why did nobody tell me the director of the Amazing Spider-Man films is called Marc Webb?

Marc Webb.

Webb.

Tony Stark progress gif (eventually).
Not 100% happy with him, he still needs some work. And apparently I hate facial hair. HATE.

Tony Stark progress gif (eventually).

Not 100% happy with him, he still needs some work. And apparently I hate facial hair. HATE.

~ debi gliori, pure dead magic ~

Six.

Okay, this is a children’s book. Okay, I was attracted to it because it’s purple and furry. Yep, furry. But it’s fast-paced, witty, and generally great fun. There’s a gryphon, a yeti, a witch-nanny, a lipstick-wearing tarantula, and a baby called Damp. There are Italian mobsters and computer hackers.

Not convinced? There’s also a dragon. Who doesn’t appreciate a book with a dragon?

“‘You’ve lost your father?’ muttered Tarantella through a mouthful of lipstick. She puckered up at her reflection with a kissing sound and continued, ‘How very careless of you… I ate mine.’”

"Damp stretched like a small starfish. Her parents on either side of her groaned and clung onto their tiny allowance of edge-of-bed."

~ mark haddon, the curious incident of the dog in the night-time ~

Five.

Heartbreaking, illuminating, fiercely focused. A complete immersion into the mind of another, in this case a fifteen year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome. I tore through it in a couple of days. It won the Whitbread Book of the Year, and I can see why.

”[…] when people tell you what to do it is usually confusing and does not make sense. For example, people often say ‘Be quiet,’ but they don’t tell you how long to be quiet for. Or you see a sign which says KEEP OFF THE GRASS but it should say KEEP OFF THE GRASS AROUND THIS SIGN or KEEP OFF ALL THE GRASS IN THIS PARK because there is lots of grass you are allowed to walk on.”

”[…] a murder victim is usually killed by someone known to them and fairies are made out of paper and you can’t talk to someone who is dead.”

"Eventually scientists will discover something that explains ghosts, just like they discovered electricity which explained lightning, and it might be something about people’s brains, or something about the earth’s magnetic field, or it might be some new force altogether. And then ghosts won’t be mysteries. They will be like electricity and rainbows and non-stock frying pans."

~ kathryn stockett, the help ~

Four.

Yes, I know there has been some controversy surrounding this book, its author, and its inception. BUT it’s still a brilliant book, and everyone should read it. It doesn’t shy away from the more brutal aspects of American life in the 1960s, but at the same time it doesn’t give readers so much gore that it becomes unrealistic. It’s a book about life in history, and it’s amazing.

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"I set my eyes on the ceiling because that’s a shock I will never get used to, even with four before her. The day your child says she hates you, and every child will go through the phase, it kicks like a foot in the stomach."

"I want to yell so loud that Baby Girl can hear me that dirty ain’t a color, disease ain’t the Negro side a town. I want to stop that moment from coming - and it come in ever white child’s life - when they start to think that colored folks ain’t as good as whites."

"What Hilly understand was, I hadn’t planned it at all. When I started typing out her bathroom initiative, typing words like disease and protect yourself and you’re welcome!, it was like something cracked open inside of me, not unlike a watermelon, cool and soothing and sweet. I always thought insanity would be a dark, bitter feeling, but it is drenching and delicious if you really roll around in it.”

"But at the same time feeling, in a way, that I’m free, like Minny. Freer than Miss Leefolt, who so locked up in her own head that she don’t even recognize herself when she read it."

~ terry pratchett and neil gaiman, good omens ~

Three.

I can’t even begin to express how much I loved this book. Having shamefully never read any Neil Gaiman, despite the fact that I’ve always been sure I’d love his writing, a friend told me I had to read Good Omens. Best decision ever. It’s bonkers, but it’s also darkly comic. The narrative is delivered with a wry smirk and several times I had to stop reading just to have a good laugh.

"Admittedly he was listening to a Best of Queen tape, but no conclusions should be drawn from this because all tapes left in a car for more than about a fortnight metamorphose into Best of Queen albums.”

"Unheard by those within, there was a tiny clap of thunder on the lip of the quarry. It might have been caused by the sudden rushing of air into the vacuum caused by a very large dog becoming, for example, a small dog."

"And there never was an apple, in Adam’s opinion, that wasn’t worth the trouble you got into for eating it."

~ john green, the fault in our stars ~

Two.

(Dissertation finished and handed in! I’m reading again! And having time to write these up, which I’ve sadly neglected recently - I finished TFIOS ages ago…)

I enjoyed this. I thought I’d be more involved with it, as the subject matter is pretty close to home for me, but I found it more a book with an aching melancholy about it rather than stabbing personal sorrow. Perhaps I just have a heart of stone, but The Book Thief remains the only book to have made me cry. That said, TFIOS is poetic, and angsty, and pretentious - it captures intelligent teenagerhood beautifully. It’s very much a book primarily about humans, not illness, I think.

"Like all the innumerable dead, he’d once and for all been demoted from haunted to haunter."

Drew a Steve Rogers for my friend enjambament. Pleased he kinda looks like himself!
Pencils on 96gsm slightly textured paper.

Drew a Steve Rogers for my friend enjambament. Pleased he kinda looks like himself!

Pencils on 96gsm slightly textured paper.