Stand Out.

Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them. With Major Major it had been all three. Even among men lacking all distinction he inevitably stood out as a man lacking more distinction than all the rest, and people who met him were always impressed by how unimpressive he was.

~Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller

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Sarcasmic Humor.

What is a country? A country is a piece of land surrounded on all sides by boundaries, usually unnatural. Englishmen are dying for England, Americans are dying for America, Germans are dying for Germany, Russians are dying for Russia. There are now fifty or sixty countries fighting in this war. Surely so many countries can’t all be worth dying for.

~Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller

Top 10: Intimidating Books

Intimidating Books are the topic of this weeks Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. These are the books that I look at and they scare me slightly. Whether it be size, topic, writing style, or the popularity of the book, they are intimidating to me. But eventually, I have to get over my fear of these books and get to it.

Casual Vacancy
1. The Casual Vacancy by: J.K. Rowling This book is crazy intimidating, not just with the size but by the fact that it may not be as amazing as Harry Potter was/is. When I finally started reading it, it took me much longer than usual to finish, but by the end she finished strong as per usual.

2. Crime and Punishment by: Fyodor Dostoyevsky What can I say about this, it is a rough read for me. I keep wanting to reread it and see if I like it more than the first time. The Russian names and the writing, not to mention the monstrous size, keep me from picking it up again.

3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by: J.K. Rowling As much as I love Harry Potter, Book 4 is without a doubt the hardest one for me to get through. I take one look at how huge it is and I seriously struggle with my want to read it. Is it okay if I skip over it when reading through the series? I didn’t think so, I’ve got to overcome this!

4. A Walk To Remember by: Nicholas Sparks I love love love this movie and I am nervous that the book will not be as amazing. However, Nicholas Sparks rarely disappoints me, so I doubt it will, but this is my reason for it staying on my bookshelf.

5. The Fault in Our Stars by: John Green I hear over and over again that this book is incredible, and usually I’m not intimidated by the popularity of books. But I guess this is the exception, I hope it is as good as everyone says.

6. Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller This has made it onto a few of my lists, it was a slightly difficult read and one I’d always wanted to read. One of my Bucket List reads, and it was really intimidating to finally pick up, once I did it was ridiculously entertaining. As long as you pick up on all the witty lines.

7. Great Expectations by: Charles Dickens Charles Dickens is a legend and I want to read all his books, but I’m worried that once I dive into his works that they may not be all I’ve expected. Talk about Great Expectations. :)

8. City of Bones by: Cassandra Clare I keep seeing previews for the Movie coming out, and think I want to read this series. I have yet to pick it up, I keep debating whether or not I will like the storyline. Sometimes the stories in general are intimidating.

9. Pretty Little Liars by: Sara Shepard The TV Series is amazing, and I have yet to see a book to tv adaptation that I have read. I have always wondered how adapting a book into a show works, but I wonder if it will take away from the TV Show?

10. The Kill Order by: James Dashner I loved The Maze Runner and usually I don’t have a problem with prequels but this one has stopped me in my tracks and I haven’t been able to read it yet.

22.

“There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one’s safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions. Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn’t, but if he was sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn’t have to; but if he didn’t want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicity of this clause of Catch-22 and let out a respectful whistle.

“That’s some catch, that Catch-22,” he observed.

“It’s the best there is,” Doc Daneeka agreed.”

~Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller

Conciously.

“You have deep-seated survival anxieties. And you don’t like bigots, bullies, snobs or hypocrites. Subconsciously there are many people you hate.”

“Consciously, sir, consciously,” Yossarian corrected in an effort to help. “I hate them consciously.”

~Catch 22 by: Joseph Heller