Rosemary Urquico you sure know how to write

Via Oh Mishka

"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."
— Rosemary Urquico 

I love when i open up a book and its overflowing with comments in the margins and highlighted passages. Pick up any of thousands of books my dad has and I can guarantee that you will find this. If there is anything i have learned from my dad, it's just how influential a book can be on someones life. And due to the fact that books have shaped me into the person i am, it breaks my heart every time someone tells me they hate reading. Books can be life changing if you let them.

My name is Madison Waters and I believe reading is one of the greatest joys life has to offer.
Now here is where you tell me some of the best books you ever did read. Ready, go!


  1. holy moley i love that! i am definitely a girl who loves to read! I have two bookshelves back at home full of books! what kind of books do you like to read?

  2. Oh goodness... somehow this made me soooo happy. Sometimes I feel ultra nerdy when it comes to books n' such... but I feel better now. :) A favorite quote that one of my cousins showed me: "You are the same today as you’ll be in five years except for two things, the books you read and the people you meet." -Charlie "Tremendous" Jones

  3. oooo I love me some booking reading time.

  4. LOVE that. Also, books. I love them too. Favorites include:
    A Long Way Gone
    The Greatest Salesman in the World (applicable to real life, I promise)
    The Book Thief
    Bird by Bird (for the aspiring writer)
    As a Man Thinketh (changed how I thought about EVERYTHING)
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Mere Christianity

  5. Ok so i love that! i shouldnt have read now i want to go read my book and not do the cleaning i need to!

    you need to read
    The Poison Study Series!
    I currently reading The Luxe Series and really enjoying that....
    Gone with the Wind is always an excellent story too!

  6. oh you guys are great, thanks for the book suggestions!

  7. Hey, just read this. I have to say, one of my favorite books is Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut. Its one of those where I have markings all over it and notes in the margins. It's a very thoughtful book.

    Lesa and I have a goal this year to read 25 books. (About 2 a month). I love reading and buying books. I think right now I have about 350 books. I've ran out of shelf space and now have stacks to the side of my bookshelves. I'm pretty proud of them.

  8. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
    East of Eden
    For Whom the Bell Tolls
    Kafka on the Shore