Marje

Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Marje.

https://www.goodreads.com/minnfinn

Add friend Follow reviews   Send Message | Compare Books


The Painted Queen
Rate this book
Clear rating

 
Gardens of the Moon
Rate this book
Clear rating

progress: 
 
  (page 100 of 666)
"This book got put on the back burner because of nanowrimo, but I'll pick it up again eventually." Dec 06, 2012 07:41AM

 

Marje’s Recent Updates

Marje is currently reading
The Painted Queen by Elizabeth Peters
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje rated a book it was amazing
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje finished reading
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje rated a book really liked it
The Better Angels of Our Nature by Steven Pinker
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje wants to read
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje entered a giveaway
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje finished reading
Emperor Mage by Tamora Pierce
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje finished reading
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Rate this book
Clear rating
Marje liked a quote
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Sun Tzu
Marje liked a quote
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
Sun Tzu
More of Marje's books…
Sun Tzu
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

“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

Sun Tzu
“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”
Sun Tzu, The Art of War

Federico Fellini
“All art is autobiographical; the pearl is the oyster's autobiography.”
Federico Fellini

Rumi
“Your task is not to seek for love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.”
Rumi

1218 The Next Best Book Club — 18210 members — last activity 41 minutes ago
Are you searching for the NEXT best book? Are you willing to kiss all your spare cash goodbye? Are you easily distracted by independent bookshops, big ...more
See your year in books badge
Kirsta
1,184 books | 52 friends
Friend details

eryn
248 books | 60 friends

Caitlin
2,293 books | 143 friends

Abby
880 books | 24 friends
Friend details

Aaron
1,520 books | 61 friends

Alicia ...
1,104 books | 127 friends

Jillian
1,523 books | 22 friends

Sheree ...
242 books | 55 friends

More friends…

Quizzes and Trivia

questions answered:
215 (0.1%)

correct:
156 (72.6%)

skipped:
32 (13.0%)

90131 out of 2345872

streak:
0

best streak:
16

questions added:
0



Polls voted on by Marje

Lists liked by Marje