Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Do's and Don'ts of Impressing Book Nerds

The Do's & Don'ts of Impressing Book Nerds

You've got a crush on the girl who squeal whenever she hears the name John Green? You try impressing by telling her you love John Green even though you have not read any books by that author; you've only seen the movie of The Fault In Our Stars. Guess what?! It works. She's totally interested now, but when it is goodbye time, you are clueless what to reply after she says "DFTBA." And just like that, she no longer wants to talk to you. 

Don't be that guy. There are effective ways to impress us without being a total nerd (even though that is a big plus). Even if you just want to be friends or date a book nerd, there are good ways to impress them. Here are the Do's and Don'ts 

Interest in Books 
DO NOT: ever pretend that you have read a book that she is talking about, especially if you've only seen the movie. No matter how faithful the movie to the book is, there are things that the movie cannot show. If she asks you about writing style of the author, you are totally dead. Remember: there is a reason why books are better than movies. 

DO: show interest on what she is talking about. We, book nerds, love talking to people who have not read the book about what we've read. If we make them read it, it is a big polish to our pride. If you don't know what she is talking about, ask her what is it about. That will make her explode in happiness, knowing she can make you experience the wonders of a beautiful book. End the conversation that maybe you'll pick the book in the library when you get the time. 

Patience Inside The Bookstore
DO NOT: be impatient inside a bookstore especially when we book nerds are browsing, because 
  1. looking for a book is divine and takes a lot of time 
  2. money is involved. We don't want to waste our money to a horribly written books 
  3. it's therapy for us. 
DO: let us browse. You don't have to watch us while we browse. Ask us questions, we don't mind. It means you show interest in what we like. If the person you are trying to impress really want some alone time, do not slump somewhere to wait-- browse too, even though you don't plan on buying something. If we see you browsing, that is one big points. And for bonus point, try buying one book. And if we ask you what is it about, tell us.

Fictional Boys
DO NOT: say that fictional boys are unrealistic. If you are trying to impress a girl, saying she would never find a boy like the characters in books is like saying Jesus is not real to catholics. They tend to have high expectations, but if you ride with their fandom, they will see that you are a reflection of a true fictional character. Fictional characters have flaws too but readers oversee them, because (mostly) the narrator is in love with the boy of the book.

DO: listen to them talk about their fictional characters. Their standards might be high, but if you listen to them, it will really impress them. One of the good qualities of fictional boyfriends is they are good listeners. 

Favorite Authors
DO NOT: insult their favorite authors. We, book nerds, adore our favorite authors. They are the creators of the characters and the worlds we have fallen in love with. Insulting them is like insulting our parents. And especially do not insult the author if you've only seen the movie of the book adaptation. 

DO: offer your insights about their favorite authors. Tell us why you like them or why you don't like them. We will understand. If you hate the transition of the author from narration to scene, tell us then. It will show that you have good taste and know what you are talking about; don't just say "that author sucks. What she writes is so gay." Sad to say, but saying your insights like that is making yourself looks small.  

Reading Is Not A Waste Of Time 
DO NOT: say that reading is a waste of time or "do something else other than read." It is insulting. Reading is fun and productive for us bookworms. This is our lives, so if you say "get a life" while we are reading, do not be surprised if we chuck a hardcover to your face. 

DO: look at reading as a productive hobby (Because it is!) This is like sports, we have fun doing it and it is also productive. When we read, give us space. We might read a lot, but if we give our time to a person it means he or she deserves it. If you are not getting enough attention from us, well you might not deserve it, so try harder. 

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Friday, July 4, 2014

Top 5 Books For 4th Of July

Top 5 Books For 4th Of July

It's that time of the year again to celebrate our independence day. As that stripes and stars dance in the air, our hearts will be reminded again why we love to be Americans. 

But we are not only Americans; we are American book nerds. Yes, we will celebrate this 4th of July with fireworks. However, our celebration will not be complete without books. 

Here are the top 5 books which are perfect for 4th of July.

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After seeing the picture, for those who know the book, I know people are now rolling their eyes. I chose this book because of the main character's name-- America Singer. Nothing is more patriotic than naming yourself with the country you love. 


For other people, living in a dystopian world might be a living nightmare, but us book nerds want to experience it, because hey we want to that hero who will make that dystopian society a better place. America is a place of sacrifice and loyalty. Legend by ms. Marie Lu shows what it really means to be an american. 


Serving the country as a soldier can be the hardest task, but mr. Sparks shows that there is a happy life after that. Love for the country will make you a better person no matter how you choose to serve it, as long as you put your heart to it. The characters Logan Thibault and Keith Clayton will show you the different power of love for the country and the people in it. It just happens that one of those characters view love in a not so appealing way. 


There are many reasons why this book in on the top 2: 
  1. The main character's name is Honor 
  2. Her brother is a US marine 
  3. It's a road trip novel-- exploring USA 
Other than it is written by ms. Jessi Kirby, this book will show us the sides of life and death-- both sides that are equally beautiful as long as we learn how to look at it. Us, Americans, offer our lives to achieve our dreams, but others fail to see why we have big sense of sacrifice for each other. This book will tell us why while it tugs our heartstrings.


What book is more perfect for 4th of July other than learning the history of America? This book shows our adventurous sides as americans while giving us bits of information of history. Mr. Rick Riordan will educate you from the very first page without boring you to death. And to be honest, my love for America have grown even more after reading this masterpiece. 


Thursday, July 3, 2014

After The Fault In Our Stars, What's Next?

What to Read Next After The Fault In Our Stars? 

The world seemed to stop after you flipped that last page of mr. John Green's The Fault In Our Stars. And starting a new book was not an option, because the world will never be the same again and nothing can be as beautiful as The Fault In Our Stars. That is completely normal.

After our The Fault In Our Stars hangover, it's time to find what to read next. Even though we are open to read more books now, a part of our hearts are whispering that we want to read a book similar to The Fault In Our Stars

I compiled the top 5 books that will tug your heartstrings like The Fault In Our Stars. (P.S all this book made me cry rivers of tears)


What Is The Book About:
August has been homeschooled his entire life because he was born with facial deformity. When he reaches 5th grade, his mother can no longer homeschool him, so he attends Beecher prep. August only wants to blend in, but even the most mundane activity in school, like drinking from a water fountain, makes August the center of attention because of his condition. 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars:
Like Hazel, August is being hindered by the condition of their bodies. The Fault In Our Stars deserves a standing ovation by showing us the the simplest things we take for granted everyday. Wonder will offer you the same thing. Hazel wants to live like a normal teen. August wants to live like a normal kid. Both of them will show how strong they are by solely existing and being inspirations to people around them. 


What Is The Book About:
Colie used to be overweight, but after all the hard work, she is gifted with the body that all the girls have ever dreamed of. However, she is still living inside her shell of insecurity. For the summer, Colie will spend time with her aunt Mira who has a strange love for objects with small imperfections. And then she meets Morgan and Isabel after taking a summer job. Will Colie find a way to break out of her shell or be the girl who will always find the flaws of life?

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars
I always tell everyone that if they love mr. John Green, they will love ms. Sarah Dessen, because even though they have different writing styles, when it comes to character development, both of them deserve awards. Keeping The Moon deals with flaws of life and how to live with it. That is exactly how mr. Green gives us Hazel and Augustus. Despite their cancers, they fight through life like there is nothing that can stop them. Keeping The Moon deals with the same issue even though the main character, Colie, is not suffering from cancer, but she has this insecurity that is eating her like cancer cells.    


What Is The Book About:
The story follows Anna. She leaves her friends and life behind after her father accepts a job transfer for the summer. They are going to live on the beach where her mother committed suicide when she was only a little girl. As she enjoys life on the beach, she discovers family secrets that will free her from the burden that she's been carrying all along, but will Anna accept it or just let it drown to the ocean? 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars:
The book might not be as witty as The Fault In Our Stars, but this book excels when it comes to symbolism that I know you will find as smart as mr. Green's used of witty dialogues. Ms. Kirby will push you to the realm full of characters that is unique and very alive like Isaac, Peter Van Houten, the Lancasters, and Waters. 


What Is The Book About: 
Taylor's father is diagnosed with cancer, her father's last wish is to have some family time at their old lake house in the Pocono Mountains. Taylor used to live there as a young girl. She thinks all the people whom she has left behind has all moved on, but she is wrong-- her former best friend that now hates her guts, a boy whom she get her first heartbreak are all still there. Will Taylor take advantage of her second chance summer especially that time is running out? 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars
All the elements that made you fall in love with The Fault In Our Stars are all here-- character development, wit, tearjerker quotes, and so on. Taylor is not sick like Hazel, but they are both haunted by the idea that their lives will never move forward again. They are both given second chances; their approach with these chances are different, yet it will surely strum your heart. 


What This Book Is About: 
Jamie Sullivan is a kind of student that you wonder what kind of social life they have-- she is very religious, introvert, helps orphans on her free time, and so on. Then mr. Popular, Landon Carter enters the scene. "They have nothing in common but they have a lot to learn from each other" (credit to the movie trailer). One twist of fate forces them together to spend a lot of time. But as they notice their differences, they are more drawn to each other. 

Compared To The Fault In Our Stars
Mr. Nicholas Sparks and mr. John Green are different from each other. A lot of people say, especially people of my age, that The Fault In Our Stars is just another version of A Walk To Remember. Mr. Green says the idea of a star-crossed lovers has compelled him to write The Fault In Our Stars. Mr. Green succeeds in writing star-crossed lover in the contemporary world. Mr. Sparks also succeeds by writing a love story between an introvert and the popular guy. A Walk To Remember is like a combination of The Fault In Our Stars and ms. Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park. After reading A Walk To Remember, I assure you how much it will remind you of The Fault In Our Stars

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