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T5W: Settings I want to see more of

  1. Academia like in The Historian – I love reading about places filled with books and people who love to learn.
  2. Universe in the Lunar Chronicles – I’m interested how society got to that point and how much its changed since the series ended. Not just a few years, but a generation or two (seriously, those characters would be adorable!)
  3. Infernal Devises – I loved the take on the time period.
  4. World in the Raven Cycle – I am currently living on the East Coast, so the real world made me feel a bit more at home here, but then you have this other world in the book that was so magical yet dark.
  5. The World in Stardust – There’s so much more exploring to be done!
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Rereading Books

So, starting last year I discovered just how much I enjoy rereading books. When I first discovered Harry Potter was when I first began to enjoy reading. I cannot remember how many times I reread that first book especially. I know I read other books around that time period, but I hardly remember any of them. Then I got to a period where I didn’t have much time to read for fun and so I didn’t really reread. There are so many amazing books out there—how is there possibly time to read all of them let alone reread some of my favorites?!

But I started rereading books in college because one of my professors said that that was a great way to write those big, detailed essays. And I could not agree more! If it’s just a little essay or just a reaction or such, it’s not worth it. But if the essay is a final essay or worth a significant amount of the grade, make time to reread—you’ll thank yourself later. Read the first time for the story, to understand as best you can what is happening and why, the characters, etc. Decide what you want to write about. Reread. You’ll be surprised how much there is on your topic in the text. Mark the quotes are references you want to put in your essay (so time saving). You’ll have so much more to say and be able to say it a lot better.

Then there’s rereading for fun. Last read I started reading a ridiculous amount which was great, but it also meant spending less time with the characters and stories I adore. But it’s always possible to return to them when I reread the books. And I realize just how much I missed on the first reading! There’s always so many little hints or nuances. Plus, it takes me a while to keep the characters straight in my head, so rereading a book is great because it’s a lot less work.

Rereading has spoiled me. I now feel like I need to reread a book or series before I can have a good enough feel for it before writing a review for it. For example, I really want to reread the Raven Boys Cycle! I want to write about it, but I read it so fast (all in one month) and I know there’s so much just waiting in it for me to discover or look at in a new light. I also want to reread it because I miss the characters already. They’re so adorable and funny and the ways they interact with each other are hilarious. And there’s so much to the plot as well. I want to reread it so badly! But it’s only been about two months since I finished it and I don’t want to exhaust myself with the books because they’re too good for that. Plus, I have so many books to read! So I will wait patiently until I am really ready for a good reread.

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I have a plan! Maybe…

So, I’m sure I’ll still be working out details and what not, but I have a loose plan on how I want this blog to continue. I would love to at least try to write a blog post every day I work (I know I’ll have internet access those days. I’m one of those weird, stubborn people who refuses to get a smart phone. Yeah, they’re convenient, but I don’t know if I want to be quite that connected to things happening on the internet—I say as writing a blog post to be more involved on the internet. But, I really want to be present in what’s going on around me. I think people sometimes get a bit too involved in preserving a moment—taking a photo or video to share—that they forget to actually appreciate the present. Those things aren’t “re-living” the moment if you weren’t really there in the first place. Anyway, that’s a rabbit hole for another day!).

So, here’s a loose schedule:

Monday – Something bookish: A book review, book tag, reflection on a genre or some such

Tuesday – Creative writing: I have a jar of prompts and need to start doing them again.

Wednesday – Top 5 Wednesday: Top five books/characters of topics provided by the goodreads group (https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/118368-top-5-wednesday)

Thursday – Random thought. Maybe a reaction to a current event or trend or just a nice rant…

Friday – Another creative writing. I actually only work roughly every other Friday, so we’ll just see how this all goes.

And if any days I don’t have a relevant topic, I’ll try to do a creative writing prompt. We’ll see how this really goes…

 

Also, I’d like to try out a few other social media sites. I’m on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/morethannerdy/) and feel fairly comfortable with that media. As a final project for a college adolescent literature class I composed versions of songs mentioned/written out in The Hunger Games. I think I’d like to do something with that on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsY8jUr_US63ONT0fBYc_3Q) and maybe compose more music as well. I keep saying I want to get back into music but it’s really hard to get back into practicing. I don’t know if it’ll be any easier to get back into composing… I also want to try doing some stuff with snapchat (username morethannerdy) in terms of when I go exploring, but since I depend on wifi I’m not sure how well that’ll work… anyway, there’s that! Whew.

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Why “More Than Nerdy?”

So, I thought I’d take a minute to explain where the name/username for this blog comes from. So, as you might be able to tell from my first blog post, I love nerds and all things nerdy. I love when people are so passionate about something that it just bursts from them. I wish more people were had the courage and energy to be so enthusiastic. And the opportunities to learn more and share about what they are nerdy about.

But I’m much more than just a nerd.

People talk about “I’m more than just a pretty face; I have a brain too.” Which is great. Who we are is much more than just our body. But, I’m not just a brain I have a heart and a soul too. I want to embrace all these things—body, brain, heart, and soul. I want to use all four in the things I’m nerdy about and in just living life.

I want to be known as a passionate person.

Considering I have a lot of bookish shirts and almost always have a book with me, I’m pretty sure people know I’m passionate about literature. From that they might also guess I am all about education. There are some other things that I’m not as good about sharing. I love supporting small businesses, artisans, and anything fair-trade. I want to support and encourage as many people as I can (I will admit, I’m not very good about this all the time. Target is really convenient and they do give back to the local community, so I’m not saying they’re a terrible company! I just wish I was constantly more conscious of the impact I can make). And if you know me in real life for long enough, you’ll notice my hair goes through so pretty drastic changes. About every other year I chop off 10+ inches of hair to Locks of Love. I’m hoping to continue shaving my head ever five years for St. Baldrick’s. Cancer sucks. I want to do what I can to get rid of it and help those going through it.

Anyway, that’s a bit more about me and this blog. Maybe tomorrow I’ll post about my plans for this blog and other social media.

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T5W: Favorite Literary Fathers/Father Figures

I know, I’m a week late (I was away from internet last week), but I am posting it on a Wednesday, so that counts for something, right? Anyway, here are my top 5 literary father figures:

  1. Remus Lupin (Harry Potter) – He’s the best! He’s probably my favorite character from Harry Potter.
  2. Henry Branwell (Infernal Devices) – He’s just adorable yet very protective.
  3. Luke Garroway (Mortal Instruments) – He’s a nice guy, owns a bookstore. Really, what more could you ask for?
  4. Tom Harry (The Bartender’s Tale) – Not an ideal father, but he really tries.
  5. The two uncles from All the Light We Cannot See – Sorry, I’m too lazy to look this up. They’re protective, brave, and very intelligent.
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Coffee Book Tag

Look, I’m doing something besides Top 5 Wednesday! How can I pass up a Book Tag when it deals with coffee? I love coffee and am slowly learning to drink coffee that tastes more like coffee. I started out with hot chocolate with some coffee, and I’m now to the point of drinking coffee with just a spoonful of sugar and a splash of milk. Anyway, on to the questions:

1. Black: Name a series that’s tough to get into but has hardcore fans. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon was my first thought. It’s not hard to get into, but it’s hard to continue. I liked the first book was so well written and interesting but there were parts…that I just didn’t need. The summary of the second book didn’t appeal to me and it sounds like it’s just a never ending series.

2. Peppermint mocha: Name a book that gets more popular during the winter or a festive time of year. I’m going to go with Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan mostly because I want to read it so much but never seem to be able to find the time! Maybe this year…

3. Hot chocolate: What is your favorite children’s book? My favorite book growing up was One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss. It’s still a children’s book I love.

4. Double shot of espresso: Name a book that kept you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins! When I first heard about this series it just sounded creepy, but I finally got talked into it.

5. Starbucks: Name a book you see everywhere. Everything by Cassandra Clare! The books, the TV show, there’s also the movie but that doesn’t really get discussed. I love the Infernal Devices trilogy, I liked the Mortal Instruments series, and I’ll see about the Dark Artifices. As I said, I like the books, but I may have burned myself out on her a bit but I’ll give it some time and it’ll be fine.

6. That hipster coffee shop: Give a book by an indie author a shoutout. I don’t think I’ve read a book by a self-published author yet, but I’m hoping to get to Seeking Blue by Andrew Kensley soon. 7

. Oops! I accidentally got decaf: Name a book you were expecting more from. Inheritance by Christopher Paolini. The first book in this series was so amazing! Then the books got longer and longer and harder and harder to get through. And the ending of this book! Ugh. Such a frustrating book!

8. The perfect blend: Name a book or series that was both bitter and sweet but ultimately satisfying. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens! I love this book. I kind of want to read it every year, but maybe just every few years. There’s nothing quite like it. It’s short and wonderful and magical!

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T5W: Favorite Character Names

Top 5 Wednesday on a Friday? Sorry, but that’s how I roll. Maybe one day I’ll post on a Wednesday, maybe I’ll even post the correct topic on that day. That won’t happen for at least two weeks though. But maybe one day. And maybe it’ll happen consistently. Maybe…

Anyway, these are the characters I love the names of (I got a bit desperate for #5…):

  1. Sir Bleoberis de Ganis from Le Morte Darthur
  2. Wiglaf from Beowulf
  3. Olwen from Arthurian Legends
  4. Richard Campbell Gansey III from the Raven Cycle
  5. Prince Humperdinck from the Princess Bride
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T5W: Book Theme Songs

I don’t tend to listen to music while reading (it’s too distracting for me) and I don’t really think about how songs totally relate to this or that book. There are books that come to mind when I think about music though, so here are those:

  1. The Hunger Games Series by Suzan Collins – My last project in college was very open ended so I composed music to the songs in the series (Lullaby, The Hanging Tree, the four note song of Rue’s, the Anthem). It was really fun. I hope to do more of that one day.
  2. The Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – Peter Hollens does amazing covers of these songs from the movies. They’re gorgeous! Check him out on YouTube.
  3. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – This book is full of mixed tapes and song references.
  4. The Heir Series by Cinda Williams Chima – the last two books in this series has musicians.
  5. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Again, the main characters of this book are musicians