September 1, 2014

starlightswitch:
Submitting this to various book-themed blogs I know. Tab for a Cause is a Chrome extension (supported by John Green, by the way) that awards you a “heart” every time you open a new tab. You can then donate hearts to your choice of a handful of causes. Which is awesome enough. But this week, they are also donating to Room to Read for each person who joins! If you see this, please consider joining!
If you wanna use my recruitment code, use this url instead. http://tabforacause.org/?r=11041971&c=8 That gives me 250 extra hearts to donate, which is about 3-4 days worth. So that would be extra awesome of you.

starlightswitch:

Submitting this to various book-themed blogs I know. Tab for a Cause is a Chrome extension (supported by John Green, by the way) that awards you a “heart” every time you open a new tab. You can then donate hearts to your choice of a handful of causes. Which is awesome enough. But this week, they are also donating to Room to Read for each person who joins! If you see this, please consider joining!

If you wanna use my recruitment code, use this url instead. http://tabforacause.org/?r=11041971&c=8 That gives me 250 extra hearts to donate, which is about 3-4 days worth. So that would be extra awesome of you.

August 31, 2014
"I have always been a reader; I have read at every stage of my life, and there has never been a time when reading was not my greatest joy. And yet I cannot pretend that the reading I have done in my adult years matches in its impact on my soul the reading I did as a child. I still believe in stories. I still forget myself when I am in the middle of a good book. Yet it is not the same. Books are, for me, it must be said, the most important thing; what I cannot forget is that there was a time when they were at once more banal and more essential than that. When I was a child, books were everything. And so there is in me, always, a nostalgic yearning for the lost pleasure of books. It is not a yearning that one ever expects to be fulfilled."

— Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale.

August 28, 2014

10 classic Victorian Novels everyone should read by Interesting Literature

Click on the link to read about each one of them!

August 28, 2014
"If you cannot read all your books…fondle them—-peer into them, let them fall open where they will, read from the first sentence that arrests the eye, set them back on the shelves with your own hands, arrange them on your own plan so that you at least know where they are. Let them be your friends; let them, at any rate, be your acquaintances."

— Winston Churchill

August 26, 2014
"Ah, how good it is to be among people who are reading!"

— Rainer Maria Rilke, The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge.

August 24, 2014
"I often hear people say that they read to escape reality, but I believe that what they’re really doing is reading to find reason for hope, to find strength. While a bad book leaves readers with a sense of hopelessness and despair, a good novel, through stories of values realized, of wrongs righted, can bring to readers a connection to the wonder of life. A good novel shows how life can and ought to be lived. It not only entertains but energizes and uplifts readers."

— Terry Goodkind

August 24, 2014

Bibliophile sweatshirt by Laurie Grove

Bibliophile sweatshirt by Laurie Grove

August 22, 2014
"Woke up this morning with a terrific urge to lie in bed all day and read."

Raymond Carver

(or what you should be able to tell your boss instead of calling in sick)

August 14, 2014
"The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village."

— Roald Dahl, Matilda

August 12, 2014
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul. When writers make us shake our heads with the exactness of their prose and their truths, and even make us laugh about ourselves or life, our buoyancy is restored. We are given a shot at dancing with, or at least clapping along with, the absurdity of life, instead of being squashed by it over and over again. It’s like singing on a boat during a terrible storm at sea. You can’t stop the raging storm, but singing can change the hearts and spirits of the people who are together on that ship."

— Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Wrinting and Life.