Sophie Reads Stuff

Budding writer keeping track of my favourite quotes and the things that I've read. Some of these are from books I've read for school, most of them for pleasure.
"The library was still giving trouble; a few books in some of the more obscure corners of the stacks retained some autonomy, dating back to an infamous early experiment with flying books, and lately they'd begun to breed. Shocked undergraduates had stumbled on books in the very act.
Which sounded interesting, but so far the resulting offspring had either been predictably derivative (in fiction) or stunningly boring (non-fiction); hybrid pairings between fiction and non-fiction were the most vital."
The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

"It didn't matter where you were, if you were in a room full of books you were at least halfway home."
The Magician's Land - Lev Grossman

The Magician's Land by Lev Grossman

Punctuality, Flawed Characters, and Completing The Circle

The Circle - Dave Eggers

It took me a while to get through this book, mostly because of the demands of my a-levels at the moment. So I was pretty slow in reading this, but man, it was one hell of a ride.

 

The most crucial thing about this book is its punctuality. In my opinion, there has never been a better time to be wary of 'completing the circle' as it was so elegantly put in this story. Shrugging aside the propaganda, it held a very hard hitting message.

 

The book did come with pet peeves, however. Aside from the lengthy descriptions of pointless details; I found the main character, Mae, incredibly irritating. The girl couldn't read a warning sign if it were two foot in front of her face and spelled out in flashing neon lights. But I do stand by Eggers with this, as everyone knows that the best characters are flawed.

 

Still, I did find the book thoroughly enjoyable and eye opening. The Circle comes with beautiful metaphors (which took me far too long to understand), and a vaguely 1984-esqe message. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone who's looking for something to shake up the YA conventions.

"Now all humans will have the eyes of God. You know this passage? 'All things are naked and opened unto the eyes of God.' Something like that. You know your bible? Now we're all God. Every one of us will soon be able to see, and cast judgement upon, every other. We'll see what He sees. We'll articulate His judgement. We'll channel His wrath, and deliver His forgiveness."
The Circle - Dave Eggers

The Circle by Dave Eggers

"But now it's not just junior high kids who do it, it's everyone, and it seems to me sometimes I've entered some inverted zone, some mirror world where the dorkiest shit in the world is completely dominant. The world has dorkified itself."
The Circle - Dave Eggers

Mercer, The Circle by Dave Eggers

Ambition: Bradbury

The Illustrated Man (Flamingo Modern Classics) - Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury is one of the strongest influences on my writing, and this book is no exception to that.

 

More than just astronauts in rocket ships, Ray Bradbury's work resonates and impacts our own world and lives. This collection of short stories ranges from planets of the future, desperate exploration, spoilt little children, and a beautiful homage to Poe. Bradbury never fails to intrigue, enthral, disgust and entertain.

I found myself staring at an hourglass

The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom

A quote from this book caught my attention on tumblr, and I simply had to know what the book was about.

 

Honestly, this book is quite horrifying, distressing, and even sickening - but in the best way possible. Albom wastes no time with an elaborate writing style or lengthy chapters, but grips you from start to finish with a compelling storyline that left me sitting, staring at an hourglass in bemusement for ten straight minutes - literally.

My intro to feminist theatre

My Mother Said I Never Should - Charlotte Keatley

This is one of the scripts I'm studying for my A-level drama course, and it was a fantastic introduction into feminist theatre.

 

Unconventional, at times amusing, but brutally honest and incredibly reflective of the changing roles of women. I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that we can pull that off in performance!

"All around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays.
Man alone measures time.
Man alone chimes the hour.
And, because of this, man along suffers a paralysing fear that no other creature endures.
A fear of time running out."

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

"O my soul joys. If after every tempest come such calms.
May the winds blow til they have wakened death,
And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas,
Olympus-high, and duck again as low
As hell's from heaven."

Othello, Othello by William Shakespeare

"One hundred and twenty-six, as of last month. They tried to push a bill through Congress back on Earth a year ago to provide for a couple dozen more, but oh no, you know how that is. They'd rather a few men went crazy with the rain."

The Long Rain from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

"So we destroyed everything and ruined everything, like the fools that we were and the fools that we are. We killed millions."

The White Man, The Other Foot from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury

"Being in a minority, even a minority of one, did not make you mad."

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

"The best books, he perceived, are those that tell you what you know already."

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

"He wondered vaguely how many others like her there might be in the younger generation - people who had grown up in the world of the Revolution, knowing nothing else, accepting the Party as something unalterable, like the sky, not rebelling against it's authority but simply evading it, as a rabbit dodges a dog."

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

"Either the future would resemble the past, in which case it would not listen to him: or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless."

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell