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A Tale of Two Cities
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Amelia, the pragmatic idealist Amelia, the pragmatic idealist said: " "It is likely enough that, rooted in the woods of France and Norway, there were growing trees...already marked by the woodman, Fate, to come down and be sawn into boards, to make a certain movable framework with a sack and a knife in it, terrible in ...more "

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"slow-going, but still trudging along..." Dec 25, 2014 08:51PM

James Madison: A ...
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"I'm not a particularly big fan of biographies, but maybe reading about my #1 Favorite (and most underrated) President, James Madison, will change that. I already really like Lynne Cheney's narrative." Dec 22, 2014 01:08PM


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Navessa added a status update: I'm getting increasingly fed up with how both men and women are portrayed in a lot of fucking genres. It's 2015. Why are we still caricatures of ourselves? Why do the same tired tropes and themes crop up in almost everything I attempt to read?


Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Everyone (and I do mean EVERYONE ) loves this hateful book? Kind of makes me weep for the future. It's not even all that clever. It must be the depravity of it all. Suckers.

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Okay, looks like I can't resist! I've heard that this is more of an example of "technical writing" rather than a story-driven novel, and I've heard that there's only like one woman character (not saying that I require an equal ratio of men-to-women i ...more
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“When I have a little money, I buy books; and if I have any left, I buy food and clothes.”
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“I don't know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.”
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“If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.”
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