51 of The Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature

It looks like it is turning out to be another busy week for me, but I just wanted to show you all (whoever is reading) this great Buzzfeed article I came across this morning – 51 of The Most Beautiful Sentences in Literature as suggested by the general public, I believe.

There’s something inexplicable about a really well written sentence that I love. The really good ones make me put a book down for a second to pause and enjoy them. This list covers everything from Russian Literature to Where The Wild Things Are to general YA books and Harry Potter (Dumbledore, of course) to American classics. It covers the whole field.

So take a break from your busy day to scroll through and see if any of these sentences give you that inexplicable happy feeling. Happy Wednesday!

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What to Read Next for Thanksgiving?

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner (!!!) and along with great food, Thanksgiving always means curling up in a comfortable chair preferably with a blanket after a brisk walk down to the beach and delving in to some great book. I’m definitely looking forward to the down time that I have next week, but the problem is I don’t know what book to read. Dun dun dun (dramatic music). I’ve had a bit of book ADD recently and I start and stop books a lot because I don’t know what I’m in the mood for. I have a growing list of potential books to bring with me over Thanksgiving vacation to satisfy whatever kind of mood I’m in. Some of these mean trips to the library, others are new or rereads. I’ve been meaning to read The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman and it’s been sitting on my bedside table for a while now, and I’ve also been wanting to reread The Night Circus and a couple of other things. But I’ve also had my eye on some YA things. I only read YA over summer break – nothing else, and that continued in to the fall, and while I have read other things since then I don’t think I’ve actually finished any of them. And I tend not to review books I don’t finish. Oh well.

I also have been thinking a bit more about my story lately. I thought of another scene while I was going to bed a few nights ago, so I’m hoping to sit down with those ideas at some point over the break as well. We’ll see what happens…

This weekend I am also going on a retreat with 100+ high school students and I am so pumped! It should be a great trip. We are going to Princeton for the weekend (its aptly called Princeton Weekend) and its always crazy and so great! I started going as a student, and I volunteered a couple of times when I could in college, and I’ve been going back ever since. I am definitely pumped for this weekend even if we do all sleep on a gym floor. And then there’s Thanksgiving! I always love this stretch before Thanksgiving – even if it has been crazy cold here…I’ll just use that as an excuse to drink Starbucks holiday drinks and tea. Happy Friday everyone, and if anyone has any good book recommendations leave them in the comments!

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Writerly Quotes

I found this quote from Markus Zusak through my wanderings on tumblr, and I just love it because I always appreciate writers taking about writing, particularly when I know their work. The Book Thief was one of the more powerful books I’ve read recently, and I find it refreshing to know that Zusak struggles with writing, and always wants to improve what he’s done just like the rest of us.

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Happy Friday and keep warm everyone! I’m hoping to curl up at some point this weekend with a good book, a cup of tea and my computer and get some much needed reading and writing done.

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Operation: Book Nook

Hello everyone! I am writing from my brand new chair in my room and it is pretty exciting. Well, the chair itself isn’t new, but its location is. About a year ago I wrote about how the alcove off of my bedroom got turned into an office, and then last spring I reorganized my bookshelves. Well the sprucing up continues with a new book nook.

The desk that ended up in my now office was one that has floated around the family and from place to place for years. But all the while I had my desk from high school that was mainly being used as a place to put things that I wanted to keep but wouldn’t necessarily use all the time. So the random stuff kept on piling up and I would just ignore it as it got messier and messier. It was a vicious cycle. Well, over the weekend I finally did something about it.

For a while now, ever since I started in on my bookshelves, I’ve been meaning to give my old desk to my mom for her to use and to put a chair in its place to add some more cozy to my room. And that finally happened. There were many recycling bags involved, and I still need to go through an end table filled with random books, but I have a reading chair now :).

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I covered it with a throw I got for college to up the cozy factor, and I might replace the pillow it came with with a different throw pillow (also from college) depending on how comfortable it is in comparison. I also have my rug from college that would fit nicely in front of it – I love that I can reuse all this stuff again!

Today I also went out to Barnes and Nobles and bought a lap desk, which was something I’d been debating doing for a while. Now that I have a couple of options when it comes to places to work I think it will come in handy. It is black with polka dots on the bottom and pink elastic straps to hold papers secure, and I am using it right now. So far so good.

I seem to have fallen into an every other week posting schedule, but hopefully I can bring the posts back up to once a week. I do have some book reviews and other fun things planned so stay tuned!

But on a completely unrelated note, we seem to have fully entered into the holiday season. I always know that this happens right after Halloween (lets be honest, its before halloween a lot of the time), and every time it seems to throw me off. There were advent calendars today being sold at Barnes and Nobles, and when I went into CVS on Halloween to see if I could find a last minute witch hat (all the halloween stores were packed) I was greeted instead with Santa hats. On Halloween. Maybe I could have gone as Mrs. Claus.

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Happy Friday

How have two weeks passed already without any kind of posts whatsoever? Well, I’ve been pretty busy balancing everything in my life (everything being editing, babysitting, hanging out with people, eating food etc. etc. etc.). Fridays, which I guess have unofficially turned in to my blog post days (that and Monday) have been a bit busy lately too, so those are my excuses.

I do have a few posts up my sleeve – I just haven’t had a chance to sit down and write them yet, so hopefully that will happen in the next couple of weeks. I have a few new reads and a few old reads that I haven’t talked about yet to review, so keep an eye out.

But in the meantime, I thought i would share a few fun links I came across during my wanderings on the interwebs.

First of all there is this buzfeed article filled with bookish goodness. I approve of their use of Gilmore Girls, 10 Things I hate about You, HP, and Beauty and the Beast, so it has that going for it.

There is also this article from The Guardian on how much your brain absorbs with an e-reader as opposed to with a paper book, which the psychology minor in me found pretty interesting. Enjoy and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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The Scent of Good Books

Happy Friday everyone! And happy October. It’s hard to believe its October, especially since I am just getting used to the fact that its not summer anymore. And Happy Mean Girls day (as a friend of mine reminded me this morning)!

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As usual I’ve been pretty busy lately, which has been good but it means I haven’t been keeping up with the blog as much I would like to. I do have a couple of posts and book reviews lined up, but today I am just going to leave you with a nerdy infographic about good book scents (the smell not the blog…) I’m not one for chemistry, but this is more about books and how cool they are. I bet when the chemicals in kindles begin to break down it doesn’t smell nearly as good!

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Double Book Review: Everyday and We Were Liars

Well, fall might be in full swing what with the cooler weather, the chunky sweaters that are starting to be pulled out of the closet again, and the pumpkin spice lattes, but today I am going to talk about Labor Day.

The end of the summer has been pretty hectic for me, and my blog has unfortunately gone on a bit of an impromptu hiatus, but I am glad to be back again and working on a more regular schedule. Anyway, my Labor Day weekend was great, filled with lots of good food, beach time, and relaxation in one of the most comfortable chairs I have ever sat in. Seriously, I would carry this thing around with me if I could. Many a good book was read and many a great nap was taken in this chair this summer.

My weekend started off with a three hour train ride, and a 20% off coupon at Barnes and Nobles, so I made a book stop on the way to work that Friday to get two books. I figured I didn’t have anything else planned for the train and I didn’t want to have a whole line up of tv shows to watch only to find out there was no wi-fi, so why not get some good reads.

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The first book I got was Everyday by David Levitan. I first saw this book at BEA in 2012 when I went with my NYU program, where it was being released as a galley. After reading the back of the book on its display board I got in the hugely long line to receive a signed copy, but not long after that we were told that they were out of copies. Boo.

So I swore to myself that I would get it in stores, but I didn’t see it for many months, and then when I did I was always getting other books, and I can be bad about reading all the books I buy if I buy more than one at a time. I didn’t want Everyday to be a book I bought on a binge and then never read, so never bought it. But then I did buy it and read it and it is amazing!

Everyday follows the story of A, a sixteen year old who wakes up every morning in someone else’s body, never the same one twice. Right off the bat I was interested in the story, since it is such a unique plot, and I really wanted to see how Levithan pulled this off. But one day A falls in love with a girl and everything changes.

That is pretty much the sappiest sounding recap, but it is a really great story. There is this person who has literally never had any kind of continuity in his life (A doesn’t really have a gender but I am going to say his for the sake of the review) until he meets Rhiannon. I found A to be a very convincing character despite (and because of) his unrealistic situation. He has literally experienced every type of sixteen year old – boy, girl, gay, straight, smart, dumb, jock etc. etc. etc. He has had all these different identities, but never experienced one of his own.

Levithan also does that thing where the author inserts overarching truths about life into the story. While these overarching truths can be well written, I have found that I can be a little wary of them sometimes, since it seems like the author is speaking beyond the character and it can take me out of the story a little bit. Either that or it can be cliched. All in all it can be a tricky thing to pull off. But I thought that Levitan succeeded with his little over arching truths, because of the broad range of experience A has had. Of course he would develop these beliefs about life, love, purpose etc. after everything that he has been through and all that he has seen. To me his observations were well done and on point.

Everyday can be a tricky story to talk about since it is so unconventional in its subject and the way it is plotted, but I really loved it, and if anyone else has read it and feels the way I do, or has different thoughts, please reply in the comment section below and we can continue the conversation. 🙂

The second book that I read over Labor Day Weekend, since Everyday took me about a day to read, was We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – another really unique, addicting read. I had seen the book around in stores, and the more I saw it the more I figured I should give it a read.

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We Were Liars is about the Sinclairs, a prominent New England family, who spends their summers on a private island off the coast of Cape Cod near Martha’s Vineyard. Cadence Sinclair Easton and her cousins, the Liars, always spend their summers together on the island, each family with its own house, and its own problems. We Were Liars focuses on “Summer 15”, and what happened then as the patriarchy of the family begins to fall apart.

We Were Liars is another book that is hard to review. It reminded me of Gone Girl in a way in that either you know what is happening in the book or you are trying to piece it together, and there is a definitive moment in the story when that role switches from one to the other. So I don’t want to give too much away, but again I really recommend this book.

The setting of the island played a big role in the story, since that was always what brought the family together, and i thought Lockhart did a really good job of getting the feel of the island paradise down, but also the sense of claustrophobia that comes with it. After all it is just these four families living on the island together. There is also a definite dark streak that runs through the narrative. Lockhart has a very unique, poetic way of telling the story which really grabbed me as a reader, but also made me doubt how reliable Cadence was as a narrator.

Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away again, but I really recommend this book as well. It was another 24 hour read for me, but it felt like it stayed with me much longer than that.

What did you all do over Labor Day weekend? Read any good books? Have any thoughts about these two? Let me know, and enjoy fall! I have yet to have a pumpkin spice latte – my theory is it can stay summer as long as I don’t get one, right? That’s definitely how it works…

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