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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
(In Response to Charles Warnke’s You Should Date An Illiterate Girl.)
I want to get this tattooed on me. Only about a half an inch tall, on my left wrist.
I would be proud to have a piece of Harry Potter on me for the rest of my life. And I am not about to get Daniel Radcliffe’s face forever on my body. So this seems like a good compromise.
Harry Potter has meant so much to me. My mom started reading book 1 to me when I was 10 years old, in early 1999. Every book after that I got the day it came out, and after waiting years for them I proceeded to read them as fast as I possibly could. And I have read the entire series at least once every other year.
I have heard stories of people who credit Harry Potter with saving their life. Of being their only friend when they had none, of giving them hope when they couldn’t find it elsewhere, of giving them strength to keep going when nothing else did. My love affair with Harry isn’t quite that dramatic, but parts of my books are ruined because of how many times I have cried on them. I grew up with these characters, and they will forever be a part of my heart. I really felt for them, in all of their trials and triumphs. When ever a character died it was like losing a member of my own family.
I can’t wait until the day my kids ask me what my tattoo means and I can introduce them to the world that has found it’s way into so many peoples hearts. And the symbol stands for more than just Harry Potter to me. It stands for a love of reading that J.K. Rowling inspired in children and adults alike world wide. I know I wasn’t the only one who stayed up past bedtime, reading by the night light that I insisted my parents keep on by telling them I was “afraid of the dark”. One weekend I remember deciding to read the entire first 3 books in 3 days. Very few other books can inspire me to give up even meals for the sake of reading.
And the deathly hallows symbol means even more. The tale of the three brothers, which it comes from, is a story about greed, and how it will bring destruction to even the wisest of us. And Harry’s own quest for the hallows was set up by Dumbledore so that Harry learns not to seek the Hallows for his own purposes, but only so that he can use them to save everyone he knows. It’s about only using authority or for the betterment of all. After all, with great power does come great responsibility.
This weekend will be my very last Harry Potter movie. In the last 2 weeks I have reread all the books, and watched all the movies (or well almost all of them, I accidentally fell asleep during 4). It is probably the last time I will do that for a long time (unless Pottermore turns out to be too much of a temptation this fall). As Dumbledore says “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” I can’t spend all the rest of my life with my nose buried in these 7 books.
I am serious about the tattoo though. I almost want someone to talk me out of it. i never thought I would want a tattoo of anything, there has never been anything that means enough to me to want to carry it around forever. But the more I think about it, the more I am tempted to run down and get it done before I lose my nerve.
Edit: I want it done in white ink. More personal, they look a bit like scars, and they fade over time so if i decided I didn’t want it anymore, I could just let it fade.