Horribly Bookish

For the endlessly inspiring written word and appreciation of all things bookish

People empty me. I have to get away to refill.

—Charles Bukowski  (via r-enatus)

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IT’S A PUNDERFUL LIFE
by Gemma Correll

Puns often mistakenly get a bad rep, but if they’re good enough for Oscar Wilde and Shakespeare (whose work featured over 3000 puns), it’s good enough for us. Hot off the back of her incredibly popular Monday Punday online series, Gemma Correll has surveyed her army of punning fans to create this hilarious collection of her best illustrated puns, as well as loads of new ones. Over the following pages you will see grin-inducing puns such as Wonton Cruelty featuring sadistic dim sum, or rotten eggs hurling abuse at each other. The sweet tooth has brought you some flowers and the seal of approval is very pleased to meet you. With over 50 puns, this book will bring a smile to even the most miserable person’s face.

(via against-stars)

michaelmoonsbookshop:

Superb Illustrated Edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the looking glass and what Alice found there

This edition published in 1911 is the first time John Tenniel’s legendary illustrations were printed in colour 

sadly the original covers are faded and marked as shown in the photos - but the contents are beautiful fresh and clean 

(via mydulcetdarlings)

Imagine this:
Instead of waiting in her tower, Rapunzel slices off her long, golden hair with a carving knife, and then uses it to climb down to freedom.
Just as she’s about to take the poison apple, Snow White sees the familiar wicked glow in the old lady’s eyes, and slashes the evil queen’s throat with a pair of sewing scissors.
Cinderella refuses everything but the glass slippers from her fairy godmother, crushes her stepmother’s windpipe under her heel, and the Prince falls madly in love with the mysterious girl who dons rags and blood-stained slippers.

Imagine this:
Persephone goes adventuring with weapons hidden under her dress.
Persephone climbs into the gaping chasm.
Or, Persephone uses her hands to carve a hole down to hell.
In none of these versions is Persephone’s body violated unless she asks Hades to hold her down with his horse-whips.
Not once does she hold out on eating the pomegranate, instead biting into it eagerly and relishing the juice running down her chin, staining it red.
In some of the stories, Hades never appears and Persephone rules the underworld with a crown of her own making.
In all of them, it is widely known that the name Persephone means Bringer of Destruction.

Imagine this:
Red Riding Hood marches from her grandmother’s house with a bloody wolf pelt.
Medusa rights the wrongs that have been done to her.
Eurydice breaks every muscle in her arms climbing out of the land of the dead.

Imagine this:
Girls are allowed to think dark thoughts, and be dark things.

Imagine this:
Instead of the dragon, it’s the princess with claws and fiery breath
who smashes her way from the confines of her castle
and swallows men whole.

—'Reinventing Rescuing,' theappleppielifestyle (via tonystarks)

(Source: theappleppielifestyle, via dirtypeasantpeen)

What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.

J.D. SalingerThe Catcher in the Rye

(Source: good-booking)

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