Elvadrieng

Add friend
Sign in to Goodreads to learn more about Elvadrieng.

http://mandye.com/
https://www.goodreads.com/br0wneyedqueen

Loading...
Libba Bray
“I've never been in love. I will die without knowing what it feels like to need to see one person's face when you go to sleep at night, to crave seeing it when you wake up. I wish I knew. ”
Libba Bray

“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

John Mark Green
“Your heart plays a song like a broken music box, but nothing ever sounded quite so beautiful to me. Together, in the dance of wounded-wing swans we’ll rise above the ruins, melting into the golden light.”
John Mark Green

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?”
Mary Oliver

“We humans may not be powerful or magical, but the stories we pass on to our children can be.”
Sayantani DasGupta, The Serpent's Secret

179584 Our Shared Shelf — 231983 members — last activity 2 hours, 0 min ago
OUR SHARED SHELF IS CURRENTLY DORMANT AND NOT MANAGED BY EMMA AND HER TEAM. Dear Readers, As part of my work with UN Women, I have started reading ...more
875456 Fairytale Read-Along Group — 30 members — last activity Jul 05, 2019 07:03PM
A group where we read fairytales and their retellings. A place to gather to discuss all the happily ever afters.
24935 Belle's Library — 10 members — last activity Jul 28, 2017 09:37AM
Belle's Library is a peaceful place welcoming all the readers who still feel the princess or the fairy that is hidden in their heart. It was inspired ...more
211600 Fantasy Readathon: #becausedragonsRAT — 88 members — last activity Dec 31, 2018 02:50PM
A readathon for book dragons & fantasy lovers. The next round will take place March 5th-11th! Reading Challenges & Giveaway info posted below! & y ...more
201929 Tome Topple Readathon — 3384 members — last activity May 13, 2020 08:08PM
The next round of the Tome Topple Readathon will take place from midnight in your time zone on February 7th to 11:59pm in your time zone on February 2 ...more
More of Elvadrieng’s groups…
year in books
《Maram》
383 books | 989 friends

Princess
840 books | 1,359 friends

Melissa
317 books | 48 friends

Amelia ...
170 books | 102 friends

Deidrah...
682 books | 36 friends





Polls voted on by Elvadrieng

Lists liked by Elvadrieng