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January 28 2013

“Thumbprint portrait” by Cheryl Sorg

The Girl and Her Books
Tags: book arty
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I’m on a side of a road somewhere, stuck in the middle of a very deep hole, with no way of getting out. Never mind how I got in there, it’s not relevant to the story. I’ll invent a back-story… I was walking to get pizza and a chasm opened up in the earth and I fell in, and now I’m at the bottom of this hole, screaming for help. And along comes you. Now, maybe you just keep walking. You know, there’s a strange guy screaming from the center of the Earth. It’s perhaps best to just ignore him. But let’s say that you don’t. Let’s say that you stop. The sensible thing to do in this situation is to call down to me and say “I’m going to look for a ladder. I will be right back.” But you don’t do that. Instead you sit down at the edge of this abyss, and then you push yourself forward, and jump. And when you land at the bottom of the hole and dust yourself off, I’m like “What the hell are you doing?! Now there are two of us in this hole!” And you look at me and say, “Well yeah, but now I’m highly motivated to get you out.” This is what I love about novels, both reading them and writing them. They jump into the abyss to be with you where you are.
John Green at Carnegie Hall “Evening of Awesome” 1/15/13
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January 26 2013

You forget everything. The hours slip by. You travel in your chair through centuries you seem to see before you, your thoughts are caught up in the story, dallying with the details or following the course of the plot, you enter into characters, so that it seems as if it were your own heart beating beneath their costumes.
Madame Bovary, Gustave Flaubert
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Woke up this morning with
a terrific urge to lie in bed all day
and read. Fought against it for a minute.

Then looked out the window at the rain.
And gave over. Put myself entirely
in the keep of this rainy morning.

Would I live my life over again?
Make the same unforgiveable mistakes?
Yes, given half a chance. Yes.

Raymond Carver, Rain.
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January 25 2013

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January 20 2013

I don’t hold with shamans, witch doctors, or psychiatrists. Shakespeare, Tolstoy, or even Dickens, understood more about the human condition than ever occurred to any of you. You overrated bunch of charlatans deal with the grammar of human problems, and the writers I’ve mentioned with the essence.
Mordecai Richler, Barney’s Version
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January 07 2013

January 02 2013

"2013 Book Challenge
It’s time to pick a reading goal for 2013! I chose to read 70 books in 2012, but for my fifth 50 Book Challenge I’m going back to basics and challenging myself to read 50 books this year.

The Rules
1. Choose an amount of books that you want to read in 2013 (e.g. 25, 50, 75, 100)
2. Read, read, read!

The Books
There isn’t a rule about what type books these have to be so read anything you want (novels, short stories, non-fiction, graphic novels, school books…). You can make a list of the books you want to read before you start or you can just choose books as you go along.

The Challenge
To keep track of how much you’re reading, you can use the Goodreads Reading Challenge, create a list (on Tumblr, LiveJournal, LibraryThing, WordPress, your computer), write book reviews, post every book cover - it’s up to you. I personally like to create a 50 Book Challenge page, which I can update easily. You may want to use the #50 book challenge tag so that others can keep up with your progress. Feel free to use the above banner on your page!

However, although this is a quantifiable challenge, the most important thing is that you’re reading and that you’re having fun doing it :)"

From prettybooks
Tags: book
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December 30 2012

To be able to talk to your heart’s content about a book you like with someone who feels the same way about it is one of the greatest joys that life can offer.
Haruki Murakami
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December 29 2012

A Storm of Swords by flossyflotsam.
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“One night, after my usual nightmare, a shadow stood above me. She said, 'Tell me what you dream of.' So I did.”
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December 28 2012

Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey.
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December 26 2012

December 20 2012

Woman Reading by a Window, David Alison.
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You may have heard the news that the independent bookstore is dead, that books are dead, that maybe even reading is dead—to which I say:
Pull up a chair, friend. I have a story to tell.
The Bookstore Strikes Back, Ann Patchett in "The Atlantic"
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December 17 2012

December 16 2012

It can be good to start with a shipwreck. Your ideal authors ought to pull you from the foundering of your previous existence, not smilingly guide you into a friendly peaceful harbor.
Christopher Hitchens
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