1. In the past two days I’ve read two books which have major thematic/plot points based on quantum mechanics. I literally can’t understand what these parts mean. 

     
  2. 15:40 30th May 2014

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    Reblogged from bookpillows

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    books0977:

Library. Laura Callaghan.
Callaghan, with an eye for detail and characters deeply rooted in external references, depicts library shelves full of novels whose intricate spines show many of them to be famous novels centered around powerful female protagonists.

    books0977:

    Library. Laura Callaghan.

    Callaghan, with an eye for detail and characters deeply rooted in external references, depicts library shelves full of novels whose intricate spines show many of them to be famous novels centered around powerful female protagonists.

     
  3. Pulchritude—beauty where you would least suspect it, hidden in a word that looked like it should signify a belch or a skin infection.
    — Zadie Smith, White Teeth. (via soispreux)
     
  4. 22:20 27th May 2014

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    Reblogged from muchadoaboutmolly

    muchadoaboutmolly:

    demoncest:

    i really hate this ‘ur other half is out there somewhere u just gotta meet them’ like fuck off im not incomplete im a whole person and i dont need anyone to ‘complete me’ the only thing i need is a pizza and not ur shit bye

    This is what has always irked me about the whole Aristophanes speech that so many people are in love with. Two human beings do not equal one human being. Two human beings should equal a partnership.

    I see what you’re saying, but also I feel the need to defend that speech simply on the basis of how much I love the song from Hedwig that’s based on it.

     
  5. 21:33

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  6. Finally taking advantage of my hard earned free time to read, and now I’m almost finished with NW! Wasn’t that into it to start with but it’s really growing on me. Anyone else read it? Thoughts?

     
  7. 15:40 20th May 2014

    Notes: 11331

    Reblogged from theimpossiblegirl87

    Tags: Shakespeare

    uispeccoll:

    Miniature Monday!

    Today we have a 24 volume set of Shakespeare’s works by the Knickerbocker Leather and Novelty Co., published in New York around 1900. Each is leather bound with gilding.

    Shakespeare’s Works. New York: Knickerbocker Leather and Novelty Co.  1900’s.  Charlotte Smith Miniature Collections. 

    See all Miniature Monday posts

    -Laura H. 

    Oh! I have one exactly like this! My friend got me Twelfth Night for a birthday. (I think it’s Twelfth night? It’s definitely a comedy) It’s at my parent’s house else I’d take a picture.

     
  8. 22:46 19th May 2014

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    Reblogged from athousandbookstoread

    Tags: harry potter

    a-silly-person:

    uusoae:

    Ok but in french the sorting hat becomes le Choixpeau which is an excellent pun on choix (choice) and chapeau (hat) and I weep that this isn’t possible in English

    CHOIXPEAU

    The French version of HP has a lot of excellent names and puns, would definitely recommend. 

    (Source: floralhomo)

     
  9. 13:30

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    dontbeacatdraco:

My exams finished yesterday and now I finally get to read all the things! Where do I start????

That’s one good looking book stack! My personal vote’s for NW because I’m going to try and start reading it again after exams too…

    dontbeacatdraco:

    My exams finished yesterday and now I finally get to read all the things! Where do I start????

    That’s one good looking book stack! My personal vote’s for NW because I’m going to try and start reading it again after exams too…

     
  10. Another Tag Thingy

    Tagged by muchadoaboutmolly (thanks! excellent questions)

    Rules:

    • Always post the rules.
    • Answer the questions from the person who tagged you and write 11 new ones.
    • Tag 11 people and link them to the post
    • Actually tell them you tagged them (tumblr now tags people! huzzah!)

    1. Who is a fictional character that you really relate to?

    This is surprisingly difficult, possibly because good fiction often makes you relate to people you don’t actually have much (if anything) in common with. A character that I see myself in- Anne Elliot maybe? I remember feeling that way when I read Persuasion, but that was a very long time ago. 

    2. What’s the last book you just couldn’t get into?

    I’m finding NW by Zadie Smith a little difficult to get into. Definitely going to give it a second chance though.

    3. What’s a movie adaptation of a book that you think was really true to the original story?

    Hm, gotta say, being true to the story isn’t generally what I like about adaptations. I think they’ve got to change to work best in a new medium. One of my favourite book to film adaptations is Howls Moving Castle, the two are totally and completely different but it works. Solely in terms of being faithful to the original, maybe Harry Potter 7 pt 1?

    4. What are you looking forward to most this summer?

    That California sunshine!! 

    5. Who is one of your favourite teachers you’ve had, and why were they awesome?

    Had an amazing English teacher in high school. After taking her class I had a much more subtle understanding of how to read everything - from fiction, to essays, to speeches, even adverts. She introduced me to a lot of great non-fiction writing as well, something which I really wasn’t into before but I now really enjoy. Definitely have her to thank for a lot of my taste in literature and the way I approach academic writing especially. 

    6. What’s one fictional work that has heavily influenced how you see the world?

    The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald.

    7. What animal would your dæmon be? 

    I’ve thought about this long and hard ever since the first time I read His Dark Materials and still don’t have an acceptable answer. Something soft and harmless, I think. A chubby rabbit maybe. Or something a bit more ridiculous, like a chicken.

    8. What’s your favourite type of beard?

    image

    There’s a guy at uni whose beard I really like (obviously can’t post a picture of him), but Seth Rogen is a close approximate. Also I have kind of a weird thing for Seth Rogen.

    9. Favourite food to eat while reading?

    Tea and biscuits.

    10. Favourite place to read?

    In a cafe or outside on a sunny day.

    11. Bookmark, fold-down the corner, post-it flags, or lose/find your place over and over?

    Haha yep definitely the latter. Either that or the nearest small object that can act as a bookmark (usually a bobby pin). 

     Ok here’s my questions:

    1. Who is a writer or thinker you really admire and why?
    2. What’s your go-to comfort read?
    3. What’s a tv show you’re addicted to?
    4. If you were in Dante’s Inferno, which circle of hell would you be in (out of Limbo/Lust/Gluttony/Avarice/Wrath/Heresy/Violence/ Fraud/
    Treachery)?
    5. What’s a book you’re always trying to get other people to read?
    6. Favourite book/film adaptation of a fairytale?
    7. What would be the first book you’d go out and buy right now if someone else was paying for it?
    8. What’s something you’ve cooked that you’re proud of?
    9. Favourite non-fiction book?
    10. What’s a hobby you wish you could pick up?
    11. What’s the best/your favourite play you’ve ever seen?

    And I’m tagging:

    a-ramblinrose
    beautifulbookborrower
    booksandpaperflowers
    dontbeacatdraco
    feelingsofthesecondarycharacters
    fromheretopiccadilly
    lordbooklvr
    perhapsican
    stillewassertiefwasser
    thebookishdragon
    yesknopemaybe

    Don’t worry about not answering if you don’t want to! Or if I didn’t tag you but you want to answer also go for it!