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Alice Hoffman is one of the writers I want to read more and more of. I’ve read The Ice Queen, and own three others by her. Every time I see a cover of hers I’m nudged toward reading everything she’s ever written.

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#Alice Hoffman  #TBR  #books  #TBR list  #reading  #The Booklands 
Since my copy of ‘Slowly Down the Ganges’ came the other day, I’ll now have two Eric Newby books, thanks to my friends!

Since my copy of ‘Slowly Down the Ganges’ came the other day, I’ll now have two Eric Newby books, thanks to my friends!

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#Eric Newby  #Slowly Down the Ganges  #book haul  #books  #pretty book covers  #The Booklands 
My best friend is on vacation right now and he asked if there was anything he could look for at Powell’s. He found three of the five books I listed! I’m so freaking excited.
The other two were The Holy Barbarians by James Lipton (thank you Rory Gilmore, for the recommendation) and We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher by E.C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott and Helena Huntington Smith (also, damn that’s a great title).
UPDATE: Oh shit they’re a birthday present! I love my friends.

My best friend is on vacation right now and he asked if there was anything he could look for at Powell’s. He found three of the five books I listed! I’m so freaking excited.

The other two were The Holy Barbarians by James Lipton (thank you Rory Gilmore, for the recommendation) and We Pointed Them North: Recollections of a Cowpuncher by E.C. “Teddy Blue” Abbott and Helena Huntington Smith (also, damn that’s a great title).

UPDATE: Oh shit they’re a birthday present! I love my friends.

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#Eric Newby  #james lees-milne  #genet  #Paris Was Yesterday  #A Short Walk Through the Hindu Kush  #Ancestral Voices  #books  #powell's books  #powell's city of books  #reading  #The Booklands  #used books  #Rory Gilmore  #Gilmore Girls 

politicsprose:

5 Writing Tips from Alice Hoffman

1. Start with an image, perhaps a full moon, or a girl wearing a hooded sweat shirt running across the parkway, or two deer on the grass, startled by a sudden movement. It can be something you saw or something you dreamed. You passed by someone in the street crying. Her hair was braided and her eyes were rimmed red. You dreamed you held a bowl of strawberries and each one contained a secret, a story of its own.

2. Write lists. Start with random words, choosing the ones you love, like oleander and aquamarine. Go on those that cause pinpricks of fear to rise on your skin: sorrow, graveyard, raven, slash. Write down the names of everything you’d like to find in a garden: roses, mint, rosemary, lemon verbena. List the cities you’ve always wanted to visit or the ones where you’d lived. Include street names, shops you spied when you drove through a town in New Jersey, alleyways in Boston. List the places you’ve longed for in your darkest hours: white beaches, a cafe in Paris next to Shakespeare and Company. Don’t forget names. People often become what they’d been named: Jack Runner who can never commit. Mrs. Hardwick, the teacher everyone fears. List the names of literary heroines who had simple names like Cathy and Jane. Write down who you wish you’d been, the girl next door, a queen during the Bronze age, a baby being born today.

3. Recall a memory. You mother calling you into the living room to tell you that your father was leaving. Your grandmother fixing a pot of tea that smelled like blueberries. The boy next door climbing over a fence in the middle of the night.  The time you heard someone on the roof and closed your eyes and wished him away and when you woke up he was gone. Change whatever happened next, move it into another town or another time, reverse it. Then start all over again.

4. Write a first line. ”Once upon a time” or “In a far off land” are always good. Have a character arrive in a new town, fall in love at first sight, open a door. You’ll be amazed to discover what’s on the other side and what’s around the corner. You’ll never guess who falls in love with who. You have an outline, you think you know the end of the story, but the plot will begin to take a curve. Pull something out of your dreams. Take a line of conversation you once heard in a coffee shop. What did your brother say to you last week? What was the story your sister used to tell you? What fairy tale do you carry around inside of you?

5. Now sit down and start writing. In your story there may be a girl in a red-hooded sweat shirt climbing over a fence, stumbling past two deer as she leaves your grandmother’s house. She looks like you, but look again. You’re writing fiction. She’s someone brand-new.

(Via Salon)

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housingworksbookstore:

theparisreview:

“Rome says: enjoy me. London: survive me. New York: gimme all you got.”
Read Zadie Smith’s story from our Spring issue, now available in its entirety online.

I will always reblog Zadie.

housingworksbookstore:

theparisreview:

“Rome says: enjoy me. London: survive me. New York: gimme all you got.”

Read Zadie Smith’s story from our Spring issue, now available in its entirety online.

I will always reblog Zadie.

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50th Bookshop Added! →

project-read:

This post is to celebrate the addition of the 50th store to the Bookshop Directory!

Inspired by the blogger prettybooks I decided to do a tour of the bookshops in my area, and I was surprised by how many independent bookshops there are nearby! I thought a directory of these shops was in order to…

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Reading outside. It’s lovely today.

Reading outside. It’s lovely today.

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#reading outside  #Indiana  #books  #The Booklands 
"Love ends, life ends, but the flow of objects goes on forever."
Larry McMurtry, in his travelogue ‘Roads.’ He was talking about the prevalence of swap meets, but out of context the quote has a much more melancholy feel. I’m drawn to it though. It reminds me of a thought I had, lying on my bed not two days after being broken up with.
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#books  #quotes from books  #quotes from life  #larry mcmurtry  #Roads  #reading  #The Booklands 
Anonymous asked: The first rule of BOOK club


Answer:

Touché, anon, touché.

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literatibookstore:

Where the cool guys hang.

"The first rule of Fight Club is shhhhhhh. The second rule is no dog ears"

literatibookstore:

Where the cool guys hang.

"The first rule of Fight Club is shhhhhhh. The second rule is no dog ears"

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#bookstore  #fight club  #reading  #quiet  #Literati 
bookwormwars:

Sometimes you just need to bully yourself into putting your feet up and reading on a Friday afternoon #tgif #book #reading #relax #justforaminute #putyourfeetup

bookwormwars:

Sometimes you just need to bully yourself into putting your feet up and reading on a Friday afternoon #tgif #book #reading #relax #justforaminute #putyourfeetup

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lovelylittlefires:

Enjoying the weather in the forest today.

lovelylittlefires:

Enjoying the weather in the forest today.

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Let’s take turns reading to each other.

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#reading  #books  #lonely  #The Booklands