Follow The Butterflies

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard —- they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten people, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them.

I was tagged by stellar-raven! I’ve already done this twice before, so let’s see if I can actually come up with some different books.

  1. Das Museum Der Stille (The Museum Of Silence, 沈黙博物館) - Yoko Ogawa
  2. Als Ich Ein Kleiner Junge War (When I Was A Little Boy) - Erich Kästner

    “Alt ist, was man vergessen hat. Und das Unvergeßliche war gestern. Der Maßtab ist nicht die Uhr, sondern der Wert. Und das Wertvollste, ob lustig oder traurig, ist die Kindheit. Vergeß das Unverglißliche nicht! Diesen Rat kan man, glaub ich, nicht früh genug geben.” 

    (“Old is that which is forgotten. And the unforgettable took place yesterday. It’s not measured by hours, but by its worth. And the most valuable thing, whether fun or sad, is childhood. Don’t forget the unforgettable! You can’t share this advice early enough, if you ask me.”)

  3. Die Stadt Der Träumenden Bücher (The City Of Dreaming Books) - Walter Moers
  4. Siddharta - Hermann Hesse

    “When someone seeks,” said Siddhartha, “then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.”

  5. Persuasion - Jane Austen
  6. The Count Of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas

    “There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state with another, nothing more. He who has felt the deepest grief is best able to experience supreme happiness. We must have felt what it is to die, Morrel, that we may appreciate the enjoyments of life. 
    Live, then, and be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget, that until the day God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, ‘Wait and Hope.”

  7. Der Vorleser (The Reader) - Bernard Schlink
  8. Anything Goes: My Autobiography - John Barrowman

    “Yet if I was asked to do this again - in fact, if I was ever asked to repeat any of my experiences - I’d have to say, fuck it, bring them on. I’ve no regrets.
    This is what it means to be alive.”

  9. Die Wolke (Fall-Out) - Gudrun Pausewang
  10. The Hunchback Of Notre-Dame - Victor Hugo

    “His judgement demonstrates that one can be a genius and understand nothing of an art that is not one’s own.”

Does anyone feel up to doing this? listenforthelove you might like it? But then I probs tagged you before haha sorry. Don’t feel obligated. <3

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29 Mar 14 at 11 am

Literature Meme: (4/10) Prose
Persuasion by Jane Austen

Persuasion  is Jane Austen’s last completed novel. She began it soon after she had finished Emma and completed it in August 1816. She died, aged 41, in 1817; Persuasion was published in December of that year (but dated 1818).

Persuasion is widely appreciated as a moving love story despite what has been called its simple plot, and it exemplifies Austen’s signature wit and ironic narrative style.

Although the impact of Austen’s failing health at the time of writing Persuasion cannot be overlooked, the novel is strikingly original in several ways. It is the first of Austen’s novels to feature as the central character a woman who, by the standards of the time, is past the first bloom of youth.

Although readers of Persuasion might conclude that Austen intended “persuasion” to be the unifying theme of the story, the book’s title is not hers but her brother Henry’s, who named it after her untimely death. Certainly the idea of persuasion runs through the book, with vignettes within the story as variations on that theme. But there is no known source that documents what Austen intended to call her novel. (x)

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28 Mar 14 at 8 pm

mythosidhe:

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.

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mythosidhe:

Although I have to point out that there was a piece of speculative science fiction called The Blazing World published by one Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1666, slightly predating Mary Shelley.
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18 Feb 14 at 12 pm

thefemaletyrant:

princessnijireiki:

latinagabi:

saturnsorbit:

Let’s not forget to acknowledge Alexandre Dumas this Black History Month

The writer of two of the most well known stories worldwide, The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo was a black man.

If you want to read more, in 2012 a non-fiction book called “The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo" was released, that also deals with this topic. I haven’t read it yet but the reviews are very good! 

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28 Jan 14 at 9 am

ladyvalancy:

phyrra:

One of the many reasons I love to read.

So true.

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ladyvalancy:

phyrra:

One of the many reasons I love to read.

So true.
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20 Jan 14 at 3 pm
tags: personal  books 

iammollyconnolly tagged me in a books-meme~ 

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

I actually did this a little while back, I’ll try to think of other books… XD

1. Murakami Haruki - De kleurloze Tsukuru Tazaki en zijn pelgrimsjaren (Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, 色彩を持たない多崎つくると、彼の巡礼の年)
2. Ogawa Yoko - De huishoudster en de professor (The Housekeeper and the Professor, 博士の愛した数式)
3.  JaHyun Kim Haboush - The Confucian Kingship in Korea: Yongjo and the Politics of Sagacity [seriously one of the best non-fiction books I’ve *ever* read… also myrddinemrys, this talks about the king Hyun Bin will be playing in his new movie]
4. Shin Kyung-sook - Waar is onze moeder? (Please look after mom, 엄마를 부탁해)
5. CLAMP - xxxHOLiC series (manga)
6. George R. R. Martin - A Storm Of Swords
7. Murakami Haruki - Norwegian Wood (ノルウェイの森)
8. Ernest Hemingway - The Old Man And The Sea
9. Ian McEwan - Atonement
10. Neil Gaiman - The Graveyard Book

Thanks for tagging me, love! 

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Once again I’m not tagging anyone, because I’m not sure who’d like to do this ;; listenforthelove?? ;)

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17 Jan 14 at 7 pm

Okay so I mostly ordered it because Jaejoong recommended this book (omygod apparently I am that kind of fan) but it’s such a wonderful little book~ It has one quote for each day of the year, with a little discussion about it as well. Mom said it looks just like a little Bible. It does, doesn’t it? I hope it will help me sleep.

Let me share today’s quote:

I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense." - Rabbi Harold Kushner

And I just want to post Jaejoong’s favourite as well, aka the main reason why I bought the book:

The ideal day never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so.” - Horatio Dresser

Okay so I mostly ordered it because Jaejoong recommended this book (omygod apparently I am that kind of fan) but it&#8217;s such a wonderful little book~ It has one quote for each day of the year, with a little discussion about it as well. Mom said it looks just like a little Bible. It does, doesn&#8217;t it? I hope it will help me sleep.Let me share today&#8217;s quote:

&#8220;I would rather think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to come together and make sense." - Rabbi Harold Kushner

And I just want to post Jaejoong&#8217;s favourite as well, aka the main reason why I bought the book:

&#8220;The ideal day never comes. Today is ideal for him who makes it so.&#8221; - Horatio Dresser
  1. listenforthelove said: oh niiiice! That’s an original meme~ Quite some variation there too for you~ yeah, things that make an impression aren’t necessarily favorites I suppose. Some things can stay with you for very different reasons.

It is quite a nice meme :) And yeah there’s a bit of variation, though it’s still very limited by books I own, as I got most of my ideas from my book shelves XD (Veronika Decides To Die and Als Rozenblaadjes Vallen are the only two books I don’t own myself)

Books that really impress me are generally favourites though, so that’s why it surprised me. Not that I’ve been really touched by books lately? It’s been a while. The only book that really affected me in recent times was De Uren Die We Deelden/Our Happy Time. Oh well, we’ll keep searching. ;)

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12 Jan 14 at 10 pm
tags: personal  books 

Book Lover

Thanks to Nika for tagging me~

Rules: In a text post, list ten books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t take but a few minutes, and don’t think too hard — they don’t have to be the “right” or “great” works, just the ones that have touched you. Tag ten friends, including me, so I’ll see your list. Make sure you let your friends know you’ve tagged them!

  1. De Verwensing (Ella Enchanted) - Gail Carson Levine
  2. Veronika Decides To Die - Paulo Coelho
  3. Alas, Babylon - Pat Frank
  4. Tristan - Gottfried von Straßburg
  5. The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
  6. De Uren Die We Deelden (Our Happy Time, 우리들의 행복한 시간) Gong Ji-Young
  7. Als Rozenblaadjes Vallen (When Rose Petals Fall) - Brigitte Minne
  8. Unsere Töchter, Die Nazinen (Our Daughters, The Nazis- Hermynia Zur Mühlen
  9. Das Tagebuch der Lieblingstochter von Kaiserin Elisabeth 1878-1899 (The Diary Of Empress Elisabeth’s Favourite Daughter 1878-1899) - Marie Valerie von Österreich
  10. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

II’m amused, only half of these are on my favourites list. And three of these books are connected to musicals, kekeke (7, 9, 10). And three are university/school related books (4, 5, 8). Some things impress you more than you think they would.

Anyway, thanks again Nika. <3 I’m not sure who to tag so feel free to do this if you want~

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31 Dec 13 at 3 pm

Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind  (via floralnymph)

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"A book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us. When we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day."

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26 Dec 13 at 4 pm

Nora Ephron (via afternoon-tea-and-books)

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tags: quote  books 

"Reading is everything. Reading makes me feel like I’ve accomplished something, learned something, become a better person. Reading makes me smarter. Reading gives me something to talk about later on. Reading is the unbelievably healthy way my attention deficit disorder medicates itself. Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real. Reading is grist. Reading is bliss."

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17 Dec 13 at 6 pm

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30 Sep 13 at 8 pm

we-are-geeks:

My bunny Oreo reading my book. Smart girl. :)

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tags: *sobs*  bunny  books