EDITION

TO READ & WIP FICS I’ve picked up to read this summer. There’s some pretty big ones, so we’ll see how it goes. And I’ll probably pick new ones along the way through out the summer months. Hope you all have a lovely summer! 

(You can always message me about fics you’d want me to read or go check out, tagging me to posts also works out. :))

WIP’s (these are all updated regularly)

Fools Gold by tvshows_addict 

Leaflet for Over Again Inc.

“In relationships, there are three types of people: those who are happy, those who are unhappy but accept it and deal, those who are unhappy and in denial.

Handling this last category is our job: we are professional couple breakers.

To reach our goal, we use all means necessary.”

Or the Arnacoeur AU in which Harry is scheduled to be married to Liam in 10 days and Harry’s mother hires Louis and his team to break them up.

Just Ask Me To by TellMeThisIsNotLove

“You’re telling the truth,” Louis whispers.

“Of course I’m telling the truth!” Harry doesn’t even care that he sounds exasperated.

“Oh my god.” Louis grabs the wall behind him as if looking for support. His body slides down against it until he’s sitting crouched on the floor.

He mumbles something but Harry can’t really figure out what it is. He crouches down, and looks desperately at the breaking boy in front of him.

“You’re telling the truth,” Louis whispers. “You were not supposed to–”

“I was not supposed to do what? Tell me please,” Harry urges, taking Louis’ hands gently in his.

Building Castles In The Sky by SexyAssWoman

“D-dad? You think I c-can do it? Y-you think i c-can…” Evan trailed off looking down at his feet. And Louis’ heart melted.

“I think you can do everything, love. Everything.” Louis said while pulling his boy into a hug. “Because you, my little dandelion, are so brave! And so strong and wonderful and so very bright! You will go up on that stage, and you will blow everyone away. I just know it.”

They stood in their little garden while hugging each other tightly. His little boy was so brave. Louis was proud of him already

“You know, Mr. S-Styles says the same t-thing.”

or,

Where, Louis has a four year old with a stuttering problem. And Harry is always there to help.

TO READ

Carry This Feeling by Awriterwrites, dimpled_halo (49K) ONE SHOT

There’s something about Louis Tomlinson that makes Harry feel unhinged. It’s in the other man’s stare, in the way he looks at Harry like he knows he’s hiding something. Like he’s not really all he says he is.

Harry’s not so sure it’s fear he’s feeling. Maybe it’s something deeper. Ever since Louis walked into his house, he’s felt on edge. He’s just being himself after all, and that’s usually enough to get just about anyone to drop their pants. But…it’s clearly not working on Louis Tomlinson. It dredges up something oily and unpleasant inside Harry. He doesn’t like it.

He’s got to lock that shit down tight.

***
Harry knows, objectively, that he shouldn’t try to get his ghostwriter into bed. He knows. But…he finds it hard to resist temptation when Louis waltzes into his home and his life and turns everything upside down. And, as it turns out, Louis might just need a little turning upside down too.

Maybe We’re Perfect Strangers by starprediction (39k) ONE SHOT 

When an EDM festival in the Caribbean touts itself as a “life-changing and transformative experience,” Harry’s not too sure he buys into it. Regardless, Harry wants nothing more than to please his best friend, so he goes along for the ride. What he doesn’t expect is to fall head over heels for the festival’s organizer who Harry discovers is also the object of his best friend’s affections.

in which it takes three days under the tropical sun for two men to fall in love

If It Kills Me by you_explode (107k) CHAPTERED 

Harry and Louis have worked together in a difficult office environment for six years. They’re best friends; Louis is the bright spot of all of Harry’s days. But Louis is in love with Harry, and Harry’s engaged to someone else. And that’s only the beginning.

The Office AU. More or less follows the first five seasons. A lot of pining and misunderstanding the depth of feelings and rejection and angst, until there isn’t.

Mutability by haloeverlasting (108k) CHAPTERED 

Harry and Louis meet in a book club. Life and fiction have their parallels.

If we continually try to bring back those exceptional moments of inspiration, it is a sign that it is not God we want. We are becoming obsessed with the moments when God did come and speak with us, and we are insisting that He do it again. But what God wants us to do is to ‘walk by faith’….We will have to get up on our own, without any inspiration and without any sudden touch from God. Then comes our surprise and we find ourselves exclaiming, ‘Why, He was there all the time, and I never knew it!’….God will give us touches of inspiration only when He sees that we are not in danger of being led away by them. We must never consider our moments of inspiration as the standard way of life–our work is our standard.
— 

Oswald Chambers,

My Utmost for His Highest

anonymous asked:

Have you read a manhwa called Blood Bank? Its a gay bdsm thing between a vampire and a human and listen. I thought I was going in for the smut but like 20 chapters in i was living for the plot and characters. And unlike a lot of yaoi type comics it doesn't have weird skeevy tropes and the relationship is consensual and it even has fleshed out good female characters and positive heterosexual relationships. It's like captive prince; thought I was getting smut and got a ton of good plot too

Ooooh, I am intrigued. 

A collection of stories that I am anticipating enough free time to sit down and finally read. This list is to not only keep my to-read stories in a sole collective place, but also to provide a continuously added to post of both new and old incredible stories for all of you to add to your own reading lists!


Oneshots.

The Way You Look | Kim Seokjin | @jiminniemouse

 Blue Blooded | Kim Seokjin | @hobibliophile

Here Lies You | Min Yoongi | @meetevil

Entropy | Min Yoongi | @donewithjeon

 Paranoia | Min Yoongi | @taexquila

Heart On Your Sleeve | Min Yoongi | @minsvga

Written Amongst The Stars | Min Yoongi | @bluekyun

 Sonata For A Frozen Heart | Min Yoongi | @pantaemonium

Between The Devil & The Deep Blue Sea | Park Jimin | @jungkxook

Keep Your Chin Up | Kim Taehyung | @jiminniemouse

Breath Of Spring | Kim Taehyung | @workofteaguk

Ternary | Kim Taehyung | Jeon Jeongguk | @deathbyyoongi

Below Thunder Showers | Jeon Jeongguk | by @inktae

Onsra | Jeon Jeongguk | @zephyoongist

Proposals | Jeon Jeongguk | @pjxmin

Three Reasons | Jeon Jeongguk | @lthyl​ 

Cinnamon Crisp | Jeon Jeongguk & Kim Taehyung | teatimetaemint


Series.

Carousel | Min Yoongi | @dailydoseofdia

Begin Again | Min Yoongi | @tayegi

Mortifer | Jung Hoseok | @kittae

Forbidden | Jung Hoseok | @btssmutgalore

Sin City | Park Jimin | @btssmutgalore

Princess And The Pauper | Park Jimin | @summertae

Zaddy | Kim Taehyung | @btssmutgalore

Meet Me At The Carnival | Kim Taehyung | @hyacinth-ink

Invading Spaces Once More | Kim Taehyung | @taeniasis

A Seat On The Throne | Kim Taehyung | @taeniasis

Curiosity Killed The Cat | Jeon Jeongguk | @taeniasis

Drag Me Down To Hell | Jeon Jeongguk | @kimvtae​ 

The Sun Half | Jeon Jeongguk & Kim Taehyung | sacramento

House of Cards | Jeon Jeongguk & Kim Taehyung | sugamins

The Seduction of Jazz

A few months after college graduation, I moved to a tiny studio apartment in Manayunk, a neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia.  My apartment was on top of a bar tending school and was large enough for a bed and a coffee table, nothing more. To give you perspective, the kitchen stove was about four feet away from where I slept.  I found a picture of my empty apartment below and the photo was taken in the “kitchen”. It was here where I remember first listening to jazz….on purpose. 

My short-lived love affair with jazz started one night after I watched Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris.  I always have romanticized the 1920s but the movie triggered a night’s worth of appreciation. I poured myself a glass a wine, sat on the stool near my window, lit a cigarette, and listened to the sounds of Louie Armstrong while watching the night life below me. That evening was so pleasurable that I made it a weekly habit that lasted about six months…

I later moved in with one of my best friends (shout out to Erika) to a new neighborhood in Philly.  Living with a roommate has a lot more pluses than negatives but you do have less time (and freedom) to enjoy nights alone. It was here where I stopped listening to jazz.

Flash forward to the present, where I am being seduced by jazz for a second time, and again it was triggered by a movie.  Although the film is set in modern times rather than the Jazz Age, La La Land’s one protagonist is a passionate jazz musician (played by Ryan Gosling) who’s dream is to open his own jazz club.  This resurfaced memories of my time in Manayunk and the nights where I suppressed the habit of watching TV, playing video games, or being on my phone but rather indulged in a slight buzz and jazz music.

Originally posted by chazelle

The reasons I find jazz so alluring is because:

  • Jazz was the soundtrack to the Roaring Twenties, a decade that was progressive and rebellious.  Women’s suffrage was at its peak at the turn of the decade and women wanted a new standard for themselves. Women danced, smoked, drank, and talked freely about sex.  African American culture had a big impact on the 20s and females like Bessie Smith took over the radio. The youth took to night clubs and speakeasies to enjoy different styles of jazz.  People were using automobiles and telephones at large scale and motion pictures grew in popularity and accessibility. Those in their teens and twenties rebelled against the cultural norms of the older generations and progressive cities like London, Paris, and New York experienced a new “cultural edge”. In France, the Roaring Twenties are known as the Crazy Years which speaks to the chaotic nature of this decade.

Originally posted by lavieburlesque

  • Jazz is ever-changing.  Ryan Gosling’s character touches on this during a scene in La La Land –> jazz has a improvisational component to it which allows the artist to change up a song every time he/she plays it. This means that if you are listening to a live jazz band/artist, you may never hear that unique version of the song they are playing ever again. The same artist can play the same song over and over but the piece, to those that really listen, is always new.  Jazz also, on a larger scale, has evolved over time, as most genres do.  I encourage you to check out reddit user johno456′s answer to the thread below (also earning him reddit gold) to better understand the changes in jazz throughout the last few decades: https://www.reddit.com/r/Jazz/comments/4mjc13/a_challenge_for_you_jazzheads_name_ten_tracks/
  • Jazz gives me the feels.  Jazz makes me feel optimistic, sexy, and inspired.  I feel mature, yet youthful.  I find the whole experience of listening to jazz very pleasurable.

If you want to dabble, here are some of my recos:

Dream a Little Dream of Me - Ella Fitzgerald

Let’s Get Lost - Chet Baker

Heebie Jeebies - Chick Webb & His Orchestra

The Girl From Ipanema - Amy Winehouse (+ the original version from Gets/Gilberto)

Originally posted by clubyonkidecaballeros

April Book Haul (part 1) 

1. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler 

2. By the Book: Writers on Literature and the literary Life from The New York Times Book Review edited by Pamela Paul

3. Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities by Rebecca Solnit

4. Reborn: Journals & Notebooks 1947-1963 by Susan Sontag

5. A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit

6. The Race Beat by Gene Roberts and Hank Klibanoff (used) 

  An Underrated Type of Trouble

by Anonymous

When Harry walked through the doors of the Great Hall his mind didn’t immediately register what he was seeing.

A chorus of giggles started throughout the hall. A few coughs and the sounds of muffled, embarrassed laughter. Some shocked gasps, but not many.

Harry, who had been readjusting the badge on his chest, glanced up.

When his brain finally caught up to him, a horrified look settled onto his face.
Everyone was doing their best to remain still in fear of alerting the ghosts. The Hogwarts ghosts. The ones who, currently, had an array of different, multicolored and silly hats on their transparent heads.


Harry was dumbfounded. All he could do was stare, his hands hovering above the badge he, moments before, had been trying to straighten. His mouth formed a big, round ‘O’ and all of the blood went rushing to his face.

How had he done this? Harry thought, for there was no doubt in his mind that this was the work of Louis Tomlinson
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Or, Harry is the Head Boy, Louis is a troublemaker and they both like each other too much to get in each other’s way.

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