Three bookworms’ films/series anthem. Which one is your favorite?

Let us take a break from high literature discussion. I would like to share some of memorable films and series from the past that have occupied special places in my heart because they portray bookworms and bookstores. I loved watching them years ago. Back then, I wasn’t that very much into reading fictions. I was a student who spent much of my time studying and reading books for attaining good grades at school.

Little did I know about their impacts on my life as a book lover at that time. But now as I have been growing up liking fictions even more, I watched again some of their special, funny and epic moments. Without further ado, here is the list:

  1. “Matilda” (1996)

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“Matilda” entertained me so much with her magic. As I stated above, I hadn’t been a book lover when I was a junior high school kid so her trait that amused me was her magical power. Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson) was very cute little girl, smart and openly-spoken kid. She wasn’t shy to express her ideas.

She had very annoying father, Harry (Danny DeVito) and Zinnia who were mistreating her. Matilda was genius but even so, her parents were initially forbidding her going to school. She spent time reading classic books, like Moby-Dick, which amazes me considering she was very little.

But then, her parents allowed her going to school after a series of arguments that saw her showing her superpower. LOL. While I loved watching her bravery, magic power and such thing when I was an amateur reader, now I recalled again bookish scenes as I have been an avid reader for some years. Replaying them refreshes my reading spirit and saluting her or any kids out there who have developed reading habits since very young.

  1. “Gilmore Girls” (2000-2007)

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Again, I didn’t call myself as a bookworm when the TV series were playing. I was at senior high school level at that time. I loved reading but limited to school materials. I didn’t count that as the type of book that supported me as a bookworm. Anyway, I love the series because it is so funny, spontaneous and yes, fast-talking. I haven’t known any mother-daughter relationship closer than Lorelai (Lauren Graham) and Rory (Alexis Bledel). Another remarkable thing about the show is how intimate and friendly the neighborhood where they were living. Mutual respect amongst them all.

And now after I can declare myself as a self-proclaimed bookworm, what astonishes me is of course the profile of Rory as a book addict. She is super smart who takes books everywhere. Then, coffee because now I really love drinking cappuccino. Both Lorelai and Rory like coffee so much. Ah, the series is really a joy to watch and watch.

  1. “You’ve Got Mail” (1998)

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Different with the two titles, although I wasn’t reading very much, I quickly loved the title because of the bookstore Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) was managing. And she was in dispute with Frank Navasky (Tom Hanks) who was about to open a modern mega bookstore that would threaten the existence of the small independent store Kathleen was running.

I won’t retell here the essence of the film. The romantic comedy film is so popular until today for the hate-and-love relationship and the moral message of the film on possible love interest nearby us all. For me, yes, it is the bookstore and the coffee Kathleen was taking on her route to her office alias the bookstore.

Those are all my beloved titles. Which one if your favorite? Or maybe you want to add more films below?







Reading Challenge Is Too Much For Me. Here Is Why


I have not taken any reading challenges and I won’t make any plans of taking any challenges related to reading in the near future because I think that is too much for a reader like me. Here are the reasons:

I am a lazy reader by number of books read within a year

Seriously, I probably read less than 10 books this whole year. Not every month is filled up with a new book title. Not every day is spent by reading novels. My weekends are not currently sitting down on a mattress reading books. If judging someone’s bookworm status is by counting how many books he or she reads then categorizing them so under certain amounts, I may not be one of them.

But I fill up my hours reading though not all of them are books

I am highly helped by my current job tasks which are about editing and writing so my whole days are all about reading and writing, translating and definitely editing people’ stories. I read so many online articles on screens, both in the computer and smartphones. I read various topics, ranging from self-development, positive psychology, history or about books itself. I can call myself a productive reader, the one who constantly learns by reading every day, but my reading activity is no longer about novels that are in the currently-reading list.

Because I am so easily distracted, making me harder to focus on just one novel

I was born a very curious person. I can so easily distracted by articles about new themes or on topics that interest me in particular. Take example, I love BBC sections on Travels and Books. Writings about the changing of modern people’ lives also catch my attention. This makes me taking a longer time completing a novel.

If you put specific target dates before you actually read novels that may reduce the enjoyment

Because you may put more attention on how you will finish reading this book by this certain date than how you can really savor it. You may be stressed out if you don’t read this many pages by this day or by this date. I always believe reading should be a pleasant experience, the sort of activity that brings me peace and calmness because I am in an adventure. Reading should be a gateway from all the hustle and bustle of daily life. And I don’t wanna do it in a rush. If I can complete reading books in mere days or weeks that is more because they are so good that makes me wanting to finish reading them as soon as possible.  I will force myself to finish reading books that haven’t been untouched for many weeks or months. That’s more challenging I think.

Thank you so much for providing this Rory Gilmore reading a book picture.