“Reading is an addiction that I adore.”
— Vianka Van Bokkem (via jayykristine)

(via countingbooks)

“Reading alters the appearance of a book. Once it has been read, it never looks the same again, and people leave their individual imprint on a book they have read. Once of the pleasures of reading is seeing this alteration on the pages, and the way, by reading it, you have made the book yours.”
— Paul Theroux, The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas (via bookishleaves)

(via thebookishdragon)


the raven cycle ➸ outdoors 
the raven cycle ➸ outdoors 

(via maugrims)

“I always marvel at the humans’ ability to keep going. They always manage to stagger on even with tears streaming down their faces.”
— Markus Zusak, The Book Thief   (via shygarden)

(via bookphile)

“Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no libraries.”
— Anne Herbert (via bookporn)

(via bookphile)

maggie-stiefvater:

There were a billion other asks that I didn’t get to, which makes me rageful, but I tried to pick a variety of topics and also to answer asks that had been asked multiple times.

For those who asked for writing advice, there is more on my blog, tagged “how i write” (including some stuff on…

Q

button-up-sherman asked:

Who was the first character in The Raven Cycle that you created?

A

maggie-stiefvater:

Ronan — I guess, but really only because the very earliest glimmer of idea for this series was the idea of someone bringing things out of their dreams, since I was a violent and passionate dreamer. 

By the time the idea really grew people, though, it was really Ronan + Gansey growing at the same time, because the point to one was always the other.

One to be scary, one to be scared for.

Q

southernsazzles asked:

Will we ever see more of the Scorpio Races realm? If no, will we see more equine influences in the future?

A

maggie-stiefvater:

I’m normally quite certain when I’m done with a book. I can feel it in my heartparts. A story just won’t release me until I’ve finished what I meant to finish.

Usually what this means is the character arcs — I need the characters to end up where I want them and then, ta da, I can return to my regularly programmed life. I no longer daydream and night dream about the novel every day and every minute. 

But I never got that feeling with the Scorpio Races, and for a long time, I wasn’t sure why. Puck and Sean both ended up where I wanted them. So what was the problem?

Then I realized that it was because the island, Thisby, had become a character to me, and that is a character I can never really put to rest. Do I want to return to it? Desperately. Will I? When a story calls me back to it.

OMG YOU GUYS.

“On Twitter, Green has 2 million followers. Compared to the rest of the leaders in Young Adult fiction, that number is staggering. To approach even half the Twitter influence of John Green all by himself, you need an entire army of YA women. Laurie Halse Anderson, Judy Blume, Sarah Dessen, Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Richelle Mead, Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia, Rainbow Rowell, Maureen Johnson, Malinda Lo, Holly Black, LJ Smith, Ellen Hopkins, Shannon Hale, Lauren Myracle, Libba Bray, Melissa Marr, and Leigh Bardugo: As a group these women only have about 1.2 million followers on Twitter. That’s the voice of one man outweighing several decades of women who have had major successes, critical acclaim, and cultural influence.”

When someone tells me they didn’t enjoy a book that I love:

aseaofquotes:

Laura Nowlin, If He Had Been with Me

aseaofquotes:

Laura Nowlin, If He Had Been with Me

(via booksandhotchocolate)