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18 August 2014
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Handwritten by whitepaperquotes contributor Mehernaz

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Handwritten by whitepaperquotes contributor Mehernaz

16 August 2014
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My characters speak to whoever will hear their story. They have a journey with which anyone can choose to relate. So many Black authors don’t see a wider circulation of their work because in some places, the African-American section of a bookstore is just a half shelf or table pushed to the back. And sometimes, people are just too afraid to check out something that they think is only meant for Black people to understand. As if the book is completely written in Ebonics or something.

That’s why I think it’s time to uproot the African-American section from the bookstore. Yes, that means there may be an Wahida Clark urban fiction novel sitting next to your Candace Bushnell urban fiction. Donald Goines may finally sit next to Sue Grafton. But isn’t that where they belong? Segregating our fiction, by anything other than subject matter or genre (which I may be against as well, but that’s a whole ‘nother story), cheats us out of having options in our reading lives.

15 August 2014
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Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro

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Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro

15 August 2014
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Read as much as you can. Nothing will help you as much as reading.

14 August 2014
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Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you’ll find an edge to cut you.

— Mark Lawrence, Prince of Thorns 
12 August 2014
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Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading

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Vladimir Nabokov, Invitation to a Beheading

11 August 2014
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If you want to be happy, be.

— Leo Tolstoy 
#quote   #Leo Tolstoy   
11 August 2014
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Literature is as old as speech. It grew out of human need for it, and it has not changed except to become more needed.

— John Steinbeck (1962, December.) Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech.
10 August 2014
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Sandra Cisneros, Women Hollering Creek

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Sandra Cisneros, Women Hollering Creek

08 August 2014
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Stop running after the waves. Let the sea come to you.

— Elif Shafak
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08 August 2014
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You know what’s sad about reading books? It’s that you fall in love with the characters. They grow on you. And as you read, you start to feel what they feel - all of them - you become them. And when you’re done, you’re never the same. Sure you’re still you, you look the same, talk in the same manner, but something in you has changed. Something in the way you think, the way you choose, sometimes, even the things you say may differ. But it all comes down to the state you go to after a nice novel. The after-feeling. It’s amazing, but somehow, you feel left alone by that world you were once in. It’s overwhelming. But it makes you sad. Cause for once you were this, this otherworldly being in… Neverwhere, and then you suddenly have to say goodbye after a few weeks from when you read the last page. When you’ve recovered from that state it’s just… quite sad.

Suzanne Collins 
06 August 2014
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Zadie Smith, White Teeth

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Zadie Smith, White Teeth

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04 August 2014
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theseluckystars:

“My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”
What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.

theseluckystars:

My name is Zadie Smith, and I am a 38-year-old pathological reader. I would like to say in my defense that I don’t really get the appeal of YOLO. I live many times over. Hypothetical, subterranean lives that run beneath the relative tedium of my own and have the power to occasionally penetrate or even derail it. I find it hard to name the one book that was so damn delightful it changed my life. The truth is, they have all changed my life, every single one of them—even the ones I hated. Books are my version of ‘experiences.’”

What It Means to Be Addicted to Reading: Summer is a wonderful time for the bibliophile.

#quote   #Zadie Smith   
03 August 2014
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Suzanne Young, The Treatment

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Suzanne Young, The Treatment

02 August 2014
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And I’m filled with her, with her love for me and my love for her -
And it makes me as big as an effing mountain

— Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness