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Bookish (And Not So Bookish) Thoughts.

10. 15 Reasons to Date a Librarian. This is probably the best thing I’ve ever read.

09. When no means yes. I read this a month ago and it probably remains the most disgusting thing I’ve read on the internet (voluntarily). To read a funny(ish) break down of it, go here.

08. I’ve seen this list (or one similar) floating around from time to time. I’ve read 70 from the list. How many have you read?

07. What happens when twenty strangers are paired off and asked to kiss. As strange as it is, I think this is lovely. I’m more nervous about a first kiss than any other intimate physical act. (and yeah, the video might not be overly authentic…)

06. The books we pretend to read. For the record I’ve actually read 17 of the 20. Maybe 16 if you count the fact that I haven’t read the bible cover to cover.


05. The truth about the seasons. So very, very true. (Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic)

04. Benedict Cumberbatch. I’ve never thought of him in terms of attraction, but his voice could probably convince me to do anything.

03. The 21 most traumatizing moments from ’80s kids films. The ’80s were hardcore. I still remember the leech scene and the moment when Little Foot’s mother died. Fun fact: leeches (and ticks) are a part of life where I’m from, I’ve had them on me a time or two. I’m barely an ’80s kid and I remember them clearly.

02. I am so this girl (if you don’t want to click it says: I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry). Apologies, everyone.

01. It’s Pi Day, folks and I pretty much want all of these t-shirts (especially #16, smartass indeed). It’s also Albert Einstein’s birthday.

So how are you doing? Does kissing make you nervous? Do you pretend to have read books or do you own up to it? I’ll own the fact that I’ve only made it through 3 of Dickens novels. I’ll be honest, I’m not sure I’ll ever touch Bleak House.

(Christine hosts this, get amongst it.

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  • Charleen

    Ha! Love the seasons chart. I saw a meme the other day featuring a scene from the first LOTR movie: “We already had winter.” “We’ve had one, yes. But what about second winter?”

    • Rory

      Haha. Love it.

      But I still hate winter. We had one of though lovely March days last week, it was sunny and 70. Now…it’s not.

  • Carolyn O

    That guy is so gross (from number 01).

    I’ve read 62 on that ridiculous list (lion, witch, and the wardrobe listed separately from the chronicles of narnia??) and 16 from the other. I’m ok with you and Dave Barry having read 50 shades for me.

    And yeah, Benedict Cumberbatch. mmm. Let’s get him together with Tom Hiddleston, shall we?

    • Rory

      If there is anyone out there singlehandely giving men a bad name it’s that ass.

      The list is a bit silly. 50 Shades will have to go on “must do before I die” list, because you’re not living until you’ve read that trash.

      I have no Hiddleston objections whatsoever. I’ve never been one to fall for an accent, but with those two it really doesn’t hurt.

  • Samantha

    On the BBC list, I’ve read 22. There’s a few on there that I’ve started and not finished, and others that I just keep meaning to get to.

    I also don’t really pretend to have read things for the most part. Sometimes I feel like I am because it’s so long since I’ve read them or I feel like I didn’t critically read them, that I know I did but I don’t remember anything about it. 😛

    • Samantha

      Also, I feel like I am sheltered from people on that bullshit article. I cannot believe there are still people who think like that. It’s scary and horrifying. I tried not to read the comments, but delved in and then stopped because I do not want to see the rest. Ughughughugh. 🙁

      • Rory

        There were some decent people in the comments and then some not so decent people. I’ve never met anyone like that. It’s incredible to me that they exist and run a successful website based on that line of bullshit.

    • Rory

      Sometimes I feel like that as well – i.e. it has been well over a decade since I read Great Expectations by Dickens, so I really recall very little of it. Can it still be said that I read it? Yes, but could I reasonably discuss it, no.

  • Christine

    I really wish I could go back and time and not have clicked on the link in #9. Every time I get accidentally sucked into the “man-o-sphere,” I wish I hadn’t gone there.

    Would it be inappropriate to say that I hope that someday he is run over by a car, and the only doctor available is a woman who recognizes him from his blog, and she allows him to reject her treatment based upon the fact that she is a woman and is therefore inferior, and he dies a terrible, painful, screaming, misogynistic death. Also, perhaps the car will rip his penis off and send it sailing into a mobile grinder that just happens to be passing nearby.

    Yeah, that would be inappropriate. Therefore, I’m not saying it.

    • Rory

      Comment of the year.

      (And for the record, I don’t think it’s particularly inappropriate. I mean, really, he put it out there in the first place and turnabout is fair play.)

  • Jennine G.

    What fun! A little bit of everything. I’ve read 41 off of the list of 100 and own almost everything on the list. Of the pretend to read list, I’ve read 10, including the Bible, cover to cover twice. I agree the disgusting one is disgusting.

    • Rory

      Sometimes I forget people like that exist (I avoid the new for just such reasons).

  • Bonnie @ For the Love of Words

    08 – BBC says most people have only read 6 from that list?? I’m pretty sure that’s kind of impossible if you go through a public school. Many of those were required reading for me. But I’ve read 38.
    04 – I completely agree. I’ve never found the man to be anything close to attractive but his VOICE. I didn’t quite understand until I listened to him narrate The Metamorphosis by Kafka. Amazing.
    03 – The scene where Littlefoot’s mother died is one of the saddest ever. My mom always tells me how bad I used to sob at some scene in the Jetson’s movie. But I just checked and it came out in 1990 so I guess it doesn’t belong in this 80’s talk.
    02 – I showed my fiancé that shirt and he agreed I definitely need that shirt. I get all Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde when I’m deprived food.

    • Rory

      I’m pretty sure that list and study is not legitimate for the same reasons. I’ve read 70 because of my high school and college literature curriculum.

      I think I watched those movies in the ’90s even though they were released in the ’80s.

      My coworker refers to me as hangry, which is true, but I refuse to say it because it’s a ridiculous word.

  • DeniseF

    #8-I’ve read 47. There are a lot of books on that list that I really want to read and just haven’t gotten to yet.

    #6-I’ve read 13. I’m kind of surprised they’re books that people pretend to have read because they seem to be some of the more popular classics.

    #3-OMG, I totally cried when Littlefoot’s mom died!

    • Rory

      I think, at this point, I’ve read most of the books on that list that I intend to.

      Maybe that’s why people pretend, because everyone else has read them…?

      I just found out recently that there is some ridiculous number of sequels that I’ve never watched. Upwards of ten or something like that…

  • Kate @ booksaremyfavouriteandbest

    #3 – E.T. dying gave me one of my first memorable stress headaches caused by crying over a book or a film (the other early contenders were Heidi (the book) and every episode of Little House on the Prairie). Obviously it set the pattern – tear ducts operate on a hair trigger to this day.

    #2 – I’m also that girl.

    • Rory

      I recently saw E.T. and it made me cry. Little House on the Prairie though, seriously? I don’t sad-cry often, but I cry when I laugh quite frequently.

      Food. It’s important.

  • Naomi

    09 – Jaw-dropping.
    08 – 43
    07 – Interesting. Sort of surprising how much some of them got into it, considering they are supposed to be complete strangers. Maybe that’s just me. No one else has commented on that one.
    06 – 10
    03 – I remember almost all of these.
    My little sister used to watch that Alice in Wonderland movie over and over. I haven’t seen it anywhere since.
    I blubbered over E.T., then I did it again when I watched it with my kids.

    That was fun – thanks!

    • Rory

      09. It floors me that men like that actually exist AND publish their thoughts on the matter.

      07. I tried to picture myself in a similar position and I don’t know if I’d be quite so enthusiastic, but the first kiss makes me nervous.

      03. The ’80s – when kids were supposed to be tough. ET made me cry too.

  • Christy

    Love the “truth about the seasons”. We’ve had a couple of those lovely warm March days before a cold front swept in and made us sad. I found the “Second Winter” meme Charleen referenced and sent it to my cousin in Maine.

    “The BBC believes you haven’t read more than 6” book list is fun to go through, even if the BBC never said that and also even if the list is a highly modified version of a list the BBC created based on the votes of British people for best-loved books.

    The scene of Artax drowning in NeverEnding Story haunted me in my childhood – that and the ending of the Velveteen Rabbit (we watched a film version of it in 2nd grade).

    • Rory

      I used to live in Portland, Maine. I miss the city in the summer only.

      I remember the old list, I knew I had seen something similar somewhere. This one was a bit silly – i.e. listing The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe separately from The Chronicles of Narnia series.

      I’ve never seen The Neverending Story, I feel like I should at some point.

      • Christy

        I was born and raised in Maine – a few years of Mount Desert Island, but mostly central Maine was my home. Portland was the closest thing that we had in the state to a real city. (Bangor had a mall and an Olive Garden, but it wasn’t a “real” city).

        Neverending Story doesn’t quite hold up to an adult seeing it for the first time. One of the main child actors is very shouty. But it’s still got this nice creepy vibe at times and as for the rest, nostalgia is what powers me through rewatches.

        • Rory

          I was born and raised close-ish (in Manchester, then Dover, New Hampshire). We spent a couple of years in Portland and most of my family still lives there (in Sanford, Wells, York, Orono, and Portland). I visit at least once a year, always in the summer.

          I think nostalgia solidly explains the enduring popularity of all things ’80s.

  • Heather

    I couldn’t get past the second paragraph of that “no means yes” crap. UGH.

    I’ve read 64 of the 100 books on the BBC list.

    I’ve read 15 of the 20 on the BR list.

    That graphic about the seasons is SO TRUE…except I think she *still* gave summer too much real estate on the chart. Heh.

    • Rory

      I read some of the comments. It was pretty awful. My only hope is they spout off such bullshit only to get a reaction and deep down they don’t believe that.

      There is a very true Colorado saying that there are only four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and summer.

      I’m not quite convinced spring and fall exist.

  • Lianne @

    I saw that pie chart the other day about the seasons on Tumblr and it’s so true, lol #noseriously

    I’ve never seen that list you linked for #8. That’s awesome that you got 70! I got 52 🙂

    Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice is just wow. Quite up there with Alan Rickman, Jeremy Irons a few other British actors whose voices I could just listen to all day xD

    • Rory

      I can’t almost exclusively thank school for most of those books.

      Agreed about Benedict Cumberbatch and Alan Rickman.

  • Christine @ BookishlyB

    #8- I’ve read about 50. 70 is mighty impressive!

    #6- I think it’s best that people don’t read 50 Shades…

    • Rory

      70 is almost exclusively thanks to school.

      Come on, you don’t want to read about how good sex is like the spin cycle on a washing machine…? You’re missing out.

  • amyo3119

    #9 Wow, just wow. I could only skim read that, but I did get the jist that it is total garbage.

    #8 You have read 70 from that list. That is impressive. I have read 8. Oh my! I know I have read more, but some I don’t remember. So I just don’t count them. For example, I am pretty sure I read Charlotte’s Web, but don’t remember for sure. It was way back before I kept track and I didn’t keep barely any of my childhood books. Boo, I know.

    #2 I want that shirt. The only time it doesn’t apply is when I am with someone who ignores when I say “let’s get something to eat”. Then I am not sorry for I say.

  • Alice

    Dude, that t-shirt is sooo me too. I am a terror when I’ve not been fed regularly. Like, the opposite of a gremlin.

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