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Daily Photo Challenge: Self Portrait

"She Read to escape reality. Curled up in her favorite place, she leaves her world behind as soon as she opens a book."

“She Read to escape reality. Curled up in her favorite place, she leaves her world behind as soon as she opens a book.”

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A Girl Who Reads

The other day I was going through and finding a bunch of quotes for no other reason than to amuse myself, when I happened upon this one by Rosemarie Urquico. I read through this rather interesting passage, and that’s when it hit me. She was talking about me – or at least her words unknowingly describe me completely. I thought I would share it for everyone who happens upon it. Who knows, it might speak to you, too.

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“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent.  Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”

– Rosemarie Urquico

(Image credit to Vendla Stockdale of Vendla Stockdale Photography)

(Image credit to Vendla Stockdale of Vendla Stockdale Photography)

 


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Top 11 Classic Books

Classic books are totally different from the literature of today.   Classics are usually written with a different dialog than we would normally hear being used today.   They can be a little hard to make out at first, but practice makes perfect.   I personally love the different dialogs the classics are written in, especially the types used in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights.   I believe classic books are very important to the literary world, and I hope you enjoy this list of my top eleven classic books I made, which I think everyone who loves reading should get a chance to read.   Even if you don’t care to read, you should give them a try.   I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

1. Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll.

2. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

3. Dracula by Bram Stoker.

4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.

5. Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.

6. The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolken.

7. The Lord of the Rings (trilogy) by J.R.R Tolken.

8. Peter Pan by J.M Berrie.

9. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain.

10. The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare.

11. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.


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3 Books on a Deserted Island

Usually the question would be, “if you were stranded on a deserted island and you had the choice to bring three things with you, what would they be?”.   In my case, however, the question is, “what three books would you bring with you to a deserted island?”.   This question narrows it down quite a bit for me, going from any three objects in the whole wide world, to simply three books.   Even though the decision has been narrowed down for me, I still find it hard to answer.   I really love books, and have read quite a few great ones in my short lifetime.

At first, I thought I would bring one of my favorite trilogies, but then I got to thinking, what if I get tired of the same characters in each book?   Is that even possible?  Well, if it is possible, I don’t want to take any chances.

Next, I considered bringing one of my all time favorite books, Jane Eyre, but then I also started to wonder, well, the book does have a lot of sad parts in it…would being alone on a deserted island make me more sensitive and just make me cry harder for longer?   Now, if that is the case, I sure wouldn’t want to bring that book just to waste time and precious energy crying over the sad parts of Jane’s life.

Finally, I decided to just go ahead and bring these three books:

1.  The Adventure of Huckleberry Finn.   Because this book is so fun, I think it would be great to help keep my spirits up and hopefully give me a sense of adventure.

2.  Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass.   This book is also full of adventure and curiosity, another great choice for me.

3.  There and Back Again, a Hobbit’s Tale.   Yet another book full of adventure!  I just adore this book.   Who doesn’t like J.R.R Tolken?   I also believe that because of all the different creatures in this book, it would keep me preoccupied because – due to my strange mind – I would convince myself they were real and on the island with me.

So there you have it, a list of the three books I would take with me to a deserted island.   They are great and well thought out choices for myself.   It was fun to come up with this list.   That is something you could do for fun if you like to read.   And besides, you never know, you could really use this list someday!

All alone on a deserted island of my own. (Photo credited to rightful owner)


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4 Things I Love About My Favorite Book

One of my favorite books I have read so far in my life is the book, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte.   I was given the book by my mom as a literature assignment in school.   I most definitely was not expecting to enjoy the story as much as I did, so much so, that it made it to the top on my “favorite book list”!   I was pleasantly surprised to find, or better yet, be handed such a wonderful book!

Jane Eyre. Written by Charlotte Bronte. (Photo credited to rightful owner)

This book is beautifully written, and it is a true classic.   After reading Jane Eyre for literature, I was sad to have to give it back to the library I borrowed it from.    Recently however, I bought myself a copy of it at a newly found bookstore.   I’m happy now.

Here is a list of  four of my favorite things about Jane Eyre:

(Those of you who have not read the book, please be weary of the list – It may contain spoilers)

1.  The setting. I love the places where the story is played out, and in the year it takes place.

2.  The characters.  They were all beautifully and vividly created and I just love them!

3.  The wedding scene.   I love how the author made me cry when poor Jane was hurried into the wedding she dreamed of, only to have it crushed.

4.  The End.   I love a happy ending!


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Seraphina: One of My Favorite Books

I absolutely love to read.   So much so, that my librarian will order me books that she thinks I will like.

Often times, I run out of trilogies recommended to me or can’t find any more books I haven’t read by my favorite authors.   When that happens, I take a trip to my local library and browse the shelves, seeking out interesting books I have never read.   Sometimes, I find nothing and just read a book from my collection over and over.   Other times, however, I am able to find a newly bought and shelved library book to read.   That is how I found Seraphina, or how the book found me.

Such a wonderful book! Source: rachelhartmanbooks.com

 Seraphina was sitting on the stand next to the shelves, proudly being shown off by the library as a “new read”.   I picked it up, intrigued by the dragon on the cover, and flipped it open to read the little description on the inside of the book’s jacket.   At first, I was absolutely horrified!   How could they turn a dragon into this?   I almost threw the book across the room.   But of course, my curios nature got the better of me and I took it home – was I in for a wonderful surprise!     After the first two chapters, disgusted, I was about to give up on the book.   But something told me to keep going.   I was glad I did!  I warmed up to the dragons and began to actually love them.   The story and its characters were starting to become real, and in a very well-written way on this brilliant author’s part.   I began to laugh with them, cry with them, and feel their pain.

I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I will stop at that.   So, if you enjoy well-written fantasy books, full of wonderfully developed characters and action that will keep you on edge from chapter to chapter, than this book is the book for you!   I would recommend this fun book to any and all – over the age of 13 maybe due to the more advanced vocabulary.   Seraphina by Rachel Hartman is a wonderful read that I would give a whopping five stars to!   I loved do love this book!