9 Struggles Every Bookworm Knows All Too Well

9 Struggles Every Bookworm Knows All Too Well

You never know if there is going to be a happy ending or if you're just going to cry a lot.
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If you have a passion for books and are an avid reader like myself, then you know some of the typical struggles we go through after reading some of our favorite books. These struggles can result in happily ever afters, for us readers, or insanity- there is no in between. With that said, here are some of the most common struggles we go through on a daily basis.

1. Reading the books too fast.

One of my biggest problems here is that I read novels way too fast. I can get a 600 page book and have it read in two days (or less depending on how powerful I feel). Many people underestimate this ability to read an entire series of books in a week, but it's just like Netflix. Except instead of binge watching TV shows we're binge reading, which is way better if you ask me.


2. Throwing books (and temper tantrums) while reading.

Ah, good times. It never fails to find that one book, or many, that cause you to go into a fit of rage depending on the character's actions or by how cruel the author can be, like throwing your favorite ship into Tartarus. Only Percy Jackson fans will get that one. And of course there are many other series of books that will make you want to cry, scream, or punch someone in the throat. But don't worry, if you feel any of these emotions then you are perfectly normal.


3. Falling in love with fictional characters.

Man, this is probably the worst struggle of a book worm. After reading and reading, we find that we connect very closely to many of the characters (a little too closely sometimes). Because of this, we helplessly fall in love with the characters. Villains or protagonists, it doesn't matter. We love them all. I mean, can you blame us though? There are a lot more decent guys/girls in books than there are in real life.


4. Having high expectations in reality because of said fictional characters.

Because we fall for fictional characters, it helps give us high expectations for reality. Our standards are higher for relationships, friends, how we should live our lives, and just everything to be honest. It's easy to get frustrated when you realize reality is real and you can't escape it. *Cries*

5. Getting pulled into a bunch of different "fandoms" and "ships."

Getting sucked into fandoms/ships is like trying to falling asleep: slowly, and then all at once. No seriously though, fandoms will drive you insane. For those of you that don't know what fandoms are, they are basically just a group of fans of a particular series of anything. If you get into a lot of different books, chances are you will be apart of some fandom that relates to it. And being apart of the whole shipping community is even worse. It's basically who you want to be in a relationship. Catchy, right? But also very dangerous. You can get into fights over who which characters you ship together.


6. Ignoring your family and friends just so you can read.

I am hella guilty of this. You will not see me for days (or weeks depending on how bad the book wounds me) while I am reading. Sometimes I forget to eat. The only time you stop reading is never, not until you finish it.

7. Questioning your entire existence after reading a book.

This is probably one of the parts I hate the most. It happens every time when you get done reading that amazing book or series and it just tears you apart. It's like you don't know what to do with your life. You just sit on your bed, staring into an empty void while you try to decipher what the hell just happened.


8. Constantly making puns about your favorite books that no one understands.

Oh yeah, everyone does this. It doesn't matter where you are; you could be out at the mall with your friends or whatever kids do these days and you could see something or hear something that suddenly just triggers you. The next thing you know you are either crying, screaming, or reciting lines from a book. All anyone can do at this point is look at you like your crazy. Yeah it happens, and no I'm not ashamed.

9. Thanking the gods for such wonderful books being placed on earth.

Yeah, we may cry or get aggravated at some of the books we read, but that is just the beauty of it. Some people don't understand that in each story you read comes a greatness or a change in you. Most stories have a moral that we begin to live by or make us have an epiphany about our lives. There are so many books out there that are responsible for inspiring us to do great things and teaching us great lessons in life. So bookworms, continue to read your hearts out, even if it makes you more insane.

Cover Image Credit: Changing Hands Bookstore

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College As Told By Junie B. Jones

A tribute to the beloved author Barbara Parks.
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The Junie B. Jones series was a big part of my childhood. They were the first chapter books I ever read. On car trips, my mother would entertain my sister and me by purchasing a new Junie B. Jones book and reading it to us. My favorite part about the books then, and still, are how funny they are. Junie B. takes things very literally, and her (mis)adventures are hilarious. A lot of children's authors tend to write for children and parents in their books to keep the attention of both parties. Barbara Park, the author of the Junie B. Jones series, did just that. This is why many things Junie B. said in Kindergarten could be applied to her experiences in college, as shown here.

When Junie B. introduces herself hundreds of times during orientation week:

“My name is Junie B. Jones. The B stands for Beatrice. Except I don't like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 1)

When she goes to her first college career fair:

"Yeah, only guess what? I never even heard of that dumb word careers before. And so I won't know what the heck we're talking about." (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 2)

When she thinks people in class are gossiping about her:

“They whispered to each other for a real long time. Also, they kept looking at me. And they wouldn't even stop." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When someone asks her about the library:

“It's where the books are. And guess what? Books are my very favorite things in the whole world!" (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 27)

When she doesn't know what she's eating at the caf:

“I peeked inside the bread. I stared and stared for a real long time. 'Cause I didn't actually recognize the meat, that's why. Finally, I ate it anyway. It was tasty...whatever it was." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 66)

When she gets bored during class:

“I drew a sausage patty on my arm. Only that wasn't even an assignment." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 18)

When she considers dropping out:

“Maybe someday I will just be the Boss of Cookies instead!" (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 76)

When her friends invite her to the lake for Labor Day:

“GOOD NEWS! I CAN COME TO THE LAKE WITH YOU, I BELIEVE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 17)

When her professor never enters grades on time:

“I rolled my eyes way up to the sky." (Junie B., First Grader Boss of Lunch, p. 38)

When her friends won't stop poking her on Facebook:


“Do not poke me one more time, and I mean it." (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 7)

When she finds out she got a bad test grade:

“Then my eyes got a little bit wet. I wasn't crying, though." (Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus, p. 17)

When she isn't allowed to have a pet on campus but really wants one:

“FISH STICK! I NAMED HIM FISH STICK BECAUSE HE'S A FISH STICK, OF COURSE!" (Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, p. 59)

When she has to walk across campus in the dark:

“There's no such thing as monsters. There's no such thing as monsters." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 12)

When her boyfriend breaks her heart:

“I am a bachelorette. A bachelorette is when your boyfriend named Ricardo dumps you at recess. Only I wasn't actually expecting that terrible trouble." (Junie B. Jones Is (almost) a Flower Girl, p. 1)

When she paints her first canvas:


"And painting is the funnest thing I love!" (Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth, p. 61)

When her sorority takes stacked pictures:

“The biggie kids stand in the back. And the shortie kids stand in the front. I am a shortie kid. Only that is nothing to be ashamed of." (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed, p. 7)

When she's had enough of the caf's food:

“Want to bake a lemon pie? A lemon pie would be fun, don't you think?" (Junie B. Jones Has a Monster Under Her Bed p. 34)

When she forgets about an exam:

“Speechless is when your mouth can't speech." (Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren, p. 54)

When she finds out she has enough credits to graduate:

“A DIPLOMA! A DIPLOMA! I WILL LOVE A DIPLOMA!" (Junie B. Jones is a Graduation Girl p. 6)

When she gets home from college:

"IT'S ME! IT'S JUNIE B. JONES! I'M HOME FROM MY SCHOOL!" (Junie B. Jones and some Sneaky Peaky Spying p. 20)

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The 7 Best Food Places Near UCLA You Need to Try ASAP

We have great dining food AND restaurants around us? Wow, we are #blessed.

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Westwood is the home to UCLA and offers plenty of interesting and diverse dining options for students and locals alike. Since the area is firmly Bruin territory, you will find lots of on-the-go, affordable eats along with a mix of more modern and upscale restaurants.

Though I definitely haven't had all the food Westwood occurs, being here two years now (omg already!?), I think I can safely recommend certain places to eat.

1. Shamshiri Grill

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South Westwood Boulevard is often referred to as Little Tehran, so most of that area is just Persian restaurants. Shamshiri Grill just makes the best meat and whenever I go there, I always order my meal with their special hot sauce, that is to DIE for. A must try.

2. Gushi

I can not tell you how many times I've been to this place. Located near Fat Sal's, you may be tempted to just miss it but let me tell you that is a mistake. I always get their Gushi Bowl which is just heavenly and the right amount to make me feel satisfied without being too filling. Be generous with the Teriyaki and Sriracha sauces on your meat and you are guaranteed to have a good time.

3. Pinches Tacos

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I know Mexican food is very common wherever you go but Pinches Tacos is aesthetically pleasing and their food? Even more so. It just tastes so good! I definitely recommend the Asada fries and any tacos.

4. Saffron and Rose

Saffron and Rose is a Persian ice cream parlor like 10 minutes away from Shamshiri Grill and the quality and variety of ice cream is truly impressive. I would not have known my weakness for Jasmine ice cream if I hadn't tried this place and as always, the Saffron and Rose (it's namesake) deserves to be the name of the restaurant because of how rich in flavor it is.

5. Maharaja

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I am very particular about my Indian food but the buffets in the afternoons at Maharaja definitely passes my checklist. I actually went there for my birthday so that just tells you how the food doesn't disappoint.

6. Nekter Juice Bar

I found out about this place very recently and I'm so glad I did because their bowls are so good. They also serve smoothies which I haven't had the pleasure to taste yet but I expect the same kind of quality. I am very partial to the Bruin Bowl and the Dragonfruit Bowl.

7. BJs

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They have $3 Pizookies on Tuesday.

I am always there on Tuesday.

Are these two facts connected? Maybe.

What can I say? I just love the restaurants here.

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