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Jacob Jacob said: " January
1. Katherine Mansfield - At the Bay
2. Virginia Woolf - Flush: A Biography
3. Zora Neale Hurston - Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
4. James Joyce - The Dead
5. Patrick O'Brian - The Letter of Marque (Aubrey & Maturin #12)
6. James Ba
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Ursula K. Le Guin
“Do you know how to read?'
'No. It is one of the black arts.'
He nodded. 'But a useful one,' he said.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Tombs of Atuan

David Quammen
“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.”
David Quammen, The Boilerplate Rhino: Nature in the Eye of the Beholder

Carl Sagan
“What an astonishing thing a book is. It's a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you're inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic."

[Cosmos, Part 11: The Persistence of Memory (1980)]”
Carl Sagan, Cosmos

Virginia Woolf
“anyone who’s worth anything reads just what he likes, as the mood takes him, and with extravagant enthusiasm.”
Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
“His hands were weak and shaking from carrying far too many books from the bookshop. It was the best feeling.”
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories, Vol. 1

Occasional Book Porn (Select)
1 chapters   —   updated May 13, 2015 06:35PM
Description: I know, I know, most people use this thing for stories and poems, or to share their adventures in food and fun, but I don't really do much creative writing anymore, and I'm a boring hermit who doesn't have adventures (not to mention, gluten-free diets aren't interesting enough to share photos of--oh, what a pretty salad!), so that leaves me with this. Book porn. As if Goodreads doesn't have enough of that already. But there is only so much room in our photos, and giant photo-heavy status updates are bothersome, so this seemed the best option. Well, a real blog would actually be the best option, but all my friends are here. So here we go. Occasional book porn. Enjoy!
Books I Own And Haven't Read Yet (Select)
4 chapters   —   updated Jun 04, 2014 08:17PM
Description: The following lists are for shaming purposes only. You bought THAT?! you can say; or, You haven't read THAT yet?! Feel free to badger me as much as you like.
Juvenilia (Select)
1 chapters   —   updated Mar 07, 2013 08:03PM
Description: I think I've been pretty clear about my hatred of Chuck Palahniuk and all his work, but he probably influenced me more than I like to admit. Case in point: I read (and kinda liked) most of his early work, Fight Club through Haunted, my first semester in college (fall 2005), and at some point around the holidays I churned out the following Palahniuk-esque gem, reprinted here by request. Blame Morais, that asshole. Feel free to mock. Hey, I was young.
10814 75 Books...More or Less! — 263 members — last activity 5 hours, 44 min ago
Welcome to a friendly corner of Goodreads! We began the challenge of reading 75 books a year several years ago . . . since then, many of us have gotte ...more
152644 2015: The Year of Reading Women — 738 members — last activity Apr 01, 2020 04:01AM
Join us for a year of member-run group reads to make 2015 the year of reading women! Rules Members are free to create author threads by surname if th ...more
2083 NYRB Classics — 948 members — last activity Oct 14, 2020 09:26AM
For friends of NYRB Classics
97302 The BURIED Book Club — 625 members — last activity Oct 07, 2020 10:42AM
80277 The Kindred Spirits — 297 members — last activity Sep 08, 2020 08:02AM
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