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Save the books.

This morning when I was still half-asleep, my grumpy, touchy, adorable cat jumped up on the bed and started hovering near my right shoulder, with that expectant look that I have gradually (over several months) figured out means: “Turn onto your right side and put your right arm out, but bend it at the elbow and make sure your elbow and wrist and hand are all touching the mattress, so your forearm is facing the ceiling, at the most awkward angle imaginable, and then I’ll curl up against your torso and rest my chest and chin on your forearm with two paws splayed out somewhere and we’ll both fall back asleep for another hour.”

We had that cozy peaceful extra hour of sleep that I love so much. And then she spent several hours throwing up and acting weak and disoriented and very upset, so we took her to the vet and learned her blood sugar was scarily low. They stabilized her quickly and figured she’d be okay with an adjustment of her insulin dose, but half an hour later her sugar crashed again and then the doctor had to start talking to us about preparing for the possibility of putting her to sleep if they can’t figure out what’s wrong, or if she has a seizure, or if she needs many thousands of dollars worth of support. Also she might die in the night.

:(

booksfrommyshelf:

Lovely followers, it’s giveaway time! 

I’ve just recently reached a pretty big follower milestone, and to say thank you I’ll be hosting a giveaway.

Interesting points:

  • You obviously must be following me. It is a thank you giveaway after all. This is the whole point. I’ll check.
  • The photos above have no bearing on what books will be available, I just wanted some photos to stick up there to make it look better.
  • You can like and reblog to enter. I’m not exactly sure how the notes work, but I think if you reblog it more than once from the same place it might not show up on the notes, then again it might. I don’t know how they work.
  • Don’t spam everybody reblogging. It bugs me when I scroll down the dash and see the same giveaway post on someone’s tumblr like ten posts in a row. There’s no reblog limit, but don’t annoy people with it.
  • End date: 16 September at 7pm AEST. I’ll post announcements and stuff when the date gets closer and the time gets closer.
  • I’ll be using a number generating site to pick a winner. There will be one winner.
  • You must have your ask link open and be willing to tell me your address for postage. If you don’t reply within 24 hours of me messaging you I’ll pick another winner.
  • Prize: book(s) to the value of AU$25 from the Book Depository (and hopefully you’ll get a bookmark too!).
  • Of course, BD will have to post to where you are.

I think that’s it, so good luck! Thanks for following! 

Read in August 2014:

1. The Blazing World by Siri Hustvedt
2. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
3. The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison
4. Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Great month for reading. I’m also so happy to own all these books.

(Source: whimsybookowl, via teacoffeebooks)

“This was his weekly treat: to visit the bookshop, buy an overpriced caffeinated drink, read as much as he could for free, and become Obinze again. Sometimes he asked to be dropped off in central London after a delivery and he would wander about and end up in a bookshop and sink to the floor at a corner, away from the clusters of people. He read contemporary American fiction, because he hoped to find a resonance, a shaping of his longings, a sense of the America that he had imagined himself a part of. He wanted to know about day-to-day life in America, what people ate and what consumed them, what shamed them and what attracted them, but he read novel after novel and was disappointed: nothing was grave, nothing serious, nothing urgent, and most dissolved into ironic nothingness.”

—   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
August Book Photo Challenge | Books and Cupcakes

Day 15: Book Store

Here’s a random used bookstore I stumbled into in Madison, Wisconsin.

“She was pleasant and direct, even warm, but there was a privacy about her, a reluctance to bare herself completely to the world, the same quality as Obinze. She had taught her son the ability to be, even in the middle of a crowd, somehow comfortably inside himself.”

—   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah
August Book Photo Challenge | Books and Cupcakes

Day 14: Back to school reads

Getting ready for my last year of grad school.

August Book Photo Challenge | Books and Cupcakes

Day 13: Bookish item.

My To Kill a Mockingbird necklace from Out of Print Books. If you zoom in on the bases of the feathers, you can see “Scout” and “Boo” engraved on them.