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 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 Twilightseries.

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)



Updates, shmupdates

So LOL, I quit my Project 365 at Day 4. Who am I kidding? With the state of our internet connection at home (nonexistent), I will never be able to log-in anytime I want. Sigh.

So I’ve been immersing myself reading. I’ve been so obsessive with the books I’ve been reading lately. I stayed up really late finishing Mockingjay, cause I seriously could not put it down. Now, I’m doing a marathon of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. I’m on the final book now. I bring it with me everywhere I go. So, so addictive.

I’ve still got a long list of stuff I haven’t read yet. So after this series, I promise not to buy anything new first. I’ve gotta read these first:

  1. The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
  2. Runaways
  3. Fables
  4. Shadowland
  5. Social Media 101
  6. Scarlett
  7. City of Glass, Ashes, Bones
  8. Dead Until Dark
  9. Clockwork Angel
  10. Amazing Spiderman: Brand New Day

So many books to read! I get giddy just thinking of it.Then there are the new Japanese movies and series Sharkboy and I picked up. I love the movies’ over-the-top violence. You’ve got to hand it to the Japanese, they never hold anything back.

So, yeah. That’s my life right now.

Christmas Wish: FOUND

In general, I limit my love for techie stuff to photography-related items. I desire the coolest laptops just because I want to have the perfect storage and post-processing medium for my photos.

I’ve never owned a Gameboy, a Nintendo DS, a PSP. Neither do I have an iPod.

But now, I do believe I have finally met my match in all things gadgetry. And it isn’t related in any way to photography.

Meet my Heart’s Desire:


Hello, Love. I've been waiting for you all my life.

This is the Nook eBook Reader. A portable eBook Reader. It can hold up to 2GB worth of eBooks, which is, around 1,500 eBooks.


I am hyperventilating. Somebody please calm me down. You see, aside from that ginormous amount of memory space, the battery can last up to TEN DAYS without recharging. Oh, it’s also WIFI ready, so you can instantly download eBooks from anywhere. O_0 I swear. Someone please get this gadget over here pronto!

Anyway, here’s the link to the product, in case none of you understood my exhilarated gushing.

I think it’s an exclusive Barnes and Nobles product. That lessens the possibility that it will ever be sold here. =( Oh well, if not, maybe I’ll just hope for a Kindle. 😮

Book Review: Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer

Now that November is nearing, and the hoopla over the Twilight series is reaching a ridiculous fever pitch, I’d like to review it now.

I just can’t help it, the more I hear people raving about these books, the more I think I’m crazy for not liking it. Anyway, I’m preempting myself.  Let me start again.

If you’ve been living under a rock, Twilight is a series of vampire novels by Stephanie Meyer. It follows the love story between Edward Cullen, a vampire, and Bella Swan, a mortal. Set in the cold, rainy village of Forks, Washington, the story delves into the seemingly impossible trials of a vampire, as he falls in love with a human he wants to devour. YUM.

Well, okay, that’s an unfair and blunt synopsis. But, you get the point, human falls madly in love with a vampire, vampire wants to drink her blood but falls in love with her as well. Conflicts and a hell of a lot of drama ensue.

Honestly, I enjoyed the first novel of the series, aptly titled Twilight. I couldn’t help but be swept under the Bella-Edward romantic spell. It was riveting. It was all about having that high school crush for the seemingly unreachable hot guy, and finally realizing that he likes you after all. Except that he has this deep and dark secret. It’s Sweet Dreams with a bite (pun very much intended, thank you).

I read the series at a feverish pace, because I merely borrowed the books, and I wanted to return them quickly. Also, I wanted to find out what happened. I think reading it non-stop worked greatly against my interest for the novels. By the middle of the second book, I was sick of the cloying, obsessive ramblings of Bella.

Continue reading

Talecraft Tales

Sharkboy and I saw this contest a few weeks ago while shopping at Powerbooks. Of course, since we’re a sucker for geeky card games, we bought a box of Talecraft cards.

It’s so much fun playing this game. Being the competitive *ahem* people that we are, we go crazy trying to top each other’s stories.

Anyway, Sharkboy got this brilliant story in his mind about a vampire without his fangs, and he decided to submit his story as his entry for the contest. He got in as a finalist, and proceeded to present his story yesterday at Powerbooks.

I wasn’t able to watch him, though. =( My family and I had to visit Ima at the cemetery to avoid the All Souls’ Day rush next weekend. I arrived at Powerbooks, about an hour late. EEK. Sorry Sharkboy. =(

Sharkboy got into the top 5 and participated in the on-the-spot story-telling stage. Though he didn’t win the first prize, judges approached him at the end of the contest and complimented him on his Fangless Vampire story.

So… being the proud Whoopsy that I am, I am bragging and gushing over his work. 😀 It’s really well-written, using rhymes as his device. So the whole story has this lyrical, almost sing-songsy quality to it. The story itself of the Fangless Vampire is funny but Sharkboy made it even funnier with his use of this device. In the end, it came out, a little ironic, very funny, witty and heart-warming (actually, very much how Sharkboy is. HEE.)

This isn’t the first time he’s used this device. He also used this when he wrote another short story for me on my birthday. That wasn’t ironic, that was very very sweet. =)

ANYWAY. Enough with my melting gushy, mushiness.

The news HERE. And Sharkboy’s story HERE. YAYS!

Note: We have a certain aversion to vampires these days, thanks mainly to Edward Cullen’s ismoot-iswabe brooding that’s winning everyone’s hearts. So we would always talk about creating a vampire character that defied all the brooding, emo qualities of vampires as we know them. This is probably Sharkboy’s attempt to come up with one. =) I must say, this Fangless Vampire has endeared itself to me. Hehe.