Author: hope.s

Hi! I'm a 23 year old about to start working towards my MA in Publishing at University College London. Mostly though I love to read and write, spending most of my free time imaginatively embodying Emily Dickinson. I'm also a dancer and lover of music, and one of my driving passions is to bring everything I love together (my profile picture is from a dance inspired by Willa Cather's "O Pioneer!").

Book Consumption

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Fragment: Scarlet

Eyeballs with lids peeled back

Thoughtfully wander across the room.

Blue, Brown, Grey, Green, every-

One rests staring at me.

 

I’ve been caught!

Red handed — literally!

A saw covered in sticky platelets,

My soul laid out like that guilty Plantagenet for all to see and condemn.

 

My own eyes turned downward at the ragged stumps–

Where my legs once were–

Now just sharp bone, tangled

Veins and crimson.

 

Questions begin to erupt like magma.

Coming to the surface, turning into destruction and lava,

Lascivious commentary.

Crude descriptions of this madness.

 

But I merely sat,

The pain numbing into complacency

Because —  just for a moment —

I was freed from the tyranny of thought.

Guilty Confessions: 17 Books I Should Have Read

Image result for the name of the rose by umberto ecoI always have a long list of books to read, whether they are books on my bookshelf already or one of the dozens of books recommended by friends, family, professors, random people on the street… the list seems to go on and on.

And choosing which books to read and when is not always an easy decision. Do I want to read something short or long? Fiction or non-fiction? Old or new? There are so many options it can be a task in itself to choose just one.

This act of choosing which books to read also means that there have been many books that have been left unread. Books that as a self-professed reader and lover of books and especially as an English major pursuing a Masters in publishing, I’m embarrassed to admit I have not read.

Now, this year I have made some headway towards correcting these oversights. I finally read Lolita and Rebecca; Atlas Shrugged and Outliers: The Story of Success; The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead and Americana by Don DeLillo.

However, for every book that I check off my list, I’m left with dozens more still to go. So, now that we are over halfway through the year and as I am assessing my reading goal and beginning to plan out books for the remainder of the year, here is a list of 17 books (in honor of today’s date) that I am embarrassed to admit I haven’t yet read!

17 Books I’m Embarrassed I Haven’t Read

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A guide to manipulating people to obey you – or a simple explanation of “Orwellian”

This may be a little choppy, my time for writing was short, but I really wanted to share this video!


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I’ve long appreciated dystopian novels, from the famous Hunger Games trilogy and 1984 to the less well known Genesis by Bernard Beckett. Throughout my youth and adult life I have gobbled up many dystopian novels.

While not all the dystopias I read were successfully written or smartly imagined, one common theme that slinked through most was that of language manipulation. Language can be used as a mechanism for control – through rewriting history and propaganda it can be used to manipulate people’s thoughts.

 

 

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Froggy Memories

The frog — startled by my presence — skipped across the surface of the pond before diving into its safe abyss. My mind tripped as well, following him momentarily into the comforting depths of memory. Flickering momentarily to a childhood spent in stealth and frog traps. Time smeared back to those innocent days, free of humid worry and heavy doubts.

Common frog (Rana temporaria):

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer Time Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week has a new theme and you can participate however often you choose!

This week’s theme is a Summer Reads Freebie! I was particularly excited for this theme because I love reading in the Summer — there is something scrumptiously lazy about Summer reading.

Additionally, I’ve been working on compiling my Summer Playlist, so I thought for this Top Ten Tuesday I’d pair my favorite Summer reads with some of my favorite summer songs!

 

Here goes! 🙂

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The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancy — Heathens by twenty one pilots

The Girl Is Murder by Kathryn Miller — Booty Swing by Parov Stelar

The Half-Life of Planets by Emily Franklin and Brendan Halpin — Left Hand Free by alt-J

To A God Unknown by John Steinbeck — Monday by Matt Corby

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer — Little Fly by Esperanza Spalding

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak — Summer Dress by July Talk

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut — Drop the Game by Flume & Chet Faker

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald — Diet Mountain Dew by Lana Del Rey

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta — Wake Me Up by Avicii

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater — From Eden by Hozier

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Books, Books Everywhere!

"Please, sir, there are enough books for everyone. You don't have to run." | http://writersrelief.com: Good morning on this wonderful Monday morning (I know — wonderful and Monday seem like  an oxymoron don’t they?). I know I haven’t posted much during and since my trip to London, so I thought I’d merely give an update on the books I’ve gotten during this time (which have been many.)

And yes, the British Library was most incredible.

While in London — despite visiting many bookstores and spending hours browsing and burdening my very patient boyfriend with dozens of books — I only brought back three books (damn you luggage restrictions!). One of those books was for a friend and I’ve already given it to her, but the two I got for myself make me very excited. (more…)

Book Playlist: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, “Who is John Galt?”, Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder–and rebirth–of man’s spirit.

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  • “Who is John Galt?”

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4 Book-y Places to Visit in London

My London trip is fast approaching, so I have been preparing a list of things I want to do while I’m there.

One thing I am particularly excited about with this trip is — because I’ve already been there twice and gotten some of the major touristy things out of the way (so to speak — I would gladly go to the Tower of London again because that was awesome! And I have yet to visit Hampton Court — ooops….) anyway… — going to some lesser known places and really focusing my destinations on books (because I love them).

So, I’ve collected a list of book destinations for London. (more…)