5 Pinners All Book-Lovers Should Follow on Tumblr

5 Pinners That Every Book-Lover Should Follow on Pinterest | #Literary #Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
5 Pinners That Every Book-Lover Should Follow on Pinterest | Literary Cobblestones

 

When it comes to digital curation, Pinterest knocks out all other social media sites because it offers such easy and learnable organization without loss of aesthetic. To me, it’s essentially a platform for amateur curators and I love it. So, I’ve decided to share my favorite literary and book-aesthetic focused Pinners:

The Literary Analyst

This pinner is also a reviewer of fiction works, so you can skip the work and jump straight to the best pieces. “Great Book Covers” is a curation of visually stimulating novel covers, and “Books+” goes beyond book aesthetic with quotes and book-themed decorative visuals.

Notable Boards: Great Book Covers, Books+.

Book Riot

Book Riot has a board for virtually any literary interest you may have, from literary themed vacations (“Literary Tourism”) to all things Harry Potter (“The Wizarding Wonders of Harry Potter”). Lover of literary quotes? Check out “They Said It”. If you’d like ideas for your future book themed house, then take a peek at “Getting Shelfish”. Warning: After your first click, you may look up and realized six hours have passed.

Notable Boards: Literary Tourism, The Wizarding Wonders of Harry Potter, They Said It, Getting Shelfish.

The Literary Corner

Had I found this pinner before I graduated, I imagine that I’d still be in college because I would’ve never gotten anything. The Literary Corner has taken all of those visually gorgeous quote memes that you love and separated them by author. Yes, dreams do come true.

Notable Boards: Mary Shelley, Langston Hughes, Oscar Wilde.

It’s Written Literary Apparel

Book-lovers love quotes. It’s that simple. We write them, paint them on the walls, cover our sneakers in them, tattoo them on our bodies and now we can wear them thanks to brands like It’s Written. On their Pinterest, they have a few boards focused on their clothing line but they also have a board dedicated to “Literary Postcards”, a collection of beautifully designed, literary-themed postcards that they also sell. Yes! I also really enjoy their “Bookshops & Libraries” board which houses digital photographs of exactly that.

Notable Boards: Literary Postcards, Bookshops & Libraries.

Literary Hoarders

Well, yes. And you’re literary hoarding, whether digital or physical, will only get worse after spending time on Literary Hoarders’ boards. I recommend “Bookish Things”, which will fulfill you’re libarary-aesthetic needs as well as every and all literary-something needs. “Book Lovers” is also a great board for when you need assistance with what you should read next.

Notable Boards: Bookish Things, Book Lovers.

 

Now you can feel free to blame me when you get nothing accomplished this weekend ;). Also, don’t forget to add Literary Cobblestones on Pinterest so that we can curate together!

 

 

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January 28: J.E. Reich

January 28: J.E. Reich quote from "The Werewolves of Anspach" (Little Fiction) | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
J.E. Reich quote from “The Werewolves of Anspach” (Little Fiction)

Hello, my literary friends. Happy Thursday, aka almost-Friday! Congratulations on surviving another school/work week.

This is the last regular post for #NewLitJanuary, and I think you’re going to fall into  literary-love with today’s author: J.E. Reich. I almost stashed this piece to be used in 2016’s Gothic Lit. Month, but I decided that it would be the perfect end to what has turned out to be a very successful month of new author/literature discovery. Today’s links, per usual, will be all about Reich, but unlike the normal set-up, they’re all pieces of her work. Also, I haven’t ranked them because I demand that you read them all.

The Links You Need in Your Life

First up, the story from which today’s feature quote is taken from, published by Little Fiction: “The Werewolves of Anspach.”

Second, a piece published on Flapperhouse: “Breakers.”

Third, we can thank the folks at Underground Voices for showcasing this piece early on in Reich’s career: “The Multiverse.”

Finally, this link will take you to purchase Reich’s first novella over on Though Catalog: “The Demon Room.” Buy it now so you can be that person that “knew her back when.”

 

That’s it for today, but after you’ve read through the pieces, don’t hesitate to let me know how awesome I am for choosing Reich to round out our new literature month. 😉

 

January 26: Alexandra Kleeman

January 26: Alexandra Kleeman Quote from "Disappearing Dad Disorder" (Electric Literature), excerpted from You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper) | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Alexandra Kleeman Quote from “Disappearing Dad Disorder” (Electric Literature), excerpted from You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine (Harper)

Happy Tuesday, my literary friends.

I’m excited to add another author to this month’s theme of new literary discovery: Alexandra Kleeman. Forgive me if I have another fan-girl moment, but Kleeman has brought contemporary fiction to another level. As in literary-love as I now feel, I have absolutely no idea how to describe this piece for you. For her vogue, Maya Singer describes it “impossible to summarize”, and I think that’s part of the beauty of it. The closest thing to a description as I can offer comes from Cal Morgan, who introduces this excerpt on Electric Literature: “existential horror.” You’re enticed now, aren’t you? I thought so. Read on for a link to this excerpt as well as all the links you’ll want to read after you’ve finished it.

The Links You Need in Your Life

The absolute must-click link will take you to where I found this excerpt, Electric Literature: “Disappearing Dad Disorder.” After you’ve finished reading, learn more about Kleeman from her website, send her a tweet of praise and purchase the novel, You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine, from Harper Collins.

Only got a few minutes? Check out this interview with Kleeman, by Maya Singer, over at Vogue: “Alexandra Kleeman’s You Too Can Have a Body Like Mine is Fight Club for Women.” Here’s an excerpt: “The book is virtually impossible to summarize, a supersmart, semicomic treatise on identity and appetite that sweeps a good deal of plot and even more thinking into 304 taut pages. But the novel’s net effect is easy to describe: Alexandra Kleeman has written Fight Club for girls.

If you’re now sucked in and want to learn more about Kleeman, check out another interview, by Jane Gayduk over at The Awl: “You Too Can Have a Debut Novel Like Mine: An Interview with Alexandra Kleeman.”

Need more Kleeman fiction? Check out her short story published by Guernica in 2014: “You, Disappeared.” Here’s a quick line that’ll definitely make you click it: “Nobody thought the apocalypse would be so polite and quirky. Things just popped out of existence, like they had forgotten all about themselves.”

 

That’s it for today but check back on Thursday for another featured quote from your next new-favorite writer. Carpe Diem.

 

 

Top 5 Tumblrs for Book Lovers

Top 5 Tumblrs for Book Lovers: A Listicle from Literary Cobblestones | LiteraryCobblestones.wordpress.com
Top 5 Tumblrs for Book Lovers | Literary Cobblestones

 

Is there anything more satisfying than a massive collection of books? Well, a well-crafted curation of book photographs is a close second. Of all the social media sites, Tumblr definitely wins in the ‘Library Aesthetic’ category. Here are my top five Tumblr blogs that have mastered the art of digital book-art curation:

1. Tea, Coffee, and Books

There are two types of book-fiends: tea lovers and coffee lovers. I fall into the latter category, and there’s nothing I love more than a combination of coffee and books. Tea, Coffee, and Books (<–look at that oxford! ❤ ) satisfies both types of book-lovers with a steady stream of photos featuring well-placed novels positioned perfectly next to a cup of your liquid of choice.

2. Rainy Days Coffee and Books

If you happen to be a lover of literature AND a pluviophile (lover of rain), then this Tumblr is your one-stop shop. Along with visuals of rain, books and coffee, Rainy Days Coffee and Books also shares quotes and general book-lover related content. They also host giveaways through their Twitter.

3. Forever Lost in Literature

Another wonderfully curated collection of books visuals, Forever Lost in Literature also publishes their own literary reviews. Check out their website as well as their Tumblr for the full literary experience.

4. Accio Books and Sunshine

This blog is perfect for everyday readers as well as members of certain literary fandoms. Be prepared for a great collection of memes, gifs and posts that will satisfy those seeking the general reading aesthetic.

5. The Book Basics

The Book Basics is the well-rounded book lover’s blog. It will suit your general book aesthetic needs, including some Harry Potter posts, as well as tackle your need for posts pertaining to travel and music. This is my 3 am go-to.

 

Do you have anyone more Tumblrs to add? Let me know in the comments. I can never follow too many ‘Library Aesthetic’ blogs. 🙂

Oh, don’t forget to follow Literary Cobblestones on Tumblr where you can see original posts as well as a lot of shared posts from the five blogs mentioned above.

 

 

 

January 21: Maddy Raskulinecz

January 21: Literary Quote by Maddy Raskulinecz taken from "Inside" (3:AM Magazine) | Find more #Literary #Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Literary Quote by Maddy Raskulinecz from “Inside” (3:AM Magazine)

 

Hello, literary friends.

I hope to find you nearing the end of another successful week. Today’s featured quote comes from Maddy Raskulinecz’s short story entitled “Inside” (published by 3:AM Magazine.) I chose this piece because of the style of the writing; it’s unlike anything I’ve read before. I love it enough that I’ve already read it three times, so I hope you enjoy it as well. Keep reading to find the link to the story as well as other pieces by Raskulinecz that I think you should give a look.

The Links You Need in Your Life

The link to you really should check out over on 3:AM Magazine: “Inside.” This fiction piece is a quick read and so different from what’s being regularly published in this age.

Only have five minutes? Then check out this short piece by Raskulinecz published on Wigleaf: “Final Fish Death.”

Barely a minute to spare? Then Raskulinecz’s flash fiction piece on Word Riot is exactly what you need: “In the Time It Takes Me to Forget You My Hair Will Grow Back to the Way You Like It.

 

That’s it for today, but check back tomorrow for a list of my favorite Tumblr Blogs!

 

 

January 14: Jensen Beach

January 14: Today's Literary Quote comes from Jensen Beach and his short story "The Apartment" (The New Yorker/"Swallowed by the Cold") | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Quote by Jensen Beach from “The Apartment” (The New Yorker/ “Swallowed by the Cold” Collection)

 

Happy Double-Post Day!

(Check out today’s other post: “January 14: Jen Beagin“)

Today is a great day for me because it has provided me two new authors that I can add into my “favorites” category: Jen Beagin and Jensen Beach. Even though I’ve shortened the amount posts that are scheduled on Literary Cobblestones, I’ve had to read more for this month than ever before because the featured posts must be writers that are new to me (hint: NewLitJanuary). I can’t grab an anthology on my bookshelf and pick out my favorite stories. No, for this month I have to read and search and read and search until my eyes are red and there’s a vein poking out by my temple. But, when I finally find a piece that speaks to something within me, then all the time spent with my eyes glued to the screen becomes worth it.

One of my all-time favorite quotes is from Frank O’Connor’s “Guests of the Nation,” which is actually the final line of the story: “And anything that happened to me afterwards, I never felt the same about again.” That line is exactly how I felt upon finishing O’Connor’s story, and it is now how I decide which writers I  will happily give my time and money — the pieces that make me feel like they’ve somehow changed me, like I’m a different person when I finished them than I was when it began. Beagin and Beach are definitely two writers who I feel like that about, and I’m so glad I’ve found them.

That’s enough feels, let’s get into it. The second featured quote of today is taken from Jensen Beach’s “The Apartment”, which I came across on The New Yorker’s website. It will be released in his new collection entitled “Swallowed by the Cold” later this year.

The Links You Need in Your Life

The one link that you absolutely need to click: “The Apartment.” You will not be sorry, I promise you. If you need any other enticement, here’s another quote from the piece: “We all inhabit our memories so differently. Or, rather, our individual memories of shared events can mean such different things.” Yes.

Get to know Beach with an interview that accompanied his piece in The New Yorker, by Cressida Leyshon: “This Week in Fiction: Jensen Beach.”

Do you like Tweeting? Then check out and converse with Beach on Twitter: “@BeachJensen.”Also check out his website (Jensen Beach) for info regarding his upcoming release as well as checking out his previous collection “For Out of the Heart Proceed.”

Need more Beach? Then check out an older interview (2012) with Jensen from The Kenyon Review, by Weston Cutter: “A Brief Interview with Jensen Beach.

 

Alright, that’s it for today. Check back Friday for a double-post-day, but both posts will be lists of my favorite literary themed things.

 

January 14: Jen Beagin

January 14: Quote from Jen Beagin's "Hole" (an excerpt from 'Pretend I'm Dead'), featured on Electric Literature | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones [LiteraryCobblestones.wordpress.com]
Quote from Jen Beagin’s “Hole” (Excerpt from Pretend I’m Dead) (Electric Literature)

Happy Thursday!

Today’s featured quote comes from the creative genius that is Jen Beagin,  taken from an excerpt (“Hole”) of her fiction novel entitled “Pretend I’m Dead.” I came across “Hole” thanks to Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading list, and I was completely sucked in by Beagin’s writing style.

Her writing is unlike anything I’ve ever read before, honestly; it flows like poetry, especially her dialogue, but it’s also extremely raw. What do I mean by raw? I guess I mean that her words are placed in such a manner that they read smoothly, but the actual subject matter, and even the specific word choices themselves, carry such a dirty, raw honesty. Dirty? Yes, dirty, as in it showcases a world that people outside of such a landscape often go out of their way to avoid, and yet, the work never apologizes for it. It’s authentic, and I am the type of reader that searches for such honesty and am often let down. Beagin did not let me down, and I am officially a bonafide Beagin-fangirl.

Alright, I’ve geeked out enough. Let’s get into it, shall we?

The Links You Need in Your Life

The one link you must absolutely click: “Hole.” This will take you to Electric Literature’s site to read the featured excerpt. Don’t question it, just do it. And when you’re finished reading it, you can come back here and geek out with me in the comments below. You’re welcome.

Love it? Then go ahead and buy the full novel over over on Northwestern Universtiy Press’ website: “Pretend I’m Dead.

Get to know Beagin by reading an interview she did with Christine Sneed over on Newcity Lit: “The Poetics of Mona: Parsing Jen Beagin’s Excellent Debut Novel, ‘Pretend I’m Dead’.”

Want more? Lucky for you, I found another short fiction piece by Beagin published by the West Branch Wired at Bucknell University: “Betty.

 

That’s it for Beagin, but let me know what you think in the comments below. Also, don’t forget: today is double-post-day, so I’ll have the next post up shortly. AND tomorrow, is also a double-post-day to make up for last week’s mix-up.

 

 

January 12: Mark Edmundson

Mark Edmundson quote from his essay "On Shit; Profanity as Weltanschauung" (The Los Angeles Review of Books) | Literary Quote @ Literary Cobblestones
Mark Edmundson quote from “On Shit: Profanity as Weltanschauung”, published by The Los Angeles Review of Books

 

Happy Tuesday, my literary friends.

(You may have noticed that last week’s Thursday and Friday posts were MIA, but fret not! This unfortunate situation will be rectified with a double-post Thursday and Friday this week.)

Today’s featured quote comes from the scholar Mark Edmundson and his recent essay, published by The Los Angeles Review of Books, entitled “On Shit: Profanity as Weltanschauung”. Admittedly, I initially chose this piece solely based on the title. (Who wouldn’t?) But I was quickly sucked into Edmundson’s writing style, and before I knew it, I was thrown into a crisis of self-reflection: “Is my extensive use of profanity really a reflection of my life view? I am ‘hopeless’?” Fortunately, this was only a momentarily crisis before I realised that no, I am not a hopeless cynic, and I still enjoy cursing and those who decorate their conversation and writing with curse words. But, this moment of self-reflection does serve as proof of how persuasive Edmundson writes, which is precisely why I’ve chosen to feature him today.

The Links You Need in Your Life

Today’s must-read, aka the essay that inspired today’s post, from The Los Angeles Review of Books: “On Shit: Profanity as Weltanschauung.”

Want more Edmundson? Here’s another essay from him, published by The American Scholar: “Enough Already: What I’d really like to tell the bores in my life.” I chose this piece for today’s links because it could’ve essentially been a Facebook rant, but Edmundson takes the basic concept and turns it into a piece of scholarly art. Seriously. Here’s an excerpt: “If we’ve got the imagination, we seek in nature some of the facts that undergird all human experience: we listen to nature, or try to, rather than impose our truths on it.

Are/were you an English Major?  Then this one’s for you (as well as all other humanities majors): “Why major in humanities? Not just for a good job – for a good life.” Published by The Washington Post, this piece is a refreshing look at why we chose to enter into a humanities program in the first place, a reminder that is often needed after graduation when some of us find ourselves struggling with the concept of “success”. This is a line that struck me on a personal level: “But the humanities are not about success. They’re about questioning success — and every important social value.”

Want a closer look? Then head over to the Times Higher Education for Matthew Reisz’s interview with Edmundson, along with a review of Edmundson’s new book “Self and Soul”: “Eternal dilemmas: Interview with Mark Edmundson.”

 

That’s it for today. Don’t forget to check back on Thursday for two new posts!

January 5: Sarah Nicole Prickett

January 2016: Sarah Nicole Prickett Quote | Literary Quotes @ Literary Cobblestones
Sarah Nicole Prickett Quote from “A Woman Under the Influence”, published by The New Inquiry | Literary Cobblestones

 

Hello, literary friends.

For our first official literary post of 2016, I’ve chosen to spotlight author Sarah Nicole Prickett and her non-fiction piece, “A Woman Under the Influence”, published by The New Inquiry. I’m new to Prickett’s work, but once I started reading her writing, I quickly couldn’t get enough. I imagine many of you are proper literary-scene followers, but if Prickett’s new to your world, then I’ve put together some of her other works that I think you should check out.

The Links You Need in Your Life

If you like today’s featured quote, then you must absolutely read the rest of this piece over on The New Inquiry’s website: “A Woman Under the Influence.

Want More? Check out another non-fiction piece from Prickett, also published by The New Inquiry: “Speaking in Tongues.” I love this piece as well, and it was almost my selection for today’s featured quote.

Are you experiencing a particularly busy Tuesday? Don’t worry, I’ve found a podcast interview with Prickett, thanks to Longform: “Longform Podcast #98: Sarah Nicole Prickett.” Pop in your headphones and continue doing what you’re doing.

 

That’s it for today’s post. Check back Thursday for another featured quote and author. Oh, and don’t forget to let me know if you’ve read Prickett before! If you hadn’t: what do  you think? And if you had: any suggestions for other pieces she’s written?

Good day.