We bookworms are a great community.
And…apparently a pretty odd one too.
But we do have to admit, there’s a fair few things we do that can’t be considered “normal” – whatever that means.
But we can’t help it! We’re not going to apologize for letting ourselves feel so much for words on a page.
At least, I won’t. I refuse to. You can’t make me.
But who wants to be normal? Why not celebrate the little quirks we have? Well, in this small corner of the internet, that’s exactly what I’m doing, because I adore our bookish community and all its quirkiness.
So here’s a list of just a few of our quirks, to give you fellow bookworms something to relate to, and to you non-reader out there…well, here’s an insight to our bookish lives.
Though if you’re a non-reader, I’d be rather confused as to how you found yourself here on my book blog. Either way, enjoy!
New bookshelves? Obviously we have to sort them out.
New book? Well, we need to fit it somewhere…it’s like Tetris trying to fit them all together!
New season? Well, it’s Summer now. If you can change clothes to suit the season, why shouldn’t I rearrange my shelves into rainbow colours?
New favourite? This NEEDS to be on display. Oh. Well if I just move this book here – then this one can face outwards – oh wait but then there’s this one that needs moving…
Bored? Oh look! The shelves haven’t been moved for a while. Let’s rearrange them!
Photo envy? *sees photo of someone else’s bookshelves* *gasp* THAT LOOKS AMAZING! *looks at own shelves* Hmm….maybe I can make mine look like that…
*goes on an outing*
*Landscape is full of wonderful fields of flowers and a beautiful sunset is in the distance while the friends that mean so dear to you are frolicking around having the time of their lives*
This would make a GREAT background for bookstagram!
*sat in the park reading on a sunny day with friends*
Me: *takes photo of book to show on Twitter just how great the day has been*
Person: “Why are you doing that?”
Me: “To show how much I’ve enjoyed today!”
Person: “But you read every day, don’t you?”
Me:“…well…yeah but…I’m outside this time…”
We all know what I mean.
The dreaded cover change.
Yes, we admit that sometimes it works. Sometimes the cover changes are very welcome because the original covers were just so bad (looking at you, Anna and the French Kiss and Throne of Glass).
BUT. Ohhhh how we hate it when they’re changed partway through a series.
And when it happens…WE RIOT.
Not literally but you know, on social media we have strong but respectfully stated opinions about how unhappy we are.
AND WE WON’T STOP UNTIL THE COVERS ARE CHANGED BACK.
AND IF THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN WE’LL SNEER AT THAT SERIES FOR THE REST OF ETERNITY. BECAUSE THEY DON’T MATCH. OR THEY DON’T LOOK AS GOOD AS THEY PREVIOUSLY DID.
*COUGH* The Bone Season *COUGH*
For some reason, we feel like throwing books all the time.
If we hate a book – throw it out of the window. If we REALLY love a book – throw it across the room while screaming to let all the emotions out. Want to recommend someone a book? – THROW IT AT THEM.
I don’t think we actually know how to handle books.
But we have to restrain ourselves from all the throwing. Not because we’re worried about hurting someone or damaging the walls of our rooms. Oh no. We only restrain from this compulsion because we don’t want to damage our beloved books. How horror-struck we’d be if we did actually throw one across the room, only to find the cover had bent on impact.
We’ll never run out of things to talk about when it comes to books.
I mean, we could spend a good half an hour or so talking about just one book. And if you think about how many books we’ve each read, that a lot of hours.
And that’s before even getting started on topics related to genre, important issues etc.
Basically, we could talk for hours and hours and hours about books without getting bored of it.
And trust me, we do.
And I mean EVERYTHING.
Outfits? There’s plenty of posts on blogs and instagram where bookworms have book inspired outfits. I even have a post of my own somewhere on here.
Hairstyle? I decided today that I wanted to do my hair like Lou Clarke from Me Before You. Books are actually a great way of getting hairstyle inspiration.
Words? No doubt some book quotes are thrown into everyday life.
Drinks? Oh yes, I’m drinking tea. Oh! This reminds me of Victorian Literature! I just read a scene in Wuthering Heights where they’re drinking tea!
Yes, we can find the smallest reasons to be inspired by books.
Now, we bookworms tend to have a lot of books. And they needs transporting sometimes. Whether it’s because we’re on one of our rearranging flurries, or because we’re wandering around a bookstore trying to decide which books to buy, or because we’re trying to take a good photo for bookstagram, there’s plenty of situations where we need to move books.
And for some reason, we don’t just move a few at a time. Oh no no, that’d make things way too simple.
We move them all at the same time.
We gain this supernatural strength from somewhere deep within, and carry a stack of books the same height as ourselves, claiming it’s “easier” to move them all at the same time. To stack them all in our arms and carry out a great balancing act, just waiting for the moment they all collapse and bury us.
But we succeed.
To some extent.
What you mean, people use social media for other things?
What would I watch on YouTube if booktubers didn’t exist?
What would I post on Instagram if I didn’t post picture of books?
What would I talk about on Twitter if not about books?
How would I keep track of which books I read this years if Goodreads didn’t exist?
Huh? HUH? WHAT WOULD I DO?
A commonly known one, but it needed to be here.
Because while everyone’s out partying/clubbing/doing whatever social people do on weekends, I’ll happily be sat curled up in bed with a coffee and a good book.
And there’s times when I have a busy day, and the idea of not reading will annoy me halfway to hell.
Who can blame us for wanting to read about people who are indefinitely interesting and lovable? Rather than attend events ourselves and have to stumble through conversations for hours on end, we’d much rather read the witty conversations in books. Or go on the adventures with them, safely from the comfort of our rooms.
AND I WOULD WALK FIVE HUNDRED MILES AND I WOULD WALK FIVE HUNDRED MORE –
that’s enough of that
Book convention? We’re going if we can.
Bookish event? We’re going.
Author doing a signing in a city nearby? WE’RE GOING.
If we are anywhere near a city that has something bookish going on, we will do everything possible to make sure we go.
So there we have it!
Those are just a few of the quirks we bookworms tend to have!
I hope you enjoyed this! I really enjoyed writing it 😀
Did you relate to any of these?
Which one is your favourite?
Are there any you’d add to the list?
Would you like to see a part 2 at some point?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time…
Come and visit me!