Did you really read it?

Krystie Lee Yandoli lists 22 books at Buzzfeed that “you pretend you’ve read but actually haven’t.” The story notes a Guardian survey that suggests that most people lie and say they’ve read these classic books to seem smarter.

Madam Bovary

 war and peace

Actually, I’ve read 19 of the 22 books they list, easily beating my husband’s 13. I apparently have led a sad and sheltered life where all I do is curl up in a corner with a book and try and imagine that the real world doesn’t exist.

 The list is interesting, the text mostly silly.

 How about you, how many have you really read?

 Books you might have read

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BuzzFeed offers another list of 22 books based on an interesting premise — ‘if you liked this book as a child, you would like this adult book.’

 22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites

 Arianna Rebolini offers some interesting pairings. For example,

RomanaCakeIf you loved Ramona Quimby, Age 8, you should read Sloane Crosley’s I Was Told There’d Be Cake: We all loved Ramona Quimby because she was relatable, a little strange, and always hilarious. Same goes for Sloane Crosley, whose sharp, endearing, and laugh-out-loud personal essays tell stories of angry bosses, misadventures at the Museum of Natural History, baking mishaps, and more.

 

YolenButlerIf you loved The Devil’s Arithmetic, you should read Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred: Both novels use time travel to illuminate horrific moments of history,  The Devil’s Arithmetic sending its protagonist to the Holocaust and Kindred sending Dana to the slave quarters of antebellum South. Dana travels back and forth, though, jumping between her happy life in California and life-threatening experiences as a slave until she figures out what she’s being sent back to do.

 

If you loved…

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These pictures are what dreams are made of…

 Elena-Shumilova-sleigh

by Elena Shumilova

Elena-Shumilova-lakeby Elena Shumilova

 Wonderful photographs by Elena Shumilova plunge the viewer into a beautiful world that revolves around two boys and their adorable dog, cat, duckling and rabbit friends.

 A world in a farm

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10 of the Sexiest Poems for Literary Lovers

 Happy birthday to 20th-century poet and playwright Edna St. Vincent Millay!, From Flavorwire: A master sonneteer, Millay is also known as an iconoclast and libertine. Her works exploring the nature of romantic and erotic desire (especially between women) inspired us to search for other sexy poems for literary lovers.

adrienne-rich-Adrienne Rich

 The tender, rapturous longing and eroticism of Adrienne Rich’s “The Floating Poem, Unnumbered” in Twenty-one Love Poems (written between 1974 and 1976) brought lesbian sexuality to the forefront of poetic discourse:

 Whatever happens with us, your body

will haunt mine — tender, delicate

your lovemaking…

 WARNING: Link is probably NSFW

 Sexy poems

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Vonnegut’s Rules for writing the Short Story

 3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

 Advice To Writers

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Oh those clueless spammers

From my inbox (subject lines only, I’m too damn busy to go chasing these down although they might be fascinating…)

– “Hold on to her love” (guys, I’m a GIRL. Unless you think I’m a card-carrying lesbian this one is way misplaced. Do your freaking homework.)

– “Get an advanced degree in Homeland Security” – this one’s particularly funny after I just read an article about a TSA agent who didn’t know if District of Columbia drivers’ licenses were “valid US photo ID”. Advanced degrees – in basic GEOGRAPHY and CIVICS! – might indeed be called for, here. But um I don’t need one. Thank you ever so much.

– “No More Tears” – wasn’t this last used for a baby shampoo?

– “Free E-book!” – er, thank you, but you’re offering me this particular treasure from six different and equally unlikely email addresses. It is further and further away from the realm of any possibility that I will click on this with every time you slam it AGAIN into my inbox under a different email. Besides, have you seen my reading pile? If I need a free ebook, I’ll ask for one…

– “You won’t believe this!” – you’re probably right. I don’t.

– “Do you believe in angels?” – well, it’s like this, probably not in the way you want me to…

 (Yes I was just cleaning out my inbox after a prolonged period away from home. Why do you ask…?)

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Quote of the Day

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”  ~ Albert Einstein

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Alma Alexander

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