The library, and step on it!

I was tagged by prettybookish and was asked to answer these questions, so here we go:

1. Your least favourite protagonist?

Bella Swan, for so many reasons.

2. What do you think of people who don’t read?

They’re missing out, but to each his own!

3. Paperbacks or hardbacks? Why?

Both: I prefer to buy hardbacks these days because they are prettier, but paperbacks are both cheaper and more practical when you carry books with you everywhere you go.

4. What was the last book that you really liked?

The War Poems by Siegfried Sassoon.

5. Do you ever skip parts of books?

I don’t skip, but I do skim when I really don’t like a book and have a feeling that it won’t get better any time soon.

6. How do you organise your bookshelf?

Like this!

7. Who’s your favourite poet?

Richard Siken.

8. Do you re-read books? 

Yes, all the time!

9. What are you currently reading?

Mort by Terry Pratchett.

10. Are you a fast reader?

Yes. My father likes to say that I read diagonally instead of left-to-right.

11. The longest book you’ve read?

Les Misérables, Victor Hugo.

My Home Library: The Meme

As requested, I have put together a meme based on my Home Library posts. You can do all of them, but feel free to skip a number if you don’t own any books relevant to the day’s prompt (just replace it with an idea of your own). Take a picture, write down the stories attached to the book(s) in question, go nuts!

1. “The System” (example).
2. Favourite female writer.
3. Favourite male writer.
4. Bought on location (where the writer lived, the book takes place, the movie adaptation was shot).
5. The largest and the smallest book you own.
6. Complete works of one author.
7. Favourite poetry collection
8. Favourite biography.
9. Favourite cookbook.
10. Favourite graphic novel.
11. A book you didn’t understand at all.
12. “One of these things is not like the others” (inconsistent editions within a series, like so).
13. Best bargain.
14. Most recent purchase.
15. Favourite lay-out design.
16. Book you bought because of the title.
17. Book you bought because of the cover design.
18. Multiple translations of the same work.
19. Multiple copies of the same work.
20. The funniest book you own.
21. The most expensive book you own.
22. A recurring interest/theme.
23. A book you read so many times that it fell apart.
24. A book you think everyone should read.
25. A book that made you cry.
26. A book you would prescribe for an aspiring author.
27. A cover design you hate.
28. A book that was a waste of your time.
29. Favourite book from your childhood.
30. The book with the most pages in your collection.

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"Practically anything can go faster than Disc light, which is lazy and tame, unlike ordinary light. The only thing known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Wheedle. He reasoned like this: you can’t have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir instantaneously. Presumably, he said, there must be some elementary particles - kingons, or possibly queons - that do this job, but of course succession sometimes fails if, mid-flight, they strike an anti-particle, or republicon. His ambitious plans to use his discovery to send messages, involving the careful torturing of a small king in order to modulate the signal, were never fully expounded because, at that point, the bar closed."
Mort, Terry Pratchett.
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do you ever have a plan for the day and suddenly it’s 4pm and you’ve achieved literally nothing 

I believe Douglas Adams and John Lloyd came up with a word for this feeling. image


Portrait (245):  Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 – 2014


Portrait (245):  Gabriel García Márquez, 1927 – 2014


Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez Shakespeare & Company Paris, France


Remembering Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Shakespeare & Company
Paris, France

Anonymous asked: "Quick question: In the mini-collage you made for Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch, can you describe to me each individual tab and how they pertain to the story? PLEASE!!"

This one?

The background is a close-up of Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night (since the book is about art, among other things).

Then from left to right: Pippa (well, Molly Quinn, but it’s supposed to be Pippa), the many drugs the protagonist takes with his friend throughout the novel, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City (the site of the explosion), the Goldfinch painting (obviously), Las Vegas (where the protagonist lives for a period of time), and a canal in Amsterdam (where the final part of the book takes place).

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"History unravels gently, like an old sweater. It has been patched and darned many times, reknitted to suit different people, shoved in a box under the sink of censorship to be cut up for the dusters of propaganda, yet it always - eventually - manages to spring back into its old familiar shape. History has a habit of changing the people who think they are changing it. History always has a few tricks up its frayed sleeve. It’s been around a long time."
Mort, Terry Pratchett.
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