Reading Contest



Hey everyone, I’m making a quick post to announce the first annual Judge a Book by its Cover Reading Challenge. Basically, you read 24 books that fit into 24 categories where everything is purely about what’s on the cover and back of a book. Yes, we’re literally judging a book by its cover.


Besides, just being a different way to approach reading books in 2015, the reading challenge comes with some prizes attached.  So, check out the link provided above and let me know, have any of you readers out there chosen a book just by it’s cover? If so, was it a good read?

Date a Girl Who Reads by Rosemarie Urquico



You should date a girl who reads.

Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who 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 has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

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, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and 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.

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18 Reader Resolutions


A while back I wrote an article titled 18 Writer Worries that dealt with some of those issues that plague writers. Since it’s around the time when people start thinking about New Year’s resolutions, I thought it would be great to come up with a few resolutions readers out there might choose.


1) I resolve to not start a book series in the middle.

2) I resolve to not spoil the ending of any book or series no matter how high my excitement level.



3) I resolve to not get disappointed when people don’t read the books I recommend.

4) I resolve to use bookmarks for bookmarks.




5) I resolve to not shelf judge my friends. Unless their shelves are empty. I’m judging that.

6) I resolve to not wig out when someone borrows a book and doesn’t return it.

7) I resolve to not reorganize my bookshelves more than three times a month.


Dewey Decimal? Alphabetical? Color Coded?  The temptation is real.

Dewey Decimal? Alphabetical? Color Coded?
The temptation is real.


8) I resolve to not be genre exclusive.

9) I resolve to not breakdown when the movie isn’t exactly like the book.

10) I resolve to not fall for the lie one page more when I know I mean one chapter more and I really read to the end.




11) I resolve to not freak out if someone pronounces the character’s name in a book wrong! Yes, I know my way is right.

12) I resolve to limit how often I laugh out loud because I remembered something funny that happened in a book.

13) I resolve to not outwardly react when someone says they don’t read.




14) I resolve to pull myself away from my book to eat, drink, bathe, etc. (But not sleep… never sleep).

15) I resolve to not fall for Mr. or Mrs. Write.




16) I resolve to not race someone who is reading the same book as me. I read to read, not to win.

17) I resolve to not let what happens in my book determine my emotional state.

18) I resolve to not panic when I finish my book.




If you think of any more reader resolutions please share them in the comments below.