Thursday, September 3, 2009

You know you're a Bibliomaniac when. . .

. . .You spend hours on Library Thing, keeping your own personal library catalogue in order, and adding countless trivial facts to the "common knowledge" section of each book.

. . .Whenever one of your siblings needs to find information on any given topic for a [home]school project, you rush to their aid, digging up dozens of books and searching through various encyclopedia indices. "This book all about ___, and this book has a chapter about ___. This one is a novel based on the life of ___, and there's an article about ___ in this encyclopedia. You could also try this book, and this one, and this one. . . "

. . .You are actively involved on book-swapping websites such as BookMooch, swapping second-hand books with people from all over the world.

. . .You are constantly begging your parents to buy another bookcase. - Upon being told that there isn't enough room in the house for a new bookcase, you walk all over the house, searching desperately for a suitable place, taking little heed of how inconvenient or in-the-way certain locations may be.

. . .The only thing you really want for your birthday is "books".

. . .You spend most of your allowance on new books.

. . .You howl with indignation upon discovering that there won't be any bookshops in the new shopping centre in town.

. . .You weep when your favourite bookshop in town closes down. (However, you don't hesitate to take full advantage of the closing down sales.)

. . .Your favourite place in the world (apart from home) is the local public library.

. . .The last thing you do before going to sleep is read a book.

. . .The first thing you do when you wake in the morning is read a book.

. . .You sleep with half-a-dozen books on your top bunk, so that you don't have to climb down to get a book to read when you wake up in the morning. You pay little attention to the fact that books are rather hard, uncomfortable things to have in one's bed. You have one side of the bed, the books have the other, and that's that.

. . .You treat all books with reverence, and loudly protest whenever one of your siblings treats a book roughly (e.g. dropping a book on the floor, using it as a missile, sitting on it, walking on it, etc.).

. . .You have an inexplicable love of the smell of books, which some members of your family find strange or difficult to understand.

. . .You could recognise almost any one of your books whilst blindfolded, simply by the smell of its pages.

. . .You are constantly giving unrequested book recommendations to friends and family, e.g. "You really need to read this book," or "What?! You haven't read ___?! I'll lend it to you; but make sure you read it!" or "Well, if you liked ___, you'll really like ___, and ___, and ___, and. . . ".

. . .You waste hours online browsing through online bookstores and other book websites.

. . .90% of your favourite movies and TV shows are adaptations of your favourite books.

. . .You have nightmares in which you see someone ruthlessly cutting up books with a pair of scissors.

. . .You spend hours trying to persuade your teenage brother to read The Lord of the Rings.

. . .Whenever you see one of your family members sitting idle with nothing to do, you pounce: "Let me find you a book to read! How about this one, or this one, or this one. . . "

. . .When buying a new handbag, the first thing you check for is "whether it's big enough to fit a book or two".

. . .When visiting,  you almost always find yourself next to your hosts' bookshelf, browsing through their books. You can't always explain how this happens; it just. . . happens.

. . . When preparing to travel overseas (or just anywhere, for that matter), you fill half of your bag with books. Nevermind the fact that you probably won't get time to read anything, you simply feel that it is important, nay, imperative, to have books with you at all times.

. . .You spend hours tidying and organising all the bookshelves in the house, sorting books by height, category, age-appropriateness, and author.

. . .You will happily sit for half an hour or more, poring through your family's massive Oxford English Dictionary. "So many beautiful words. . . "

. . .You are constantly acquiring old National Geographics from op-shops and and library sales, much to your mother's dismay. "Sweetheart, it's fine with me if you buy them, but where are you going to put them all??"

. . .You read books at somewhat unusual times and under unusual circumstances - whilst eating breakfast, or sitting on the toilet, or while you're cooking dinner. . . you would read whilst in the shower, if books were waterproof.

. . .You frequently borrow a book from the library or a friend, only to find that you love said book so much, you simply must buy a copy of your own to keep for always.

. . .You host a girls-only book club at your house once a month, where you do nothing but sit and talk for hours on end about books.

. . .You write blog posts like this one, in which you elaborate on your love of BOOKS.


Note: practically all of the above are bona fide confessions of a bona fide bookworm. There has been very little exaggeration or fiction in this post.

Note 2: I am not technically a bibliomaniac. Bibliomania is, according to Wikipedia, an obsessive-compulsive disorder involving the collecting of books to the point where social relations or health are damaged, and in which the mere fact that an object is a book is sufficient for it to be collected or loved. Stricly speaking, I am merely a bibliophile or a bookworm, not a bibliomaniac.


Erin said...


I SOO relate. All apply to me too, the benefit of 'being a grownup;)' is I get to build a library. Can't wait.
Did you know that I went one better than Library Thing and bought my own book database complete with a scanner. Love that bliping noise;) When I set up my library you'll have to come and help. As one bibliophile to another I know there is nothing you would rather do more:)

Ashley said...

Why that sounds like me and my mom! We are huge bibliophile or bookworms! You should see our house, almost every room is filled with bookcases, including our hallways. The only rooms with out a bookcase is the kitchen and our bathrooms. :)

Marian said...

SO TRUE!!!! I can totally relate to many situations on that list. "unrequested book recommendations" is totally me; and I can't bear to see people treat books badly.

The Editrix said...

Erin - sounds great! I'd love to come and lend a hand someday! The only bad thing about Library Thing is once you get past 200 books, you have to pay to keep your account going. :-(

Ashley and Marian - I'm really glad to hear you can both relate! It makes me feel slightly less nerdy and weird.

Miss Jen said...

Very fun!! :)
hehe :D

Lots of Love~ Jen

Alexandra said...

Are you sure you weren't talking about me? ;-) There's two book books, which have the most delicious new paper/ink smell...Mardels, I love you!!! And then old book smells...the absolutely divine musty smell...oh, I love it! I got a 100 year old set of Dickens a few years ago for my 16th birthday and they have that lovely smell (plus they're in GORGEOUS condition...I use them!). My brother's like, "Ew, smells like mold!" Poor unfortunate souls. Unable to appreciate the smell of a wonderful old book.

Maggie said...

I definitely make sure a bag of mine can hold at LEAST two books.
Thanks for posting this, it was fun to look over :)
Have a Great Day!

The Editrix said...

Alexandra - my grandparents recently gave me a beautiful set of Dickens! - it's almost 100 years old, probably about 98 years, to be precise.

Maggie - glad you enjoyed it! :-)

Jo-snazz said...

I fit in to about 3/4 of the things on the list. :)

I'm trying to read less fiction and more non-fiction now, but its just not the same. :)

Cathy said...

Yes, of my favorite things also. The smell of books intoxicates, wandering the aisles of bookstores creates delight, and seeking out old/used books makes for a grand time. Some of my fondest childhood memories pertain to the libraries I frequented as much as possible. I was even blessed to have a childhood friend that enjoyed books as much as I did. We would get together and simply read for hours! Once we found a comfortable place on the edge of the woods, made ourselves soft beds of leaves and read for hours. Alas, to our dismay we found out chiggers are partial to the same comfortable beds! You might say we suffered for reading.

Naomi K said...

What a fun post! I've been a "bookworm" since I was 7 and have several of the same symptoms...especially about reading before bed - I can hardly sleep if I haven't read at least a few pages :)

Anonymous said...

I spent years sleeping on the top of a triple bunk...with my books. It's nice to see that someone else has done the same thing! :)

The Editrix said...

Joanna - non-fiction is great, but nothing can replace a good story! I suppose it's good to have a balance between the two genres in one's literary diet, though.

Cathy - LOL! I'm assuming chiggers are some kind of biting insect (?) Could any of my North American readers confirm or correct me?

Naomi - funnily enough, I think I was also about 7 when I caught the bookworm bug!

msmith1130, I spent years sleeping on the top of a triple bunk...with my books. It's nice to see that someone else has done the same thing! :) - all I can say is, DITTO! I'm so glad to hear someone else has done the same thing! I'll tell my family about your comment, and hopefully they'll think me a little less crazy than they would have otherwise!

Thankyou everyone for your taking the time to leave a comment! :-D I really do appreciate it.

Enbrethiliel said...


My goodness! Has the writer of this list been spying on me my entire life???

On bookcases: The first really big purchase I made after I started working was a bookcase!

On the bookclub: As much as I wish I could have one, none of my friends are as maniacal as I am when it comes to books. =(