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"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say." Italo Calvino

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Secret Garden, The Great Gatsby, Frankenstein, 1984, Lolita, The Princess and the Goblin, Moby Dick ’ Rose Wong

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Book Cover designs for my final Senior thesis! 

Super excited to do more illustrated type design stuff~*~*~

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Gone Girl Book Review

                   

Publisher Summary: On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

Review

Gone Girl blew me away. I came into the book expecting a decent crime novel if not a tad predictable. For some unplanned reason this year I’ve been reading a lot of crime novels. And the thing is I don’t love crime novels. In general I find them formulaic with cookie-cutter characters. But I was talking to my best friend/cousin and I asked her for a book recommendation. She came up with Gone Girl and told me I wasn’t going to regret it. And you know what she was right.

My expectations where dead off on this one. Instead of a crime novel I found a psychologically twisted portrait of relationships gone wrong. The beginning played out like a brilliant modern re-interpretation of Rashomon. Every stage of the book was well thought-out and the author does an amazing job herding the readers through the book. She purposely manipulates the readers the way our current 24-hour news media does in our everyday lives. She also uses the novel to explore themes of relationships and human nature which are incisive and poignant.  

This book is dark, but it’s not creepy. It’s cynical to the core, and I loved every minute of it. I highly recommend this novel. 5/5 stars

— 1 week ago with 7 notes
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"Reading is a bit like hallucinating."
Nathan Filer, The Shock of The Fall (via spaceganda1f)

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" You hear nothing but truth from me.—I have blamed you, and lectured you, and you have borne it as no other woman in England would have borne it.—Bear with the truths I would tell you now, dearest Emma, as well as you have borne with them. The manner, perhaps, may have as little to recommend them. God knows, I have been a very indifferent lover.—But you understand me.—Yes, you see, you understand my feelings—and will return them if you can. At present, I ask only to hear, once to hear your voice."

"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more."

That line right there is one of the top reasons why Mr. Knightley is my favorite Austen man.

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ibrandster:

i think of this whenever i buy anything over $10

This is me after I go on a book buying binge.

ibrandster:

i think of this whenever i buy anything over $10

This is me after I go on a book buying binge.

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It’s finally here! I’m soooo excited to be holding Haruki Murakami’s new book! And although I’m just 50 pages in, it’s been so good!

It’s finally here! I’m soooo excited to be holding Haruki Murakami’s new book! And although I’m just 50 pages in, it’s been so good!

— 2 weeks ago with 13 notes
classicpenguin:

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“You couldn’t accuse Willie Wonka of being reasonable: in a world of children who’ve grown up too fast, he’s an adult who has somehow managed to hang on to his childishness. He’s the opposite of what you’ve been taught to expect from a mentor: where other writer supply their child heroes with grown-ups who teach them how to become grown-ups themselves, Willia Wonka is there to remind Charlie not to grow up too far or too fast.”
—Lev Grossman, from the introduction to our Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, which features cover art by award-winning cartoonist Ivan Brunetti.

classicpenguin:

2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s beloved Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

You couldn’t accuse Willie Wonka of being reasonable: in a world of children who’ve grown up too fast, he’s an adult who has somehow managed to hang on to his childishness. He’s the opposite of what you’ve been taught to expect from a mentor: where other writer supply their child heroes with grown-ups who teach them how to become grown-ups themselves, Willia Wonka is there to remind Charlie not to grow up too far or too fast.”

—Lev Grossman, from the introduction to our Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of Charlie and the Chocolate Factorywhich features cover art by award-winning cartoonist Ivan Brunetti.

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thought this was dope

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Something interesting for your Tuesday morning.

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"The books remain with you until the end, even when Narnia disappears, Voldemort dies, and Alice wakes up."
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