You know you’re a bookworm if you can relate to this list! These book lover struggles are things that nonreaders just don’t understand. Book nerds unite!
30 Signs You Might Be a Book Nerd
People might’ve called you a book nerd when you were a kid.
Maybe they thought you were cute when you lugged a big volume into the dentist’s waiting room…or maybe they just thought you were odd.
You always had your nose in a book. It didn’t matter how long the book was, as long as it intrigued you. While other kids struggled with the school reading list, you buzzed through it, then doubled it with your own picks. In the summer, you exploited the library reading program by collecting all the prizes–as many times as they’d let you!
At one point, your own parents might’ve even told you that you read too much.
It was a sad era for you when your dawning awareness told you that not everyone shared your love for books. In fact, you realised that many people even find them boring.
But reader, you are not alone.
There are still a lot of us out there who “get” that bookish life. We have that passion in common for a good story, and we’re proud to call ourselves book nerds!
We share those struggles that only fellow book lovers understand…those things that still, even as adults, make us a little odd.
And, I might add, totally awesome.
30 Things Only True Book Nerds Will Understand
1. Why you cherish the smell of books and the feel of pressing pages between your fingers.
2. How you can’t get through one day without reading something! Consuming text is as necessary to life as consuming food.
3. Wishing you could just stay home and curl up with your book instead of going out to a social gathering.
4. Questioning whether or not you can actually be friends with someone who doesn’t even like your favourite novel.
5. When your vocabulary and speech patterns start morphing to match the current book you’re reading.
6. The way you associate certain books with particular seasons of life or people.
7. Agonizing over what to read next (so many choices, so little time!). And the unbearable truth that you’re going to die before you get to everything on your reading list.
8. Trying to be patient with people who don’t understand how you can read more than one book at a time.
9. How choosing which books to pack on vacation is harder than choosing your outfits. You end up with a very heavy suitcase.
10. Shedding tears when a fictional character dies. (Thanks a lot, J.K. Rowling!)
11. Shedding tears at the end of a book…because it was just that beautiful.
12. The way you binge read your new favourite series, even though most of your friends are binge watching Netflix.
13. When your ideal date includes browsing in a book store together…and the conversation at dinner inevitably turns to books.
14. How the characters in good books are as real to you as people you meet in real life.
15. Why it’s frustrating when libraries have limits on how many books you can check out at once.
16. The physical struggle to put down a good book because you have to do things like take care of your kids.
17. How sharing your favourite book with someone is like offering them a piece of your heart.
18. The adrenaline rush you get when you visit your favourite author’s haunts. Also, the way you can’t stop smiling!
19. How a well-chosen volume is one of the best gifts anyone could give you. Super bonus points if they inscribe it with a personal message.
20. Book hangovers. Not being able to get into a new book because you still have a bond with the old one.
21. Why you have a shelf full of dozens of books you haven’t read even though you are ALWAYS reading.
22. How it bugs you like crazy when a filmmaker misinterprets your favourite characters and plots. You also feel a little smug: they just didn’t understand and love the book like you do!
23. That unreasonable (or not) irritation when you’re in the middle of a chapter and someone or something interrupts your reading. (“I’m almost done with my chapter,” and “let me get to a stopping place!” were frequent refrains from your childhood.)
24. Grief! When you finish a great book or worse, a great series, and all that’s left is…reality.
25. Why walking through the library stacks feels like strolling through a candy store or a fine chocolatier.
26. How growing up, you had crushes on literary heroes instead of celebrities.
27. When a book you’ve just finished and loved is due back at the library, and you have to put it in the slot. It’s like trying to say goodbye to a good friend whose plane is about to take off.
28. Having to explain to people that, “Yes, I really do want a BOOK for my birthday (or Christmas, Mother’s Day, etc.), because it’s the last thing they would want.
30. How the right book, read at the right time can change your life.
Are you a professional book nerd? What “bookworm problems” do you identify with?
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