When A Facebook Note Goes Viral

Reblogged from monicabirds.

Agak lebay sih, tapi manis juga. Coba saya cowok, pasti udah saya simpen deh. Mayan buat ngegombalin cewek yang doyan baca. 😛
Dan baca ini, baca buku-buku yang di tulis di dalemnya, yang terpikir langsung Tako, Shinra dan Evillya. Oh those book-and-mas-cute-loving girls! xD
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DATE A GIRL WHO READS

“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 Twilightseries.

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.”

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21 thoughts on “When A Facebook Note Goes Viral

  1. Ga ada ya edisi ngegombalin cowo yang suka baca, suka jalan-jalan, suka makan, dan imut? *eh* :-P)

    When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping

    Kalau ini ditujukan ke aku, aku pasti lagi nangisin buku karena ngga ngerti bahasanya. Pasti dibaca demi si S ini 😆

    Let her know what you really think of Murakami… Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

    *ngaca* *nyengir lebar*

  2. hahaha.. dari deskripsinya, agaknya kamu lagi ngomongin si Pendosa? :mrgreen:

    saya mau bikin ah.. tapi langsung di kirim ke imel yang bersangkutan dong. kalo kira2 ngga ada hasilnya, baru saya masukkin ke note FB. paling ngga ada yang ngerti saking terlalu banyak isu lokal dan inside jokenya… =))

    *ngaca* *nyengir lebar*

    iyaaa, aku juga langsung mikir, “lah ini mah Rise banget” xD

    • 😆
      iya ya, intinya sih gampang aja, tinggal didengerin ama dikasih buku. =))
      ini ada banyak versi, ada yang Date An Illiterate Girl, Date A Boy Who Play Music, dll.. :mrgreen:

    • yeaayyy, versinya nambah lagii, versi Bahasa Indonesia.
      terimakasih Tetanggaaa, aku tidak jadi iri pada rumputmu.. sekarang aku jadi iri pada kemampuan menerjemahkanmu.. xD

  3. @ Ms.Plaida

    yeaayyy, versinya nambah lagii, versi Bahasa Indonesia.
    terimakasih Tetanggaaa […]

    terima kasih kembali, tapi nama saya bukan Tetangga lho ya

    […] aku tidak jadi iri pada rumputmu.. sekarang aku jadi iri pada kemampuan menerjemahkanmu.. xD

    haiyoh, jangan terlalu lebay gitu, jeng…

    anyway, omong soal buku favorit, buku favorit saya sejak dulu cuma satu lho. This –> LINK

    • ooh yaa, mas Esensi kalo gitu? 😛

      hahaha.. padahal tulus kok itu.. 😀
      itu buku favorit ada syarat dan ketentuan berlaku ngga? misalnya favorit kalo isinya banyak, dsb.

      punten baru di app sekarang.. kemarin sempet ketangkap akismet.

  4. aaahh baru mau reblogged juga. Dapet dari RT-an Daniel Ziv bukan? Saya baca ini jam 4 pagi dan sukses merinding gelundungan. Yang Date An Illiterate Girl ironinya lebih unyu malah :mrgreen:

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  6. mbak tia, saya speechless dan merinding!

    kalo seorang pria menggombali saya dengan ini, bisa-bisa saya langsung jatuh cinta! apalagi kalo tipenya seperti mas unyu pendosa *lirik nona shinra 😀

  7. kalo nemu, tanyain dia punya saudara kembar ngga, gitu? 😆

    duh mas Pendosa itu digebet berhari2 berpuluh2 orang pun ke-unyu-annya ngga pudar.. =))

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