lady and the tramp {scenery}

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superbooked:

'I can imagine you at forty,' she said, a hint of malice in her voice. 'I can picture it right now.' He smiled without opening his eyes. 'Go on then.' 15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their graduation. Tomorrow they must go their separate ways. So where will they be on this one day next year? And the year after that? And every year that follows? Twenty years, two people, ONE DAY. 

Okay, I’m going to lie I was so scared to read this book. It just had CLICHE written in big neon letters to me. However, I was completely utterly surprised (and heartbroken, but we’ll get to that later). This is the most realistic book I’ve ever read just every little aspect of it seemed real. It wasn’t an unbelievable love story, but at the same time it was an unbelievable story of love. 

The development between Emma and Dexter is so amazing and so well done. It’s incredible going through each of their lives which is what I really loved. I loved that their real lives genuinely got in the way. It made everything so much more interesting and really built up to the moment. Dexter was a fascinating character with a certain knack for trouble; there are so many moments when you just hate him, but you still find room to love him. Of course, Emma was absolutely amazing! She just knew what the deal was and wasn’t afraid to speak her mind to her best friend. It’s really heartbreaking to go through their troubles together.

The writing was also really good, but sometimes I felt like I could tell the difference between the characters, and the first hundred pages or so feel like they drag on forever. After that, it gets much better and the story gets much more exciting. However, the confusion of characters lasted me throughout the book so I found myself desperately trying to figure out what was going on because it really doesn’t indicate a change unless it’s the start of a chapter.

This books is anything but cliche! It really takes you on a heartbreaking journey. If you read this, you will be completely shocked and heartbroken not just in the end, but all throughout the book. This is not a love story, this is a story about life. I really enjoyed it much more than I anticipated, despite the fact that is does tend to drone on in spots and the perspective changes get a bit confusing. It is one of the most unique stories possibly ever! 

Rating: 4/5
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horrorjoe:

The Hobbit + The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy.

Special Editions.

vintagebooksdesign:

VINTAGE WAR

To mark the centenary of the First World War, Vintage is launching a unique collection of war fiction. April 2014 will see the publication of twelve works by the greatest writers of the last century, each tackling this most powerful and universal of subjects.

The series was a collaborative effort by the Vintage Design team. Each cover was designed and hand-painted in-house, with the aim of giving a bold, contemporary look to these war-themed classics.

knowledgeistreasure:

Recommended reading: Troy trilogy by David Gemmell.

marthajefferson:

history meme: 01/07 pairings | DANTE and BEATRICE

Dante Alighieri first met the beautiful Beatrice Portinari when he was 9 and she was 8, in a gathering at her father’s palazzo in Florence. and fell madly in love with her. She captivated him completely. As he later wrote, “From that time forward love fully ruled my soul.” For the next nine years he remained absolutely besotted with her but only from a distance. He frequented places where he could catch a glimpse of her, but she never spoke to him until nine years later. Then one afternoon, in 1293 when he was 18, he saw her walking down a street in Florence. Accompanied by two older women, Beatrice turned and greeted him. Her greeting filled him with such joy that he retreated to his room to think about her. Falling asleep, he had a dream that became the subject of the first sonnet in his La Vita Nuova, one of the world’s greatest romantic poems.
In 13th century Florence arranged marriages were the norm, especially amongst the uppers classes, to which both Dante and Beatrice belonged. So, at the age of 21 Dante was married off to Gemma Donati, to whom he had been betroted since the age of 12 and Beatrice married a year later too, only to die three years after that, at the tender age of 24. Dante was devastated.
He remained devoted to Beatrice for the rest of his life and it was her that continued to lend inspiration to his work
Dante completed La Vita Nuova (1294), one of the world’s greatest romantic poems, when he was 29 years old. Yet he felt that his love sonnets still did not do justice to honor the beauty and blessedness of his dear Beatrice, the glorious lady of his mind. So he vowed to write a poem to honor his beloved that has never been written of any woman. Dante fulfilled this promise 27 years later just before his death, when he finished The Divine Comedy (La Divina Commedia- 1321)— the greatest love poem about the soul’s ascent from Inferno to Purgatory to Paradise.
Beatrice appeared as his guide: being the incarnation of true love, she led him into the Beatific vision in Paradise…

A well-chosen book saves you from everything, including yourself.
Daniel Pennac (via booklover)