Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Everything I Learned in Chemistry I Can Apply to Book Blogging

It is finally summer break (I finished finals on the 6th), and the last thing I want to think about is school, with its abundance of stress and ability to eat away at my free time. I closed my chemistry book a few weeks ago, mixed my last chemicals a few weeks before that, and am now ready for a refreshing expanse of books, vacations, and a few pesky summer assignments that I have already mostly completed. However, even after handing my chemistry final to my teacher, I could not stop thinking about some of the scientific vocabulary and how it could apply to my favorite hobby. After reading this new, revised dictionary, I am sure all of you chemistry nerds will agree that the subject is really just a metaphor for book blogging.

Chemistry definition: a mixture of two metals
Book blogging definition: Alloy Entertainment, a well-known book-packaging company. See also: Paper Lantern Lit

Chemistry definition: when the concentrations of reactants and products are in an unchanging ratio
Book blogging definition: the state of reading books and adding new books to your TBR at commensurate rates, maintaining a steady number of titles on your "to-read" shelf.
This is an example of equilibrium.

Excited state
Chemistry definition: when an electron jumps to a higher energy level after energy is added
Book blogging definition: the feeling of overwhelming happiness that occurs after receiving a coveted ARC, hearing about an upcoming title from your favorite author, or in any other moment of bookish exhilaration. See also: *book shimmy*
Author Kat Zhang demonstrates excited state. Source: Epic Reads
Author Romily Bernard demonstrates extreme excited state. Source: Epic Reads

Periodic table
Chemistry definition: a table of the chemical elements arranged in order of atomic number
Book blogging definition: this brilliant thing created by Team Epic Reads.

Chemistry definition: when more solute is dissolved in a liquid than is theoretically possible.
Book blogging definition: the state of having far more books to read and/or review than you have time.
The wall of a supersaturated book blogger. Source
So there you have it—just a few of the many chemistry terms that really refer to books and book blogging. What else have you learned about book blogging through chemistry, and what other subjects should I study to refine my blogging skills? Let me know in the comments!

Happy summer to my fellow students, and good luck with finals to anyone who is still in school!


  1. Hahah this made me giggle today! Clever!

  2. I LOVE chemistry even though I have to drop it this year because I need other subjects but still mind. BLOWN. I cannot wait for more. WILL YOU DO MORE, please??? I, being the great monotonized git that I am, have no idea. Plus I haven't looked at a Chemistry book since early May.

    CONGRATULATIONS on the finals!

  3. My last final was today! Woohoo! And you got a few chuckles from me with this post which is great considering the fact that you could not pay me to go within 100 feet of anything chemistry related now that it's summer. It honestly hurts my brain sometimes thinking about it. Great post though! :D

  4. This is a great post! You have a great blog, sense of humor, and voice when you write! I'm excited to read more!

  5. This is such an adorable post, Emily! Definitely makes learning chemistry terms easy and fun rather than tedious (: The only thing I remember from chemistry and stoichiometry because it was so much fun to say.

  6. Emily, your blog is really lovely! Love reading all your posts and those moving pics are so funny! It makes Chemistry fun for once! :) xx

  7. Haha! So funny and clever! I love Chemistry! :D

  8. Um, this is an amazing post! I've never been a fan of chemistry but I love the way you teach it! ;) So much fun and so clever! Especially supersaturated... that is very, very true.

  9. This is brilliant...I'm currently too busy studying Chemistry to make fun connections between that and book blogging...but I do suggest you learn some helps with compartmentalizing things. I wish I could say something clever right now...but nothing's coming.


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