If you can relate to this, you might be a bookworm.
1. Book buying binges
You don’t mean to, you really don’t. You say you just want to “peruse” the shelves a little. Just pick up a few things. Maybe the new release you’ve been waiting for. Before you know it, an hour has gone by and you’re trying not to drop all of the books as you put them on the counter to pay, trying to justify the astronomical amount of money you’re about to spend. The struggle is real.
2. “The feels”
Now, this doesn’t just apply to book lovers, but this is definitely something we all understand. Whether you’re engrossed in the romance the main character is in, or you’re coming to the scene where the family member is saying their last words to their loved one, “the feels” are real. I can’t tell you how many times my husband has asked me if I was okay, when in reality, I was just squealing over the characters in my current read. They’re real to us. We care about them. Right now, we are going through what they’re going through and feeling what they’re feeling. I’m sure we have all yelled, “how could you?” at our books, when someone betrayed the main character. They didn’t just let them down, they let us down.
3. Anger at an author
Whether its cliffhangers, the death of our favorite supporting character, or how long its taking for those two to get together already, its all in love. Yes, J.K. Rowling, I have yelled at you many times, but I will always have a special place for you in my heart.
4. The struggle of reading in public
“So, whatcha readin?”
“Oh, whats it about?”
*excitement* “So, there are these two friends, right? and there are two types of vampires in this world…”
“Oh, so like Twilight?”
No, the book I am reading is nothing like Twilight, other than the fact that there are vampires in it. No, the Dystopian I’m reading isn’t just like The Hunger Games.
Now that I think about it, I may need to write a whole blog post about this very topic. Stay tuned.
5. The brand new book smell
There’s nothing like it. Need I say more? I don’t think so.
6.The pure joy of recommending books
“Hey, I need something new to read. Any recommendations?”
*gasp* *squeal* *happy dance* “Any…recommendations? Hahaha! I’ll send you a list of books I want you to read, in order. This is so exciting!”
7. Lack of sleep
Recently, I was reading The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult. 10/10. Highly recommend. I stayed awake until about 2 am and had to be up at 7. In my mind, I didn’t need sleep, I needed answers. Sure, I regretted it in the morning, as I drank my coffee… and read the book…. No shame. We have all had the bags under our eyes from being in the middle of a good book, am I right?
8. Putting your book before your life
“The dishes can wait, who cares about laundry? We can have cereal for dinner.”
These are actual thoughts I’ve had while in the middle of a page turner. I can say I have also had these thoughts with a Netflix show, but at least with Netflix, you can watch AND fold laundry. With a book, there is no hope. It simply takes over. “Just one more page”, becomes “I’ll live my life when I’m done with this book!” Have to go to the bathroom? Bring the book with you. We have all done this, have we not?
9. The book is always better
Is there anything more painful than people telling you how great “that movie is”, as if the book does not exist? We may not all be book purists, but I’m sure we can all agree that only in special cases, is the movie better. Very rare and special cases. I can openly admit to pausing a movie to tell my husband what should really be happening at that moment in time, on multiple occasions. Its also so much more interactive to read the story, because when you’re reading, you’re creating the world in your head. The characters look how you decide they look. How cool is that? You can argue with us all you want, but the fact remains that without the book, the movie would not exist.
10. The book hangover
There is nothing like it.
You just finished an epic tale of love, bravery, corruption, mystery, adventure! You’re invested in the lives of these people. You’ve just been on a journey. You come to the last page. You read the last sentence, the last word. You stare at it for a few minutes. You then hug the book and think of how you want more. You just want more. How do you move on? The good news is, you have 300 books in your TBR (thats “to be read” for you noobs) and you can do this over and over again, forever. Its a good thing you love books.
Could you relate to the things on this list?