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booksandghosts asked: How many languages do you speak?


Answer:

I’m fluent in English and French. And I took 8 years of Spanish in school followed by 3 years of Mandarin Chinese in high school/college. Right now I’m teaching myself German in my free time.

— 2 months ago with 4 notes
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Anonymous asked: Do you know any good literature blogs?


Answer:

This list is by now means complete and I’m sure I’m missing some of my favorite blogs on here, but here are some blogs that popped up in my mind when I read your question:

thegirlandherbooks
bookpillows
theheroinenextdoor
booksandghosts
bookporn
literatureismyutopia
susanandherbooks
goldencages
theonewholovesbooks

— 3 months ago with 1 note
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booksandghosts asked: Impressive effort on the book cover 2.0 naming, I only knew half


Answer:

Thank you! I’m super visual so I always pay close attention to book covers. Also it doesn’t hurt that I owe about 80% of these books. It probably was more lucky than anything else.

— 8 months ago
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booksandghosts asked: 8. One book you regret having read.


Answer:

Unequivocally 50 Shades of Grey.

— 1 year ago with 3 notes
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booksandghosts asked: That's really cool that you'll be doing the Camino de Santiago. I have wanted to hike that for ages. So jealous


Answer:

I highly recommend it if you get a chance. I did about 70 miles of it last summer and really fell in love with the experience.

— 1 year ago with 1 note
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booksandghosts asked: How are you liking Disraeli by Andre Maurois and Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright? Have you finished them and like me are terrible at updating your read lists or have you not actually had a chance to read them?


Answer:

That list is a tiny bit outdated since I finished Disraeli by Andre Maurois earlier this week. I do a better job keeping my Goodreads up-to-date than I do my reading list on Tumblr.

I really enjoyed Disraeli. I went on a date with this guy a few months ago who lent me his copy of the book and told me it was the best biography he’d ever read. I was curious since my specialization in undergrad was British history and I always loved the Victorian era and Disraeli was a major figure during that period. Anyway I have to agree with him, Disraeli was one of the most engaging and entertaining biographies I’ve ever read. I highly recommend it but I don’t know if it’s readily available. It was written back in the 20s and the copy of the book that was lent to me was a few decades old.

I’m still currently reading Going Clear. I’m about halfway through it. I’m enjoying it but if I was to be honest my enjoyment of the book seems to result from a morbid desire within myself to read the equivalent to a car crash. Not that it’s badly written, it’s just Scientology is cra-cra and this book is cra-cra just as a result of dealing with the history of Scientology. Like the church literally would torture its followers if they showed signs of doubting the church or disagreed with the church. And these people willingly let the church torture them. It’s bizarre. But that bizarreness does make for an interesting read.

— 1 year ago
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booksandghosts asked: A 50 page paper? That's rough. Glad I did business, the longest I had to do is 12 pages. I'm trying to read a book a day this year so if you know of any good quality books that are not intense reads I'd appreciate it.


Answer:

The sad thing about the 50 pg. paper is that it’s not for a grade. I’m a staff editor on a law review so it’s just so I can get credit for working on the academic journal (of course there’s the possibility of it getting published in the journal as well).

Anyway a few books that aren’t too long/fairly quick reads/that I’d recommend are: The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The History of Love, The Remains of the Day, some of the old school children’s classics like The Jungle Book, Peter Pan, The Secret Garden…, and One Day. Hopefully you haven’t read all of those. Good luck by the way! 365 books in one year is a steep challenge.

— 1 year ago
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