Yeah, this happens

This happened to me recently…while reading Frankenstein. Not sure what that says about me. What can I say, I’m a book nerd!

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Smell of Books

Books!

I loved this quote from my current obsession–Doctor Who! Even with kindles and nooks, nothing can replace the smell and feel of a real book!

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Old Book: The Spinster Book

This book absolutely cracks me up! “The Spinster Book” by Myrtle Reed is a guide on how to be witty, charming, and flirtatious in order to un-spinster yourself. It includes helpful chapters, like “Notes on Men,” “The Natural History of Proposals,” and “The Consolations of Spinsterhood.” It was written in 1901, and this copy is a reprinting from 1903. Not only is it good for a laugh, it is a gorgeous, soft red leather, old book! I love the bright cover, unevenly cut pages, and Victorian-style language that fills the pages! Although it’s not very flattering to men, the book includes helpful advice for women, for example, “Men are but children of a larger growth.” One of my favorite parts is a three-page dialogue between a man and woman:

Time, evening. Man is reading a story in a current magazine to the Girl he is calling upon.

Man. “Are you interested in this?”

Girl. “Certainly, but I can think of other things too, can’t I?”

Man. “That depends on the ‘other things.’ What are they?”

Girl. (Calmly.) “I was just thinking that you are an extremely handsome man, but of course you know that.”

Man. (Crimsoning to his temples.) “You flatter me!” (Resumes reading.)

Girl. (Awaits developments.)

Man. (After a little.) “I didn’t know you thought I was good-looking.”

Girl. (Demurely.) “Didn’t you?”…

So yes, this is how I’m entertaining myself over Thanksgiving break.

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That time of year

Although it’s still hot outside, the leaves are beginning to change color and the days have already grown shorter. I have to trade in my novels and reading-for-fun time for thick textbooks and seemingly endless hours of studying.

My new favorite study tool is Quizlet. Every semester I find myself using hundreds of note cards to make flashcards. I’ve discovered Quizlet is a great, easy way to make online flashcards. Quizlet then offers several great ways to study. Their game Space Race may not be the most thrilling game ever invented, but it helped me ace my first quiz in class this week! So that’s my handy study tip for the semester!

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The Library

Reasons why the Br-Fe aisle in the library is the best:

  • Bronte
  • Collins
  • Dickens
  • Dostoevsky
  • Doyle
  • Dumas
  • Eliot

It’s a beautiful thing. The past two days, I’ve been to the library three times–simply splendid! I’m trying to make the most of the last few weeks of summer reading!

Right now I’m finishing up the last few chapters of “The Three Musketeers.” I’m extremely furious with Milady and disappointed with Felton! Those of you who have read the book understand…or at least know what I’m talking about.

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Anatomy of Monte Cristo

When I took anatomy, I passed by the skin of my teeth (or should I say the “epidermis of my incisors”). After a semester of constant studying, suffering through lectures, examining cadavers, and enduring lab, I picked up “Count of Monte Cristo” so I could enjoy my Christmas break!

It didn’t take long for me to realize why I’d had to take anatomy.

I took anatomy so I could read “Count of Monte Cristo” by Dumas and read terms like “lacrymal duct” and know exactly what Dumas was talking about! I was so pleased with myself that it almost made a semester of nonstop studying worth it.

By the way, I really loved reading “The Count.” It’s a fantastic book (especially the second half), even if you’re not as nerdy as I am. And if you read it and get stuck on one of the anatomy terms, let me know and I can tell you more than I ever wanted to know.

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Yes, I’m a nerd

One year in high school, I had to read “Crime and Punishment” for literature. Ever since then, I’ve adored Dostoevsky’s writing. My family often rolls their eyes when they see me hauling one of his 2 1/2 inch thick books around or when I request one of his books for Christmas (I’ll admit that it does sound odd to ask for a book entitled “The Possessed”).

When I finished reading the “The Idiot” the other day, I found this quote in the back and thought it described Dostoevsky’s books well:

“The novels of Dostoevsky are seething whirlpools, gyrating sandstorms, waterspouts which hiss and boil and suck us in. They are composed purely and wholly of the stuff of the soul. Against our wills we are drawn in, whirled round, blinded, suffocated, and at the same time filled with a giddy rapture.” ~ Virginia Woolf

So maybe I am a total nerd for enjoying Dostoevsky’s dark, psychological works, but Einstein once said, “Dostoevsky gives me more than any scientist, more than Gauss.” So I figure if liking Dostoevsky puts me in the same category as Einstein, then it must be ok!

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Sherlock Humor

Dr. James Mortimer to Sherlock Holmes: “Would you have any objection to my running my finger along your parietal fissure? A cast of your skull, sir, until the original is available, would be an ornament to any anthropological museum. It is not my intention to be fulsome, but I confess that I covet your skull.”

from “The Hound of the Baskervilles” by Doyle

Someone please tell me if this is actually funny or if I just have a 19th century sense of humor!

 

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