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wildstag:

untitled by SamAlive on Flickr.

wildstag:

untitled by SamAlive on Flickr.

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06 September 2014
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by lukesphotographism:
Rest, ”Five Novels” by Theodor Storm

by lukesphotographism:

Rest, ”Five Novels” by Theodor Storm

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06 September 2014
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paperbackcastles:

I am a desperate romantic. I love the idea of random collisions of the heart.

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05 September 2014
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beckisbookshelf:

by: {katesea}

beckisbookshelf:

by: {katesea}

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05 September 2014
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Anonymous asked

Ms. Bardugo, I loved your first books, but I was terribly disappointed to see you give in to political correctness in Ruin & Rising. You had a great story and then you ruined it with unnecessary lesbianism. Authors don't need to make statements, they just need to write good books. I hope you'll remember that in the future.

lbardugo:

I was really tempted to ignore this because I don’t believe in giving anon wangs a platform, but the term “unnecessary lesbianism” made me laugh so hard that I caved.

Authors can write good books and make statements. I’m going to make some statements now. (Get ready.)

Queer people and queer relationships aren’t less necessary to narrative than cishet people or relationships. In fact, given the lovely emails and messages I’ve received about Tamar and Nadia (and given the existence of anon wangs like you), I’d say making queer relationships visible in young adult fiction is an excellent—and yes, necessary—idea.

I do agree that story trumps statement or we’d all just write angry pamphlets, but queer people exist both in my world and the world of the Grisha trilogy. I don’t see how including them in my work is making a statement unless that statement is “I won’t willfully ignore or exclude people in order to make a few anon wangs happy.” If that’s the statement I’m making, I’m totally down with it.

Also, I’m going to take this moment to shout out Malinda Lo, Laura Lam, Alex London, David Levithan, Emily Danforth, Emma Trevayne, Sarah Rees Brennan, Maureen Johnson, and Cassandra Clare, and to link to Malinda’s 2013 guide to LGBT in YA.  Because why just give attention to bigots when you can talk about awesome books and authors instead?

05 September 2014

Anonymous asked

What is that old book called about the sea? X

There’s loads of older books about the sea or being lost at sea. I can’t tell you for certain which you mean without more details. It could be The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, The Cruel Sea by Nicholas Monsarrat, Jaws by Peter Benchley, or Master and Commander by Patrick O’Brian. I hope that helps!

05 September 2014
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taylormurch:

Chapter One.

taylormurch:

Chapter One.

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05 September 2014
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05 September 2014
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disabilityinkidlit:

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked Fantastic Four, try Dangerous by Shannon Hale because both feature superpowers and adventures in space!

Dangerous features a one-armed, science-loving, superpowered, home-schooled Latina protagonist. How’s that for original?
If you want to learn more about the book (and particularly its portrayal of disability), Mindy Rhiger reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit here, and interviewed author Shannon Hale here. Check it out!

disabilityinkidlit:

weneeddiversebooks:

#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series! If You Liked Fantastic Four, try Dangerous by Shannon Hale because both feature superpowers and adventures in space!

Dangerous features a one-armed, science-loving, superpowered, home-schooled Latina protagonist. How’s that for original?

If you want to learn more about the book (and particularly its portrayal of disability), Mindy Rhiger reviewed Dangerous at Disability in Kidlit here, and interviewed author Shannon Hale here. Check it out!

05 September 2014
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booksandtea:

The Glass Menagerie by juliettetang on Flickr.

booksandtea:

The Glass Menagerie by juliettetang on Flickr.

04 September 2014
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04 September 2014
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04 September 2014
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literary-life:

(by yejistreppel)

literary-life:

(by yejistreppel)

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04 September 2014
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rosettabooks:

Be honest! This is you?

rosettabooks:

Be honest! This is you?

04 September 2014
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m-elodram:

My beautiful penguin classics

m-elodram:

My beautiful penguin classics

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