aninspiredemotion said:eeeeeee go you on your amazing event!
goldenslumbr said: you hosted an author event! awesooome! congrats!
I knoooooooow right?? =DDDDD It was so much fun! Lauren Oliver said she really loved my questions and she was such a delight to interview <3
aninspiredemotion replied to your photoset: My first day of Eid can be summarized in the…
Haha, but you are the warrior-bookseller delivering books to the populace, despite any goofiness around you. (blessed Eid & glad it was a great one!)
Omg I want so badly to change my tumblr name to warrior-bookseller! I am SO gonna appropriate that name for myself AND NO ONE SHALL HAVE IT YOU’RE THE BEST SQWOOK <3 <3 <3
So the always lovely Sqwook tagged me for her “5 Facts About Yourself” meme, so here it is (I tried to minimize book-related facts because I can list like, 50 book-related facts about myself lbr)
1. I love staring into space when I’m stressed or overwhelmed, to remind myself that my burdens are tiny and inconsequential against the vastness of space and time.
2. I love the rain. Yes, sunny days are nice but rain makes me feel so alive.
3. Some days I feel so free and high like a kite and some days I feel so unbelievably down it scares me. Which leads to fact—
4. Books ground me. They keep me sane and calm and words, glorious words relax my brain while making it run in circles at the same time. I owe books so much but I’m afraid people around me don’t understand why I need books all the time.
5. For all my bravado I’m a timid soul. I can be a lioness when I’m sure of my place and my knowledge, but I’m a mouse when faced with new people and new environment.
Tagging my friends on tumblr! You know who you are ;)
“Let the mothership take me away!”
As long as the mothership doesn’t let you get dirty
mighty-mouse73 said: I’ve heard maybe a heating pack should help, too. But chocolate is ALWAYS a winner. (((hugs)))
feel better! (macarons should help!) :)
Thanks lovelies <3 It usually hurts on the first two days, so now it’s subsiding a bit. The chocolate macarons didn’t lessen the pain but definite distracts me from them! ;)
Oooh, they are so pretty, and they look delicious (I hope they are delicious!) I /love/ these round poofy delicate things being stacked tall like this - in my mind, that top one is still wobbling.:)
Oh they ARE delicious! I’ve eaten, uh, actually I’ve lost count how many I’ve eaten oops. I have to stop because my other sister who’s in college would kill me if I finish them before she gets back this weekend to try some herself. My sister took the picture, I’m sure she had to snap quickly before they come crashing down!
Your library looks amazing!
Thanks! =D Funnily enough my mom wandered into my room while I’m arranging the books and looked around in despair. “This room is for sleeping, not storing!” she said haha my poor exasperated mom.
So, dear internet, where are you hiding all the amazing feminist analysis of Brave?
Because I have Thoughts and Questions and I want to read about masculine vs. feminine concepts of strength and bravery, and gender essentialism bullshit and no-it’s-not-bullshit…
Brilliant, awesome reads. Thanks for the link, Sqwook! =D
I’ve been and will be offline until the end of August guys, in case anyone worries. I’m fine, only I have this massive deadline for my dissertation ad it’s make or break this time. I’ll maybe drop by with a TLOS review but that’s it.
Sqwook, posted that book rec list. Sorry it took so long love.
Paulo I hope you got my message and tumblr didn’t eat it. Thank you for your concern sweetie <3
Dom I hope you’re recuperating well! Get plenty of rest bb
Nan I look forward to the postcard, hope you’ll get yours soon ;)
So I got into an exchange with Sqwook on the healing power of stories, and I believe that reading is extremely helpful while managing a painful reality. Whenever something terrible/sad/unmanageable happens I always reach for a book. I remember when my dad had a heart attack a few years back the first thing I grab is my copy of The Tale of Despereaux, because I needed to distract myself from that painful place, and because of the book itself, which tells a story about hope and forgiveness and seeing light in dark places (he got better, thank goodness).
So to me, it’s a great balance, distancing myself from a terrible place, but at the same time I always read a heart-lifting book to remind me by the time that I resurface back in the real world, that there is good and hope and love still in my life. At the same time, the book cannot be too detached from reality that it cuts me off completely, because I’ll just end up twice as sad when I resurfaced (which is why I can’t read chick lit and romance genres).
Here’s a selection of books I always go to when I feel down and generally depressed, for Sqwook especially but also for anyone interested (some of the books require the characters go through painful journeys, but painful journeys are part of healing, so hang in there until the very end).