It isn’t Valentine’s day yet, but since it is coming up, I thought I would share one of my favorite blogs of all times. I only wish I wrote it.
Share this with the girl in your life that reads. It is sure to make her smile.
Date a girl who reads
“Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. She 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 finds the book she wants. You see the weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a second hand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow.
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 if she would like to be Alice.
It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas and for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry, 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 understand that all things will come to end. 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 (in response to Charles Warnke’s You Should Date An Illiterate Girl)|
I completely understand why you had to reblog this! It’s great 😀 And very recognizable as a girl who reads 😉
I’m glad you agree!
Girls who read understand that characters develop, except in the Twilight series. – Alright, so I paraphrased, it’s still a hilarious point.
Lovely. So you not only read, you write too.
LOVE this, I recall reading it before somewhere, but I’m so glad to have been reminded of this. Sent it to my boyfriend just now 😉
I’ve seen this blog several places. It is possibly the truest thing I’ve ever read, and makes me smile every time.
Very nice, thanks. – Wm. Eaton, montaigbakhtinian.com
it’s very true with this sentence “You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag”.
and from this, i can see u’re a bookworm (not in a bad way haha) and u write too, that’s so cool!
Reblogged this on Pets to Go and commented:
I think i’ll ask her out.
Reblogged this on My Own State of Grace and commented:
It’s after Valentine’s Day…but still exceptionally written and valid.
Reblogged this on Vastly Hugely Mindbogglingly Big.
Reblogged this on This College Dropout and commented:
Very interesting and well-written article with just the right touch of levity…
This is awesome! Great reblog.
What a nice sentiment! I’m with my guy because we met online, in a publisher’s forum. 🙂 He is helping me move my library to his place, one box at a time, and keeps reassuring me that he has room, I don’t have to get rid of lots of my books.
That’s sound lovely!
Reblogged this on Here Is What I Like.
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads | No Faint Hearts in Fort Worth...
God I love this! You have to appreciate a guy that knows what he’s getting into and does it anyway. Thank you for posting 🙂
What makes a woman super-sexy is that she reads, thinks, is independent, and cares about people and the world. I can’t imagine a relationship with someone who does not read. Well done!
Reblogged this on The Dark Geisha and commented:
I read a part of this post on Facebook a while ago. Was so glad to experience the entire piece.
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) | mysteries of the (spider) web queen
Reblogged this on http://rozoua.wordpress.com/
I dated and married one.. yay!! (ps, love your blog)
Reblogged this on My life in vignettes and commented:
Something I just have to reblog
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) | Chronicles of a Daydreamer
I love this post. I wish I could find one. It’s one of the reasons I go to the library other than getting books out. 🙂
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) | Loudstones
I couldn’t imagine that I’d fine a girl who didn’t read attractive to begin with. Love this post. 🙂
Pingback: A blog I just found | erickeys
Hey! I re-blogged ya!
Girls into books are wonderful – perhaps second only, as the text above says – to girls who write.
Ps… here is the link:
Thank you for stopping by and looking at my blog (and for the mention 🙂 I finally have had a chance to explore your blog, and I look forward to exploring yours.
Let me know what you think. I try to categorize things so it’s easy to find the stuff your looking for. My flash fiction is here:
My on-going theoligcal/erotic story is here:
And here is a category I think you’ll like:
Anyway, poke around. Let me know what you think. Feedback and constructive criticism is always appreciated.
I will poke around this weekend! I look forward to reading your work.
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) | mizzzhana
Reblogged this on mizzzhana and commented:
Reblogged from Street of Dreams…glad I came across this. Really loved reading this 🙂
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Writes | Street of Dreams
girls that read break hearts
girls that write break everything else
either way we’re all screwed
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) | The whimsical happenings of a dreamer...
I love this! I agree with the date a reader, writer… And would expand the criteria to “date someone creative. You never know what they’ll dream up next.”
Reblogged this on Sherry Isaac, Psychological Sizzle and commented:
This was too good not to share. Thanks to Rachael Stanford and Rosemarie Urquico.
Loved this, Sherry. Thanks for reblogging it.
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) | the island of misfit toys
Reblogged this on The B-Side.
Pingback: Date a Girl Who Reads (A reblog must read) « Her Version Of Events
Reblogged this on Royale_Sharon and commented:
I’m that girl so you can imagine I’m all smiles right about now
I had to reblog this. I am that kind of girl and this makes me real glad though my fashion sense competes with my book space, but the books always seem to win