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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures

  1. Harry Potter by JK Rowling – this series has a lot of great mother and mother figures – Lilly Potter, Molly Weasley, Minerva McGonagall…
  2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett – Aibileen. She’s amazing in every way.
  3. Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya – Kyoko Honda is only shown in memories, but she seems so amazing and funny and loving.
  4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – Jane Eyre is a pretty good mother figure.
  5. The Berenstain Bears by Stan and Jan Berenstain – Mama Bear. Yep I got this desperate for a good mother/mother figure. But hey, Mama does know how to fix a lot of problems!

I’m sure I skipped some really good mothers and mother figures, but as I was looking through the books I’ve read I realized a lot of them don’t have mothers present and the mother figures are terrible…

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’m intimidated by

  1. The Spook Who Sat by the Door by Sam Greenlee – This is a book about a race war that is apparently both a satire on the civil rights problems in the ‘60s and a serious attempt to focus on the issue of black militancy (GoodReads)…? I did feel more prepared to read it after reading The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, but I don’t currently have my copy. I’m just really unsure what to expect from this book.
  2. The Iliad by Homer – I am currently on chapter/book 2 of this epic. It is slow going. I’ve read the intro and heard lectures on this book, so I know what to expect and that it’s bloody. One of the things that most intimidates me about this book is that the only audiobook available for the version of the book I own (translated by Robert Fagles) is abridged and for classics I almost need an audiobook (more on that another day). Luckily the abridged sections of this book are read by a different narrator so I can figure out how far I need to read to catch up. The names are mostly weird to pronounce, there’s so much to this book (it’s longer than the Odyssey), and it’s old.
  3. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo – After seeing the musical in high school I read an abridged version of this book (only 500 pages!) and it became one of my favorite books. I’ve been meaning to read the unabridged version ever since. Again, the version of the book I own only has an abridged audiobook. This is probably the longest book I ever plan on reading (1463 pages).
  4. Flannery O’Connor – Okay, so she is one of my favorite authors, but she is so overwhelming. Her short stories are amazing. So much happens and yet nothing and they’re all so heart wrenching! I want to read everything by her, yet she terrifies me. That makes sense, right?
  5. The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkein – I read the first two books, but didn’t finish the last one. These won’t be too bad to read since they are available on audiobook (my mind won’t wonder as much on the slow parts. I’m an auditory learner), but there’s so much pressure to love them.

In conclusion, books on war that don’t have unabridged audiobooks are the most intimidating to me…

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You’re a nerd

That’s right—you, reading this post, you are a nerd.

You don’t think so? Maybe that’s because you’re just nerdy about something you didn’t know you could be nerdy about. To me “nerd” isn’t just about loving math, science, videogames, or dungeons and dragons. It’s not even about liking school or doing well in it. Being a nerd is about being passionate about something, hopefully so passionate that you don’t care who knows it or what they say about it.

You can be nerdy about fashion, music, books, languages, history, art, cleaning, knitting, crocheting, cooking (your friends especially love you), tea, beer, wine, animals, health, makeup, the Bible (or any religion/religious text), sewing, film/TV, jewelry, form(s) of transportation, nature, culture(s), photography, animals, helping others, and the list goes on. And those categories can be broken down even further if you wanted to—there are so many forms of art, genres of literature, periods of time, or forms of science to nerd out over.

If someone has a problem with you being overly excited about your chosen field of nerdom, that’s okay. We’re all passionate about different things. It doesn’t mean they don’t like you or that you should change your mind about how exciting it is. Just find someone else who is nerdy about that thing and you have found a new friend!

As for me, I am a bit of a generalist. I like a lot of different things, and I love nerds! I didn’t Science Olympiad for a year in high school. I had a lot of fun doing it, but mostly I loved hearing people be ridiculous and passionate about their field(s). I’ve never played Magic, but I loved knowing I had friends who did. I’ve only seen the StarWars movies once or twice (I still haven’t seen the seventh one), but I sing “John Williams is the Man” every time I see my friend who loves those movies. I’ve only gotten about halfway through the second season of the Original StarTrek. I’ve read everything Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote in the Sherlock Holmes series. I have yet to finish The Lord of the Rings Series. I love reading and reading about myths, legends, and fairytales (but I always the to spell legends ledgends…). I was a music therapy major for a while in college before changing my major to English literature, and I love spreading the word about music therapy! I hope to one day find the time (and persistence) to get back into music. I crochet and love crafting. I hope to explore loads of museums this year. I was terrible at history in school, but I have come to really enjoy historical fiction (I still don’t do well with dates or maps though). You might think it is easy to be a generalist, but you still have to know a lot, just about a lot of different things. For me, I love it and it’s worth it.

So, everyone reading this: You are a nerd and I love you for it!

If I didn’t cover your form of nerdiness (or even if I did), I would love for you to write it in the comments!