Do you know what bookworm traits are? Do you even consider yourself a bookworm? I prefer the word ‘bibliophile’, it has a classier ring to it. Though, I’m both. Some people don’t know there is a difference so let me enlighten you.
Bibliophilia or bibliophilism is the love of books. Accordingly, a bibliophile is an individual who loves books. A bookworm (sometimes pejorative) is someone who loves books for their content, or who otherwise loves reading. It’s the fundamental difference between loving something for itself and loving something for its content.
I have noticed that a lot of bookworms share common traits and these are my observations…
People who love reading can spend hours getting lost in bookstores…and actually, enjoy themselves.
Non-book readers cannot seem to understand how inspiring a trip to the bookstore can become. It’s easy to scour bookshelves, spending countless hours analyzing various novel descriptions, and determining whether that piece of literature is worth your time. The bookstore is a novel enthusiast’s haven, and it’s commonplace to find readers perched in a corner with a stack of books, blissfully ignoring the passing time. My favourite bookstore in Lagos is Ouida Bookstore.
All readers know the best way to escape a stressful situation is to get lost in a pseudo-reality found in a new book.
Some people turn to exercise to avoid stress, whereas readers know that the best way to avoid stressful situations is by simply finding a new book to love. Why stress about bills when you can immerse yourself in the life of Evelyn Hugo and her SEVEN husbands?
Avid readers know authors like they are personal friends
People who read books often have strong opinions about various authors, and can discuss various writing styles with ease. In the same way that people who love fashion follow fashion bloggers, readers follow their favourite authors. With the introduction of technology, authors are able to become celebrities. For example, Colleen Hoover, the author of many contemporary fiction novels, has over two hundred thousand followers on Instagram. Fans of certain novels inadvertently want to follow the creative minds who penned them. my personal fave author account is the writer of Freshwater, Akwaeke Emezi. They don’t have your typical writer lifestyle and I’m here for it.
A significant amount of one’s paycheck is spent on books, and somehow, the total is always a surprise
Books are not cheap. This is a concept that most reading obsessed people forget when they get overwhelmed with joy at a bookstore. It’s commonplace to see book lovers walk into a bookstore looking for a single book, and heading to the cashier with a stack. Now, a lot of people utilize ebooks in today’s world, but these can be even more dangerous because purchases are made with the simple click of a button. It only takes a few moments to download five new books onto one’s Kindle.
Book lovers know that a movie will never be a substitute for a well-written novel.
Sure, it’s less time consuming to spend two hours watching a movie, however, reading a book will prove to be much more satisfying. True book lovers appreciate the structure of words, the art of creating paragraphs, and the gruelling process of novel writing. A movie adaption of a book might be well done, however, it cannot serve as a substitute for the actual experience of reading the novel as a whole.
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