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What's your favorite banned or challenged book?

This week is Banned Books Week.

In its honor, I have stolen this list of frequently challenged classics from [livejournal.com profile] rachel2205. Each of these books is on Radcliffe's Rival 100 Best Novels List. For information on why each work was banned or challenged, the ALA has listed information here. (Apparently, The Lord of the Rings was "Burned in Alamagordo, NM (2001) outside Christ Community Church along with other Tolkien novels as satanic." Ok then.)

I have bolded the books I've read.



1. The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
2. The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger
3. The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee

5. The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
6. Ulysses, by James Joyce
7. Beloved, by Toni Morrison
8. The Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
9. 1984, by George Orwell
11. Lolita, by Vladmir Nabokov
12. Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck

15. Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
16. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
17. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
18. The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
19. As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
20. A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
23. Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
24. Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
25. Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
26. Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
27. Native Son, by Richard Wright
28. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
29. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
33. The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
36. Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
38. All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
40. The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien (Wait, what?)
45. The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
48. Lady Chatterley's Lover, by D.H. Lawrence
49. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
50. The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
53. In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
55. The Satanic Verses, by Salman Rushdie
57. Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
64. Sons and Lovers, by D.H. Lawrence
66. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
67. A Separate Peace, by John Knowles (What?? I read this in my 9th grade English class!)
73. Naked Lunch, by William S. Burroughs
74. Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
75. Women in Love, by D.H. Lawrence
80. The Naked and the Dead, by Norman Mailer
84. Tropic of Cancer, by Henry Miller
88. An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
97. Rabbit, Run, by John Updike

Book Meme

Sep. 19th, 2012 10:13 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Book meme snagged from [livejournal.com profile] venivincere! All attempts to google international book week led to instances of this meme, so if international book week does exist, it's...probably not now. But no matter! Every week should be International Book Week! Also: Public Service Announcement: Banned Book Week (sponsored by the ALA) runs from September 30 to October 6, and this year is the 30th anniversary. Get you some banned books ready to read! It starts at the end of the month.

Meme: It's (probably not) international book week. The rules: Grab the closest book to you, turn to page 52, post the 5th sentence. Don't mention the title. Copy the rules as part of your post.

I am not good with rules that I don't make up myself, so have a varied selection of books I found within rolling chair distance of my computer:

~You see all these isolated facts, together with many minor ones, all pointed in the same direction.

~I shuddered, putting my hands over my ears, so that I couldn't hear any more of her ugly tirade.

~"He was the president."

~And there are a lot of record-industry types hanging around in the Nipponese Quadrant--which looks like the other quadrants except that it's quieter, the tables are closer to the floor, and it's full of bowing and fluttering geisha daemons.

~"Bwuvver Fwancis the gardener says that I mus' selfwesswy pwactice virtue an' wuv to all wivving fings," said Warlock.

~But I said that it wasn't a proper book because it didn't have a proper ending because I never found out who killed Wellington so the murderer was still At Large.

~She was there in the store for
him to look at, not those others.

~"Zalu, why do I get the impression you're not glad to see me?"
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Please let me recommend to you Cecilia Ryan, as an author and general person to watch. She bleeds romance from her proverbial (virtual?) pen, and her new novel looks just as intricate, poignant, and compelling as ever.

Winding Road

by Cecilia Ryan
(click the banner to visit her on GoodReads)
Winding Road cover, hand and guitar fret.

Winding Road is a romance and coming of age story for Ash, a young musician with a band that's just starting to make a name for itself and a huge crush on a fellow musician, the mysterious Indigo. As his music career takes off, so does his love life, sending him on an emotional rollercoaster ride that's all part of growing up. With a little help from his friends, Ash navigates the brave new world of semi-stardom and, just maybe, finds a little happiness with the man of his dreams.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Lolita)
(I love books. I love talking about books. Ergo: I LOVE THIS MEME! ♥) (Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] venivincere)

The Big Read reckons that the average adult has only read 6 of the top 100 books they've printed.

1.) Look at the list and bold those you have read.
2.) Italicize those you intend to read.
3.) Underline those you LOVE.
4.) Put an asterisk next to the books you'd rather shove hot pokers in your eyes than read.

THE LIST )

Not so high a percentage as other 'Top 100' lists, but still a respectable number. :P
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Default)
Professional Author Friend Cecilia (PAF Cecilia) has a new book out! It looks gorgeous, and sounds fantastic. I swear: she was made to write romance. Her plots are intricate, and emotional, and just, well: interesting. I don't know why I faff about trying to write romance when people like her exist to write it much, much better!

Check it out:



The Sartorialist is now available from Dreamspinner Press!

It's the tale of the fall (and redemption of sorts) of Beau Brummell, Regency-era wit, gentleman, and sartorial advisor and favourite to Prince George, later the prince regent for whom the Regency is named. It deals with the famous falling out of Beau and the prince - in this version, over Beau's affections for a young soldier named Toby. The fallout has far-reaching implications for Beau, but he survives with a little help from his friends and goes on to a happier ending than history allows. (Summary copied from CeciliaRyan.com.)

EPIC

Mar. 28th, 2012 09:22 pm
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
Bitches in Bookshops:


snagged from [livejournal.com profile] imaginarycircus
apple_pathways: (Record Shopping)
15 days meme


Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 04: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.Read more... )
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs.
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.

random images of funny

I've been collecting all sorts of images, gifs, and nonsense oh my desktop lately. In order to finally do something with them and move on with my life, allow me to share the LOLs.

Doctor Who and Nerdy Book Humor )

Ok. Yeah, this post was incredibly long, so sorry for that! Now: off to do something productive-ish.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Help I'm Being Repressed!)
The book meme is off to a fantastic start! Thank you so much to everyone who's jumped into the fray! If you haven't had a chance to check it out yet, do head on over: there's some great recs posted. (I found a new cookbook! Woo hoo!) Leave a request, or a rec: find a good book! (And if you're so inclined, spread the love! ♥ Here's the banner code if you're willing to help me pimp.)





15 days meme

(snagged from [livejournal.com profile] gahdzuks)

Day 01: Introduce yourself. List your likes and dislikes.
-Call me Amy. I am America. I am a pick-up truck. )

Day 02: Make a bulleted list of everything that happened in your day.
Day 03: Share your favorite quote/song lyric.
Day 04: Smile! We want to see your teeth today. Post a self-portrait.
Day 05: Share your favorite recipe.
Day 06: List 5 countries you'd like to visit.
Day 07: Provide pictures of 5 celebrity crushes.
Day 08: Create a bucket list, whether or not your aspirations are rational.
Day 09: Describe your food consumption today.
Day 10: Share some of your current favorite tunes.
Day 11: List some of your favorite tumblrs.
Day 12: Set a goal.
Day 13: Provide the HEX code(s) of your favorite color(s).
Day 14: Post a Youtube video that makes you laugh/inspires you.
Day 15: Make a voicepost in another language besides your native one.

(Gonna have to practice for Day 15! Anyone else on the ol' flist fluent in Spanish besides [livejournal.com profile] alt_universe_me?)

ETA: Note to self: locate glasses before removing contacts. That's ten minutes of my life I'm not getting back...
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
So, you know how I was talking about making a meme where people can share books recommendations? Well, I went and did it! As with most things I do, it's probably monstrously over-planned, but I think it could be fun if it gets off the ground!

And that's where I need your help, dear Flist: first, would you help me promote it by copying and pasting the code provided and displaying my banner on your journal? (Click the banner yourself to go the meme!)





Second: I need your help getting it off the ground! So, if you've got a moment, think about your favorite book and write up a quick recommendation for it. Looking for something to read? Describe the type of book you're looking for! (Remember: the templates I provided are optional! If you'd rather just throw out a couple sentences about why Sweet Valley High #17 was the best book ever written, but all means: DO IT! :D

Have I mentioned lately how much I love you all? *puppy eyes* (Don't make me beg!!!) :P

(OH! And if you notice any errors or have any advice, do let me know!)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)


How does a book rec meme work?


5 EASY STEPS TO REC SUCCESS:

  1. Find the genre/type of book you're looking for in the comments! The following genre/types are listed in alphabetical order:

    Chick Lit
    Children's and Young Adult Lit
    Classics
    Contemporary Literature
    Fantasy
    Historical Fiction
    Horror
    Manga, Comics, and Graphic Novels
    Mystery/Detective/Crime
    Non-Fiction
    Romance
    Science Fiction
    Thrillers
    and "Other" (For any genre or type not already listed.)

  2. Click 'reply to this' on the comment with the genre you're looking for. If you're recommending a book, type "RECCING" in the Subject line of your comment. If you're requesting a recommendation, type "REQUESTING".
  3. Either copy, paste, and fill out the handy forms provided, or describe in your own words the book you're recommending or looking to read.
  4. Browse the other recommendations that have already been left. Read the rec requests other participants have left, and make suggestions for books you think they might like.
  5. Share the love! ♥ Copy and paste the following code into your journal to send your friends to the meme:





It's that easy! ;)


Just remember:

* Keep it civil, or suffer the consequences! (Consequences TBD, but may include deletion, bannination, or unsightly rash.)
* DO NOT "Post a new comment"! To keep things tidy, please post all comments as a reply to an existing comment. Misplaced comments will be removed: it doesn't mean you're a bad person. :P
* If you need to ask me something or get my attention, either PM me or post a reply under the "Questions" thread, otherwise I may not see it.

Happy Reading! ♥
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Reading)
I have claimed my prompt for [livejournal.com profile] sherlockmas's "Summer of Sherlock" ficathon! It is:

River Song, River Tam, John Watson; DOCTOR WHO and FIREFLY xover: Shooting gallery at a summer fair.

This may be my first time writing a crossover. I don't usually write them because I'm not familiar with that many canons, but here's a prompt that combines Sherlock, Doctor Who, AND Firefly! It had to be mine. :P

If you'd like to claim a prompt of your own: follow this link! (If you're not sure which one to pick, I'll you which ones were mine so you can claim them. ;)

And remember how I said I was going to take all of your book recs and compile them into a spreadsheet? Well, I have! There was some interest from others in sharing it, so here ya go: follow me!

One of these days, I'd love to host a book rec swapping meme-type thing: where people can ask for recommendations for certain genres/types of books, and people can post stray recs. Is there any interest for something like that?
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
I went to the doctor, and the horrific lump on my forehead is well on its way to vanquishment. (Is that a word?) While it is an infection, it's not anything particularly scary like staph. They numbed up my forehead, drained the lump, and gave me a prescription for antibiotics. (Which I must take every six hours for a week. Any bets on how many doses I'll miss? Also of note: the warning label on the bottle says "DO NOT LIE DOWN WITHIN TEN MINUTES OF TAKING THIS MEDICATION". Um: WTF?! Before I Google the reason for the warning, anyone wanna take any guesses as to what will happen if I disregard the warning?)

So I walked around with a bandage on my forehead all day. Not necessarily because I needed it, but because the lump was particularly unpleasant-looking and I was doing society a favor by concealing it. I got to explain to every single one of my students today why I was wearing it (kids love talking about pus), but the most uncomfortable conversation came from the cashier at Kroger: "Oh dear, what happened?"

"Oh, I had to have a cyst on my forehead drained."

"Oh, my husband gets those all the time. As long as no one's beating you!"

Yeah, knock wood, right?

TOPIC CHANGE! So I am in a serious Book Slump. I can't remember the last thing I read that I just couldn't put down. I really, really need some recommendations or, at the very least, some Lovely Book Chat. So: any recs? Anything new that you've heard is good? Anything old that you've re-read a dozen times? What are you reading right now, and how do you like it? What's next on the list?

Book Blather )

SO: rec me some books, please and thank you! I can't believe I've gone this long without getting excited about a book...
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Merry Xmas from Kate!)
So, I threw a minor tantrum in a clothing store today. I think the tantrum itself was justified; it was just staged in front of the wrong audience.

A tale of retail woe in which I am CRAZY, in PUBLIC, AGAIN! )

I'm pretty sure going back to apologize made me seem even crazier than my temper tantrum did to begin with, but what else is new? Just a side effect of KEEPIN' IT REAL, YO! ;)
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (P&P - Darcy (Gonna Bitch in Journal))
ONE WEEK LEFT OF CLASSES! Boo yah. That's right, I said BOO YAH!

I have one more paper to write, for my Complex Organizations class. (That's right, the class I hate with the professor who's a dick.) I am going to write my paper on the concept of "emotional labor" in child care facilities and how it ties in to the fact that child care workers are some of the most over-stressed and underpaid workers in the country. One of the best articles I've come across so far details the "prisoner of love" theory which postulates about why child care workers are so poorly paid: that companies exploit the intrinsic caring motives of their employees in order to pay them less.

This is a subject close to my heart, as I've spent my life working with children, and am consequently poor as a result. I've done a lot of different jobs with kids, but I've worked for two different daycares: one was a YMCA daycare, which really was a pleasant experience: the YMCA is a not-for-profit organization, and that ethos of "human benefit over profit" really did a lot to foster a positive attitude for workers and children alike. The other daycare was a massive franchise that sucked out my soul and spit it back to me at the end of every day. So yes: this is a topic close to my heart.

In other news, I still have a meme going! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good Books)
New friend (HELLO!) [livejournal.com profile] emmyangua has introduced me to 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die. (Link takes you to the Amazon listing for the book; to view a list of the works included, go here.)

Those of you who've been reading this journal for awhile and are familiar with my "I Like Making Lists" tag know what's coming: yes, I've composed a list of all the works I've read from the master list. Read it here! )

I also have a meme going!

Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Lists, lists, lists! It's like heaven... )

Finally: The Decemberists have a new album out in January and they are coming to Michigan in February! WOO HOO!!!

ETA: There's one more thing I wanted to include in this entry!

I've signed up for [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, which is a really cute idea: people post their wishes for short fiction, icons, and other holiday greetings, and other fans fill their "stocking" with content. Here's a link to my stocking, which just went up today. I think I'm going to write a bunch of Doctor Who and Sherlock drabbles, and then skim through posts looking for requests that fit the bill.

I'm also experimenting with learning how to make graphics! So maybe people will get some not-quite-perfect but well-intentioned icons and such. :) Let me know if you sign up, so I can stuff your stocking! (I will never stop giggling about that...)
apple_pathways: (Little Red Riding Hood)
I decided I didn't like days 21-24, so I am skipping to:

Day 25 - Any five books from your "to be read" stack


  1. The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky. Recommended to me by several people, notably the lovely [livejournal.com profile] rewindclunkplay, I am excited and also nervous to read this book. It promises to be a good read, but may just cut a little too close to home in reminding me of my own issues with anxiety and depression. I'll give it a go.
  2. Crush, by Richard Siken. A book of poetry recommended to me by [livejournal.com profile] tourdefierce, a girl who seems to know her poetry. It has an introduction by Louise Glück! I ♥ her!
  3. Doctor Who: The King's Dragon, by Una McCormack. What can I say? I'm a nerdy Who fan girl. I've already read The Glamour Chase (pretty good) and Nuclear Time (don't bother).
  4. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins. I don't know, you guys: this is one of those series that I love for the idea and the characters, but it kind of falls apart in its execution. My biggest criticism? Is that it reads like a YA book, which a good YA book shouldn't. I've started Catching Fire, and am already wondering how Collins is going to manage to keep the "Gale or Peeta, which one will she choose?" storyline going through the third book without making me want to bludgeon myself into unconsciousness with the hardcover.
  5. Eleanor Rushing, by Patty Friedmann. I started this book, but it kind of got pushed to the side by other things I wanted to read. (And other things I had to read.) It's about an erotomaniac who falls in love with a local preacher. What drew me to it was that it's a first person narrative, and I love the mystery of the unreliable narrator: what details of her story are true, and what are the delusions? I should get back to it soon.



Here's the entire meme, for anyone interested in snagging )


If anyone else has any recommendations, any AWESOME books that I simply MUST read, please let me know! I really do pay attention to people's recs and rely on them when deciding what I'm going to read next.

I also have a stack of non-fiction books I got on the writing process, and Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks. I read anything and everything, so be it a cookbook, a text book, poetry, science fiction, biography, whatever--if you love it, rec it!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Lit Nerd)
How the hell did I miss that the voting for [livejournal.com profile] whoverse_las was this weekend? Major fail on my part. This would have been the weekend to vote, too, as there were only 13 entries instead of the usual 30 or so to slog through! Oh well...I see my f-list buddies used skips this week, so I don't feel too bad. ;)

Day 18 - Favorite beginning scene in a book
Day 19 - Favorite book cover (bonus points for posting an image!)
Day 20 - Favorite kiss


For favorite beginning scene, I'm going to go with Arthur Dent's house being bulldozed in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

I don't think I have a favorite book cover! To be honest, I'm not a very visual person, and words tend to stand out for me more than pictures. I honestly could not tell you what most of the covers of my favorite books look like, even if I've read them more than dozen times. Sorry!

I've already written about my favorite kiss; it was in A Room With a View, where Lucy stumbles upon George standing amidst the field of violets and he kisses her. Ah hell! The passage is so damn good, I'll just copy it here again: Behind this cut! )

In other news, I finished all my homework for the weekend (HOORAY!), so I get to goof around on LJ and write fan fiction for the rest of the night without guilt. Huzzah!
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Gashlycrumb Tinies)
Day 17 - Favorite story or collection of stories (short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc.)

This question is so ridiculously easy to answer. I don't even have to think about it: Smoke and Mirrors, by Neil Gaiman.

First of all, I love the short story as an art form. It's heartbreaking that they're considered to be lesser than novels, because I think a well-crafted short story is just as, if not more, difficult to write than a novel. In a novel you have pages and pages to describe characters, establish themes, and build toward a climax. A short story is narrative distilled down into its purest form: there's no room for extraneous details or gratuitous description.

Neil Gaiman is a master of the art form. I have to avoid his prose when I'm trying to write, because the desire to imitate his style is just too strong, and my inability to approach his genius too depressing.

Every detail he adds in meaningful, every word. He doesn't bury you in figurative language or obscure his narrative with clunky dialogue. He points you in the direction he wants you to take and then buggers off, leaving you to figure out what the final destination is. I find myself thinking about a lot of his stories long after I finish them.

And the mood he sets! Whether funny, or creepy, or heart-warming, you find yourself engulfed in a sea of stirring emotions with every sentence.

OK, enough gushing; here are some of my favorite stories from the collection:

Chivalry, about an old woman who buys the Holy Grail in a charity shop, and the knight who makes it his quest to negotiate it away from her. (She drives a hard bargain, it must be said.)

The Price, about a stray cat that fights a nightly battle to protect his adopted family from the devil.

The White Road, a poem retelling the classic fairy tale Mister Fox, with a twist ending.
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Ho-Made BBQ Sauce)
LJ is being totally wonky. Replies people make to my comments aren't showing up in my inbox, and the ones I am receiving have all apparently been made "two hours ago", despite showing up in my inbox 10 minutes previously. You get a wag of the finger, LJ!

I chose a theme for the wedding shower I'm throwing for my future sis-in-law: "love birds"! They had these adorable, ready-to-paint birdhouses at the craft store for just $1.00 each, and this other store had decorative bird cages in bright colors, also for $1.00. I painted the birdhouses in colors to match the cages, and bought cute little fake birds. I was gonna take pics to share, but everything is all packed away now, so that'll have to wait.

I packed away all the herbs I dried for tea, and brewed myself up a cup. Delicious! I need to look up some tips for drying lemongrass, and also harvest some sage. I'm so sad that summer is over and my gardens are dying!

Book Meme ahoy! )
apple_pathways: Whatever floats your boat! (Good books)
Day 14 - Favorite character in a book (of any sex or gender)

I'm confused as to why the author of this meme felt to need to specify "of any sex or gender"? As far as I am aware, the term "character" contains no inherent sex or gender connotations. *shrug*

I'm not sure that I could pick my absolute favorite character! I think I love more characters than I do individual books. Also, I like characters for different reasons: some because I identify with them, some because they're funny or courageous or smart--some characters I love just because they're so incredibly unique and fascinating. Hannibal Lecter is one of my favorite characters, but I like him for different reasons than I like, say, Elizabeth Bennett.

So, rather than make an impossible decision about the one character I love above all the rest, I'll just briefly discuss one character I identify with and have not already mentioned in previous discussions of my favorite books: Beatrice from Much Ado About Nothing.

Much Ado About Nothing is my favorite of Shakespeare's plays, and the BBC audio adaptation starring David Tennant as Benedick vies with my favorite songs for most-listened to track on my iTunes. The "merry war betwixt" Beatrice and Benedick is what makes the play for me, and I can't help but ignore the dishwater dull Hero and her dopey lover Claudio: their ridiculously tragic love story is just a diversion.

I identify with Beatrice because I'm a girl who likes to crack a joke. When I was young and socially awkward, I developed my sense of humor as a means to relate to my more successful peers, who found me bookish and odd. Learning to laugh at myself and make others laugh with me became a necessary survival strategy, and my best means of winning over friends. Now, even though I'm older and more confidant, I still use humor to relate to others, and it's become an invaluable tool of my profession.

Other ways I'm like Beatrice? I'm incredibly stubborn, and there's no better way to manipulate me into doing something than to suggest I should do otherwise; I love to be contrary. I've never been one to make any great efforts towards romance, and am practically incapable of changing myself to impress the opposite sex: I'm the same loud, gregarious, opinionated person whether I'm trying to flirt or not! By the time it might occur to me to "play dumb" with a guy I like in order to make him feel good about himself, I've probably already corrected or contradicted him half a dozen times. I generally mean well, and even though I might make a joke that's at someone else's expense, I genuinely expect them to see the humor in it and feel terrible if they don't.

And like Beatrice, I find these same qualities endearing in a partner: I like a man who's bold and funny and find it endearing if he occasionally puts his foot in his mouth due to a lack of caution. I need someone who can verbally spar with me, and give as good as he gets. I like a man who drives me just a little bit insane.

I love Beatrice for her flaws and her quirks and for everything I want others to appreciate in me. Is there any greater way to identify with a character?

ETA: I figured I'd add this on here since it's book-related and I don't want to make an entirely new entry. So: I am reading The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and enjoying it IMMENSELY. I'm about 2/3 of the way through, and should finish it tomorrow sometime. I just went to my library's website to put in a request for the sequel, Catching Fire.

As part of the entry for Catching Fire is a two-line summary of the sequel that
SPOILS THE ENDING TO THE FIRST BOOK!. ARGHH!!!! I am so mad!

Please remind me that it's inappropriate to send death threats to public libraries...

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