But then I remember that the truth about reading is that when you’re absorbed in a good book, thoughts of other books on your reading “to do” list fall away. The book in your hot hands at that very moment solves all of your desires and needs. The specter of, say, Emma Bovary, doesn’t loom over Hazel Grace Lancaster from “The Fault in Our Stars,” booming in a French accent: “Read me, I am more important than she is!”

Meg Wolitzer, The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/fashion/a-not-so-young-audience-for-young-adult-books.html

It’s ok, I can drive to the park. You take shotgun, Mom.

It’s ok, I can drive to the park. You take shotgun, Mom.

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A Look Inside Turkey’s Hierapolis-Pamukkale “Cotton Palace”

For more photos and videos from Pamukkale, browse the #Pamukkale hashtag and explore the Pamukkale Traventleri location page.

In Turkey’s southwest province of Denizli, white pools cover the landscape around a tiny cliffside village called Pamukkale, meaning “Cotton Palace” in Turkish. As calcium carbonate deposits flow down from hot springs above, the sediment collects in the lower limestone pools and shapes their snowy appearance. People have bathed in the Hierapolis-Pamukkale pools since 200 BCE when the ancient city of Hierapolis was erected near the top of the terrace to provide proximity to the spring and its restorative benefits. Today, local and visiting Instagrammers alike make the trek to partake in the ancient traditions and share the view of the valley below.

What does it mean to miss something you can’t hold in your memory? Children learn to do without the things they used to weep for. They move on, as everyone has to.

Emma Donoghue, Frog Music, page 367

All I can say is we’ll figure it out, I swear. When I read a book, I want you to be reading it at the same time…I can promise you books and conversation and all my heart

Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, page 154

People tell boring lies about politics, God, and love. You know everything you need to know about a person from the answer to the question, What is your favorite book?

Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, page 88

A.J. has never changed a diaper in his life, although he is a modestly skilled gift wrapper.

Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, page 50

Her talents include multitasking, selecting the right wine at dinner (and the coordinating skill, tending friends who’ve had too much to drink), houseplants, strays, and other lost causes.

Gabrielle Zevin, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry, page 5

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