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45. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
Reminds me of The View from Saturday by E.L.Konigsburg.
I’d gotten this last year for apparently “reading” the most books and answering some Scholastic test on them. More likely, I answered the most tests during the free period our teacher gave us to basically humor them/ mockingly take the tests and participate for the hell of it. I was never really going to read it, but I had seen an article saying that if I’d liked this, then I’d like Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store. And so I read that first.
If it hadn’t been brought up, I wouldn’t think of looking at it that way. But since it was, the first thing I noticed was the way it was wrapped up. Everyone’s futures were laid out, a straight path that may have been seen at one time or another. There were no twists, though you could see minor developments in the way they viewed themselves or their situations. Another similar aspect is that in both books, they are both trying to piece things together – although in The Westing Game it’s more character centered. Also, each character had something unique to contribute. The fun and intimacy of the situations, too, intertwined their lives. on the whole, The Westing Game is much more secluded and the boundaries are more limited compared to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store.
Side note, I like how in both books the past has some holding or influence on the present; for example, how, aside from literally paying Sam back, Judge Ford sent Chris to school.

45. The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

Reminds me of The View from Saturday by E.L.Konigsburg.

I’d gotten this last year for apparently “reading” the most books and answering some Scholastic test on them. More likely, I answered the most tests during the free period our teacher gave us to basically humor them/ mockingly take the tests and participate for the hell of it. I was never really going to read it, but I had seen an article saying that if I’d liked this, then I’d like Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store. And so I read that first.

If it hadn’t been brought up, I wouldn’t think of looking at it that way. But since it was, the first thing I noticed was the way it was wrapped up. Everyone’s futures were laid out, a straight path that may have been seen at one time or another. There were no twists, though you could see minor developments in the way they viewed themselves or their situations. Another similar aspect is that in both books, they are both trying to piece things together – although in The Westing Game it’s more character centered. Also, each character had something unique to contribute. The fun and intimacy of the situations, too, intertwined their lives. on the whole, The Westing Game is much more secluded and the boundaries are more limited compared to Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Book Store.

Side note, I like how in both books the past has some holding or influence on the present; for example, how, aside from literally paying Sam back, Judge Ford sent Chris to school.

sherlockocity:

Muggleborn students at Hogwarts (part 1/?)

(via a-rendelle)

43. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan

New favourite! It helps that it’s set in SF, – and the magically of its cover – but the whole idea of a 24-Hour bookstore intrigues me. And of course, I love the metafiction. Then we have the book cult aspect. I’d love to believe that there’s a single cult that calls certain intellectuals, as well as ordinary people their members. I’d love to have embarked on this journey, solving all the puzzles and trying my hand at decoding Aldus Manutius’ codex vitae. This book blends technology so perfectly with books, reality with fiction. There’s a whole lot of world building, which just adds to the overall mood of the story. It describes Google with it’s vibrance and innovation in contrast to the bookstore, which is full of tall, dark shelves. In many ways it’s a stark comparison, but everything is strangely parallel. It gives you the sense that everything is so new, yet so old. I usually see it as cheap when they use a specific company’s name, but with this, it fits perfectly. So much comes from what is explicitly stated. Everything in this book seems so unlikely, yet ends up coming together with a certain charm. It’s cool to see how technology can be so liberating and using it to aid something so dated.

bellaateyourmother:

this is the cutest fucking thing ever 

(Source: iwannakissallama, via therapathetic)

42. Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins
I loved this! They were so cute, and it’s just like with Anna & Etienne, you want them to get together so badly. I also loved how you saw Anna and Etienne’s relationship from a different point of view. They were so sure about each other, and they’re always together (ehem clingy ehem). I was turned off when I first picked this up because I thought it was about Max and Lola, but it wasn’t YAAAY. Haha I just don’t feel Max. Compared to Anna, this was less cute and exciting, but I liked Lola’s personality more. It’s sad that the setting hadn’t been described or gone into in depth. In the previous book, you had seen the tourist attractions and heard what made Paris charming. But the only aspects of the city in this book were the brief descriptions of the house, places Lola liked, and things mentioned in passing.
And damn, why are all the boys intellectual/cultured & sweet? huhuhu.

42. Lola and the Boy Next Door, Stephanie Perkins

I loved this! They were so cute, and it’s just like with Anna & Etienne, you want them to get together so badly. I also loved how you saw Anna and Etienne’s relationship from a different point of view. They were so sure about each other, and they’re always together (ehem clingy ehem). I was turned off when I first picked this up because I thought it was about Max and Lola, but it wasn’t YAAAY. Haha I just don’t feel Max. Compared to Anna, this was less cute and exciting, but I liked Lola’s personality more. It’s sad that the setting hadn’t been described or gone into in depth. In the previous book, you had seen the tourist attractions and heard what made Paris charming. But the only aspects of the city in this book were the brief descriptions of the house, places Lola liked, and things mentioned in passing.

And damn, why are all the boys intellectual/cultured & sweet? huhuhu.

please do not watch alex day’s new video

nerdswillwin:

don’t give him the time of day, it’s not worth it. also it’s monetized so it will benefit his pocket. i know he says he will give the money to charitable causes or whatever but please do not support him. for people who want to see the video i have spent the past 3.5 hours transcribing it for you. here it is. disclaimer: i stopped using punctuation at one point because i just couldn’t type quickly enough and i wanted it out tonight so sorry about that. also it is a wall of text. 

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Thanks to Claire, who tagged me!!

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Rule 2: Answer the questions that were given to you and write 11 new ones.
Rule 3: Tag 11 people.
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  1. Give me one artist that influenced you the most. I have to say Carson Ellis. Her illustrations are so charming and the colors she uses go together so well.
  2. Have you read/watched The Book Thief? YES, both.
  3. Most annoying habit you have? Cracking my knuckles?? and I’m inconsistent with spelling (I use favourite, but drop the Us in everything else like color, honor, etc)
  4. Last person you hugged today? My mom :D
  5. Have you ever done a road trip with your friends? Nope, I really want to when I’m older, though.
  6. One thing you are proud about your country/people? We always smile!
  7. How are you, really? Fine, (slightly) perpetually flustered is all.
  8. Do you like to plan things out in detail or be spontaneous? I like the idea of being spontaneous, but I always find a way to arrange things and set them up.
  9. What’s your favorite joke?
  10. If you could try out any job for a day, what would you like to try? This is so lame, but I’d say teacher.
  11. What’s the first thing you notice about people? Appearances *don’t judge me, I can’t help it :P*

MY QUESTIONS FOR YOU:

  1. What’s the weirdest candy you’ve eaten?
  2. In your opinion, what are the best inventions/ ideas? (list 5)
  3. E-books or physical copies?
  4. Why did you join Tumblr?
  5. Movies you think are worth watching again?
  6. Do you really think you would be satisfied if you had all the money in the world, would your problems disappear – or would they get raven bigger/ shallower?
  7. Book recommendations? (justify)
  8. What do you take pride in?
  9. Irony or sarcasm?
  10. Any place you’d want to live in aside from your country?
  11. Bands/ artists?