A Girl who Reads

How I see life.

Picture I took last week.

A few minutes ago I read this post (be careful, there are two pages) written by Charles Warnke. Here two quotes that I especially liked.. (but please, read the article entirely)

Contract a terminal illness. Die, but only after you observe that the girl who didn’t read never made your heart oscillate with any significant passion, that no one will write the story of your lives, and that she will die, too, with only a mild and tempered regret that nothing ever came of her capacity to love. […]

 

You, the girl who reads, make me want to be everything that I am not. But I am weak and I will fail you, because you have dreamed, properly, of someone who is better than I am. You will not accept the life that I told of at the beginning of this piece. You will accept nothing less than passion, and perfection, and a life worthy of being storied. […]

Now, Rosemarie Urquico’s answer.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at two a.m. 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.

At first, I thought that Charles’ piece was quite odd, but then I realized it was sadness filling my heart. I felt sad reading it,  he fell in love with a girl ‘who reads’ and felt like he wasn’t enough for her. Never being enough is something dreadful, that I fear most of all.

What are your thoughts on it?

8 thoughts on “A Girl who Reads

  1. oh, i really liked both the original text and the answer. one should always choose a girl (or guy) who reads! and also, lovely picture:) i was just admiring all the books with that kind of cover design today (and was almost sad that i couldn’t take them all home with me..) x

  2. oh, i really liked both the original text and the answer. one should always choose a girl (or guy) who reads! and also, lovely picture:) i was just admiring all the books with that kind of cover design today (and was almost sad that i couldn’t take them all home with me..) x

  3. I remember reading the first text. I was so angry when I read it, I thought it was so short sighted and focused negatively at what reading those to women. Also the fact that he uses women specifically made me so mad! I mean what about men that read? How are they different from women? Do men who read not have the same “high” expectations as women?
    I could go on and on for a few hours on this!

  4. I remember reading the first text. I was so angry when I read it, I thought it was so short sighted and focused negatively at what reading those to women. Also the fact that he uses women specifically made me so mad! I mean what about men that read? How are they different from women? Do men who read not have the same “high” expectations as women?
    I could go on and on for a few hours on this!

  5. Those are lovely copies of Austen’s books. 🙂 I read Warnke’s article a while ago and loved it. I think a girl who reads has the same insecurities as everyone else though. Maybe she even feels it more strongly because she reads. But this is also the same reason she is able to cope with them.

  6. Those are lovely copies of Austen’s books. 🙂 I read Warnke’s article a while ago and loved it. I think a girl who reads has the same insecurities as everyone else though. Maybe she even feels it more strongly because she reads. But this is also the same reason she is able to cope with them.

  7. The original article is very interesting. Although it’s long it’s very pleasant to read. I didn’t feel offended at all by the content because just like you I understood it to be a very smart and eloquent rant from a heartbroken guy. Now, the response was amazing. I think I want to frame it and hang it on a wall. By the way, I just found your blog yesterday and I’m overjoyed.

  8. The original article is very interesting. Although it’s long it’s very pleasant to read. I didn’t feel offended at all by the content because just like you I understood it to be a very smart and eloquent rant from a heartbroken guy. Now, the response was amazing. I think I want to frame it and hang it on a wall. By the way, I just found your blog yesterday and I’m overjoyed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *