Some of our favourite YA reads for fans of history:

Prisoner of Night and Fog / Never Fall Down / Between Shades of Gray / Red Scarf Girl / The FitzOsbornes at War / Code Name Verity / The Berlin Boxing Club / The Book Thief

Let us know what you’d add to this list…we’re always looking for recommendations!


September 1st thoughts


Days before Britain declared war on Germany, Maddie flew by herself to the other side of England, skimming the tops of the Pennines and avoiding the barrage balloons like silver ramparts protecting the sky around Newcastle. She followed the coast north to Bamburgh and Holy Island…The Northumbrian coast is the most beautiful length of the whole trip. The sun still sets quite late in the north of England in August, and Maddie on fabric wings flew low over the long sands of Holy Island and saw seals gathered there. She flew over the great castle crags of Lindisfarne and Bamburgh to the north and sough, and over the ruins of the twelfth century priory, and over all the fields stretching yellow and green toward the low Cheviot Hills of Scotland. Maddie flew back following the 70-mile 2,000-year-old dragon’s back of Hadrian’s Wall, to Carlisle and then south through the Lakeland fells, along Lake Windermere. The soaring mountains rose around her, and the poets’ waters glittered beneath her in the valleys of memory—hosts of golden daffodils, Swallows and Amazons, Peter Rabbit. She came home by way of Blackstone Edge above the old Roman road to avoid the smoke haze over Manchester, and landed back at Oakway, sobbing with anguish and love; love, for her island home that she’d seen whole and fragile from the air in the space of an afternoon, from coast to coast, holding its breath in a glass lens of summer and sunlight. All about to be swallowed in nights of flame and blackout. Maddie landed at Oakway before sunset and shut down the engine, then sat in the cockpit weeping.

More than anything else, I think Maddie went to war on behalf of the Holy Island seals.

— Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity (via meeichner)

"But a part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France- a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will always be unflyable, stuck in the climb."
Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein (via rattlethestarsyouare)

Track Title: Girlfriend in a Coma

Artist: The Smiths

Album: Strangeways, Here We Come


There were times when I could 
Have “murdered” her 
But you know, I would hate 
Anything to happen to her

- Girlfriend in a Coma, The Smiths

"I like it when it rains hard. It sounds like white noise everywhere, which is like silence but not empty."
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (via girlnah)


i think that scene is supposed to be intimidating but i find it hilarious


i think that scene is supposed to be intimidating but i find it hilarious

Natalie Dormer SDCC 2014 Portraits by Entertainment Weekly

Natalie Dormer SDCC 2014 Portraits by Entertainment Weekly


Bill Henson - Lux et Nox, 2002

Track Title: Worship You

Artist: Vampire Weekend

Album: Modern Vampires of the City


worship you - vampire weekend

in foreign soil, in foreign land

who will guide us through the end?

Track Title: Better Off

Artist: Haim

Album: Days Are Gone
Reblog / posted 1 day ago via musicxox with 3 notes

"At 19, I read a sentence that re-terraformed my head: “The level of matter in the universe has been constant since the Big Bang.”
In all the aeons we have lost nothing, we have gained nothing - not a speck, not a grain, not a breath. The universe is simply a sealed, twisting kaleidoscope that has reordered itself a trillion trillion trillion times over.
Each baby, then, is a unique collision - a cocktail, a remix - of all that has come before: made from molecules of Napoleon and stardust and comets and whale tooth; colloidal mercury and Cleopatra’s breath: and with the same darkness that is between the stars between, and inside, our own atoms.
When you know this, you suddenly see the crowded top deck of the bus, in the rain, as a miracle: this collection of people is by way of a starburst constellation. Families are bright, irregular-shaped nebulae. Finding a person you love is like galaxies colliding. We are all peculiar, unrepeatable, perambulating micro-universes - we have never been before and we will never be again. Oh God, the sheer exuberant, unlikely face of our existences. The honour of being alive. They will never be able to make you again. Don’t you dare waste a second of it thinking something better will happen when it ends. Don’t you dare."
— Caitlin Moran (via artvevo)

Track Title: The Wire

Artist: HAIM

Album: The Wire


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The Wire - HAIM -  The Wire

Track Title: Video Games

Artist: Bombay Bicycle Club


Music Monday

Bombay Bicycle Club - Video Games (Cover)