Category Archives: Life of a Book Nerd

Happy 200th Birthday!

200 years ago to this day, a book was published by the name of Mansfield Park. It isn’t Jane Austen’s most popular novel, but I feel any book celebrating 200 years should get it’s own little birthday party.

Mansfield Park Birthday

About The Author:

  • Jane Austen was the seventh of eight children. She was one of two girls, and had six brothers.
  • Jane Austen never married, but that doesn’t mean she wasn’t a romantic. Besides her books being renowned for their romances, she was said to be quite the flirt, and had many suitors. She also received a proposal from a wealthy man named Harris Bigg-Wither. She immediately accepted, but after a long night of second thoughts canceled their engagement in the morning.
  • Two of Jane Austens’ novels (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) were published after her death by her brother Henry. This was the first time the public knew who penned such novels as Pride & Prejudice, as they had previously been published anonymously under names such as “By a Lady.”

Retellings:

For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund (Persuasion)
Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman (Pride & Prejudice)
The Trouble with Flirting by Claire LaZebnik (Mansfield Park)
The Espressologist by Kirstina Springer (Emma)
The Last Best Kiss by Claire LaZebnik (Persuasion)
Prom & Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg (Pride & Prejudice)
Sass & Serendipity by Jennifer Ziegler (Sense & Sensibility)
Epic Failby Claire LaZebnik (Pride & Prejudice)

 *List of retellings taken from Epicreads.com. As of this post I’ve only read Enthusiasm, so I can’t personally recommend any of these books.*

You can find many more Jane Austen retellings on austenprose.com, a book blog dedicated to such. (Link opens to books on the blog tagged as young adult novel)

Why We Read:

How? How have books like Mansfield Park survived the lengths of time and still hold a place in our hearts? Because we like to read. And Jane Austen’s books are worth reading. They take us to another time and place and immerse us in the main character’s life and problems. I think that the video below can better explain some of the reasons why we read, and also the benefits of doing so.

So on this day, May 9th, 2014, I say Happy Birthday Mansfield Park!

*Shoutout to Pride & Prejudice, which turned 200 last year!*

 

Bookish Pet Peeves

When it comes to books, I can get pretty OCD. Not with the story, but with the actual, physical book. Below I have listed my pet peeves. Feel free to tell me I’m not alone in these feelings.

  • Changing A Book Cover To Promote The Movie – I can abide Now A Major Motion Picture! stickers. But when you change the cover of a book into a poster, I get seriously annoyed.
  • Stickers – Nowadays, I don’t even try to take price stickers off, even though I hate them. It always ends up in a sticky, patchy mess.
  • Embarrassing Covers – Anytime I even think about trying the Mortal Instruments series, I get repelled by the image of what looks like some guy’s glowing, tattooed chest over the city skyline. I couldn’t display that on my bookshelf, much less take it out in public.
  • The Next… – “It’s the next Hunger Games/Twilight/Harry Potter!” Choose your pop culture icon.
  • Weird Font – Okay, this will probably get me some funny looks. But here’s the thing, I like chunky books. Something with some bulk behind it. So I look at the page number for this book I like the sound of online, and the website says 375. Everything looks good, so of course I buy it. But when it comes in, the font is big, chunky… weird. Waste of space. And then you get the books that are 500+ pages, when decreasing the font size a little would make things more manageable.
  • Vague/Misleading Synopsis – You know those little blurbs on the back? I hate when they are, like, two sentences that don’t give the slightest bit of information about the plot. And what about when you read the blurb, say: “This looks interesting”, but once you finish the book, you put it down and say: “This isn’t what I was promised at all.”
  • “Generic” Covers – If you go to any given bookstore and look in the teen section, you’d see that a lot of book covers look very similar. Girls in pretty dresses, bodies you can’t see all of, the same picture photoshopped for a completely different book, blah. What ever happened to originality? This is just lazy.
  • Misleading Covers – I really wish more book covers had at least something to do with the actual subject matter. It would be so much more creative.
  • Typos/ Grammatical Errors – Call me a Grammar Nazi, but this is so annoying!
  • It Costs What?! – Darn inflation.
  • Dogeared Pages – Shudder.

What are your bookish pet peeves?

You Know You’re A Book Nerd When…

The reason I started this blog is because I’m addicted to books. However, unlike other addictions, there are no bad side effects, and I have no trouble admitting my addiction. If you are a self-professed book nerd as well, feel free to mentally check off all the following that applies to you.

You Know You’re A Book Nerd When…

  • Your dreams of winning the lottery include how many books you could buy.
  • You don’t just read the book before the movie comes out. You read the whole series.
  • You have one of your favorite books in both e-reader and paperback format.
  • You know the exact date when the next book in a series comes out.
  • You can have a serious discussion about which fictional character you want to date.

How do you know you’re a book nerd?