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Progression ✨
“Courage does not always roar. Valor does not always shine.”
Tomi Adeyemi - 
Children of Blood and Bone
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For theatre, I have to read, analyze, and build a study of a play of my choice. Naturally, I chose Les Miserables. The whole concept of friendship and war and love and betrayal and mental instability draws me in like no other. I like to read with feeling, preferably something rooted deep in the human mind. Something each person who reads will extract a different teaching out of. This is pretty amazing stuff, these books. ✨
Do you read screenplays or books that have been turned into plays? Which is your favorite? ✨✨
#bookstagram #bookishblogger #bookish #bibliophile #mybookfeatures #booklover #bookblogger #bookworm #booksbooksbooks
“I’m a fountain of blood, in the shape of a girl”
Björk
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It’s incredibly surprising/irritating to think of how easy it is for people to make it their hearts desire to just TAKE away your traditional femininity. It’s almost as if being a woman requires you to go out and make a living, all alone, as if being a woman means wearing only pants or things that show off your body, as if being a woman means being a working mother. I understand a lot of people want equality but... what is equality if I WANT to be all those things? I know so many girls who actually dream of being all these I mentioned and nobody tells them it’s okay to keep wanting this. It has completely flipped. And I am utterly confused like?? Let them? Be who they wanna?? Be?? It’s not so complicated and yet it is 🤔🤷🏽‍♀️ Anyways, I had a talk with a few people today about this and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it all afternoon. What has been on your mind today?
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The lovely @starburnt has tagged me in the #deckofcardsandbooks :
🖤 rummy (most anticipated read) -
The Ladies Guide to Petticoats and Piracy, The Tyrant’s Tomb
🖤 war (action-packed read) -
The Trials of Apollo (the emotion and dark tones are a PLUS), all of Rick Riordan really
🖤 go fish (a fun and light read) -
To all the boys I’ve loved before
🖤 gin (book that blew my mind) -
The glass castle
🖤 blackjack (current reads) -
The Song of Achilles, ACOFAS
🖤 spades (next read) -
The Cruel Prince, My Plain Jane
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#bibliophile #nature #bookstagram #bookish #bookquotes
“You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.” ✨ “You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.” ✨

Victor Hugo - Les Miserables (two quotes because Mr. Hugo speaks to me on another level) ✨✨
History is left behind by those who care enough to make something of it. That’s why I am so invested in making this all count, making sure I don’t leave without carving a single mark, the tiniest impression in this world. 
Live and speak through love. God knows we need more of it in this material world.
Do you often think about the lives being shaped around you and how history is being made every single day? What theories/thoughts might you have that maybe you’ve never voiced or shared with anybody else?
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The one and only @starburnt has tagged me in both the #bookishsins and #mybookishaddictions tags: 🥀 greed (a book you won’t lend out) - 
an old copy I’ve practically devoured of a poetry book by Mary Ann Samyn
🥀 gluttony (a book you devoured) - 
Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea 🥀 sloth (a book sitting unread on your shelf for too long) - Gone with the Wind 🥀 lust (a boxed set) - 
the City of Ember series 🥀 wrath (a book that disappointed me) - 
Warcross 🥀 envy (a book you’d like to live in) - 
no surprise here, The Magician’s Nephew 🥀 pride (prettiest book on your shelf) - 
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (it’s a deep red with gold swirl designs on both the spine and the cover)
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#mybookishaddiction 🐝 current read - 
This Savage Song 🐝 first read of 2018 - 
either Zenith or Warcross I can’t remember 🐝 a book that’s a good adaptation - 
The Fault in Our Stars (though I’m not a fan) and To all the boys I’ve loved before 🐝 a book from your 2017 the pile that’s still in your 2018 the pile - 
Good me Bad me
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#bookish #nature #bookstagram #bookquotes #bibliophile
“I wanted to tell the book thief many things, about beauty and brutality. But what could I tell her about those things that she didn't already know? I wanted to explain that I am constantly overestimating and underestimating the human race-that rarely do I ever simply estimate it. I wanted to ask her how the same thing could be so ugly and so glorious, and its words and stories so damning and brilliant.”
Markus Zusak - The Book Thief
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Happy September 1st 🍁🍂🍁
I can practically taste the end of summer. As we face this last month head on, what wishes and wonders have you fulfilled from June to August? What do you wish you could have done? 
Although I spent most of my summer working, it was full of gloriously sunny mornings, dull moments staring out of windows, laughing, laughing, more laughing, and a timeless passing of the days. It went by so quickly but... that’s what makes the wait for next summer much more enticing. ✨✨
To get yet another tag out of the way (don’t worry, I like these!) I’ll be filling out the #booksicknesstag that @itsafangirlfantasy has sent in my direction: ☠️
☠️ chicken pox (a book I’ll never read again) - Zenith, Flicker and Mist
☠️ flu (a contagious read) - the whole Narnia series
☠️ insomnia (a book you’ll read all night) - The Lunar Chronicles (I know this is a series but I honestly could not put it down for a single second when I first read it last summer, specifically Cress through Winter)
☠️ asthma (a book that took your breath away) - Circe, The Raven Cycle (specifically The Raven Boys because Stiefvater’s writing actually took my breath away)
☠️ homesickness (a book about a trip) - Anne of Avonlea
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She also tagged me in the #top5maleleads : 🍂
🍂 Gilbert Blythe
🍂 Cassian (not an actual lead but he is to me)
🍂 Lazlo Strange
🍂 Richard Gansey III
🍂 John Ambrose McClaren AND Peter Kavinsky (because I honestly fell in love with John first but I love both of them equally now which sounds bad but oh well)

All these in no particular order.
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#bibliophile #bookstagram #nature #bookish #bookquotes
“Only that: we are here. This is what it means to swim in the tide, to walk the earth and feel it touch your feet. This is what it means to be alive.”
Madeline Miller - Circe
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This week was the first week of college and I can proudly say it’s been a peaceful start. My favorite class is most definitely theatre, second is history, and third is english. I also take psychology and I normally love that class - and would love it still - if it weren’t for my professor. I’ve already been assigned so many research papers and quizzes 🙄
So school’s been okay for me, how is it for you? What’s your favorite class(es)?
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I have been tagged by the beautiful @magnolia.branch for the #anythingbutbooks tag: ✨
favorite cartoon - Steven Universe and Curious George (a plus to living with tiny siblings) 🐵 ✨
favorite song - La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf  what can you do for hours aside from reading - writing, daydreaming, and anything artsy ✨
what can you do that’s surprising - I can correctly tell you what time it is at the most random moments of the day without having to look at a clock (duhh) ✨
favorite fandom to learn about - I’m in way too many and am currently joining like 525600 of them ✨
name something you did last year - took a gap year after graduating high school ✨
what is your most recent project - joint YouTube channel with my little sis whoop whoop ✨
what do you often think about - oh goshhh I think way too much about the future ✨
what’s something people don’t know about you - I’m actually very insecure ✨
name one oddly specific thing you love - the feeling of the first wind of fall and breathing in the soothing smell of beeswax candles because it reminds me of my childhood in Florida when we’d open up all the windows of the house and run around during fall break with no worries in expecting the cold of winter
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#bookstagram #nature #bookquotes #bibliophile
just ‘cause I’m still kinda obsessed with this polar bear painted in 1991...
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Also, I’ve been in a major major MAJOR reading slump lately so any recommendations would be very well received thank you very much.
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I was tagged by the ever lovely @magnolia.branch to do the #topfivefaves and #5bookishfacts so without further ado;
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series - Narnia and The Raven Cycle 
season - fall ☕️🍁
color - the whole spectrum of yellow (for different moods)
dessert - flan 🍮
flower - tulips and sunflowers🌷🌻
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1 - I cannot stand when people dog-ear pages instead of using a bookmark
2 - my love of history and things past probably ignites my love for historical fiction
3 - I always read at night when I have 0 interruptions 
4 - Most of my books are thrifted and/or used
5 - If you didn’t already know (or could tell) The Chronicles of Narnia is what really got me into reading as a kid. I loved them so so much and still do tbh
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#bookstagram #bookish #vintage #mybookfeatures #bibliophile #bookblogger #bookworm #booksbooksbooks
"God wove a web of loveliness, Of clouds and stars and birds, 
But made not anything at all
So beautiful as words." 💮
Anna Hempstead Branch
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Last night I relaxed more than I have for a long, long time. Now that I'm refreshed I figured I might as well post another #flatlay so here it is!!!
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q: what is your current state of mind?

a: a little confusion, a little calm, a little sleepy
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What about you guys? How are you feeling at this moment? It's been cloudy with slight drizzling all morning and I'm missing the sunshine more than ever 🌞 SUMMER PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY .
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#bookstagram #classics #candles #rustic #bookish #bookblogger #blog #bibliophile #mybookfeatures #booklitty #bookworm #booksbooksbooks
"Gilbert reached across the aisle, picked up the end of Anne's long red braid, held it out at arm's length and said in a piercing whisper, "Carrots! Carrots!"
Then Anne looked at him with a vengeance!
She did more than look. She sprang to her feet, her bright fancies fallen into cureless ruin. She flashed one indignant glace at Gilbert from eyes whose angry sparkle was swiftly quenched in equally angry tears.
"You mean, hateful boy!" she exclaimed passionately. "How dare you!"
And then - Thwack!
Anne had brought her slate down on Gilbert's head and cracked it - slate, not head - clear across." Anne of Green Gables
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I was, once again, rereading my favorite classic and each time I come across this scene I always fall in love with it more and more. Gilbert Blythe was misunderstood (poor baby) and Anne was feisty... What better, more perfect match?? Although they fought, nobody can deny them being soulmates. Gil will forever be my favorite boy-turned-man character in any book, ever. Their story is so 😍 💮
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Who's your favorite misunderstood male character??
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#anneofgreengables #bookstagram #classics #bookcharacter #bookish #booklover #bibliophile #bookworm #booksbooksbooks
"She looked - and was - as simple as earth, as good as bread, as transparent as spring water." Gone with the Wind
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Sometimes I like to just lay there and stare at a pretty picture of the things I like most. Flowers preserved in a single spot, beeswax candles, old books, grainy deep-brown-colored wood, all of it makes me feel so relaxed. 
What are some things that help you to relax? Whether it be music or reading or knitting... What helps you calm down?
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#bookish #bookstagram #classic #bookblogger #vintage #flatlay #booklover #bibliophile #bookfeaturepage #mybookfeatures #booklitty #bookworm #booksbooksbooks