Top Ten Tuesday: If You Liked These Mysterious Books…


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is incredibly hard, and I’m not 100% I’m doing it right. BUT OH WELL. The theme is essentially recommendations, whether it be a book or an author. My original idea was to take classics and providing a modern book, whether it be loosely related or a retelling or whatever. This slightly morphed into books with some kind of mystery or paranormal element…but at the end of the day, I’m calling this the list of books that I would read or have read in October, for whatever loose Halloween related tie.

Dante’s Inferno – Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor

I love Dante’s Inferno. I’ve read it multiple times, and I think I’ve gone through two copies, with my current one being so highlighted that it’s probably time for another one. Linden Hills is a modern retelling of Dante’s Inferno, setting the circles of hell in a modern day black suburbia. The further down the hill Lester and Willie (two unemployed poets) go, the richer the residents become and the lower their morals are. I’m trying really hard not to reread any books this year, but this book is definitely up for a re-read soon.

Paradise Lost by John Milton– Demonologist by Andrew Pyper

I confess things frequently on this blog. Today’s confession: I totally confused Milton’s Paradise Lost with Dante’s Inferno when I picked this book up. It also made bits hard to understand, but after I realized I mixed them up, it made so much more sense. I bought and read this book last April while I was in NYC. I fully don’t understand how anyone survives the subways without a book. This book is about Professor David Ullman, the leading authority on demonic literature, focusing on Paradise Lost. He embarks on a journey to find his daughter, one that will encompass all he knows about Paradise Lost in order to figure out which demon has kidnapped his daughter.

Hamlet by Shakespeare – Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard

Hamlet is not my favorite Shakespearean play. And if I am going to read a Renaissance drama, it’s not going to be Shakespeare. But if you have read Hamlet, you may remember these two characters. This is a  play that discusses what Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two childhood friends of Hamlet, were doing while not on screen. Their ending isn’t a surprise if you’ve read Hamlet.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson – Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

Jekyll and Hyde is a novella written in 1885. If you don’t know what it’s about, well, I don’t know why you’re reading a book blog. You’ve obviously been living under a rock. While Shutter Island has a bit of a different story line, I think they’re on par with each other. Both are gothic stories discussing man’s fear of not understanding the human mind. (Okay, I might have written a paper comparing these, don’t judge). Shutter Island with Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t a bad movie either.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Okay, honestly — any gothic novel can be put here, but I went with two novels written by women. Mary Shelley should be read by any female writer wanting to write paranormal or horror. And yes, I’m a firm believer she wrote Frankenstein. I’m not sure how to describe The Thirteenth Tale that doesn’t make me end in, BUT SERIOUSLY READ IT. Margaret Lea finds a letter outside her apartment. It’s a request from Vida Winter to help her write her biography. Stunned as she’s never read a book by Vida Winter, she picks up Thirteen Tales of Change and Desperation, which strangely contains only 12 stories. What’s the 13th tale? This book is heavy and creepy, and one of the best books I’ve read. I really need to read her second book, Bellman & Black, but that’s a story for another day. It doesn’t have the best reviews.

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle – Myron Bolitar series by Harlan Coben

A stretch, a stretch! Why Bolitar over any other detective series?! But hear me out. Myron Bolitar is hilarious and sarcastic, and has two best friends, one of which is an ex-pro-wrestler named Little Pocahontas, and the other is Windsor Horne Lockwood, III – a rich psychopathic who helps keep Myron safe. He looks like a fit rich playboy, but don’t let him full you. So in a way, Myron is a bit like Sherlock and Watson…but the sociopathic, narcissistic character is Win? Yeah. My favorite Coben book is actually Tell No One, but this series is fun. For the most part, I can’t figure out all the twists, and you’ll frequently see background characters in multiple books, and occasionally they get their own book.

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen – Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole

Northanger Abbey is one of two Jane Austen books I’ve finished. I can’t get into them. It’s her shortest book, and it’s so fun to read. I love Catherine Morland (especially Felicity Jones and Carey Mulligan’s 2007 film). I mean, I get Catherine. She reads a book, then lets her imagination run away with her. Of course a guy in a creepy guy is going to want to kill her! She reads Ann Radcliffe’s Gothic novels, which I’ve tried and they’re fine. Castle of Otranto is the first known Gothic novel (a whopping 100ish pages) and is just as silly as Northanger Abbey. It’s not the best, but totally worth a shot.

The Da Vinci’s Code by Dan Brown – The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon

CONSPIRARCY! MYSTERIOUS! SCANDALS WITH MAIL COMPANIES! A heroine with the most amazing name EVER! (Oedipa Maas, for the record). Okay, if you super loved The Da Vinci Code, you may not like The Crying of Lot 49. It’s the quintessential post modern book, so if you only read modern fiction, you will probably not agree with me. But seriously, give it a shot.

Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard – Chain Letter series by Christopher Pike

The Chain Letter series was published back in the 1980s. Does anyone else remember getting chain letters? Holy cow. Any ways, both books are similar fashion: an anonymous omnipresent figure is stalking a group of friends after they committed an unthinkable crime. If they don’t do as requested, bad things happen to them. I think Chain Letter is darker and knew when to end (after 2 books).

Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris  – The Mediator series by Meg Cabot

Hot dead guys? Hot dead guys! The Mediator series is actually about ghosts, not vampires, but I loved it. Again, it knew where to end! (Oh I said that, and apparently there is a 7th one. I’m going to have to re-read these books.) Anyways, The Mediator series is about a woman named Suze who can talks to ghosts, helping them move on. She’s also got a nineteenth century hottie living in her house.


My Goodreads Giveaway Book Arrived!

So excited! I won a book on Goodreads about 3 weeks ago. It was on my doorstep when I got home this evening! It’s Found by Harlan Coben, who I absolutely love. I’ve read most of his adult books — his book Tell No One is one of my top 10 favorite books — and all of his Myron Bolitar series of course. He’s written a trilogy of YA books based on Myron’s nephew, Mickey. I’ve read the first two, and now have officially won the third one!

I have to admit that I am glad that my neighbor who tried to steal my package was apparently not interested in the book. Thanks for opening it for me though, friend.

This book made me realize that it’s time to move some of my books off my “currently reading” shelf to my “Put on hold” shelf for now. Anyways, review to come once I read it!


NaNoWriMo Prep Update Number 2

Confession: I casted my book characters for the future movie of the book.

Did I jinx myself? Probably. But I so don’t care. I absolutely love Scrivener. You can build character profiles and everything, without having to create a ton of different documents or a running word document that gets all jumbled. So below is a screenshot of my book cast. Names are probably going to change, and some are loosely based on people I know and love, who I think would be amused by who I picked.

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Book Review: A Darker Shade of Magic

No review of this book should start without showing the absolutely gorgeous covers of this book. I mean, seriously. I need both copies STAT.

A Darker Shade of Magic

by Victoria (V.E.) Schwab
Published by Tor Books, February 2015

Rated: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 5/5 Moose

Okay. Let me start off by saying that it takes a lot for me to commit to a fantasy book. I don’t know why, though I tend to be reminded of LOTR when I think of fantasy. Lots of description….I don’t necessarily get bored, but my attention wanes. Plus I listened this as a free audiobook from Goodread’s Ford Audiobook Club Group, so I was a little hesitant to start it. My friend Mari at Story and Somnomancy reviewed it with such high praises and squeeing that I couldn’t ignore it.

First thing: the audiobook was narrated by a British speaker….I wish I knew who off the top of my head, but I don’t. After listening to several American narrators, I came to the conclusion that this was not a book that I could start at work. I tried the first chapter five times. Once I got a good bit of the way in, it was easier to read.

A Quick Summary

Kell (or KL) is a rare type of warlock, one who can travel between the different Londons. There are four in total, referred to by Kell as Gray London, Red London, White London, and Black London. Gray London is boring, dirty, lacks magic, and is the London we all know. Next is Red London, prosperous and full of magic. It’s also where Kell lives, adopted by the Royal family. White London sees magic as a power tool, and the country is ruled by whoever killed the last leader. Finally, there is Black London, which fell to magic and is cut off from the other three. Very little is known about Black London.

Kell goes through the three Londons, delivering correspondence between the royals. He also brings trinkets across the worlds, for a price of course. He’s just a teenage boy, so this isn’t too surprising. He’s tricked into carrying a trinket that could get him seriously in trouble or killed, which causes him to exile himself briefly to Gray London. Here he meets Delilah “Lilah” Bard, and the two go back and forth saving each other’s lives.


Okay. First of all, the author is barely 7 months older than me. What the heck have I been doing with my life?

Now that whining is done (which hit me randomly throughout the entire reading of this book), what characters did I not love in this book? Answer: None of them. Kell, though a bit of a typical teenage boy idiot, was enjoying. Lilah was simply the coolest cross dressing thief, and even the main antagonists were well developed. A book where I didn’t want a character to just GO AWAY?

I haven’t read any of Victoria Schwab’s other books, but they’re definitely on my mental list. I think my brother, who loves to read and is only 11, would love this book too. It’s not necessarily geared towards the YA crowd, but there isn’t anything too crazy about it. (Note: I texted him the recommendation. He wasn’t too overjoyed at another recommendation. It won’t happen anytime soon.)

This book does not have a love story. And you know what? IT DOESN’T NEED ONE. (Okay, maybe it has one in the making, and Kell’s brother Rhys is a bit of a horndog, but STILL.) What I mean by this is Lilah is not some plot ploy to have Kell save the damsel in destress, she’s not a sidekick who realizes he realizes he’s in love with by the of the book. In fact, if there is a separate book for her adventures, I’d buy it. But I definitely ‘ship her with Rhys.

I’m so curious about Black London, which I incidentally got on the Buzzfeed quiz:

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I don’t understand why, but that’s okay. It seems like a terrifying place, but maybe it’s not. I mean, White London is not a good place, so ….maybe?

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a relatively quick read, a good read, and a solid fantasy book, this is it. The second book is already scheduled for February 2016, which should feature more of the fabulous Rhys. I haven’t seen this book get too many low ratings.

Top Ten Tuesday: Fall TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is Fall “To Be Read” lists. Let’s get started! I debated adding the ARCs that I currently have to read, and decided against them. They’ll be read though! I also am not putting the books I’ve had on “Waiting Wednesday,” though they’re on my list too.

Book One: The Chess Queen Enigma by Colleen Gleason (Book 3 of Stoker & Holmes)

Okay….I also need to read the second book of this series too. But look at the cover! Isn’t it beautiful?? I liked the first book; you can get me to read almost any Bram Stoker and Sherlock Holmes “sequel.” Which…that’s not what this is, for the record. But some steampunk, some vampire hunters, and female detectives? Yes please.
Book Two: Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Actually, any Rainbow Rowell book is on my list. Carry On just happens to be the newest one. And it’s a love story, ghost story, magic story…and it sounds hilarious. It’s definitely on my list to be read, if not this fall than SOON. But I also have Eleanor & Park. I also should probably read Fangirl first.

Book Three: The Last Leaves Falling

This book is about a Japanese teenager being diagnosed with ALS. ALS become globally known after the ice bucket challenge last summer. I am a spoonie, though I am a relatively healthy spoonie. I have a hard time passing up any book that is about a young girl being diagnosed with any illness, so it’s made it on to my list.

Book Four: If You Were Me by Sam Hepburn

A YA crime book about a family that escapes from Afghanistan for Britain. Then her brother is accused of a bomb attack.

Book Five: The Death House by Sam Pinborugh

I can’t decide if this book is scary or super dramatic. It’s a book about a boy who is sick and sent to live in an out-of-time existence far from the modern world, where he, and the others who live there, are studied by Matron and her team of nurses. They’re looking for any sign of sickness. Any sign of their wards changing. Any sign that it’s time to take them to the sanatorium. No one leaves the sanatorium.

Book Six: Killer Game by Kirsty McKay

A second book that’s more geared to “read something freaky over the fall.” A rich kid’s game of assassin goes wrong. (For the record, Assassin is one of my favorite games.)

Book Seven: Winter by Marissa Meyer

Okay. I have read only a chapter or two of Marissa Meyer’s first book. But I love the concept of the series. Winter is the latest book, due out this fall. I wonder if I can read all the other books before it comes out?

Book Eight: Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

The third book that is geared towards my “read scary stuff over the fall.” And it’s also the only book not written in the last two years on this list. But I love Neil Gaiman and I haven’t read this book. Plus, it’s been on my October TBR list for years.

Book Nine: You’re Never Weird On the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

My next audiobook. I always have liked Felicia Day, but after listening to her on The Nerdist today, I kind of adore her. I’m interested in finding out more about her!

Book Ten: The Nightingale by Hannah Kristen

A Ford Audiobook that I haven’t read. It’s supposed to be sad, based in France, and is about World War II. Might not be my “at work” audiobook though. Maybe a walker one.

Book Review: Why Not Me?

This is a quick update slash book review, and if you follow me on Goodreads, then you’ll know I’m reviewing this one before A Darker Shade of Magic. I still am digesting my love for that book! In the mean time, I just finished Mindy Kaling’s Why Not Me?

Why Not Me?

by Mindy Kaling
Published by: Crown Archetype, September 2015

Rated: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 4/5 Moose

I read Mindy’s first book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? in 2013, two years after it had been published. Though I am proud to admit I have never watched The Office (proud because it annoys my dearest best friend to the point where he pulls out his hair….love you Josh!) I knew who Mindy Kaling was and actually love her show The Mindy Project. Her first book inspired me quite a bit, as all memoir type books by successful, hilarious, and intelligent females do. When I saw that she was putting out a second one, I instantly added it to my list of books to get.

I was a little worried before reading this one (or rather, listening to it, as it was my latest audiobook collected). I had grown weary of The Mindy Project, and haven’t actually watched all of season 3. When it was cancelled, I was outraged, and vowed to watch season 4 on Hulu (which, episode 1 did not disappoint.) Would Mindy post semi-famous status be as fun and lighthearted?

Turns out, yes. I finished most of this book at work today. I giggled several times (since listening to the Nerdist on regular basis, I try to tone down my laughter for my wall-mates). Mindy talks about her life after getting to LA, starting a new series, her dating life, dealing with losing a friend, her soup-snake BJ Novak, (whose first book is on my table to read, I swear!) what stresses her out at night, her mentors, and giving a speech to Harvard Law graduates.

Side note: If you haven’t watched her speech at Harvard Law’s 2014 Class Day Ceremony, go see it here. She’s awesome.

Mindy Kaling is still amazing and still remains one of my role models. Then again, any woman following her dreams, whether successful or not, who still seems to be kind, pleasant, confident….that’s a role model. Plus, she’s met the POTUS, even hugged him!

So in closing, I recommend both of her books. She’s great, she makes me feel like I can succeed, and I envy her in a completely not evil or bad way…..?

“Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn’t always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.” 
― Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?

NaNoWriMo Prep: Ramblings of an Update

One of the items on my long bucket list is to finish a novel. I tried completing National Novel Writing Month a few years ago (six. six long years ago.), but I let finals prep always get in the way of finishing. I recently (by recently, I’m talking June-ish) pulled out that incomplete story and was impressed that I didn’t hate it. But I did realize how much I missed writing. This led to me attempting Camp NaNoWriMo this past July. I wrote 20,000 words of a fan fiction, which I’ve been staring at all week, debating whether I finish it or not. I’m thinking that posting the first chapter will kick my butt into gear and force me to finish it, but that’s a debate for another time.

You might be asking, “Why a fan fiction?” There are several factors that played into this. I haven’t tried writing since 2009-ish, outside of journals, twitter updates, grad school papers and work related nonsense. And after finishing Allegiant,  whose ending was good from a literary stand point but SO SUPER FRUSTRATING, I went digging for fan fiction to make me feel better.

Then it hit me. If I was going to ease back into writing, I might as well do it with characters and a world that has already been developed. That way it’s just plot building, not everything building. Plus, I went out West in July for a week, with no computer.

Camp Nanowrimo taught me that I can’t get by on vague plot ideas, hoping that an epiphany will hit at the right time. (It does, frequently, but that’s not a way to work). It was also my first time trying to write a novel out of sequence, rather than in a linear fashion. Linear fashion leads to my boredom usually, but it’s also hard for me to remember transitions. This year I invested in Scrivener, which really helped with doing this. Thus, I have 20,000 words of essential randomness with notes like “transition!” and “remember timelines!”

Because of this I started planning for November as early as possible, the moment I had an idea. I don’t have a clue how most writers do this; I think it’s about finding your own way. For me, I use four things to plan my writings: a cork board and index cards, a whiteboard, a notebook, and now Scrivener (or at least I’m trying to).


Thankfully I live alone, because these both exist in my foyer, along the same wall. My phone has way too many pictures of my whiteboard to be transfered, and I’m missing ones that I should have taken pictures of. I use my whiteboard for ideas that can be erased or need to be webbed out. My cork board is a collection of ideas that didn’t need to be expanded on or require potential multiple erasing. Quotes from people that sparked ideas, character cards, researched cards, the email address of the Xfinity person I am to contact if I have problems. My whiteboard also has a list of crochet projects I’ve promised to people, and notes regarding my fan fiction that I can’t bring myself to delete.

I’ve been told I can use Scrivener for all of this, but I just can’t bring myself to do so. Does anyone use Scrivener to its full potential? There is something about the need to physically outline rather than…virtually…that I prefer.

Anyways, I’ve began to flesh out my main character, and the basics of a plot outline. I’ve got a small list of things that I want that I haven’t achieved yet but that I want. I’ll probably spend today transferring notes to Scrivener and my notebook, as well as agonizing over if I an going to officially post my fan fic. November will be here before I know it.

Book Review – The Shadow Cabinet

I’ve officially finished all the books that Maureen Johnson has published in this series. Thankfully a fourth one is planned, because the end of the third is so unsatisfying! I’ll try hard not to spoil too much….but this book takes place immediately after the second book, with the Shades team reeling from the cliffhanger.

The Shadow Cabinet
by Maureen Johnson
Published: Putnam Juvenile (2015)

Part of the Shades of London Series
Rated: moose-mdmoose-mdmoose-md 3/5 Moose


Rory, Boo and Thorpe pick up immediately where the second book ended, trying to decide if they succeeded in “saving” a member of their team. Racked with guilt, but unable to succumb to it, they begin to search for their missing squad member, Rory’s classmate, and try to figure out what Jane has planned. As they search for answers, they begin to uncover a hidden cult that most likely killed ten teenagers many years ago.

Rory makes some new friends along the way, as well as reuniting with old ones. She is overloaded with mythology that is looking more and more real, causing Jane’s cult to look more and more terrifying. Can Rory, Boo and Callum save Charlotte with the help of their new friends, find Stephen, and keep London from falling apart?


In case you don’t follow me on Goodreads, I tend to post my reaction or a gif to show how I am feeling after I finish a book. Normally it’s some sort of “Finished, awesome, review to come later!” But for this book, my review currently looks like this:

Mostly I think this is because I’m caught up to where the series currently is, and I. Hate. Waiting. For. Books. Especially books that obviously haven’t resolved. Anyways.

Unlike the other two books, this one is a little less action, lot more investigation and info-dumping. It moves, though a bit slowly. It took about 200 pages before I was willing to sit down for long periods of time and read it. I think it’s because two of my favorite characters weren’t in the book much. Once one of them pops back up, I was all for reading it. (Okay, again, this is probably when the action all started too.)

And poor Rory. She’s so broken in this book. I mean, they all are, understandably, but she never seems to get to mourn properly. I guess she’s the kind of person I would want around in a crisis. She is constantly trying to push forward to understand what’s going on and how to fix it. She’s not whiny, not demanding, but instead, doing what Thorpe asks her to do (within reason, she is just a teenage girl and all.) I’ve read mixed reviews where people have found her too mopey and dramatic, but I didn’t feel she was that way. I mean, what happened, no matter how new their friendship was, she still had a right to be upset.
My only complaint: while I used to find her babbles about Louisiana wonderful, they’re starting to get a bit “meh.”

Rory makes a new friend, another one that can see ghosts. Freddie. I love female characters that have masculine names. But she also brings Jerome along, which, just….go away. I don’t know why I don’t care for Jerome, but he’s not my favorite. He just makes everything complicated and messy. But he brought Freddie (whichever you want to look at it), and Freddie’s cool. She balances out Boo, Callum and Stephen.

Spoilers here so look away. But I really can’t not talk about this book and not talk briefly about Stephen. The diner scene, the meaning of “Shadow Cabinet”, his coming back…. I know it’s probably cheesy, but I was all for it. I’ve liked Stephen since the beginning, and I wasn’t disappointed with him in this one. I’m worried what will happen with him in the fourth book, but who knows how long I have to wait until that comes out??

Final Verdict:

What I’m really hoping is that this book is a big build up to the fourth book. Is there a lot of info-dumping? Sure. Was it boring? At parts, though I’ve read much worse. Will I read it again? Proooobably not, unless there is some big thing explained in the fourth book that requires me to reread this one. The fourth book is definitely set up to have new villains….creepy twins at that. If you’ve started this series and haven’t read this one….well I don’t know how, after the way the second one reads. But if you haven’t I would recommend holding off until the fourth book has been released.

Waiting Wednesday – The Rest of Us Just Live Here

Waiting Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine. I wasn’t planning on doing one today, but I realized I have definitely been waiting for a book. So for my Waiting Wednesday, I present The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness.

Isn’t the cover cook? There are a few of them floating around out there, but I think I prefer this one.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Published Date: October 6, 2015

Summary from the back cover:

What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death?

What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.

Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life.

Even if your best friend is worshipped by mountain lions.

Part of me wanted to clap when I read the summary, and part of me was disappointed I never wrote this kind of book when I first had the idea. Ah well, I have plenty more. I kind of hope this is a series in the making, though. I love the idea of the side characters getting to tell their stories. Not even the side characters — the characters who have no idea what’s going on. It kind of reminds me of Anna Kendrick’s character in Twilight. Her character seemed to have a story, and to always be annoyed with Bella.

Happy Hump Day!

Top Ten Tuesday: I Secretly Write In My Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s theme is a freebie, and as I am new to this meme, I decided to dig through their old themes for ideas. I came across Top Ten Book Quotes, which is perfect for me. I frequently write, underline and highlight my books, collecting quotes in multiple places. This is why I fought ebooks and audiobooks for so long; how would I collect quotes?! Seriously — I pulled out my copy of One Day and Shutter Island (which is about to fall apart!) for ideas.

Below are my top ten favorite quotes from books. They’re in no particular order whatsoever, and they aren’t my only favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


High school is life’s way of giving you a record low to judge the rest of your life by. I know this because no matter how shitty it got, I could always look back and say, “At least I don’t have my arm stuck up a cow’s vagina.” In fact, that’s kind of become my life’s motto. — Jenny Lawson


I remember one time I heard this English professor asking the class what the world’s scariest noise is. Is it a man crying out in pain? A woman’s scream of terror? A gunshot? A baby crying? And the professor shakes his head and says, ‘No, the scariest noise is, you’re all alone in your dark house, you know you’re all alone, you know that there is no chance anyone else is home or within miles-and then, suddenly, from upstairs, you hear the toilet flush. — Harlan Coben


I wont push my chips forward and stand up and go out to meet him. It aint just bein older. I wish that it was. I cant say that it’s even what you are willin to do. Because I always knew that you had to be willin to die to even do this job. That was always true. Not to sound glorious about it or nothin but you do. If you aint they’ll know it. They’ll see it in a heartbeat. I think it is more like what you are willin to become. And I think a man would have to put his soul at hazard. And I wont do that. I think now that maybe I never would. —Cormac McCarthy

Of course it is happening inside your head, Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real? — J.K. Rowling

“I’m only marginally qualified to be giving advice at all. My body mass index is certainly not ideal, I frequently use my debit card to buy things that cost less than three dollars because I never have cash on me, and my bedroom is so untidy it looks like vandals ransacked the Anthropologie Sale section. I’m kind of a mess.”

“I simply regard romantic comedies as a subgenre of sci-fi, in which the world created therein has different rules than my regular human world. Then I just lap it up.” ― Mindy Kaling

Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer. — Rilke


It means don’t fight battles you’ve already lost. The feminists movement should be about equal rights and equal opportunities and civil rights, not deciding what a woman can or can’t wear on her own free will on a Saturday night! — David Nicholls


You can’t measure the mutual affection of two human beings by the number of words they exchange. ― Milan Kundera


Only a fool is not afraid. – Madeleine L’Engle