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book series everyone should read tbh

the queen’s thief by megan whalen turner

I found out I could google my name and tumblr together.  Wow.  So Many Pretty Pictures.

Oh my gosh, you guys. She’s discovering the fan art. NOBODY PANIC!

Wait till she discovers TAGS!

(But those clips are actually astonishingly perfect. I…I…FEELS.)

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Tom Hiddleston
When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats



Tom Hiddleston reads When You Are Old by W. B. Yeats

When you are old and grey and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
How many loved your moments of glad grace,
And loved your beauty with love false or true,
But one man loved the pilgrim soul in you,
And loved the sorrows of your changing face;
And bending down beside the glowing bars,
Murmur, a little sadly, how Love fled
And paced upon the mountains overhead
And hid his face amid a crowd of stars.

April is National Poetry Month! Check out this poem by acclaimed writer W.B. Yeats as read by actor Tom Hiddleston.

So… here’s Tom Hiddleston Reading Poetry.  You’re welcome.

Erm, this is one of my favorite poems of all time. I may not survive listening to this.

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Conducting an informal poll about lurve


I’d like to conduct a totally informal and wouldn’t-stand-up-to-scientific-scrutiny poll about romance in YA novels.

Serious inquiry: if you are a person who’s bothered by “too much” romance in YA stories that aren’t specifically marketed as “YA Romance,” then:

1) What is “too much” to you? Do…

1. I am an avid YA reader, mostly fantasy but some contemporrary

2. I am not bothered by “too much” romance in YA stories. I am sometimes bothered by how that romance tends to be played out.

3. I like romance that does not shorthand physical attraction for real love. I like romance where the people involved are aware of wider issues in the world around them (especially but not only if the book is not specifically marketed as a romance). I like romance where the characters care about each other, and about consent, and are respectful of comfort levels and boundaries.

4. I do not like romance where the characters are so involved with each other that they are unkind to the people around them. I do not like romance that relies on cliches and tropes to work.

5. Some of my favorite YA romances are in: The Perilous Gard by Elizabeth Marie Pope, The Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein, The Blue Sword by Robin McKInley, The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan.

6. I would love to see romances that do a better job of thoughtfully and respectfully showing the diversity of our world. It exists already. We should be showing it.

7. All of these things are my opinions and preferences, not moral judgments on people who like other ways of showing romance in YA. I feel them pretty strongly. On the other hand, I’m an adult reader, which means that in some fundamental sense I don’t get a say, because YA is for teens. And sometimes first love is totally self-absorbed and unkind to the people around it and that’s what happens. I don’t like those stories, but for someone else, they’re important.

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Women's History Month - guest post by Kari Sperring

"To justify ourselves, we need a history full of successes: we must answer the questions well – see our female Shakespeares (Lady Murasaki, Aphra Behn), our female politicians (Emma of Normandy, Matilda of Flanders, Wu Zetian), our musicians (Hildegarde, Fanny Mendlesohn) and artists (Frida Kahlo, Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun) and astronomers (Caroline Herschel). We don’t have space for the silent or those who failed for whatever reason to shine. We can’t afford them, though histories worldwide are full of undistinguished men. For women, even now, only the best will do."

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Omelets can take a thousand forms. They can’t, though, very well be made with a single egg: they are good made with two eggs, and at their very best made with three. Two eggs in the morning is a hearty breakfast, but three is an orgy.

Tamar Adler, An Everlasting Meal

I am loving the way Adler writes—with gentle humor, straightforward instructions, explaining the why behind everything. She’s not afraid to say when she thinks conventional cooking wisdom is wrong, and yet the whole thing is filled with a sense of doing-what-works-for-you, which I really appreciate.

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