tobeshelved:

(via Harry Potter and the Unfortunate Reality of Growing Up and Being Middle-Aged)
WELP these are hysterical. Click to see a handful more of middle-aged Harry.

tobeshelved:

(via Harry Potter and the Unfortunate Reality of Growing Up and Being Middle-Aged)

WELP these are hysterical. Click to see a handful more of middle-aged Harry.

"I could not resist the clarity of the world in books, the incredibly satisfying way in which life became weighty and accessible. Books were reality. I hadn’t made up my own mind about my own life, a vague, dreamy affair, amorphous and dimly perceived, without beginning or end."

— Frank Conroy, Stop-time

"We rely upon the poets, the philosophers, and the playwrights to articulate what most of us can only feel, in joy or sorrow. They illuminate the thoughts for which we only grope; they give us the strength and balm we cannot find in ourselves."

— Helen Hayes

Though I’m confused why ANY of her books went into the trash versus being donated to libraries, etc…

"Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed."

— Steinbeck, John. (1962, December.) Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.  (via wordsnquotes)

(Source: wordsnquotes, via literatureismyutopia)

"I was the basest of readers. All I wanted was my own world, and myself in it, given back to me in artful shapes and accessible form."

— Ian McEwan (Sweet Tooth)

(Source: booklover)

"If I knew what the meanings of my books were, I wouldn’t have bothered to write them."

— Margaret Drabble

(Source: theparisreview)

nprbooks:

Today’s top book news item:

The 13-book longlist for the Man Booker Prize, the U.K.’s most prominent literary award, was announced Wednesday. The prize is traditionally open to writers from countries in the Commonwealth and Ireland, but this year marks the first time the award will “recognise, celebrate and embrace authors of literary fiction writing in English, whether from Chicago, Sheffield or Shanghai.”

Opening the longlist to Americans sparked fears that Commonwealth authors would have a harder time making it onto the list, and indeed the list includes only one Commonwealth author — Richard Flanagan of Australia — and no authors from Africa or India. The winner will be announced in October. Here’s the full list:

  • To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris (U.S.)
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan (Australia)
  • We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (U.S.)
  • The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt (U.S.)      
  • J by  Howard Jacobson (U.K.)
  • The Wake by Paul Kingsnorth (U.K.)
  • The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell (U.K.)
  • The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee (U.K.)
  • Us by David Nicholls (U.K.)
  • The Dog by Joseph O’Neill (U.S.)
  • Orfeo by Richard Powers (U.S.)
  • How to be Both by  Ali Smith (U.K.)
  • History of the Rain by Niall Williams (Ireland)
"In writing, your audience is one single reader."

— John Steinbeck

(Source: theparisreview)

The Good Girl by Mary Kubica

Publication date: July, 29, 2014 
Category: Psychological Thriller

After reading the first third of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn I flipped to the last two chapters and read how it ended.  I decided it wasn’t worth my time to complete the book because I hated every single character and felt none of them had redeeming qualities. I’m kind of an impatient reader. The Good Girl, Mary Kubica’s debut, has drawn considerable comparisons to Gone Girl; however, Kubica’s characterization and plot create a compelling page-turning tale in which you genuinely invest in each character. Told from multiple point of views, the Good Girl tells the story of the abduction of a young art teacher, Mia, who also happens to be the daughter of an elite Chicago’s judge. Three different narrators, her mother, the police detective and the kidnapper share their feelings and thoughts before and after the kidnapping. Mia suffers memory loss so the story follows her as she pieces together what happened in the preceding months. This book draws you in, gnaws at your emotions and spits you out in a very disturbing way. It is a plot driven book which will take your emotions on a roller-coaster ride similarly to Gone Gone. 

Kubica takes her time creating a convoluted relationship between Mia and the kidnapper, and she also gives the reader an intimate look behind the doors of her strained family life. In the course of reading the novel, I felt the frustration of Mia’s father, the hopelessness of  her mother, and the disillusionment of the detective. In terms of character development, Kubica excels, creating fascinating empathetic characters who are flawed and multi-faceted. 

Although you are collecting the clues as you read, the ending will still hit you out of nowhere. When it comes to mysteries I’m a novice, so a more advanced reader may have pieced together the clues quicker, but I doubt it. There’s not much else to say except that you should definitely buy this book. Despite being 350 pages its an extremely fast read and I am now looking forward to more books by Mary Kubica.

"There are books that one reads over and over again, books that become part of the furniture of one’s mind and alter one’s whole attitude to life, books that one dips into but never reads through, books that one reads at a single sitting and forgets a week later."

George Orwell (via vintageanchorbooks)

Getting so emotional over this quote right now.

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