Bookish Chat : Common Traits in Bookworms

August 20, 2015 Bookish chat 26

A few years ago, I could count the number of bookworms in my life on one hand.  However since I discovered book blogs and became a blogger myself, I find myself happily surrounded by them.  And quirky habits that I thought were unique to me turn out to be universal amongst our tribe!

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I have noticed a lot of common traits between bloggers that I visit regularly and thought it would be fun to document them and see if you agree or disagree.

Common Traits in Bookworms:

– Ridiculous to-be-read lists that sprout rapidly every week

– Covers Matter!

– The book is always considered superior to the movie.

– They don’t like to travel without at least one book on hand.

– Books and book vouchers are top of their Christmas and birthday wishlists.

– Seeing someone else enjoying a book makes them smile.

– Seeing someone else enjoying a book that they love makes for an instant connection even if not a single word is uttered.

– They love alone time (aka reading time).

– They are good listeners because they are used to giving stories time to unfold.

– They are good problem solvers as they are exposed to a wide variety of issues via books.  And they are used to considering various points of view.

– They are passionate about books they love and can plead a heartfelt case of just why you should read them too.

– Spending money on books is a necessity not a luxury and they will cut back in other areas if necessary to make this happen.

– They know the location of the best bookshop in every town they ever visited.

– Books trigger memories just like smells do for other people.

– Favourite book characters feel like real people to them.


Talk to Trish: Can you tick all boxes?  Is there any trait that you have noticed that I have forgotten?


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26 Responses to “Bookish Chat : Common Traits in Bookworms”

    • trish

      I always think when I’m reading other blogs, that other bloggers are scarily like me! We all have a lot in common and all do crazy stuff just for the love of books 🙂

    • trish

      I crave alone time and me time! Like you I never get enough of it during the week but I make the most of any time I do get! I always remember where I was when I read certain books, especially ones I read on holidays.

    • trish

      Thanks Greg! I used to think people that loved books as much as I did were a rarity but thanks to book blogging I know there is a huge community of us out there! And that makes me happy 🙂

  1. ShootingStarsMag

    I agree with almost ALL of these. You must have alone time to read. It’s just pertinent, and I will always find ways to buy books. I don’t really care about much else (clothes, makeup, etc.) but books? NEED THEM!

    • trish

      I love alone time to read, I can read around other people if I have to but snuggled up all alone in a comfy nook and lots of time to read is just the best! Like you I need books, other things not so much!

    • trish

      I know, I love how many traits that I share with other book lovers. Before I just thought I was a bit strange but now we can all be strange together :O

  2. Lola

    I can relate to most of these! Great list! I have a strong case of memories with books and can often remember where and when I read a certain book. And seeing someone else who reads always makes me happy, I even once started a conversation with someone when I saw her reading a book. And I never travel without a book, unless I go grocery shopping and don’t have time to read.
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    • trish

      I’m the same Lola, I can always remember where I read a book, especially if I read it somewhere special (like on holidays). I don’t think I’ve ever started a conversation with a stranger over a book but I’ve often been tempted! And I often listen to my audiobook while I’m grocery shopping! I buy mostly the same things every week so I’m on autopilot in there and don’t need to think which leaves my brain free for my book! 🙂

    • trish

      I’ve heard great things about I am Pilgrim but haven’t got round to reading it yet. I love thrillers though so I’ll get to it sooner or later, hopefully sooner 🙂
      And alone time reading is precious!

  3. Cynthia @ Bingeing On Books

    Oh yes, I can relate to all of these, especially the long TBR pile one. And I had just received The Martian because I wanted to read it before the movie. My husband actually suggested I just watch the movie instead of reading the book. Or just watch the movie first. What?!? Crazy, right?
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