The Book Lover’s Cry

You know you’re a book lover when:

  1. Your favorite character dies, and you are devastated.
  2. You lock yourself away for a day and can’t put your book down because you simply do not want to.
  3. It’s a turn off when someone you like tells you he or she doesn’t enjoy reading.
  4. You walk into a bookstore to buy one book, and leave three hours later with one book, whether it is the book you intended to purchase or not. (Because you had to look around and read the backs and inside covers of way more books than you intended to).
  5. At night, you dream you are a character in the book you are reading.
My happy place
My happy place

As a book lover, I have found that one of the most difficult questions someone might ask me is “What is your favorite book?” I mean, really, how am I supposed to answer that loaded question? It certainly depends on many factors. Like, do you mean what is my favorite book by a particular author, or, perhaps, in a particular genre? Maybe you meant to ask, what is my favorite book to read in private or in a coffee shop or on the bus to work? Or, what is my favorite book I’ve read in the last month? See what I mean? It’s an incredibly loaded and stress-inducing question!

Now, for those of you who know that you are not a book lover and are completely content with that, I think it is important for you to know some of the worst things you can do to a book lover. Maybe you’ve done something on this list and never realized it. Never:

  1. Spoil the ending of a book, or, even worse, an entire series. To put it in perspective for non-book lovers, it’s like spoiling the funny parts of a comedy movie, or talking about the death of one of the main characters in a television series. You just should not do that kind of thing! It’s cruel.
  2. Return a book years after you borrowed it. It would be worse if you return it damaged. And even worse would be to admit you did not have a chance to read it. What madness!
  3. Interrupt reading time.
  4. Tell the book lover that they read too much. Really, our list of books is never-ending, and we do not believe in reading too much. Because there is no such thing…Don’t be absurd!
Adhere to the rule, and no one gets clawed.
Adhere to the rule, and no one gets clawed

I long for conversations about books. I really, truly do. I did not realize how spoiled I was whilst studying English until I graduated and have found myself no longer surrounded by English majors. Maybe I will start a book club to fill the void. What do you think? Is there anything you would add to either of my lists?

Check out Buzz Feed’s article for more book lover characteristics and problems!

– Allison Bellows


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