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  1. Cross out what you’ve already read. Six is the average.

    Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
    Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
    Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
    Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
    To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
    The Bible - Council of Nicea 
    Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
    Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
    His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
    Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
    Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
    Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
    Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
    Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
    The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
    Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
    Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
    The Time Traveller’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
    Middlemarch - George Eliot
    Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
    The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
    Bleak House - Charles Dickens
    War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
    The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Brideshead Revisited - Evelyn Waugh
    Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
    Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
    The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
    Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
    David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
    Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
    Emma - Jane Austen
    Persuasion - Jane Austen
    The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
    The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
    Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
    Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
    Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne
    Animal Farm - George Orwell
    The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
    One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
    The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
    Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
    Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
    The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
    Lord of the Flies - William Golding
    Atonement - Ian McEwan
    Life of Pi - Yann Martel
    Dune - Frank Herbert
    Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
    Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
    A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
    The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
    Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
    Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
    The Secret History - Donna Tartt
    The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold 
    Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
    On The Road - Jack Kerouac
    Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
    Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
    Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie 
    Moby Dick - Herman Melville
    Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
    Dracula - Bram Stoker
    The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
    Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
    Ulysses - James Joyce 
    The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
    Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
    Germinal - Emile Zola
    Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
    Possession - AS Byatt
    A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
    Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
    The Color Purple - Alice Walker
    The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
    Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
    A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
    Charlotte’s Web - EB White
    The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
    Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
    The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
    Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
    The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
    The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
    Watership Down - Richard Adams
    A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole 
    A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
    The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
    Hamlet - William Shakespeare
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
    Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
    The Canterbury Tales - Geoffrey Chaucer
    Paradise Lost - John Milton
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
    White Fang - Jack London
    The Portrait of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
    Queen of the Damned - Anne Rice
    Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde - Robert Louis Stevenson
    The Call of the Wild - Jack London
    The Importance of Being Earnest - Oscar Wilde
    The Wonderful Wizard of Oz — L. Frank Baum
    Don Quixote — Miguel DeCervantes
    Where the Wild Things Are — Maurice Sendak
    The Cat in the Hat — Dr Seuss

    The Giver — Lois Lowry
    Inkheart — Cornelia Funke
    Divine Comedy — Dante Alighieri
    Macbeth — William Shakespeare
    Romeo and Juliet — William Shakespeare
    The Child Called ‘It’ — Dave Pelzer
    The Hunger Games — Suzanne Collins
    The Diary of a Young Girl — Anne Frank
    Night — Elie Wiesel
    Les Misérables — Victor Hugo
    The Odyssey — Homer
    The Scarlet Letter — Nathaniel Hawthorne
    The Brothers Karamasov — Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    Eragon — Christopher Paolini
    Song of Ice and Fire: Game of Thrones series— George R.R Martin
    The Art of War— Sun Tzu
    The Joy Luck Club— Amy Tan
    Mary Poppins— P.L. Travers
    Roots— Alex Haily
    I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings— Maya Aangelou
    Naked Lunch—William S. Burroughs
    Howl— Allen Ginsberg
    Interview With a Vampire— Anne Rice
    The Shining— Stephen King
    Jim Hensons Labyrinth — A.G.H Smith
    Percy Jackson and the Olympians— Rick Riordan
    The Heroes of Olympus— Rick Riordan
    The Kane Chronicles— Rick Riordan

    Count: 32

    There are also a lot on here that I have read parts of…

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  1. natnovna:

    even shows with great representation like how to get away with murder and orange is the new black refuse to acknowledge bisexuality and it’s fucking infuriating, if a character is shown to have had a past relationship with someone of the same gender or another gender they always have to reinforce and prove their heterosexuality or homosexuality to their new partner as means of a fucking character arc and it makes no sense. 

    OMG the lack of acknowledgement pisses me off. The word “bisexual” is never spoken. In Arrow, Black Canary is bisexual. She had a boyfriend, then a girlfriend and then a boyfriend. However I appreciated that no one ever said anything negative about it - just “Okay”. No character arc, well there was plot but no real reference to her sexuality but more just her relationship… anyway I thought It was tactful but I would have liked acknowledgement of the word “bisexual”. Media treats it like a taboo and its not and should not be represented that way.

  1. rider-waite:


    daily reminder that minerva mcgonagall is metal as fuck

    reminder she took 3 stunning spells directly to the chest and after being taken to st mungos brushed it off like nothing

  2. 3 weeks ago · Reblog
  1. comedycentral:

    Click here for more of Jon Stewart’s coverage of the recent House Committee on Science, Space and Technology hearing.

  1. Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions. Dale Spender, an Australian feminist who has been a strong advocate of female rights in this area, noted that teachers who tried to restore the balance by deliberately ‘favouring’ the girls were astounded to find that despite their efforts they continued to devote more time to the boys in their classrooms. Another study reported that a male science teacher who managed to create an atmosphere in which girls and boys contributed more equally to discussion felt that he was devoting 90 per cent of his attention to the girls. And so did his male pupils. They complained vociferously that the girls were getting too much talking time.

    In other public contexts, too, such as seminars and debates, when women and men are deliberately given an equal amount of the highly valued talking time, there is often a perception that they are getting more than their fair share. Dale Spender explains this as follows:

    “The talkativeness of women has been gauged in comparison not with men but with silence. Women have not been judged on the grounds of whether they talk more than men, but of whether they talk more than silent women.”

    In other words, if women talk at all, this may be perceived as ‘too much’ by men who expect them to provide a silent, decorative background in many social contexts.

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  1. mikalopsia:





    This scene is SO important. Maleficent is with someone she trusts, someone she considers a friend. And then the next thing she knows, she wakes up in pain, bleeding, with her wings burned off. A huge part of her has been destroyed.

    Rape is so prominent in our culture that it is in a Disney movie. Maybe not explicitly, but it is very clear what this scene represents and it is so sad.

    I fucking cried my eyes out during this scene

    AJ even confirmed that this is what this scene was a metaphor for (x) - just because i saw someone say today that this is not what this scene is about

    'We were very conscious that it was a metaphor for rape': The actress explained how the scene in which her character has her wings ripped off her body while in a drug-induced sleep had to be something 'so violent and aggressive' that it would make her 'lose all sense of her maternity, her womanhood and her softness' 

  1. another-concrete-r0se:




    I’ve been waiting for someone to make this a gif

    damn near 30 years ago and still relevant

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    ok listen everyone

    there is more than one kind of good queer representation

    if the only queer story that gets to be told is about openly queer characters whose sexuality is on the table from the first episode, from the first chapter, then that’s not good enough

    yes, the fact…

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  1. agelfeygelach:





Very disturbing.







    Very disturbing.

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  1. Women stand by Sailor Moon today because it respected them, enriched them, and entertained them when others refused to — others that have not changed much in the 23 years since the manga debuted.

    — A wonderful Comics Alliance article about the revival of Sailor Moon (via handsomewhitedad)
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  1. sixpenceee:

    A graduate student has created the first man-made biological leaf. It absorbs water and carbon dioxide to produce oxygen just like a plant. He did this by suspending chloroplasts in a mixture made out of silk protein. He believed it can be used for many things but the most striking one is the thought that it could be used for long distance space travel. Plants do not grow in space, but this synthetic material can be used to produce oxygen in a hostile environment. (Video)

  1. holmeswilliam:


    Voice of reason.

    That last gif explains why so many of the things that are supposed to prove canon Johnlock and TJLC to be true fail to convince me. OTOH, I doubt even the writers could at this point offer a solution that explains all the facts. Which is kind of ironic.

    click the freaking gifs

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  1. When Doctors Discriminate




    THE first time it was an ear, nose and throat doctor. I had an emergency visit for an ear infection, which was causing a level of pain I hadn’t experienced since giving birth. He looked at the list of drugs I was taking for my bipolar disorder and closed my chart.

    “I don’t feel comfortable prescribing anything,” he said. “Not with everything else you’re on.” He said it was probably safe to take Tylenol and politely but firmly indicated it was time for me to go. The next day my eardrum ruptured and I was left with minor but permanent hearing loss.

    Another time I was lying on the examining table when a gastroenterologist I was seeing for the first time looked at my list of drugs and shook her finger in my face. “You better get yourself together psychologically,” she said, “or your stomach is never going to get any better.”

    If you met me, you’d never know I was mentally ill. In fact, I’ve gone through most of my adult life without anyone ever knowing — except when I’ve had to reveal it to a doctor. And that revelation changes everything. It wipes clean the rest of my résumé, my education, my accomplishments, reduces me to a diagnosis.

    I was surprised when, after one of these run-ins, my psychopharmacologist said this sort of behavior was all too common. At least 14 studies have shown that patients with a serious mental illness receive worse medical care than “normal” people. Last year the World Health Organization called the stigma and discrimination endured by people with mental health conditions “a hidden human rights emergency.”

    I never knew it until I started poking around, but this particular kind of discriminatory doctoring has a name. It’s called “diagnostic overshadowing.”

    According to a review of studies done by the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College, London, it happens a lot. As a result, people with a serious mental illness — including bipolar disorder, major depression, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder — end up with wrong diagnoses and are under-treated.

    That is a problem, because if you are given one of these diagnoses you probably also suffer from one or more chronic physical conditions: though no one quite knows why, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome and mitral valve prolapse often go hand in hand with bipolar disorder.

    Less mysterious is the weight gain associated with most of the drugs used to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which can easily snowball into diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease. The drugs can also sedate you into a state of zombiedom, which can make going to the gym — or even getting off your couch — virtually impossible.

    It’s little wonder that many people with a serious mental illness don’t seek medical attention when they need it. As a result, many of us end up in emergency rooms — where doctors, confronted with an endless stream of drug addicts who come to their door looking for an easy fix — are often all too willing to equate mental illness with drug-seeking behavior and refuse to prescribe pain medication.

    I should know: a few years ago I had a persistent migraine, and after weeks trying to get an appointment with any of the handful of headache specialists in New York City, I broke down and went to the E.R. My husband filled out paperwork and gave the nurse my list of drugs. The doctors finally agreed to give me something stronger than what my psychopharmacologist could prescribe for the pain and hooked me up to an IV.

    I lay there for hours wearing sunglasses to block out the fluorescent light, waiting for the pain relievers to kick in. But the headache continued. “They gave you saline and electrolytes,” my psychopharmacologist said later. “Welcome to being bipolar.”

    When I finally saw the specialist two weeks later (during which time my symptoms included numbness and muscle weakness), she accused me of being “a serious cocaine user” (I don’t touch the stuff) and of displaying symptoms of “la belle indifference,” a 19th-century term for a kind of hysteria in which the patient converts emotional symptoms into physical ones — i.e., it was all in my head.

    Indeed, given my experience over the last two decades, I shouldn’t have been surprised by the statistics I found in the exhaustive report “Morbidity and Mortality in People with Serious Mental Illness,” a review of studies published in 2006 that provides an overview of recommendations and general call to arms by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. The take-away: people who suffer from a serious mental illness and use the public health care system die 25 years earlier than those without one.

    True, suicide is a big factor, accounting for 30 to 40 percent of early deaths. But 60 percent die of preventable or treatable conditions. First on the list is, unsurprisingly, cardiovascular disease. Two studies showed that patients with both a mental illness and a cardiovascular condition received about half the number of follow-up interventions, like bypass surgery or cardiac catheterization, after having a heart attack than did the “normal” cardiac patients.

    The report also contains a list of policy recommendations, including designating patients with serious mental illnesses as a high-priority population; coordinating and integrating mental and physical health care for such people; education for health care workers and patients; and a quality-improvement process that supports increased access to physical health care and ensures appropriate prevention, screening and treatment services.

    Such changes, if implemented, might make a real difference. And after seven years of no change, signs of movement are popping up, particularly among academic programs aimed at increasing awareness of mental health issues. Several major medical schools now have programs in the medical humanities, an emerging field that draws on diverse disciplines including the visual arts, humanities, music and science to make medical students think differently about their patients. And Johns Hopkins offers a doctor of public health with a specialization in mental health.

    Perhaps the most notable of these efforts — and so far the only one of its kind — is the narrative medicine program at Columbia University Medical Center, which starts with the premise that there is a disconnect between health care and patients and that health care workers need to start listening to what their patients are telling them, and not just looking at what’s written on their charts.

    According to the program’s mission statement, “The effective practice of health care requires the ability to recognize, absorb, interpret, and act on the stories and plights of others. Medicine practiced with narrative competence is a model for humane and effective medical practice.”

    We can only hope that humanizing programs like this one become a requirement for all health care workers. Maybe then “first, do no harm” will apply to everyone, even the mentally ill.

    The author of the novel “Too Bright to Hear Too Loud to See” and a co-editor of “Voices of Bipolar Disorder: The Healing Companion.”

    Reblogging because this is the sort of thing that needs signal boosting the heck out of it. Probably many of the people who see this in my Tumblr are people who already know from first-hand experience as a patient. Probably most of the people who even know my Tumblr exists are not in a position to perpetuate this problem (because they aren’t doctors).  But I figure if more people get info like this circulating, maybe eventually someone in a better position to reach more doctors with this kind of information and open serious dialogue about how to address the problem will come across this.

    Until then, at least a better informed patient population can, I hope, be in a better position to advocate for themselves—if not always as individuals then perhaps as groups.

    Doctors refusing to actually practice medicine because they decide they already know what’s wrong with the patient.

    Here’s an idea: How about medical schools start training doctors not to do that before we all end up fucking dead, you elitist god-complex pricks?

  2. 3 weeks ago · Reblog
  1. kennyvee:





Republicans talking shit AGAIN. This @GOP tweet is the literal opposite of what they believe, campaign, and how they vote.

They know that no matter how outrageously they lie, their base will still believe them.

I reblogged this a couple weeks ago, but I’m reblogging it again because after sending that tweet out on September 1st, Republicans blocked equal pay (yet again) just two weeks later.






    Republicans talking shit AGAIN. This @GOP tweet is the literal opposite of what they believe, campaign, and how they vote.

    They know that no matter how outrageously they lie, their base will still believe them.

    I reblogged this a couple weeks ago, but I’m reblogging it again because after sending that tweet out on September 1st, Republicans blocked equal pay (yet again) just two weeks later.

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  1. boobiesmcfeels:

    “Oh, Harry, don’t you see?” Hermione breathed. “If she could have done one thing to make absolutely sure that every single person in this school will read your interview, it was banning it!” 
    - ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’, Pg. 513

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