Only two days left in my book giveaway!  

Specifically, reblogs on the OP will stop counting at midnight (CEST or Brussels time) on the night of Saturday to Sunday. Please only reblog once a day, though.

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isserley:

isserleylovesbooks:

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

I’m sharing the joy of some of my favorite books ever, which I hope will speak to pretty much everyone. They are all new paperback copies. 

Titles:

Looking For Alaska (John Green)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) 

THE RULES:

- likes don’t count

- reblog a maximum of five times [and please, not all at the same time]

- you have to follow my book blog, but not the personal if you don’t care to.

- anyone anywhere can enter

- you need to have your Ask open: not replying within 24 hours means I’ll pick a new winner

- winner will be selected at random on June 30th.

Good luck!

So this is going rather well! Just a quick reminder for those who are new :) There is still over a month of time left for this! Reblog it, five times max, not all at once. Thanks and good luck!

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isserleylovesbooks:

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!

I’m sharing the joy of some of my favorite books ever, which I hope will speak to pretty much everyone. They are all new paperback copies. 

Titles:

Looking For Alaska (John Green)
Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee) 

THE RULES:

- likes don’t count

- reblog a maximum of five times 

- you have to follow my book blog, but not the personal if you don’t care to.

- anyone anywhere can enter

- you need to have your Ask open: not replying within 24 hours means I’ll pick a new winner

- winner will be selected at random on June 30th.

Good luck!

O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

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isserleylovesbooks:

Giveaway teaser!
As soon as the rest gets here ;) Be patient, my darlings.

SOON! A giveaway! ^^

isserleylovesbooks:

Giveaway teaser!

As soon as the rest gets here ;) Be patient, my darlings.

SOON! A giveaway! ^^

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"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird (via isserleylovesbooks)
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"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Scout Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

This is going to be my next tattoo.

(via isserleylovesbooks)

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Isserley Loves Books: New is always better? 

isserleylovesbooks:

Persuasion

Why I love re-reading books just as much as discovering new ones.

It’s one of the few recurring sources of friction between my oldest friend and me: the fact that about 30% of my reading time is spent re-reading my favorites, rather than discovering exciting new material.

While I…

New book blog post, feedback VERY welcome!

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Anonymous said: Two questions: 1) If you had to recommend one single book (and I realise how difficult the choice must be) as the one everyone NEEDS to have read, which one would that be? And 2) You read so much, do you ever write yourself too (eg. a journal)?

Oh hello Anon! (I LOVE getting nice anons!)

1) is a horrid horrid question, I hope you know that XD Speaking from experience, there are two books that I’ve ever actually spur-of-the-moment bought friends when they said they’d never read it. Those are Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, I’ve had limited success getting people as enthousiastic about these as I am. My best and oldest friend (who is also a person I take book recs from regularly) shockingly did not care for Mockingbird, though she had previously read P&P and liked it (though not to the same extent that I do). I’m actually trying not to do this anymore, because I find that my very enthousiastic recommendations often feel pushy to the recipients and the expectations are too high. It’s basically me sitting there (metaphorically) going “and? and? do you love it yet? do you adore it? did you cry?” and that just doesn’t work at all. I regularly casually recommend books, usually one from my re-read list, and those get a better reception.
To answer the “why these” implicit in your question: I think that everyone should try Austen. There is so much to learn in each of the novels about human nature and how society works (even now) that I disagree completely with those who call her work outdated. The humor in her novels, the rich character development: that will always be worthwhile to read.

It’s much the same for To Kill a Mockingbird: both novels show you, without telling you, what right and wrong might mean, what might help you decide what’s important to you - who you are.
Good novels can show you nuances in the world around you - that’s the most important part, to me. I explain it poorly, but that’s about it for me.

2) I don’t write a journal, because nothing very exciting ever happens to me and, having once perused one of my teen journals, the potential for future embarrasment always stops me whenever I try now. As a young teen, I wrote a (very poorly constructed though fun to write) “book”, but after that first one, never finished another story. Whenever I have urgent school deadlines, the desire to write strikes me again, but I suppose I just haven’t been inspired.

@2 years ago
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Don't forget my giveaway over at the book blog: three excellent novels :) 

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30 day book challenge - day 9.

30 day book challenge - DAY NINE.

9. Your favorite quotes about books.

Can I just say I’m really enjoying this challenge? First off, the one I’ve already posted in “quotes from books” and that I’m getting tattooed at some point:

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Then there are a couple of excellent Austen quotes, from and about books:

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
(For once, Caroline Bingley has a point even if she’s just pretending. Pride and Prejudice) 

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
(Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey) 

And then the same sentiment returns in a more explicitly sex-oriented way in this John Waters quote:

"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them."



@2 years ago
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30 day book challenge - day 5.

30 day book challenge - DAY FIVE.
(I know it’s a day late!)

5. If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you? Include one reason for each.

Those would probably be my re-read classics, or some of them. I’d add the complete Shakespeare, because that isn’t cheating.
The reasons are pretty much the same across the board: I know I can re-read these forever.

so:

- Either the complete Austen, or just P&P

- To Kill a Mockingbird

- One Hundred Years of Solitude OR 1Q84

- The complete Shakespeare

- 1984 OR Brave New World, depending.

And if I wanted to be a smart-ass, some kind of “how to survive on a deserted island”. But not Robinson Crusoe.

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30-day book challenge - day 1

30-day book challenge: DAY ONE.

1. Your ten favorite books of all time.

See, I hate “favorite book” questions, because they are too difficult, but ten is doable. Ten is an okay number. If you read my blog, and the book blog, regularly, you probably know that I have a number of what I call Re-Read Classics which I pick up about once a year. Here are some of those :)

- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [and basically all her other novels minus perhaps S&S]

- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

- One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Márquez

- Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

- 1984 - George Orwell

- Good Omens  - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

- Dune - Frank Herbert

- Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

-The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

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Maria:so I finished Lolita. Not sure what to read next?
me:read To Kill again ^^
Maria:LOL
Maria:I've got stacks of books I have yet to read
Maria:I'll reread To Kill in a couple of years
me:you're planning to go YEARS
me:without re-reading it? :(
me:THIS FRIENDSHIP IS OVER
(but not really.)
(but maybe a little.)
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So for the giveaway

isserleylovesbooks:

I was thinking two, maybe three paperbacks from my re-read classics list? P&P, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, A Handmaid’s Tale, Never Let Me Go, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Looking for Alaska maybe…

Either with or without notes from me at favorite parts - written in or on post-its if you prefer your books pristine…

Would people be interested in this?

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mariakleopatra:

Taken from an answer Isserley - one of my best and oldest friends - gave on one of her recent asks. I feel it is a good description of one of the things that makes good literature.

Maria made this from my answer to the Anon (that he swears wasn’t him). Writing about books makes me happy.

mariakleopatra:

Taken from an answer Isserley - one of my best and oldest friends - gave on one of her recent asks. I feel it is a good description of one of the things that makes good literature.

Maria made this from my answer to the Anon (that he swears wasn’t him). Writing about books makes me happy.

(via everlasting-roses)

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Only two days left in my book giveaway! →

Specifically, reblogs on the OP will stop counting at midnight (CEST or Brussels time) on the night of Saturday to Sunday. Please only reblog once a day, though.

(Source: isserley)

2 years ago
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Don't forget my giveaway over at the book blog: three excellent novels :)→
2 years ago
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2 years ago
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30 day book challenge - day 9.

30 day book challenge - DAY NINE.

9. Your favorite quotes about books.

Can I just say I’m really enjoying this challenge? First off, the one I’ve already posted in “quotes from books” and that I’m getting tattooed at some point:

"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Then there are a couple of excellent Austen quotes, from and about books:

I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
(For once, Caroline Bingley has a point even if she’s just pretending. Pride and Prejudice) 

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid."
(Henry Tilney, Northanger Abbey) 

And then the same sentiment returns in a more explicitly sex-oriented way in this John Waters quote:

"We need to make books cool again. If you go home with somebody and they don’t have books, don’t fuck them."



2 years ago
#30 day book challenge #book #books #reading #book challenge #book nerd #quote #quotes #book quote #book quotes #john waters #henry tilney #caroline bingley #bingley #tilney #jane austen #pride and prejudice #northanger abbey #scout finch #to kill a mockingbird #harper lee 
2 years ago
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30 day book challenge - day 5.

30 day book challenge - DAY FIVE.
(I know it’s a day late!)

5. If you were stranded on a desert island, what five books would you take with you? Include one reason for each.

Those would probably be my re-read classics, or some of them. I’d add the complete Shakespeare, because that isn’t cheating.
The reasons are pretty much the same across the board: I know I can re-read these forever.

so:

- Either the complete Austen, or just P&P

- To Kill a Mockingbird

- One Hundred Years of Solitude OR 1Q84

- The complete Shakespeare

- 1984 OR Brave New World, depending.

And if I wanted to be a smart-ass, some kind of “how to survive on a deserted island”. But not Robinson Crusoe.

2 years ago
#austen #jane austen #pride and prejudice #To Kill A Mockingbird #harper lee #1Q84 #murakami #haruki murakami #One Hundred Years of Solitude #gabriel garcia marquez #1984 #orwell #george orwell #brave new world #aldous huxley #robinson crusoe #30-Day Book Challenge #30 day book challenge 
isserleylovesbooks:

Giveaway teaser!
As soon as the rest gets here ;) Be patient, my darlings.

SOON! A giveaway! ^^
2 years ago
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30-day book challenge - day 1

30-day book challenge: DAY ONE.

1. Your ten favorite books of all time.

See, I hate “favorite book” questions, because they are too difficult, but ten is doable. Ten is an okay number. If you read my blog, and the book blog, regularly, you probably know that I have a number of what I call Re-Read Classics which I pick up about once a year. Here are some of those :)

- Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen [and basically all her other novels minus perhaps S&S]

- To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee

- One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Márquez

- Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro

- 1984 - George Orwell

- Good Omens  - Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

- Dune - Frank Herbert

- Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World - Haruki Murakami

- Brave New World - Aldous Huxley

-The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood

2 years ago
#30 day book challenge #30-day book challenge #book #books #reading #book nerd #literature #to kill a mockingbird #harper lee #jane austen #pride and prejudice #never let me go #kazuo ishiguro #gabriel garcia marquez #one hundred years of solitude #1984 #george orwell #good omens #neil gaiman #terry pratchett #dune #frank herbert #hard-boiled wonderland and the end of the world #haruki murakami #brave new world #aldous huxley #the handmaid's tale #margaret atwood 
"I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do."
Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird (via isserleylovesbooks)
2 years ago
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Maria:so I finished Lolita. Not sure what to read next?
me:read To Kill again ^^
Maria:LOL
Maria:I've got stacks of books I have yet to read
Maria:I'll reread To Kill in a couple of years
me:you're planning to go YEARS
me:without re-reading it? :(
me:THIS FRIENDSHIP IS OVER
(but not really.)
(but maybe a little.)
2 years ago
#To Kill A Mockingbird #Harper Lee #I take my favorites very seriously #YEARS #FUCKIN YEARS MAN #who ever heard of such a thing? #currently reading #reading #book #books #re-read classics 
"Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing."

Scout Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

This is going to be my next tattoo.

(via isserleylovesbooks)

2 years ago
#tattoo idea #scout #scout finch #jean louise finch #to kill a mockingbird #currently reading #re-read classics #harper lee #GPOY #quote #reading quote #book #books #reading #literature nerd 
So for the giveaway

isserleylovesbooks:

I was thinking two, maybe three paperbacks from my re-read classics list? P&P, To Kill a Mockingbird, 1984, A Handmaid’s Tale, Never Let Me Go, One Hundred Years of Solitude, Looking for Alaska maybe…

Either with or without notes from me at favorite parts - written in or on post-its if you prefer your books pristine…

Would people be interested in this?

2 years ago
#giveaway #giveaway idea #pride and prejudice #To Kill A Mockingbird #1984 #A Handmaid's Tale #never let me go #One Hundred Years of Solitude #looking for alaska #john green #gabriel garcia marquez #margaret atwood #kazuo ishiguro #george orwell #harper lee #jane austen 
Isserley Loves Books: New is always better?→

isserleylovesbooks:

Persuasion

Why I love re-reading books just as much as discovering new ones.

It’s one of the few recurring sources of friction between my oldest friend and me: the fact that about 30% of my reading time is spent re-reading my favorites, rather than discovering exciting new material.

While I…

New book blog post, feedback VERY welcome!

2 years ago
#book #books #novel #novels #reading #literature #literature lovin' #re-reading #persuasion #jane austen #to kill a mockingbird #harper lee #pride and prejudice #p&p #re-read classics 
mariakleopatra:

Taken from an answer Isserley - one of my best and oldest friends - gave on one of her recent asks. I feel it is a good description of one of the things that makes good literature.

Maria made this from my answer to the Anon (that he swears wasn’t him). Writing about books makes me happy.
2 years ago
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Anonymous said: Two questions: 1) If you had to recommend one single book (and I realise how difficult the choice must be) as the one everyone NEEDS to have read, which one would that be? And 2) You read so much, do you ever write yourself too (eg. a journal)?

Oh hello Anon! (I LOVE getting nice anons!)

1) is a horrid horrid question, I hope you know that XD Speaking from experience, there are two books that I’ve ever actually spur-of-the-moment bought friends when they said they’d never read it. Those are Pride and Prejudice and To Kill a Mockingbird. However, I’ve had limited success getting people as enthousiastic about these as I am. My best and oldest friend (who is also a person I take book recs from regularly) shockingly did not care for Mockingbird, though she had previously read P&P and liked it (though not to the same extent that I do). I’m actually trying not to do this anymore, because I find that my very enthousiastic recommendations often feel pushy to the recipients and the expectations are too high. It’s basically me sitting there (metaphorically) going “and? and? do you love it yet? do you adore it? did you cry?” and that just doesn’t work at all. I regularly casually recommend books, usually one from my re-read list, and those get a better reception.
To answer the “why these” implicit in your question: I think that everyone should try Austen. There is so much to learn in each of the novels about human nature and how society works (even now) that I disagree completely with those who call her work outdated. The humor in her novels, the rich character development: that will always be worthwhile to read.

It’s much the same for To Kill a Mockingbird: both novels show you, without telling you, what right and wrong might mean, what might help you decide what’s important to you - who you are.
Good novels can show you nuances in the world around you - that’s the most important part, to me. I explain it poorly, but that’s about it for me.

2) I don’t write a journal, because nothing very exciting ever happens to me and, having once perused one of my teen journals, the potential for future embarrasment always stops me whenever I try now. As a young teen, I wrote a (very poorly constructed though fun to write) “book”, but after that first one, never finished another story. Whenever I have urgent school deadlines, the desire to write strikes me again, but I suppose I just haven’t been inspired.

2 years ago
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