Maybe This Time

"It's all now you see. Yesterday won't be over until tomorrow and tomorrow began ten thousand years ago. For every Southern boy fourteen years old, not once but whenever he wants it, there is the instant when it's still not yet two o'clock on that July afternoon in 1863, the brigades are in position behind the rail fence, the guns are laid and ready in the woods and the furled flags are already loosened to break out and Pickett himself with his long oiled ringlets and his hat in one hand probably and his sword in the other looking up the hill waiting for Longstreet to give the word and it's all in the balance, it hasn't happened yet, it hasn't even begun yet, it not only hasn't begun yet but there is still time for it not to begin against that position and those circumstances which made more men than Garnett and Kemper and Armistead and Wilcox look grave yet it's going to begin, we all know that, we have come too far with too much at stake and that moment doesn't need even a fourteen-year-old boy to think This time. Maybe this time with all this much to lose and all this much to gain: Pennsylvania, Maryland, the world, the golden dome of Washington itself to crown with desperate and unbelievable victory the desperate gamble, the cast made two years ago; or to anyone who ever sailed a skiff under a quilt sail, the moment in 1492 when somebody thought This is it: the absolute edge of no return, to turn back now and make home or sail irrevocably on and either find land or plunge over the world's roaring rim."

WiIlliam Faulkner, writing about time, with references to Pickett's Charge at the Battle of Gettysburg, and the discovery of America, in Intruder in the Dust (1948).

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Note: This post is very late in coming...I read this book right when it was released, but for many reasons, put off posting about it until now. I just couldn't seem to be able to write what I wanted to say about this book. Enough time has passed though, that I think my words are good enough, maybe even...okay.

When I was a kid, it seemed like it was so simple to find books to call my favorites...probably every other week I would have a new favorite book or author or series to add to my all-time list.

As I've gotten older, the list itself has shortened, not because I no longer like some of the titles, but because they were, at that particular point in time, absolutely wonderful... Now I know there is a difference between books that were my favorites...and books that will always be my favorites.

I haven't read anything in quite awhile that deserved the honor of making my shortlist; lots of good, some great, but nothing that resonated.

And then there came The Fault in Our Stars.

I had read a few John Green books previously, Looking for Alaska, An Abundance of Katherines, and Paper Towns...all pretty good, but I never felt that sense of urgency to rush out and buy any of his newest titles. I had been "aware", I guess you could say, of TFIOS for a few months before I finally picked it up at the library. And lo and behold, John Green was born again for me.

There's so very little I want to say about this book, and I believe that is in direct proportion to the amount of love I have for it. Sometimes words can form impressions prematurely, and this is a story that must be experienced individually, preferably with as little preparation or influence as possible.

So, go! Buy it, read it, maybe you'll love it as much as I do.

In My Mailbox 12


Hey everyone! Just want to announce a couple of quick things.

~~~This week's awesome selection is courtesy of Netgalley.

~~~This week also happens to be my birthday week (yes I get a whole week, doesn't everyone?). Feel free to send gifts!:)


In My Mailbox was created by  The Story Siren. The idea is for book bloggers to come together once a week and post what books they have received in the mail/purchased/found at the library/borrowed from a friend. Anyone can participate!


The Summer I Found You by Jolene Perry


All they have in common is that they're less than perfect. And all they're looking for is the perfect distraction.
Kate's dream boyfriend has just broken up with her and she's still reeling from her diagnosis of type 1 diabetes. Aidan planned on being a lifer in the army and went to Afghanistan straight out of high school. Now he's a disabled young veteran struggling to embrace his new life. When Kate and Aidan find each other neither one wants to get attached. But could they be right for each other after all?
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014

Mafia Girl by Deborah Blumethal


"What's in a name? Everything… if you have my name." At her exclusive Manhattan high school, seventeen-year-old Gia is the most hated/loved girl in school. Why? Her father doesn't have a boss. He is the boss—the capo di tutti cappi, boss of all bosses. Not that Gia cares. But life gets complicated when she meets a cop she calls "Officer Hottie" and feels a suprising chemistry. Then Vogue magazine wants to feature Gia in a fashion spread about real-life bad girls. On top of this, she's running for class president. Can Gia step out from under her dad's shadow and show everyone there's more to her than "Mafia Girl?"
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014

Endless by Amanda Gray


Jenny knows she’s different. After all, she sees the past lives of people she touches. But when Nikolai, the mysterious boy she painted, shows up claiming to be a love from a past life, Jenny is forced to accept that he has traveled through time to find her. Now, Jenny and Nikolai must fight against the Order, an ominous organization tasked with keeping people in the correct time. The Order is determined to send Nikolai back. And fighting them could tear Jenny and Nikolai apart -- this time for eternity.
Publication Date: October 8th, 2013

Flying by Megan Hart


Ever hear of wanderlust? 

Every other weekend, Stella buys a ticket on the next flight out of town and leaves her life behind. Home is a place with too many memories, and departure is the sweetest possible distraction. 

As soon as she arrives at her destination, Stella visits the airport bar. She orders a drink and waits for the right guy to come along. A bored businessman, a backpacker, a baggage handler just off shift. If he's into a hot, no-strings hookup, he's perfect. Each time is a thrilling escape from reality that gives the term layover a whole new meaning. 

When Stella meets the enigmatic Matthew in Chicago one weekend, she hits some serious turbulence. Something about him tells her she's not the only one running from the past. The connection between them is explosive, and for the first time, one taste is not enough for Stella. But returning to find a gorgeous man waiting for her is the easy part—facing the reason she's there is a whole other matter…. 
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014

The Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin


Welcome to the infamous Pingkang Li--home of the celebrated Lotus Palace courtesans, and a place of beauty and treachery...

Charming and seductive, Mingyu is the most sought-after hostess in the pleasure quarter. She has all men wrapped around her finger--except Constable Wu Kaifeng, the one man she can't resist, the only man to have placed her in chains.

Wu Kaifeng's outwardly intimidating demeanor hides a reluctant, fierce attraction to beautiful Mingyu. But the passionate temptation she presents threatens to destroy them both when a powerful official is murdered and they find themselves on a deadly trail. Amid the chaos, a forbidden affair could change Mingyu's fate forever, for following her heart is bound to have consequences...
Publication Date: March 1st, 2014

Wrecked by Priscilla West


“There would be no happy ending for us. He was too damaged. I was too broken.”
Two years ago, Lorrie’s mother was murdered. But that wasn’t the end of it. Reeling from the tragedy, Lorrie’s father spiraled into alcohol, depression, and finally suicide.
The two most important people in Lorrie’s life are both gone but she’s still alive.
Trying to recover from the tragedy, Lorrie returns to campus, ready to pick up the pieces of her life. All Lorrie wants is to get back to “normal.”
Then she meets Hunter. The man, the legend, “The Hammer.”
Hunter is a cage fighter who takes on every fight like he’s got nothing to lose. His life is a tangled mess of girls, booze, and fist fights. And while it may seem like he’s got a devil-may-care attitude, he’s fighting a private cage-match with a monster he can’t defeat.
Lorrie knows that Hunter is exactly the type of guy she should stay away from, especially in her fragile state, but Hunter has other ideas.
As Hunter and Lorrie grow closer together, will they be able to overcome their pain and heal each other? Or will they both end up wrecked?
Publication Date: December 16th, 2013

What did you get this week? Feel free to leave your IMM links in the comments!

Happy Birthday to Me!

I think this is the best birthday present ever:)


Neville Longbottom is the Most Important Person in Harry Potter—And Here’s Why

Hey everyone! This is a great article about Neville by Emily Asher-Perrin. Though I'm not a huge Neville fan, her perspectives on the parallels between character generations are really interesting. Enjoy!


Neville Longbottom, Harry Potter, Deathly Hallows Part 2

"So here’s the thing: out of all your wizarding students and house elves and headmasters and Death Eaters and muggles and centaurs, there is really only one person who determines the course of the Harry Potter series.
It’s Neville Longbottom.
Neville Longbottom has quite a following in the Harry Potter fandom, and for good reason—he is humble and noble, brave and kind, he’s a wonderful friend and a fierce supporter. Neville is what most Gryffindors would be like in the real world, a person capable of heroic feats under dire circumstances, but not inclined to them every waking moment. Neville understands that it’s not about being loud and brash every day, it’s about picking your battles and knowing what’s dear and worth fighting for."

Read the Rest of the Article Here

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