tagged by amidstthetrees
Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag [five] friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.
In no particular order…
1) Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
I’m going to break the first rule, and talk about Fight Club. I read this sometime around March 2013, and I’m really glad I did. I had only heard of the movie and didn’t realize there was a book. The ending (as I hope it did for everyone) really threw me for a loop. The movie adaptation was pretty faithful, and really brought together the details of the book for me.
2) The Book of Lost Things - John Connolly
I read this one around Christmas 2012. It follows the adventure of a young boy caught in a dream, on a quest to (begrudgingly) save his half-sister from the mysterious Crooked Man. I don’t know what else to say, the setting was beautiful, and the story didn’t sugar coat the sacrifice of saving a sister you don’t want to save. It was dark and beautiful, and those things go well together.
3) The Walking Dead (vol. 1 - 20 so far) - Robert Kirkham with Tony Moore et. al.
Soooo, yeah. Read the first 17 volumes in the summer of 2013, and have been patiently enduring 6 month intervals for the subsequent issues to be released. These were the first graphic novels I ever read. The minimalist black and white drawings helped ease me in to the world of graphic novels, allowing me to fill in my own level of detail. Also zombies: excellent story line that isn’t over done. nuff said.
4) A Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
Finally, a book written for the average person that doesn’t treat you like an average person. Hawking understands you don’t know anything about the origin and fate of the universe, but that doesn’t stop him from explaining it in great and accurate detail. 5 stars.
5) Harry Potter (1 through 7)
My mom read the first one to me when I was 6 years old, and we read them together all the way till I was 12. Then I re-read all of them again and again in my teens. I still think the story line is ingeniously tied together throughout the entire series.
6) Looking for Alaska - John Green
I have two favourite books, and this is one of them. I first read it in 2009, and recently reread it in April 2014. I can’t really say how, but this book changed my life. It was the first book I read that touched me on such a deep level. It was strange to read about teen angst actually being taken seriously, but it was what I needed, and still do.
7) Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
This is my other favourite book. I read it in grade 12 for a bonus novel study project (nerd alert). It was interesting to read about a society that had everything it could ever want or need, and it was still fundamentally flawed. I had taken a liking to the story right away because I can’t say I don’t disagree with sterilizing an entire population. :p Still a very interesting, and thought-provoking read.
8) Watchmen - Alan Moore with Dave Gibbons
This one is pretty iconic. I will admit I was lost for a fair bit of it; the art was so complex and mesmerizing it was hard to absorb the words at the same time. But after watching the movie I realized I absorbed more than I thought. I finished it recently, in June 2014.
9) The Mysterious Benedict Society Trilogy - Trenton Lee Stewart
Really, really, really good junior mystery trilogy I read over 2nd year. About a group of misplaced children, they wind up working for a mysterious man called Mr. Benedict trying to stop his evil twin from brainwashing the entire world.
10) The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Good angsty teen fiction, but like Alaska, without the air of being teen fiction. Warning: contains deep psychological issues and unrequited love. All my favourites! Read around 2012-13…I think.
WHAT IS THIS
WHAT IS THIS
IS THIS A LIBRARY IN A THEATRE
ALL OF MY DREAMS HAVE JUST COME TRUE
oh. oh my god.
this is genuinely the most beautiful thing i have ever seen
This is a book store called El Ateneo in Buenos Aires, Argentina! You can have coffee while sitting on the stage. One of my favorite places in my city.
It’s a BOOKSTORE?!
there are balconies where you can sit to read too
and that’s the stage where you can have a coffee :)
A note from Tupac Shakur’s prom date. ‘96
“I had wrote a letter saying how much I loved his music to his fan club. At the end I made a joke saying that if he ever read this letter to please take me to my prom since my boyfriend had just broken up with me. About a month later there was a knock at my door and it was him! He was by himself. No reporters, no homies, just Tupac Shakur at my doorstep. He came in and talked to me and my mom and my brother for about fifteen minutes and asked me if I had gotten a dress yet. I said no and he said he would take care of it and gave me $1500 in all hundred dollar bills and told me to get something pretty. Prom day came and he called and said to be ready. A limo showed up with 2Pac in it and went straight to my prom. Everyone was going crazy taking pictures but we hung out there for about thirty minutes. We danced to about five songs then he said he had business to take care of kissed me on the cheek and left. I think the world lost a great person when 2Pac was killed and I will always remember his kindness.”
Fidget Rings are rings that help you fidget, and are sure to make everyone around you uncomfortable.
WOW COOL (also I’m probably not the willow you directed your tag at but jeeze wow these are neat)
These might be really cool for anyone with anxiety or situations like super stressful job interviews where you can just keep your hands under a desk/table while you answer questions to keep from shaking and stuff!
oh my god i need
This lil red solo cup shirt though 😍
- Julian Casablancas: All the girls could never make me love them the way I love you.
- Alex Turner: The day after you stole my heart, everything I touched told me it would be better shared with you.
- Ezra Koenig: Do you want to fuck?
She speaks the truth.