My Home Library Meme 1/30 - “The System”

There isn’t much of one at the moment, because I’m at that point where I seriously need to gut the shelves and organise everything again. There is some method to this mess, though - if you look at the main photo of the bookcases, you will find books in portuguese on the left, books in english on the right, and encyclopedias and art books in the middle. The bottom shelf in the left bookcase holds the books I want to get rid of.

Up close, we have my have my fancy shelf of art books and butterflies; a “test shelf” for my new double stacking system (thanks IKEA), featuring Heavenly Bodies, placed there due to lack of room in the aforementioned fancy shelf; a few volumes of manga found behind the mess; and a stack of books I have taken out for various reasons and never replaced.

audreymgonzalez replied to your post “No no no no wait but listen. Circus setting. The ringleader wears the…”

You are fantastic.

I try, friend, I try! 

(the credit goes to kpop and shiny things and American Horror Story and chains though because woooooo it’s easy to be a collector of stories when the world keeps presenting them to me)


Wonderful and very, very rare this hand tinted French photo postcard of a lady circus artist (Mademoiselle Marville) on her horse. She performed at the Moulin Rouge in Paris the Belle Epoque era (1900-1905). Photographer: Walery, Paris Postally not used, with undivided backside so pre-1905

No no no no wait but listen. Circus setting. The ringleader wears the exact same thing Jaejoong wore in his video with the sparkly face and the big hood and the snake. And there’s an escape artist and he’s the second in command even though he spends most of his time in chains and they argue a lot and one day the Chinese water torture cell act goes wrong and he almost dies AND THE TROUPE ATTACKS THE RINGLEADER CONVINCED HE DID IT but no turns out the escape artist did it on purpose to remind the ringleader that it’s kind of in his best interest to keep him alive because the troupe likes him BECAUSE HE’S IN CHAINS MOST OF THE TIME YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN he actually risks his life for the show unlike a certain leader who goes around cracking whips and sweet talking the audience and so the troupe fears one but respects the other and there’s hate and fights and pretty people and I have to write this right now.






what happens when a senpai likes a senpai

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The Artwork: Hongbin x 2.

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7, 8, 12, 18, 19, 20?

7: What was the last bad book you read? 

If we’re talking fiction, Angelopolis by Danielle Trussoni. If we’re talking non-fiction… Witchcraft and Masculinities in Early Modern Europe by Alison Rowlands.

8: What made you dislike it? 

I disliked Angelopolis because it dropped everything its predecessor Angelology had done well, and decided instead to become Ancient Aliens: The Nephilim Edition. I disliked Witchcraft and Masculinities because of the way it positioned itself as the devil’s advocate to the feminist interpretation of the witch hunts, as in “listen we know five hundred women were tried in this city and only one man BUT LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT THIS MAN BECAUSE HE’S THE KEY TO EVERYTHING”. I mean come on.

12: Do you write fanfiction? 

I do. I never finish it. But I do.

18: What is your favorite book series? 

I huh… book series… I have no idea. I am a very lazy reader who prefers the simplicity and comfort of standalone books. I liked The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks, though. And I have a feeling I’m going to like the Johannes Cabal series by Jonathan L. Howard… but considering that, as we speak, I have only read the first book, I might be getting ahead of myself.

19: Who is your favorite author? 

Angela Carter, though I hate her as much as I love her; Novala Takemoto, because yay awesome female characters; Tanith Lee because she writes like a dream; and that’s probably it. I have favorite books, but not necessarily favorite authors… I don’t do that whole brand loyalty thing.

20: What is your favorite genre? 

I like magical realism, or what I believe to be magical realism. Apart from that, I don’t really understand genre conventions, and I prefer to judge books based on the elements they include. I like morally grey protagonists, absurd plot twists, angels, young ensemble casts, and beautiful - sometimes bordering on purple - prose. If a book includes those things, regardless of genre… I’ll probably like it. :)

Books ask! 23, 24, 25, and 49.

23: Which book do you wish had a sequel? 

The only book I can think of that definitely needs a sequel is Love by Angela Carter. She does a pretty good job of wrapping up the characters’ lives in the epilogue, but I wish I could lived in that apartment just a little longer. The same feeling applies to Disturbed By Her Song by Tanith Lee, but that’s a collection of short stories, so the term sequel might not even apply.

Also, I tend to be a fan of standalones - I actually prefer it when books come with no sequels. We can form a relationship with no strings attached. Sort of. 

24: Which book do you wish DIDN’T have a sequel? 

Angelology, because whoa, the drop in quality was tremendous from book one to book two.

25: How long does it take you to read a book? 

It doesn’t depend on the size of the thing as much as it depends on the quality. I always finish books, even when I don’t like them, which means I sometimes find myself postponing reading because I know I won’t be having any fun for an hour or so. If a book is a truly enjoyable brick, I’ll finish it in a day or two. If not… no matter the number of pages, it can take me anywhere from a couple of days to a full month. 

49: Which books do you think should be taught in every school? 

None. Personally, I don’t play well with mandatory anything, and I’ve hated most books I’ve read in school. I much prefer a system that lets students go home to read something they enjoy, and then invites them to share that with their peers.

Questions About Books and Reading by shevinefeels

1: What was the last book you read?
2: Was it a good one?
3: What made it good?
4: Would you recommend it to other people?
5: How often do you read?
6: Do you like to read?
7: What was the last bad book you read?
8: What made you dislike it?
9: Do you wish to be a writer?
10: Has any book ever influenced you greatly?
11: Do you read fanfiction?
12: Do you write fanfiction?
13: What's your favorite book?
14: What's your least favorite book?
15: Do you prefer physical books or reading on a device (like a kindle)?
16: When did you learn to read?
17: What is your favorite book you had to read in school?
18: What is your favorite book series?
19: Who is your favorite author?
20: What is your favorite genre?
21: Who is your favorite character in a book series?
22: Has a book ever transported you somewhere else?
23: Which book do you wish had a sequel?
24: Which book do you wish DIDN'T have a sequel?
25: How long does it take you to read a book?
26: Do you like when books become movies?
27: Which book was ruined by its movie adaptation?
28: Which movie has done a book justice?
29: Do you read newspapers?
30: Do you read magazines?
31: Do you prefer newspapers or magazines?
32: Do you read while in bed?
33: Do you read while on the toilet?
34: Do you read while in the car?
35: Do you read while in the bath?
36: Are you a fast reader?
37: Are you a slow reader?
38: Where is your favorite place to read?
39: Is it hard for you to concentrate while you read?
40: Do you need a room to be silent while you read?
41: Who gave you your love of reading?
42: What book is next on your list to read?
43: When did you start to read chapter books?
44: Who is your favorite children's book author?
45: Which author would you like to interview the most?
46: Which author do you think you'd be friends with?
47: What book have you reread the most?
48: Which books do you consider "classics"?
49: Which books do you think should be taught in every school?
50: Which books should be banned from all schools?

(Source: youngkwangkim)