Happy Springtime Holidays, everyone! Whether you spend it breaking Matza during Passover or coloring eggs for Easter, or just stepping outside for a bit to get a little fresh air and a little sniff of the newly blooming flowers – but not too far away from home – there’s always something profoundly special about the holidays in the springtime – other than Spring Break…
Anyway, I know you’ve been waiting a long time for these colorful tweets that are begging to be broken into and eaten up, especially since this springtime is a rather unusual one this year – a reminder that it’s the first year of the new decade – due to the Coronavirus’ hold on us, but I have hope that these April showers will surely bring us our own May flowers! So, here we go: seven bookish tweets – and a few bonus tweets at the end as pretty much always…
The Great Gatsby: Spoiler-Free Edition
In case you missed Great Gatsby Day just a few days ago, happy Great Gatsby Day – the day that my favorite classic novel was published back in 1925! (Also, in case you missed the piece I wrote for this occasion, check it out here.)
Anyway, in case you actually missed out on reading this beloved book, first of all: you really should read it; and second of all: if you don’t want to be spoiled on what happens till that fateful day comes but still want to know the gist of what happens in the book from just a few snapshots, then look no further, for we have a few snapshots of the book’s events right here…
The Great Gatsby spoilers but there's no context pic.twitter.com/FJQ0BUavF3
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 6, 2020
Consider this a continuation of the “Spoiler-Free” edition series of bookish tweets I started just last week when I gave you all a few snapshots of Shakespeare’s Hamlet…
The Difference You Can Make
Listen, as much as we want to be in control of everything that happens in our lives, the truth is: we can’t control absolutely everything that happens to us (Covid-19, case in point), but all that matters right now is what we can control, and that makes all the difference in the world, even if it’s just starting out with something small…
All of us here at Bookstr strive to bring you so much bookish joy in your life from all the content we put out during the week, especially during these uncertain times, and that includes giving you new book recommendations. So, when you pay it forward and do the same for others in your own bookish group, it’s a victory for all of us. Remember that even the smallest victories can reap the biggest benefits, so you might as well celebrate them!
Flattery Has Its Moments
Everyone has different values that they value. (Yeah, I know what I did there.) Thus, everyone is different when it comes to what they look for in a valuable partner, so let’s try to break out of some of these stereotypes, shall we?
What men think women want:
What women actually want:
– To conspire with their sister and obtain their father's kingdom through false flattery
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 7, 2020
Look, I personally wouldn’t go for straight-up flattery alone in a person, but hey: everyone is different.
The Hunger Is Real… Yet Picky
Ah, yes: we all know this feeling…
…the feeling that we can’t ever have enough books to add to our collection and so we go after them as they beckon to us, even when our preexisting collection to read also happens to beckon to us from upon our shelves…
You Had One Job
Sometimes, we forget to do things, even when they’re really important things to do. It just happens…
Aegeus: Remember to replace the black sails with white ones so I know you're not dead.
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 7, 2020
…but still Theseus, you had one freakin’ job.
Nothing Gold Can Stay
You may have recognized that title from one of Robert Frost’s most famous poems called “Nothing Gold Can Stay,” and what it essentially means is that nothing lasts forever, especially gold, even when after a long and troubled past life, good things are finally starting to happen for you and it seems like you can live your happiest life…
Edmond Dantès getting arrested for treason right before his wedding pic.twitter.com/8QjRsuAAza
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 8, 2020
You know, there are ways to prolong your happiness, one of which is this: just be careful about your past coming back to bite you when you’re at your peak, and then you can have your gold.
Social Distancing Log: “The Yellow Wallpaper” Edition
Have you been keeping track of how long you’ve been in quarantine? It would help if you counted those days so that when you finally get out, you can see how far you’ve come. It can help to see exactly what you did each day…
social distancing, day 1: I'm going to take this time to relax, self-reflect, maybe do some journaling
social distancing, day 37: there's a woman in the wallpaper and I need to get her out
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 9, 2020
See how much of a difference that is? (Also, how is it that this is the second tweet I’ve covered on my favorite short story – one that is perfect to read during these times?! Just try not to lose your mind from it…)
And now for the bonus tweets…
Bonus Tweet #1: Self-Infliction From Self-Reflection
Sometimes, when we look back on our lives, we can see some things we’ve done or some things that had happened to us in a different light, and they might make us think about ourselves a bit differently. But what would happen if those things, when revisited, could turn out to be your ultimate downfall, and essentially be the death of you?
Oedipus Rex confronting the guy who murdered Laius and brought a plague upon Thebes pic.twitter.com/TQVAeKoVJT
— SparkNotes (@SparkNotes) April 10, 2020
I couldn’t have described it any better myself.
Bonus Tweet #2: Let’s All Read Independently… Together!
This is just a weekly reminder that #BooksConnectUs and that even if we have to have book club meetings via video call, we can still make the most of them…
We're grateful for all the ways books bring us together. Tonight, we invite you to start an impromptu virtual book club where everyone reads their book of choice together. Virtually. #BooksConnectUs pic.twitter.com/i8IpX72PFY
— Penguin Random House 🐧🏠📚 (@penguinrandom) April 5, 2020
While reading is typically a solo activity, it doesn’t mean that we always have to do it alone! On a similar note, just because we can’t go out to the bookstore for new books doesn’t mean we can’t go online to get new ones…
I miss bookshops 😔. I want to run my hands over the covers+ read blurbs of books I never knew existed. I miss being able to pile high my wishlist and fight with myself about what I can actually afford. #TuesdayThoughts #afterthequarantine #BooksConnectUs pic.twitter.com/RvUGvFRtXq
— Rebecca Barnes (@BeccaBarnes96) April 7, 2020
But still though, bookstores have always had that special kind of magic. Soon, my sweet, soon…
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