As requested, here are my bookshelves:


We begin with the world literature shelf. This is how I organize my books. ALPHABETICALLY AND BY COUNTRY OF ORIGIN. This is pretty paltry although I do have quite a bit more at my mom’s house (from college). Also: Research Books, and a plushie Shakespeare. Yes. Yes.


MOVING DOWN THE SHELF, into what I like to call the “disorganized crap” section, i.e. young adult + non-fiction + Tall Books. Stuff I Needed To Shove In Somewhere. Ahem.

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despite the recent addition of two small new shelves, I absolutely do not have enough bookcases in this apartment

this is what I have learned today

I have managed to put all the books away

and I did it without stacking any of them horizontally

and they are still sorted by section

Anonymous asked:

Have you read "A home at the end of the world" by Michael Cunningham?

I have not! I do remember the movie coming out, lol. (Not, incidentally, to rapturous reviews.) I probably ought to because I have read The Hours and I LOVE IT SO FUCKING MUCH UGHHHHHH. A perfect novel. A big influence on me for sure, I wrote a huge essay on it at Oxford at the end of my Virginia Woolf tutorial which was like, a ~life-changing experience for me. And the plot of this one has always sounded interesting to me. So I shall keep it in mind. :)

(Also I saw Michael Cunningham at a talk on Diane Arbus a couple of years ago and he was SUCH A CHARACTER in a great way. Idk what he would be like… in… person… but in that context he was awesome, haha. So good.)

toulouselautrick asked:

Hello! after you mentioned the novel "goldfinch" a couple times I figured I would check it out. Unfortunately, it's not currently available at my public library (coincidence? I wonder). Do you have any other books that you'd recommend while I wait? I'm an omnivorous reader and am always looking for suggestions

WELL I think that is probably because The Goldfinch has been #1 on the NYT bestseller list SINCE IT WAS RELEASED (I think it is still #1? it was a couple of weeks ago anyway) and so basically everybody is reading that book. Because it is great. I imagine there is a waiting list for it basically everywhere.

But since you are waiting I would direct you to Donna Tartt’s first book, The Secret History, which is very unlike it in a lot of ways, though not, I think, as unlike it as a lot of critics were saying when it came out. I love The Secret History; I plowed through it in like, two days at Oxford when my wifi was broken and I had nothing else to do. But I would have read it fast even if I had had the internet, because it is that kind of book. I have recommended it to a lot of people over the years and all of them have loved it. It takes place in a liberal arts college in New England and there is mystery and murder and intrigue and Greek tragedy and basically it is just great. Pulp for intellectuals, I always say. But really it’s very accessible.

I also recently read Life After Life by Kate Atkinson which I enjoyed enormously.

book meme

tagged by connaissais! have done this before, but here again, off the top of my head.

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 ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them:

  1. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman
  2. The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
  3. Train Dreams, Denis Johnson
  4. Stoner, John Williams
  5. Nine Stories, J. D. Salinger
  6. On Beauty, Zadie Smith
  7. The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James
  8. Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín
  9. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguro
  10. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

(See also: A Separate Peace, The Catcher in the Rye, Middlemarch, etc.)

Tagging: fiveyearmission, fursasaida, tomato-greens, beryllinthranox, alwaysalreadyangry, augustbird, trinityofone, ink-splotch, and idk, anybody else who feels so inclined. OR NOT, IF YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT, or have done this a thousand times already.

I have sorted out most of my two bookshelves (and also most of the crap in my desk). Please disregard the hideously dirty and basically unused yoga mat also pictured. I’M GOING TO CLEAN IT AND ALSO USE IT MAYBE. NEW APARTMENT RESOLUTIONS.

I unpacked my Brit Lit section because that is what I actually care about, because I am a stereotype. Unfortunately, I have… five boxes left. Um.

My mom is sending some more shelves.

bearpolarh asked:

Gosh, I'm at my 3rd re-read of Catcher, I agree wholeheartedly that it improves each time. I've had a good run this year, the gap I'm taking before grad school allowed me to read a lot more than I ever could (read as I don't want to be an adult, leave me be with my books & movies). Delved more into classics and Asian lit instead of sticking to the few authors I'm partial to. Victorian lit though, I have a hard time getting into. What would you suggest for someone who prefers stuff like Wilde?

Would that we could all just avoid being adults forever and read and watch movies instead. WHAT A WORLD THAT WOULD BE.

Hmm, Wilde. I am not really an expert in the fin de siècle despite loving Wilde & having used Dorian Gray in my senior thesis; I know more about the fat old Marriage Plot Novels though I have a long list of stuff I ought to read on the docket. (I WILL READ THE WOMAN IN WHITE THIS YEAR, BY GOD. I WILL DO IT.)

A few things come to mind, if you haven’t encountered them: there’s Carmilla, by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, which is an Irish Gothic lesbian vampire novella which is aweeeeesome and which predates Dracula by like 25 years or something. Not too long and super fun and campy.

You might also enjoy The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James, which is less — pulpy, I suppose, although that isn’t really the right word for Wilde — but which is a really amazing ghost story and is really chilling and not very long. I LOVE this book.

Otherwise — you might want to look into Guy de Maupassant, though his output varies a lot. He wrote a lot of short stories (in French) a number of which have supernatural elements, iirc. The thing of his that I love is a novel called Bel Ami which is… not like that, haha. (A great social novel of the belle époque though! Good stuff!)

Charlotte recommends The Lost Stradivarius, by John Meade Falkner, about which I know nothing, but the plot summary looks great.

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depending on the book, i would join your book club if you’d have me :)

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I’d do it. I need people to hold me responsible for reading real books or else I end up just reading fanfiction while my library books go overdue.


ALL RIGHT, I think this is definitely sufficient interest, particularly given that it’s… eleven at night, haha. Also I have, uh, more followers than I did when last doing something of this nature, lol. I mean you only need a few people really but like. Even if a couple people flaked out it would probably be fine, is my point.

I am going to think about ways of doing this that might work — we had a tracked tag last time and posted on particular days, which worked pretty well, but I am going to have a think about whether that is the best way of doing it. (Obviously if anyone has any bright ideas, chime in.) This is REALLY A TIME WHEN LIVEJOURNAL WOULD BE GOOD, and that is not something I often think.

Do people have types of books they might be interested in? I will do a proper post about this at a… more real hour of the day, haha, but I am just starting to think already. If people have general ideas I can come up with some ideas and then crowdsource some more maybe, and we can pick one.