Wednesday – Quoteday #11

I really felt like posting a quote today and it made me laugh out loud because in my new year’s post I said I didn’t want to just post quotes on wednesdays anymore. Guess what day it is haha. Ah well, it’s a good day to share some beautiful words with you guys and girls ;).

I’m really happy today because I finally finished my thesis!!! Despite all the things that went wrong along the way, I’m so proud of the result. At the same time I feel a tiny bit lost and unhinged. Like I don’t know what to do now that I almost have my bachelor. Luckily, reading allows us to become whoever and whatever we want, wherever we land. Currently I’m residing in Furthermore, land of chaotic magic, trickery and mischief and I’m loving every minute of it! And who knows where and who I’ll be tomorrow…

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Wednesday – Quoteday #10

As a writer I always have stories swimming around in my head. Ideas for characters, plots, worlds, creatures and so much more. Sometimes these ideas crystallize into stories, short and long, and sometimes they just stay in their initial ideaforms. I’ve got notebooks full of them. And pages of summaries waiting to be written out in full novels. This got me to thinking how it is possible that so many of us love to tell and come up with stories. Even though we are by no means all writers, we humans are all storytellers. Even if we just relate our day to friends or family we pour our experiences in a storymold, exaggerating a little bit to give some suspense or to make an event seem more amusing. The memories of our childhood become tales we tell to and with the ones we love at special occasions. We are always and everywhere surrounded by stories. So, when I found the following quote by Jonathan Gottschall I could only agree with him.

We are, as a species, addicted to story. Even when the body goes to sleep, the mind stays up all night, telling itself stories.”

Wednesday – Quoteday #9

Time for another bookish quote! Every once in a while I like to shake things up a bit. I already posted some poems and a few quotes, but today I wanted to do something different. I love Pinterest and there are so many beautiful pins with quotes on them that I’ve decided to share one of these pins today.

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Beautiful, isn’t it? And it describes me perfectly :).

Wednesday – Quoteday #8

It’s wednesday so it’s time for another quote :). When I was browsing on Pinterest I came across a beautiful picture of a library and underneath it was a quote from Jorge Luis Borges saying:

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”

Well, I really hope that he’s right and that if we die we go to bookheaven where you can read all day and won’t have to worry about work, school, bills and all other responsibilities. Just sit there reading and soaking up all those stories.

Wednesday – Quoteday #7

On this extremely hot and sweaty day there is not much else to do than read and write (can you say Heaven 😉 ). Because I have all the time of the world today I thought it would be fun to share another poem about reading with you all. The poem I chose is called Just Words and is written by Erin Hanson, a really talented young lady from Australia. If you haven’t heard of her then you should really check her poetry out!

Are they really “just words” strung out across paper,

Or are they answers to questions we’ve not learnt to ask,

If they’re really “just words” then how come when we read them,

We feel like somebody has seen through or mask,

I don’t think “just words” can hold such a power,

That makes us believe that there really is hope,

There has to be something in words that will help you,

Hold on when you’re reaching the end of your rope,

The people that write them are dealing with magic,

They change the whole world with a paper and pen,

And that I may be one is a dream I’d keep having,

If given the chance to live my life again,

They can’t be “just words” when you stop feeling lonely,

As if the author is someone that you’ve always known,

Like a hand has reached out to brush your tears from your cheek,

When you’re reading the words in your room all alone.

I think all readers will agree that stories are not “just words” that they are so much more :).  

Wednesday – Quoteday #6

It has been a while since I posted anything. The last two weeks were so extremely busy that I couldn’t find the time to write something, but luckily I have time today :). Since it’s summer vacation (or almost anyway 😉 ) and the weather is mostly nice, I’ve been in the mood to read romantic stories. Stories that allow you to relax completely and just dream away. The last couple of weeks I’ve been binge reading New Adult contemporaries and a lot of paranormal sci-fi romance novels. I just love these type of stories and don’t quite get why a lot of people say that these books are their ‘guilty pleasures’. Why would you try to keep your love for them hidden or feel the need to apologize for what you enjoy to read?

The quote I want to share with you today is by Rae Carson and describes exactly how I feel about reading my favorite books:

‘I don’t care if it’s Twilight or Fifty Shades or War & Peace, never let someone make you ashamed of what you love to read.’

Excellent advice, is it not?

Wednesday – Quoteday #5

Jeey, it’s wednesday again! Normally I would post a quote, but today I like to shake things up a little and share a poem with you. This is actually one of my all-time favorite poems by one of my favorite poets. The title is There is no frigate like a book and it’s written by Emily Dickinson.

There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page

Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

That bears a human soul! 

Sometimes books do feel like vessels that can take you to different places, don’t you think?

Wednesday – Quoteday #4

Pff, I survived last week!!! Now, all my academic blogs (if you want you can check them out on deathinantiquity.wordpress.com and networkedmediterranean.weebly.com) and papers are done  and turned in. That just leaves my thesis to be written, but at least I have some time to read a little more :). Usually I read some 20 books a month, but the last couple of months were so busy that I only read 7 to 12 books a month which seriously messed with my reading routine haha. I don’t know about you guys and girls but I always seem to read a new book or a new series and then pick up one of my older books that I read many times, before I start in another new book or series. I always thought that was just one of my weird quirks, until I found this quote by C.S. Lewis:

“It’s a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”

Do any of you have reading habits like this? Something you think is a bit weird, but could be something that a lot of readers do 😉

Wednesday – Quoteday #3

And it’s wednesday again! I’m still really busy with school, but there’s a little light at the end of the tunnel haha. My exam is done, my first academic blog and paper are done too, so that just leaves one other blog and paper and my thesis! Slowly, but surely things are wrapping up (thank goodness).

I don’t know about you girls and guys, but I love to get lost in books. Love how the words of an author, a person you don’t  know, can transport you across continents, dimensions and even take you to completely imaginary places and still make you feel at home. Like you somehow belong with the characters between the pages. I think that is also the reason why I love paranormal, fantasy, fairytale and science fiction stories, because they bring a little magic and wonder to a world that seems particularly focussed on technology and progress. Every once in a while (or in my case every evening) you just want to slow down and forget about the world. Go someplace new, with new people. And amazingly enough books alow you to do so <3.

The quote I picked out today describes the way I feel about books perfectly. The quote is by Jean Rhys:

“Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.”

Absolutely beautiful, isn’t it? And it’s so true.

Wednesday – Quoteday #2

I can’t believe it’s wednesday already, sometimes the weeks just fly by. Especially when you’re studying, blegh. While I’m busy writing my bachelor thesis, two academic papers and two academic blogs, and in the meantime trying to learn my Social and Economic History exam, all I can think about is that I’m ready for summer break and a whole lot of reading (fun reading that is) ;).

The quote I chose for this wednesday is by Lena Dunham:

“Let’s be reasonable and add an eigth day to the week that is devoted exclusively to reading.”

Can’t agree more with that statement haha. Especially during this busy time I could use an extra day totally devoted to reading and relaxing. What do you guys and girls say: is it time for a new calendar with eight days a week or what?

Ps. For all you readers out there that are busy with exams or other schoolstuff : good luck!!!