• Emily Cao

Campusle: Wordle Book Recommendations

What your favorite version of Wordle says about you (and a book recommendation because I'm generous like that).


NYT Wordle

You like a classic, and there’s nothing wrong with that. You’re steady and reliable, and your closet is probably just versions of the same shirt in different colors.


Book rec: Pride and Prejudice.

A classic for a lover of classics. I am a proud Jane Austen stan, a Jane Au-STAN if you will, and I am obsessed with this novel. You will not finish it without falling in love with either Mr. Darcy, Lizzy, or both.



Quordle

Wow folks, we got a clever one in here. You like to think that you’re sophisticated and appreciate some good wordplay in your life. You can’t go three sentences without making an awful pun, and your friends secretly hate you a little bit. But, you read for fun and do the New York Times crossword, so I appreciate you.


Book rec: Pity the Bathtub Its Forced Embrace of the Human Form.

This debut collection by contemporary poet Matthea Harvey features a distinct style of enjambment and fascinating imagery, making for a very gripping reading experience.



Wordle Together (but secretly 4 vs. 1 edition)

I don’t even know if other people do this, but it happened to me once and I’m still mad about it. My so-called friend (you know who you are) sent me a link for a game of Wordle Together, and I, so naïve, so foolish, so desperate for love and attention, clicked eagerly, not realizing had fallen straight into the cruel, duplicitous trap laid by my “friend” and her three other conspirators. Shame on you.


Book rec: One of Us Is Lying

This one’s pretty self-explanatory.



Nerdle

There are people other than my dad who actually enjoy playing this?! Okay, I’m a little jealous; not gonna lie. You’re probably a person who thinks math is “fun,” and you walk out of a test telling everyone you failed, only to get an A. Your future is crystal clear—to become a burned-out STEM major turned anaesthesiologist, so your parents have something to brag about at parties.


Book rec: Halliday and Resnick, supplemented with Cutnell and Johnson.

Most AP Physics students (and their arms) have nightmares about these textbooks, but I’m sure you will find this absolutely riveting.



Taylordle

This is Wordle (Taylor’s Version). You stayed up until midnight for the re-release of Red to come out and listened to the 10-minute version of All Too Well enough times to memorize it in one night, but you couldn’t watch the short film for a week because you were too scared of the emotional toll.


Book rec: The Song of Achilles.

Sad, pretty, love, and gay. So basically the same as Taylor’s music.



Dordle

You like a classic with a twist, a hint of spice, a little red pepper flake on your cheese pizza. You’re trying to expand your horizons and do something out of your comfort zone, but you still fear the godless lands of Quordle.


Book rec: The Penelopiad.

I call this book “Percy Jackson for adults,” and I recommend this Margaret Atwood book to absolutely everyone I know. This modern retelling of Homer’s classic, The Odyssey, tells the story of Penelope, Odysseus's wife, and examines class and gender in the ancient myths.