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Reading project part III!

This time, my models were adianafall, itisnotthejediway and Victoria Rose, who sadly isn’t on tumblr yet

Parts I and II here and here, respectively.

@1 year ago with 11 notes
#valerie's sexy leesding #reading project #reading #literature #photos 

"Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely; all this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? but that somehow in the streets of London, in the ebb and flow of things, here, there, she survived, Peter survived, lived in eachother, she being part, she was positive, of the trees at home; of the house there, ugly, rambling all to bits and pieces as it was; part of people she had never met; being laid out like a mist between the people she knew best, who lifted her on their branches as she had seen the trees lift the mist, but it spread ever so far, her life, herself."

Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

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Talk about a sucky bias.

Talk about a sucky bias.

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@1 year ago with 25965 notes
#quote #tolstoy #cognitive bias #bias #biases #psychology #literature #leo tolstoy 

Isserley Loves Books: Guest post: A Dance With Dragons review  

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by daleksanddirewolves
spoiler-free!

cover

Words are wind, they say in Westeros, in Essos, in Sothoros. George R. R. Martin seemed to etch these words in my brain, over and over again. Words are wind. But he’s wrong. Words are not wind, at least not his.

I love books, but I’m…

@1 year ago with 4 notes
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A closer look at my baby library.

@1 year ago with 14 notes
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Michel Faber - The Crimson Petal and the White
Cover detail; photo by Isserley.

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Michel Faber - The Crimson Petal and the White

Cover detail; photo by Isserley.

@1 year ago with 1 note
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"It was like there was some parallel universe we all vanished off to where we had all this sex."

Kathy H., Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

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@1 year ago with 2 notes
#kathy h. #kathy #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #ishiguro #book quote #reading #literature #book: never let me go 

So after I finish re-reading Gatsby…

re-read Jane Eyre [which has just arrived today, YAY] or take up Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, which is bound to make me sad?

@1 year ago
#gilead #marilynne robinson #books #reading #literature #jane eyre #charlotte brontë #charlotte bronte #brontë 

Isserley Loves Books: Review: Marilynne Robinson's Home 

isserleylovesbooks:


[image rebloggable here]
spoiler-free. Adapted from a reply I gave to a recent Ask.

Two of retired Reverend Boughton’s children have come to stay in their father’s home again, having each failed to build conventional lives for themselves. The obvious misfit is Jack, most beloved…

@1 year ago with 1 note
#marilynne robinson #home #gilead #robinson #book review #review #book recommendation #book rec #reading #literature #pulitzer prize 
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My woefully small short stories/poetry section.

isserleylovesbooks:

My woefully small short stories/poetry section.

@1 year ago with 3 notes
#short stories #poetry #library #books #libraries #bookshelf #bookshelves #reading #literature #book blog #mine 

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Someone requested a closer view at some of my fantasy/sci-fi shelves. Part 1!

@1 year ago with 27 notes
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"Only insofar as men make the laws that determine what a woman may and may not do. And laws are not merely a matter of what is in the statute books! The sermon of a clergyman who has no love in his heart, that is law; the way our sex is demeaned and made trivial in newspapers, in novels, even on the labels of the tiniest items of household produce, that is law. And, most of all, poverty is law."

Mrs. Fox, The Crimson Petal and the White (Michel Faber)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

@1 year ago with 2 notes
#The Crimson Petal and the White #michel faber #sugar #mrs fox #emmeline fox #feminism #patriarchy #poverty #books #reading #literature 
isserleylovesbooks:

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: a review does not contain spoilers.

Never Let Me Go takes us into a dystopian version of 20th century England. Medical advances have eradicated disease, but at what cost? Our narrator is Kathy H., a “carer” at the end of her career who looks back on her apparently idyllic childhood in the Hailsham school. Interwoven with a simple and powerful love story is the implicit story of the broader societal context.

Pre-reading biases
I first became aware of the story when my friend Ellena went to see the movie in preview at the Ghent Film Festival a few years ago. I didn’t see it myself at the time, but she was so impressed that we both immediately bought a copy of the book. As E’s recommendations are generally spot-on, I had high expectations. For regular readers: as you probably know, I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias of all kinds, so that was an additional attraction.
So what did I think?
Rarely have I felt so deeply about any story as I did about this one. Kathy’s voice is so simple and prepossessing that one cannot help sympathising with her. 
I think I sat up until 2 am to finish the story, because I couldn’t bear to wait any longer. I immediately set it down as a re-read classic. 
Never Let Me Go unites almost dreamy reflections on the nature of morality with fairly factual descriptions of the events unfolding. Kathy’s perspective is a stroke of genius: lovely and clever, with a clear though selective insight into events now that she looks back on them as an adult. This is combined nicely with her more naive perspective as a child and teen, slowly coming to an understanding as to her place in the world. 
The other thing about Kathy is that through it all, she stays so very nice. Despite having quite some justification, there is not a stroke of cynicism in her personality. Because of this, the reader feels for her more acutely that she can feel for herself.
Add to that one of the most natural love stories I have ever read, and the story can fairly be said to approach perfection. 
For
Everyone. Required reading. All the awards. Mandatory reading in high school. A test to see if you have a soul.
Seriously though: unless you absolutely require explosions every other page, I can’t image anyone not getting anything out of this story at all. It is smoothly written and should be easily readable for readers of every level. Add to that an interesting plot and thoroughly relatable characters, and there is something for everyone.
Especially recommended for dystopia fans.

isserleylovesbooks:

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: a review
 
does not contain spoilers.

Never Let Me Go takes us into a dystopian version of 20th century England. Medical advances have eradicated disease, but at what cost? Our narrator is Kathy H., a “carer” at the end of her career who looks back on her apparently idyllic childhood in the Hailsham school. Interwoven with a simple and powerful love story is the implicit story of the broader societal context.

Pre-reading biases

I first became aware of the story when my friend Ellena went to see the movie in preview at the Ghent Film Festival a few years ago. I didn’t see it myself at the time, but she was so impressed that we both immediately bought a copy of the book. As E’s recommendations are generally spot-on, I had high expectations. For regular readers: as you probably know, I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias of all kinds, so that was an additional attraction.

So what did I think?

Rarely have I felt so deeply about any story as I did about this one. Kathy’s voice is so simple and prepossessing that one cannot help sympathising with her. 

I think I sat up until 2 am to finish the story, because I couldn’t bear to wait any longer. I immediately set it down as a re-read classic. 

Never Let Me Go unites almost dreamy reflections on the nature of morality with fairly factual descriptions of the events unfolding. Kathy’s perspective is a stroke of genius: lovely and clever, with a clear though selective insight into events now that she looks back on them as an adult. This is combined nicely with her more naive perspective as a child and teen, slowly coming to an understanding as to her place in the world. 

The other thing about Kathy is that through it all, she stays so very nice. Despite having quite some justification, there is not a stroke of cynicism in her personality. Because of this, the reader feels for her more acutely that she can feel for herself.

Add to that one of the most natural love stories I have ever read, and the story can fairly be said to approach perfection. 

For

Everyone. Required reading. All the awards. Mandatory reading in high school. A test to see if you have a soul.

Seriously though: unless you absolutely require explosions every other page, I can’t image anyone not getting anything out of this story at all. It is smoothly written and should be easily readable for readers of every level. Add to that an interesting plot and thoroughly relatable characters, and there is something for everyone.

Especially recommended for dystopia fans.

@1 year ago with 11 notes
#never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #dystopia #dystopian society #kathy h. #tommy #ruth #book review #book reviews #review #re-read classic #favourite author #reading #literature 
isserleylovesbooks:

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is most famous for his excellent and well-loved Le Petit Prince, which I was once lucky enough to be made to read in French. 
“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”

isserleylovesbooks:

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is most famous for his excellent and well-loved Le Petit Prince, which I was once lucky enough to be made to read in French. 

Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”

@1 year ago with 10 notes
#le petit prince #the little prince #antoine de sainte-exupéry #author #writer #author's birthday #books #reading #literature 
1 year ago
#valerie's sexy leesding #reading project #reading #literature #photos 
So after I finish re-reading Gatsby…

re-read Jane Eyre [which has just arrived today, YAY] or take up Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead, which is bound to make me sad?

1 year ago
#gilead #marilynne robinson #books #reading #literature #jane eyre #charlotte brontë #charlotte bronte #brontë 
"Did it matter then, she asked herself, walking towards Bond Street, did it matter that she must inevitably cease completely; all this must go on without her; did she resent it; or did it not become consoling to believe that death ended absolutely? but that somehow in the streets of London, in the ebb and flow of things, here, there, she survived, Peter survived, lived in eachother, she being part, she was positive, of the trees at home; of the house there, ugly, rambling all to bits and pieces as it was; part of people she had never met; being laid out like a mist between the people she knew best, who lifted her on their branches as she had seen the trees lift the mist, but it spread ever so far, her life, herself."
Mrs Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

1 year ago
#mrs dalloway #mrs. dalloway #dalloway #clarissa dalloway #book quote #book quotes #quote #quotes #books #reading #literature #virginia woolf #woolf 
Isserley Loves Books: Review: Marilynne Robinson's Home→

isserleylovesbooks:


[image rebloggable here]
spoiler-free. Adapted from a reply I gave to a recent Ask.

Two of retired Reverend Boughton’s children have come to stay in their father’s home again, having each failed to build conventional lives for themselves. The obvious misfit is Jack, most beloved…

1 year ago
#marilynne robinson #home #gilead #robinson #book review #review #book recommendation #book rec #reading #literature #pulitzer prize 
Talk about a sucky bias.
1 year ago
#quote #tolstoy #cognitive bias #bias #biases #psychology #literature #leo tolstoy 
isserleylovesbooks:

My woefully small short stories/poetry section.
1 year ago
#short stories #poetry #library #books #libraries #bookshelf #bookshelves #reading #literature #book blog #mine 
Isserley Loves Books: Guest post: A Dance With Dragons review →

isserleylovesbooks:

by daleksanddirewolves
spoiler-free!

cover

Words are wind, they say in Westeros, in Essos, in Sothoros. George R. R. Martin seemed to etch these words in my brain, over and over again. Words are wind. But he’s wrong. Words are not wind, at least not his.

I love books, but I’m…

1 year ago
#a dance with dragons #ADWD #george r r martin #George R. R. Martin #martin #game of thrones #GOT #A Song of Ice and Fire #ASOIAF #review #book review #guest post #daleksanddirewolves #reading #literature #grrm #fantasy #dance with dragons 
1 year ago
#isaac asimov #asimov #pratchett #terry pratchett #library #libraries #bookshelf #bookshelves #reading #literature #mine 
1 year ago
#library #baby library #reading #bookshelf #bookshelves #books #literature 
"Only insofar as men make the laws that determine what a woman may and may not do. And laws are not merely a matter of what is in the statute books! The sermon of a clergyman who has no love in his heart, that is law; the way our sex is demeaned and made trivial in newspapers, in novels, even on the labels of the tiniest items of household produce, that is law. And, most of all, poverty is law."
Mrs. Fox, The Crimson Petal and the White (Michel Faber)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

1 year ago
#The Crimson Petal and the White #michel faber #sugar #mrs fox #emmeline fox #feminism #patriarchy #poverty #books #reading #literature 
isserleylovesbooks:

Michel Faber - The Crimson Petal and the White
Cover detail; photo by Isserley.
1 year ago
#review coming up! #recently read #re-read classic #michel faber #the crimson petal and the white #cover appreciation #book cover appreciation #book cover #cover design #graphic design #reading #literature #isserley #photography 
isserleylovesbooks:

Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go: a review does not contain spoilers.

Never Let Me Go takes us into a dystopian version of 20th century England. Medical advances have eradicated disease, but at what cost? Our narrator is Kathy H., a “carer” at the end of her career who looks back on her apparently idyllic childhood in the Hailsham school. Interwoven with a simple and powerful love story is the implicit story of the broader societal context.

Pre-reading biases
I first became aware of the story when my friend Ellena went to see the movie in preview at the Ghent Film Festival a few years ago. I didn’t see it myself at the time, but she was so impressed that we both immediately bought a copy of the book. As E’s recommendations are generally spot-on, I had high expectations. For regular readers: as you probably know, I have a bit of a soft spot for dystopias of all kinds, so that was an additional attraction.
So what did I think?
Rarely have I felt so deeply about any story as I did about this one. Kathy’s voice is so simple and prepossessing that one cannot help sympathising with her. 
I think I sat up until 2 am to finish the story, because I couldn’t bear to wait any longer. I immediately set it down as a re-read classic. 
Never Let Me Go unites almost dreamy reflections on the nature of morality with fairly factual descriptions of the events unfolding. Kathy’s perspective is a stroke of genius: lovely and clever, with a clear though selective insight into events now that she looks back on them as an adult. This is combined nicely with her more naive perspective as a child and teen, slowly coming to an understanding as to her place in the world. 
The other thing about Kathy is that through it all, she stays so very nice. Despite having quite some justification, there is not a stroke of cynicism in her personality. Because of this, the reader feels for her more acutely that she can feel for herself.
Add to that one of the most natural love stories I have ever read, and the story can fairly be said to approach perfection. 
For
Everyone. Required reading. All the awards. Mandatory reading in high school. A test to see if you have a soul.
Seriously though: unless you absolutely require explosions every other page, I can’t image anyone not getting anything out of this story at all. It is smoothly written and should be easily readable for readers of every level. Add to that an interesting plot and thoroughly relatable characters, and there is something for everyone.
Especially recommended for dystopia fans.
1 year ago
#never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #dystopia #dystopian society #kathy h. #tommy #ruth #book review #book reviews #review #re-read classic #favourite author #reading #literature 
"It was like there was some parallel universe we all vanished off to where we had all this sex."
Kathy H., Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro)

(Source: isserleylovesbooks)

1 year ago
#kathy h. #kathy #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #ishiguro #book quote #reading #literature #book: never let me go 
isserleylovesbooks:

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry is most famous for his excellent and well-loved Le Petit Prince, which I was once lucky enough to be made to read in French. 
“Voici mon secret. Il est très simple: on ne voit bien qu’avec le cœur. L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux.”
1 year ago
#le petit prince #the little prince #antoine de sainte-exupéry #author #writer #author's birthday #books #reading #literature