A Scientific Guide to Paperfury’s Favorite Books

I might have too much time on my hands. Today, giving in to a silly idea I’ve had for awhile now, I trawled through 7 months of Cait/Paperfury‘s Instagram feed to track how many times she featured a Stiefvater or Schwab book. If you follow Cait, you’ve probably wondered about that yourself. It seems like every other post is one of the queens of lyrical darkness.

Now I have the answers for you.

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Romance vs. Reality: Facebook

Do you ever wish you could give people a reality check? Really high on my list of said people would be Facebook couples. You know the ones I’m talking about. So, things I would tell them, if I could.

1. Literally no one cares about the 67 billion nearly identical and/or “cool” couple photos you post. Except maybe your mother/grandmother.

2. Nobody wants to read daily mushy statuses. We get it. You’re “happy”. You have a girlfriend/boyfriend. Now please shut up and stop telling us.

3. Private messages. Text messages. Email. Phone calls. There are a million other ways to tell them any of those things you posted on your significant other’s wall. Ways that will not trigger my vomit reflex.

4. Speaking of posts on walls – if you insist on posting about your separation anxiety (for the 50 minutes your bf/gf is in class), I will judge you. Not sorry.

5. If you insist on posting about your separation anxiety over the summer, I will laugh scornfully at your pain and refer you to my friends whose spouses are on duty overseas.

There it is. 5 things I would tell Facebook couples if I could. In case you’re wondering, this is not single bitterness either – I am happy in a relationship and I choose not to sicken my Facebook friends with it. And yes, I realize that I can hide/unfriend them and I do take those steps. But don’t you ever just want to tell people how it is???

/End rant. What do you guys think about relationships and social media? I barely scratched the surface here!

Bright moments

Instead of talking about something deep and emotional, I just want to share a few things that I love right now. With any luck, some of you will reinforce my good taste with your comments about how much you LOVE these things too. 😉 And you might be introduced to something new!

#1. Firefly. I just finished watching all 14 episodes. Anything good you’ve ever heard anyone say about Firefly, it’s true. I am hooked on the characters, dialogue, world…basically, I’m completely hooked on everything about it. I have a feeling I will be watching all 14 episodes a few more times this summer. (For the uninitiated, Firefly is an incomplete TV show by the geek god Joss Whedon (also director of Avengers). Firefly is a bit like cowboys meets space, but that’s putting it entirely too simply. Seriously, just watch an episode for yourself.)

#2. The Fault In Our Stars. I’m re(re)(re)reading this masterpiece by John Green. It’s been almost a year since the last time I read it, which is entirely too long. From the first page, I remembered why I love TFIOS so much – every word is perfect. The characters and dialogue and story grab you and will not let go. I was already a huge fan of John Green and everything he is involved in, but this book is his best work so far, without a doubt. There is a movie in the works too – I’m very mixed in my opinion on this news. On one hand, it’s super cool that this book is getting recognition and being made into film. It will probably also be good for John Green’s career, which is neat! However, so much of the magic of the book comes from the writing. Hazel and Gus are such developed characters that I’m not sure actors will really be able to be them. I will see the movie, of course, but like I said, mixed about it.

#2b. Check out Hank and John Green’s Youtube channel vlogbrothers! Basically, they are two super cool people and representatives of geeky, intelligent people. Also, they are hilarious. And John and his wife just had a baby! Yay!!!

#3. While I’m on the topic of Youtube….let’s talk about the Lizzie Bennet Diaries. Readers, wonderful readers, if you have not watched the Lizzie Bennet Diaries, I direct you here. Also, be prepared to lose several hours of your life. Basically, this is a web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. It is hysterical and real and heartstrings tugging. They do justice to the masterpiece that is Miss Austen’s novel and simultaneously nod to the movie adaptations, both BBC and the recent Keira Knightley version (my favorite…no throwing tomatoes at me!) I finished the videos soon after my return from school and I loved it. Granted, it starts out a little slow, but by the time you hit the middle, things really pick up! And the ending is amazing.

#4. In the book and movie category, I give you Anne of Green Gables! I recently watched a youtube compilation of the movie clips covering Anne and Gilbert’s relationship, which was a fun (heartbreaking) ride. It also brought back a lot of memories. I read the entire Anne series as a young girl and really identified with it. Anne’s character is very real – quirky, funny, smart, confident, but insecure. Her (fictional) life journey is compelling and unforgettable. The first film adaptation (with Megan Follows) is also really good, although the sequels are not nearly as accurate to the books.

I wish I could put more books on this list, but I’ve been so busy with work, school, and life-sucking TV shows (looking at you, Firefly) that I haven’t done much reading. Hopefully later in the summer I will have some good book reviews!

So tell me, did I introduce you to anything new? Do you already love these? Please tell me! And don’t hate me if I give you a new time-sucking addiction. 😉

Chick-fil-a’s skeleton in the closet

I must inform you of a horrible fact. Chick-fil-a, the beloved restaurant of the South, is guilty of a terrible crime. I know you find this hard to believe. “How could a store that sells such delicious chicken and is sponsored by such adorable cows do any such thing?” you might ask. Your illusions will crash. Dreams of fried chicken and waffle fries will shatter. The truth is

Chick-fil-a murders pens.

There, I’ve said it. Contain your shock – I can see you reeling from the horror of it. Perhaps you question my right to make such a statement. I myself am a witness to this grisly occurrence. On many occasions, I’ve seen perfectly innocent pens sent to undeserved deaths. Some of my own favorite pens have been subject to this sad fate. I’ve seen pens dropped from a terrifying height to unforgiving concrete, then to be crushed by massive vehicles. The broken, mangled body is simply left, defenseless to the parade of cars through the drive-thru. Others I’ve seen decapitated, their heads snapped clean off. Many more simply vanish, to what end no one knows. Some are kidnapped, cruelly stolen from their rightful caretakers, to a fate that is too horrible to even contemplate. All of these awful acts are ignored by Chick-fil-a, indeed, even condoned.

Tell me, can you in good conscience support a restaurant that allows such atrocities? Is your fried chicken fix really worth the death of a good pen? I beg you, consider it carefully. Make Chick-fil-a accountable for its cruelty!