Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Are you what you read?

So, after doing an entire post on how I don't know who I am, I thought I'd follow with who I think I am. But not in some overly emotional monologue. No, instead, I have something much more fun for everyone--tv and book fans alike. 

I got the idea from an Entertainment Weekly article. You make an equation based on the personality traits of different characters. It sounded like so much fun, I knew I had to make one for myself. After some adding and subtracting and thorough soul searching (just kidding!) I made two. First, I used tv characters:

In case you can't read the photo, here it is (click on it to make it bigger I think):

Rory Gilmore's obsession with school and following the rules + Monica Geller's need to organize and control everything + April Ludgate's of hatred of people and life in general + Savannah Monroe's inexperience, naivete, and good heart

And, of course, I made one using book characters as well. I love when I can satisfy both my love of tv and books :)

Hermione Granger's love of books and academics + Lena Kaligaris's shyness and Carmen Lowell's raw emotion and passion + Mia Thermopolis's awkwardness and dorkiness + Becca Winsberg love of sappy romance

It's a fun game. And it took me a while to get it right. I have to admit, I did admit a few characters because they were too obscure. And maybe it's just wishful thinking to compare myself to Hermione Granger. She is, after all, the best book nerd of all time. 

But I am a book nerd too. I have evidence!

I was packing for my trip (to Cuba! With my class! So excited!), and even though I'm only going for a week, I brought more than a book a day. I couldn't resist. There's just so much I want to read. And what else is there to do on a beach really? (Answer: probably lots of things, none of which I am cool enough to know about. This is why I a nerd, in general). 

Here's a quick run down of the books, because you know I have to talk about them:

  • Looking For Alaska by John Green: Half way through it and liking it a lot. It's different from a lot of what I read--male narrator, for one, but also just a different type of novel, different type of writing. It's making me think a lot, which I like. So much so that I know I'll have to write a review of it when I get back.
  • Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua: Heard about this one month's ago, and I've wanted it ever since. But it's a $30 hardcover! I just can't do that! But the combination of a coupon and rewards program and birthday gift card finally allowed me to get it! Yay! It looks fascinating. 
  • Abandon by Meg Cabot: This one was on a previous list. Still haven't read it. Still really want to.

Such a cute cover!

  • Moonface by Angela Balcita: I picked this one up while browsing the autobiography/biography section. Looks really sweet and real and romantic. 
  • Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegasar: Picked this one up from Goodwill. Oddly excited about it. I read the first page and it described Nate as "hunky",  so I know it's gonna be a funny one!
  • Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov: While I do want to read this one day, I'm actually bringing this one for a friend. 

So yes, so far, I think I'm living up to the book nerd title. And also the romance obsession (Bridget and Eric! Lena and Kostos! Nate and Blair!--just kidding on the last one). And I've been off academics for a while now--but I'm always awkward. 

In case you're wondering, this book nerd/blogger/general geek is leaving for Cuba tomorrow. I'm nervous for the flight--I really hate planes. So we'll see how that goes. At least I'll have a good book (and my best friend by my side). 

I'll be back on thursday. In the meantime, I'd love to hear your tv and/or book (and possibly movie) equations. Or your summer reading lists! 


  1. Cool idea! Personality traits based on book characters...I guess it would be a smorgasbord of YA and Adult fiction characters: Anastasia Krupnik + Jessica Darling + Mia Thermopolis + ELizabeth Clarry (from Feeling Sorry for Celia)+ Becky Bloomwood (from Confessions of a Shopaholic) + Maggie (from The Divorce Party) + Lucy from Peanuts.
    My summer reading list is all over the place right now. But I also have Looking for Alaska on my list- just picked it up last week! Between Here and Forever; Some Girls Are; Shug; Spoiled; a few adult titles, and many, many more.

  2. I really liked Looking for Alaska. It was a little slow going, but the writing was just so good.

    Sorry to say, but I hated Some Girls Are. Everyone else seems to love it, though, so don't take my word for it.

    I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on Between Here and Forever. The reviews have been mixed, so I've been hesitant to buy it.

  3. I posted my review of BHaF a few days ago. The reviews have been mixed from what I have see-- some people really hated it, some loved it. If you're not sure about it, save our money and get it from the library if you can!


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