Date a Girl Who Reads by Rosemarie Urquico

So I was blog hopping, looking for book reviews when I stumbled upon this great article (I found it at Chachic’s Book Nook).  I definitely related to this and made me smile and nod and nod and nod again!  Apparently this is written as an answer to another article, “You Should Date An Illiterate Girl.”

Read on…

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 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.

Did it make you smile and nod and say to yourself, “Well that’s me alright!”  I bet you’ll also give a copy of this to your friends who have been always restraining you of buying tons and tons of books!  Well I definitely did and they asked me if commissioned the author of this article to write something about ME!  As if!  LOL!  I know in my heart that a LOT of you can be able to relate to this.  Anyway, ’til next time!  Happy reading!

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About Yas

I am a mom to a 2 year old boy and have an 8x5 job. I have been reading since pre-puberty stage. I remember one time when I was 7 or so, my mom gave me books for Christmas and I felt that I was the happiest kid ever! Then later on, it finally hit me. I am indeed what my friends call, a bookworm. Anyhow... so why did I start blogging about books? Well books are clearly my passion... AND I terribly miss writing and blogging... thus here it is! Why Book Comfort you might ask? Simply because I find comfort in books. View all posts by Yas

2 responses to “Date a Girl Who Reads by Rosemarie Urquico

  • Missie

    Awwwwwe! Now I have a perma grin on my face. I just want to print this up and nod along with it everyday.

    Thanks for sharing that. Loved it!

    P.S. I love your blog header.

    • jazzyaz68

      i just knew it! it’s not only me who related to this article! LOL! thanks for liking my blog header. i created that. when i was still on vacay after i delivered by son, i got hooked with digi-scrapping… only i stopped it ‘coz it took too much time away from doing the daily baby chores. but now that he’s already 2 years old, i can go back to my first passion – reading! 😀

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