It has been a WEEK. I can’t even begin to describe to you the horrors of this week (well, I can, but you all are better left in ignorance of the horrors and failures of humanity; you’re here for books—and cats, I hope!). I have two reviews nearly done, but instead I’m drinking my second glass of Arbor Mist. My cat here is demonstrating an approximation of my energy level.
Do you enjoy the knickknacks and artwork on our shelves? Do you keep anything but books on your shelves?
There are a lot of books in this picture, and not all of them are where they are supposed to be. The house is a bit of a mess, a bit like my week has been, but my cat is in a box and looking adorable, and I can’t deny you that for all the other faults in this photo. Oftentimes perfection is unattainable, and a house that looks occupied and loved can be as comforting as a worn and yellowing favorite can be. It looks like I was reading Andrew Peterson‘s The Warden and the Wolf King in this photo; that’s the topmost book left out on the coffee table.
I’m apparently not going to be mentally able enough for long enough when I’m free enough this week to finish the blog post that I almost have done. So instead, I’m sharing with you a few more of my favorite lines from one of my favorite books.
These are both from my first, excited read-through of the final book in Maggie Stiefvater’s Raven Cycle, The Raven King.
The usual warnings about SPOILERS, but actually I think these pages are pretty innocuous, and I know the lines that I’m extracting are safe.
” ‘Where the hell is Ronan?’ Gansey asked, echoing the words that thousands of humans had uttered since mankind developed speech.”
For me, what words Gansey said are irrelevant. That tag is amazing.
” ‘I don’t want to talk about.’
” ‘ I do,’ Ronan said.
” ‘Well, I don’t. I’m not proud of it.’
“Ronan patted her leg. ‘I’ll be proud for you.’ “
I’m not sure why I love this exchange so. Maybe just because it is so real.
I really can’t tell you often enough to give this series a try. The first book in the sequel series is due out November 5, and I am so excited. The first book in that series is called Call Down the Hawk.
Is there anything much more exciting than a brand new bookshelf (or a new to you bookshelf as the case may be)? With more space, we were excited to reorganize and re-sort our hoard of books. With this bookcase, we added a new shelf of poetry (on the top shelf) and a new home for anthologies (stacked on top).
Poll: Would you put books like Homer’s Odyssey and Gilgamesh in with novels or with poetry? Epic poems like those have the plot and length of a novel but the cadence of short form poetry, and I constantly struggle to determine where they better fit.
This is an open page, so SPOILERS!
Some books are just better the second time around. Some writers’ brilliance is really only polished to a shine by a second reading. This is a page from Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, Book 1: The Raven Boys, which—hey—by the way, is being turned into a television series, and you should definitely read the books before you see the show. This series has become one of my all-time favorites. It lives in its entirety on the small bookcase in my nook of a bedroom. It is one of the ones that I pull out to be comforted and to be drawn away.
This past week has been chaotic, and next week is likely going to be even more so. I hope you won’t mind me putting off using my depleted brain to review and process books and will just enjoy some bookish photos and a trip down memory lane with me.
“When I’m finished,” Octavian promised, “nothing will be left of your kind but stories. I will burn your homes. I will bury your warriors.” His voice grew even softer. “I will blacken your sky with crows.”
Sometimes, a book can steal my heart with just one well-crafted line. This is from one of Jim Buctcher’s books in the Codex Alera series. I haven’t read any of these books yet, but my roommate paused in her lightning speed read to read this one paragraph aloud to me, and I am nearly certain now that I will love this series. I will love this paragraph forever regardless. Just that line… “nothing will be left of your kind but stories.” And “I will blacken your sky with crows.”
This is a page from Thornyhold by Mary Stewart. I grabbed it on a whim one day while trapped in my chair; I don’t remember why I wasn’t able to move. The book is my roommate’s, one that has survived several shelf purges even since we moved to this house–and one that she brought with her when we moved in. I don’t know how long she has had it, but by that alone, I know it is one that she enjoyed. I enjoyed the writing style that I was exposed to in these few pages, but I never have yet gone back to finish it. Sometimes, I can be convinced to try a book by mere convenience. Have you ever picked up a book just because it seems to be the best thing near at hand? Have you found any favorites that way?
Oops. In planning for another adventure and just the day-to-day I never did get around to finishing a blog post (though I’m close on at least one). I didn’t want to leave you without anything for the next two weeks, so enjoy some of these favorite lines of mine from Maggie Stiefvater’s Blue Lily, Lily Blue, the third book in The Raven Cycle.
Needless to say, if you read the full pages, you might find some spoilers, but the quotes I’ve highlighted are all I think pretty safe.
“She drifted toward the bedroom, on her way to have a bath or take a nap or start a war.”
“Violence was a disease Gansey didn’t think he could catch.”
“Blue was perfectly aware that is was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.”