treesofreverie:

I’ve decided to hold a read-a-thon event! We’re now over a quarter of the way through 2014, so it’s a great time to assess where you are with your reading goals and progress for the year.

So, yes! I’ve decided to join :) Thank you Treesofreverie for holding the Read-A-Thon, and hope you followers join too! Let’s see how I do…

Cause I’m a bit of a masochist and everybody knows that that’s the thing I should be doing 2 weeks before finishing my MA.

thebooker:

noamthenerd:

holy shit

This is going to be awesome but the article made a mistake - A Monster Calls is not part of the Chaos Walking trilogy.

Alias Grace
Margaret Atwood, 1996 (TR)

Don’t even know where to start.

This novel is based on real Grace Marks, a woman who was convicted in Toronto in the 1850s for the murder of a couple (the master of the house where she was servant, and his lover). The accused were both her and the other servant of the house. They both declared themselves innocents and blamed it all on the other, and although he was hanged, she (being female and only 16) was spared. She gave several contradictory confessions in her lifetime, and nobody will ever know if she was indeed innocent or what happened at all. A very interesting topic and incredibly popular at the time (many contemporaries wrote about it)—it had to be novelised.

The thing is, though, don’t read it expecting to get answers, because it will only confuse you more (that’s how I like it). The novel is told intertwining 1st person narrator Grace, and 3rd person narrator for the new doctor (a “mental doctor”) at the prison, Dr. Jordan. He is full of good intentions, but obsessed with getting the truth out of Grace. And she is an enigma—which is a difficult thing to accomplish for the writer, being as she is THE NARRATOR. And doubly so: because there’s Grace in past tense, the tale from childhood to murder she tells the doctor; and Grace in present tense. And thanks to the later, you know that the former is keeping things from the doctor, embellishing the story and cutting parts out… But you don’t have much more clues than him, to be honest, not enough to construct any theory. Which is a beautiful thing: you end the book and you still have no idea of who she is. You can read and re-read the passages, and there’s so many double meanings that you can interpret it any way and it would be defensible.

But that’s for a reason. I don’t think Atwood wrote the book to reopen a discussion about whether or not she was guilty. That’s not the point. The point is how she is able to construct her own persona. Although the story about her childhood is probably mostly true, she’s only telling what she wants to tell—she rewrites her life. And on the meantime, we get to know about Dr. Jordan more things than we’ll ever get to know about her. This is a story about how we let society shape us (or not), of its hypocrisies and of our own.

I suppose my review would be more eloquent if I had written it right after I read the book, and not a month later, but.

All in all, Alias Grace is the materialisation of Margaret Atwood’s talent: in writing, in understanding people, in seeing the whole picture and the small details. The reason I gave it 4 stars, instead of the 5 my admiration for the author seems to suggest, is because it’s difficult. I was maybe a little bit too confused too often, and disenchanted too—I wanted something that made me like Grace (UNFAIR, I KNOW, she’s not there to be liked, she’s A PERSON) because, well, I’m weak. But yes, the book was a bit gloomy.

Rating:★★★★

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lady-uskglass asked: Tell me your favourite: 10 Books. 9 Movies. 8 Quotes. 7 Characters. 6 Foods. 5 Paintings 4 Songs 3 Shows. 2 Colours. 1 Place. When you're done, pass it on to your ten favourite followers. <3

THAT IS SO INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT. I’m looking at your answer and it’s so perfect and comprehensive… I can’t do that, I always think of the last thing I saw/read/ate. I’m gonna try it, though:

10 Books (left plays and short stories out…)

  1. Pride and Prejudice/Persuasion by Jane Austen (I don’t wanna repeat authors but I have to list them both)
  2. The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  3. Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
  4. Some Do Not… (Parade’s End #1) by Ford Madox Ford
  5. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  6. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
  7. Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
  8. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
  9. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
  10. A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

9 Movies (THIS IS SO DIFFICULT, CAN I CHEAT?)

  1. Bright Star 
  2. The Princess Bride
  3. The Shop Around the Corner
  4. Before Sunrise (& the entire Before trilogy)
  5. Jane Eyre (2011) (no idea why I wrote 2007 the first time)
  6. Big Fish
  7. Brief Encounter
  8. All About Eve
  9. Atonement (Hm yes, here too)

(I feel terrible! I’m leaving so many good ones out! The universe is gonna collide an it’s all my fault!)

8 Quotations (that’s difficult, because I only collect book quotations, and I don’t keep track of film quotations I like !!! I’m also gonna leave poetry out or we’ll stay here all day)

  1. Peter would think her sentimental. So she was. For she had come to feel that it was the only thing worth saying—what one felt. Cleverness was silly. One must say simply what one felt. (Mrs. Dalloway)
  2. The gods of Asgard were punished because they and their world were bad. Not clever enough, and bad. The thin child, thinking of playground cruelty and the Blitz, liked to glance at the idea that gods were bad, that things were bad. That the story had always been there, and the actors had always known it. (Ragnarök)
  3. Have you ever heard a note in someone’s voice that said ‘This is the end’? I heard it in the next words he said to me, and I stopped listening. Have you ever wanted to try and cross an ending with some colossal revelation—‘There’s something I never told you. I’m a princess from the kingdom atop Mount Qaf,’ for example—‘My family live in eternal youth, and if you abide with me, you will, too. I kept this secret from you to see if you would cherish me for who I am.’ Have you ever wished, wished, wished… (Mr. Fox)
  4. Each time you happen to me all over again. (The Age of Innocence)
  5. May she wake in torment! (…) Why, she’s a liar to the end! Where is she? not there—not in heaven—not perished—where? Oh! you said you cared nothing for my sufferings! And I pray one prayer—I repeat it till my tongue stiffens—Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest, as long as I am living! You said I killed you—haunt me, then! The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe—I know that ghosts have wandered on earth. Be with me always—take any form—drive me mad! only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! it is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul! (Wuthering Heights)
  6. FLORA: Besides, I want to learn about real life. /CHARLES: What for? / FLORA: To put it in books.(Cold Comfort Farm, film)
  7. Pretty much I bake pies and wake the dead. I live a very sheltered life. (Pushing Daisies)
  8. The world is fucked by unemotional, rational men deciding shit! (Before Midnight)

7 Characters (it’s getting easier, isn’t it?) (no, it isn’t)

  1. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)
  2. Anne Elliot (Persuasion)
  3. Fitzwilliam Darcy :D (Pride & Prejudice)
  4. Sandor Clegane (A Song of Ice and Fire)
  5. Bel Rowley/Freddie Lyon (The Hour)
  6. Lorelai/Rory Gilmore (Gilmore Girls)
  7. Alicia Florrick (The Good Wife)

(I left out real people cause I thought it was weird, but you know, Keats, Richard III, Anne Boleyn, would be there otherwise) (CRAP I forgot Alice Morgan)

6 Foods (hahahhahahahaha)

  1. A really really good Italian pizza with fancy toppings
  2. Gazpacho
  3. Pasta in any shape or dressing—but preferably, spaghetti pesto
  4. Risotto of any kind—preferably the one my mum makes :D
  5. CHEESE
  6. CHOCOLATE

5 Paintings

  1. The “In bed” series by Henri de Tolouse-Lautrec
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  2. "Twilight" by Isaac Levitan
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  3. "Water Snakes II" by Gustav Klimt
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  4. "Promenade by the Sea" by Joaquín Sorolla
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  5. "The Pink Studio" by Henri Matisse
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(Don’t hold me to those, I love them but I also love ALL impressionists, I was just trying to be not-so-obvious—I’VE BEEN CHOOSING PAINTINGS FOR AN HOUR NOW)

4 Songs (I’ll be FAST)

  1. Hey Jude by The Beatles
  2. Teddy Picker by Arctic Monkeys
  3. Starman by David Bowie
  4. Werewolf by Fiona Apple

3 Shows

  1. The Hour
  2. Gilmore Girls
  3. Firefly

2 Colours

  1. Purple
  2. Green

1 Place

  1. It my seem ludicrous to say “wherever my family is” when I’ve chosen to live in a different country than them, but it’s true.

Ok, I’ve spent 2 hours and a half of my life on this. I’m doing something wrong.



Illustration by Evaline Ness.

"A gentleman can hardly continue to sit," he explained, in his serenest and most level voice, "when he asks a very remarkable young lady to do him the honor of marrying him. And — "he somehow contrived to grin at me wickedly, "I usually get what I want, Miss Grahame," he added, and pitched over in a tangled heap on the floor.
Then I fear I made a fool of myself. I began to laugh wildly; then I began to cry; then my head was down on my arms and I was sobbing and choking and shaking uncontrollably, in a manner that would have disgraced even the most die-away female who said, &#8220;La, sir!&#8221; and giggled and fluttered her fan whenever anybody spoke to her.

Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Sherwood Ring

Illustration by Evaline Ness.

"A gentleman can hardly continue to sit," he explained, in his serenest and most level voice, "when he asks a very remarkable young lady to do him the honor of marrying him. And — "he somehow contrived to grin at me wickedly, "I usually get what I want, Miss Grahame," he added, and pitched over in a tangled heap on the floor.

Then I fear I made a fool of myself. I began to laugh wildly; then I began to cry; then my head was down on my arms and I was sobbing and choking and shaking uncontrollably, in a manner that would have disgraced even the most die-away female who said, “La, sir!” and giggled and fluttered her fan whenever anybody spoke to her.

Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Sherwood Ring

harperperennial:

skylightbooks:

bibliolectors:

Books, planets in the universe / Libros, planetas del universo (ilustración de Harriet Russell)

Can we designate a book for each planet, please?

DIBS ON JUPITER
I mean, I am the red spot. Now to decide which title…

Reblogging this because I feel quite proud of the post I wrote inspired by this post: If the planets were books.

harperperennial:

skylightbooks:

bibliolectors:

Books, planets in the universe / Libros, planetas del universo (ilustración de Harriet Russell)

Can we designate a book for each planet, please?

DIBS ON JUPITER

I mean, I am the red spot. Now to decide which title…

Reblogging this because I feel quite proud of the post I wrote inspired by this post: If the planets were books.

Tags: marina

A ton of books are coming out this week! So to choose this 9 I applied the “hm, what do I feel like reading right now?” rule… Which means that being as braindead as I am at the moment, this list doesn’t even try to be high-brow (I do normally try). JUST HAVE FUN WITH THEM:

Stolen Songbird, Danielle L. Jensen —  1
Frog Music, Emma Donoghue — 1
The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, Gabrielle Zevin — 1
Can’t and Won’t: Stories, Lydia Davis — 1
Love and Treasure, Ayelet Waldman — 1
Silence for the Dead, Simone St. James — 1
The Frangipani Hotel: Stories, Violet Kupersmith — 1
The Intern’s Handbook: A Thriller, Shane Kuhn — 8
Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932, Francine Prose — 22

Maybe I’ll have to make an April: Part 2, who knows. (This month there’s also only 1 male author, ahemm).

HEY, TUMBLR. I HAVE MOVIE NEWS.

rainbowrowell:

DREAMWORKS PLANS TO MAKE AN ELEANOR & PARK MOVIE.

CROSS YOUR FINGERS.

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