Why is a Raven like a Writing Desk?

These are some very interesting answers to this famously-unanswerable riddle.

“Because both can produce a few notes, tho they are very flat; and are nevar put with the wrong end in front!”

“Both have quills dipped in ink.”

“Because a writing desk is a rest for pens and a raven is a pest for wrens.”

“Poe wrote on both.”

“Because one is good for writing books and the other is good for biting rooks.”

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake



Here’s a little bittersweet rhyme I came up with about Heartless. It helps me cope. (If you haven’t read the book this will sound like nonsense to you, and if you have read the book it will still sound like nonsense but in a way that makes perfect sense. Such is the way in Wonderland).

Murderer, Martyr, Monarch, Mad,

Fox, Owl, Raccoon

Weave a tale so wonderfully sad

About our favorite palace loon.

My poetry skills are rusty, yes, but then again I thought of this within 2 seconds and didn’t think twice about revising it. It’s not meant to be poetic necessarily, it just uses things from the book and some words from my imagination (unless it is poetic, in which case, yes it was definitely meant to be like that 😉 )

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake


Review #25

Heartless by Marissa Meyer was unforgettable. I’m still stunned. (And slightly mad)

Meyer sweeps you into Wonderland faster than you can blink, and I had no choice but to binge read this. Every character she retold in her own way was blisteringly perfect, and I fell for Jest just like Catherine did.

Despite this being a story of the well-known Queen of Hearts from Alice in Wonderland, I was clinging to the hope that Cath would have a happy ending. That she would have her lemon-eyed fool. That she would open her bakery and bake sweets until her gray hair was forever flour-filled. That she would never ever marry the King.

And yet those silly wishings were snatched away from me by Meyer, crushed under the truth of this fairytale: The Queen of Hearts would end up heartless. I desperately hoped that I’d never read the words “Off with his head” coming from our beloved baker girl, but in a cruel and ironic stab, those were the last words of the book.

In my soul I will continue to believe that Jest and Cath made it, that their love never extinguished, and that Jest wasn’t murdered. To do anything otherwise would probably make me cry.

In short, this book was perfect (I reward few novels with this description), and I encourage Marissa Meyer to never stop writing.

I never actually made a Currently Reading post for this book because one minute I was about to open Glass Sword, and the next I was eyeing Heartless as it sat on my ever-growing bookshelf. So, here’s a picture of this beautiful cover in the tradition of Hardback Hollow Currently Readings:

Image result for heartless marissa meyer

(This image belongs to http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18584855-heartless)

With Smiles,

Ivy B. Lake

Cath Quote

“He wore a fine-cut suit, all in black, with long coattails and a satin cravat, a black top hat and a face mask covered in silky raven feathers. Only his eyes defied the darkness of his ensemble. Bright as sunshine, yellow as lemon tarts.”

Jest Quote

“I can’t stop thinking about you, Lady Catherine Pinkerton of Rock Turtle Cove. I’ve been trying, but it’s useless. You’ve had me mesmerized from the first moment I saw you in that red dress, and I don’t know what to do about it, other than to use every skill at my disposal to try and mesmerize you back.”