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Bibliophilism: A Fetish for Books
Confessions of a bibliophile. My favorite thing to do is to try to hook readers up with books I think they'll enjoy. My tastes are diverse, though I will confess to being a classics and history buff. I read all genres, including non-fiction. Submit here.

sekahyyh:

Sekah’s opening written commissions!

BASIC INFO

  • These are written commissions, not art.
  • I will write for any fandom. I will write any pairing. I will write original characters of any kind. I will write for any kink (I have no squicks to speak of). I will write for any plot. So long as you’re paying me, I’ll write anything and everything you like.
  • $1 per 100 word drabble.
  • $10 per 1,000 words.
  • We can negotiate a lower price for every 1k over 4,000 words.
  • If I go over what you paid me to write, the excess is free for you!
  • This is your work. You have the ultimate say in plot-points, characterizations, etc.
  • Payments should be done with Paypal. If you open a commission, I’ll let you know my information!
  • Send me an ask or email me at Katie.robinseggblue@gmail.com with commission requests, questions, or if you’d like more information!

WRITING SAMPLE

"They were intertwined, like kits exhausted from strenuous play, lying on a mat of tough, springy grass overgrown from the ki rolling off of Kurama’s skin. Kuronue fingered a green blade, running it between his claws to slice it, his seed from their latest fuck cooling on his thighs. Sickles glinted in the sunlight a safe distance away, though this grove was full of Kurama’s traps and spies. Kuronue could be armed again in moments."

— Excerpt of Yu Yu Hakusho fic Miles to Go Before I Sleep.

Much as he missed his mother, Kurama quickly discovered he enjoyed the newfound freedom of his apartment much more. It was modest, anonymous on the outside and cozily furnished once entered—an elegant sofa, a television, cushy chairs and a large bed—and was indelibly marked with touches of Kurama, despite the aura of a hotel room that never quite left. Tucked into the twenty-third floor of one of the high-rises Tokyo sprouted like weeds, it was comfortable, though the smog and city stench of the buildings’ respiration leaked in through the vents and the windows and assaulted Kurama’s tender nose. Some nights he woke up delirious from the smell, gasping for air and dreaming that the city was burning. In summer, when everything shimmered outside the glass with the heat baking the sidewalks, Kurama lowered and raised the thermostat compulsively to keep his plants (almost all sweet-smelling—Kurama couldn’t help but try to mask the abominable odor) hale and healthy.”

— Excerpt of Yu Yu Hakusho fic Teakettle.




thebooker:

Books more people should read
» Too Loud a Solitude by Bohumil Hrabal «

{GOODREADS}

Hantá rescues books from the jaws of his compacting press and carries them home. Hrabal, whom Milan Kundera calls “our very best writer today,” celebrates the power and the indestructibility of the written word.

Recommended by snagamat

Click here to read more about the underrated book project




I’ll be starting or rereading three books today, and potentially liveblogging them as I go.

The books are as follows:

My First Coup d’Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa, an autobiography by Vice President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama. Most autobiographies turn out to be self-serving bullshit, but this is on an interesting subject and highly-lauded, so I’ll give it a try.

American Gods, by fantasy powerhouse Neil Gaiman.

Mélusine, an LGBTQ fantasy by Sarah Monette, first in her Doctrine of Labyrinths series. This one I’ve read before, and it’s quite enjoyable for what it is. I want to reread it so I can finish the series.

I’ll keep you updated on how they are.


filed under: A Books A Literature A Liveblogging Books A lit


fuckyeahyoungadultlit:

The Girl and Her Books: 12 Alternatives to Goodreads

Since last week’s announcement that Amazon bought Goodreads, many of the users over there are looking for alternative book cataloguing/bookish social networking sites. I’ve gathered several into a list here, with a few notes obtained by poking at them:

LibraryThing- Extensive and impressive book cataloguing functionality, lighter on the social media aspect (or at least not as heavy as Goodreads). No mobile app. You can catalogue up to 200 books for free, then there is a pay-what-you-will annual option or a lifetime membership option. They’re offering a free year membership if you sign up by Friday. Amazon has a minority but not controlling share in ownership obtained when they purchased AbeBooks.

Shelfari- Owned and controlled by Amazon. I’ve encountered a lot of complaints about how Amazon has functionally abandoned Shelfari, so user concerns are not being addressed, updates aren’t happening, etc. Who knows what will become of it now that the big A has Goodreads. New users must sign-in with an Amazon ID.

weRead- Well they haven’t tweeted since June of last year, but that might not mean anything. There’s a never-ending book quiz that’ll make some Goodreads refugees pretty happy. Doesn’t seem to have an import function, so you’ll have to add your books one by one (unless I’m missing something). The site itself seems very buggy and it’s possible it’s been abandoned.

The Reading Room- Has an import function! Heavy on the book clubs (though when I click on their first Featured Book Club, The Bookanistas, it says the club doesn’t allow negative reviews…ew.) and heavy on the ebook sales.

Libib- For book/movie/video game cataloguing. Options to make your libraries public or private. Uses tags. Not much social media going on. Has an import function.

Booklamp- If you use Goodreads mainly to get recommendations, this is an interesting option for you. The site uses the “Book Genome Project” to analyze the “DNA” of books, and gives you Pandora-style recommendations based on the actual contents of books you’ve selected (as opposed to giving recs based on genre, author, whatever).

Reader2- Book list making site, lets you use tags and search other user lists via tags. Doesn’t let you have separate collections, and only seems to have Amazon links for each book. The UI is wayyyyy outdated- worse than LibraryThing, which says a good bit.

Anobii- Allows GR import, but only for books with ISBNs. Allows reviews- also includes reviews from critics on the books’ pages.

These are in beta:

Riffle Books- focuses on lists and social media, not a heavy cataloguing function. Has a Pinterest-type feel. PRETTY COVERS! Facebook-only login right now, but they should have Twitter login within the next week. Great for people who loved the visual aspect of GR.

BookLikes- this looks like the closest thing to the Goodreads experience that I could find. It uses the “shelves” system like GR, there’s star ratings, reviews, a personal timeline-type activity feed, heavy social aspect. When you sign up, you’re actually creating a kind of mini-blog (so it’s yourusernameorwhatever.booklikes.com). Allows you to connect your affiliate links to your newly created blog-type-page.

Thirdscribe- This one hasn’t even launched the beta yet, but it sounds like it’s going to be interesting: “ThirdScribe is a social networking service designed from the ground up to connect authors and their audience. It does this by combining a social stream with forums, book pages, reviews, member profiles, and a blog network to form a giant discussion about books.” Will be supported by author fees (so no ads- but also no dead authors?).

Slice Bookshelf- Facebook log-in. Allows you to import from GR. Automatically put the books I’ve “liked” on Facebook on my “Favorites” shelf, which I don’t like. Shows the book activity of my Facebook friends automatically, which I also don’t care for (I don’t care what my second cousin is reading, let’s be real). But if you’re into integrated Facebook stuff, this would be a good option.




fancycannibal:

when someone who just started reading tells you their favorite character and you know they’re going to die soon

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BOOKS!: 30 Day Book Challenge: followers, go! 

bestweapons:

Day 01 - Best book you read last year

Day 02 - A book that you’ve read more than 3 times
Day 03 - Your favorite series
Day 04 - Favorite book of your favorite series
Day 05 - A book that makes you happy
Day 06 - A book that makes you sad
Day 07 - Most underrated book
Day 08 - Most overrated book
Day 09 - A book you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 10 - Favorite classic book
Day 11 - A book you hated
Day 12 - A book you used to love but don’t anymore
Day 13 - Your favorite writer
Day 14 - Favorite book of your favorite writer
Day 15 - Favorite male character
Day 16 - Favorite female character
Day 17 - Favorite quote from your favorite book
Day 18 - A book that disappointed you
Day 19 - Favorite book turned into a movie
Day 20 - Favorite romance book
Day 21 - Favorite book from your childhood
Day 22 - Favorite book you own
Day 23 - A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t
Day 24 - A book that you wish more people would’ve read
Day 25 - A character who you can relate to the most
Day 26 - A book that changed your opinion about something
Day 27 - The most surprising plot twist or ending
Day 28 - Favorite title
Day 29 - A book everyone hated but you liked
Day 30 - Your favorite book of all time




One of my favorite poems by e. e. cummings.

One of my favorite poems by e. e. cummings.




karkats-vantasies:

gildings:

I love boys who have massive, throbbing vocabularies. 

I love girls who have clean, tight grammar




tearingsandstains:

Books, books, books…

tearingsandstains:

Books, books, books…




Like Queer Fiction? Try the Gay Fiction Booklist That Doesn't Suck! 

Description:

The sad thing about gay fiction is that too many readers (and reviewers) hold it to lower standards than they would other books. They’re so grateful just to find a book with gay characters that they’ll give it a free pass and recommend it even if it’s quantifiably terrible. 


I DO NO SUCH THING.
There is a surprising amount of gay fiction out there, some of it wretched and some of it transcendent, but it tends to slip by under the radar as a survival mechanism. So, with the help of my good friend the Internet, the recommendations of strangers and friends, and countless hours spent trawling countless used bookstores, I have put together a list of gay fiction — primarily science fiction and fantasy — that is, I hope, approaching comprehensive. Moreover, I’ve read everything on it and can offer a plot summary plus my own admittedly biased opinion on its relative worth. Arm yourselves with this list, my friends, and happy hunting!