As some of you will probably already be aware of, I recently got engaged. There are many reasons why my fiancé is the guy I know I want to marry. One reason that I feel you will all understand is this: He completely supports my bookworm ways, even though he doesn't understand them at all! It was a long road though, and he's been with me for nine years now and is completely used to all the weird things I do. But it wasn't always that way. So I started thinking about all the bookworm-type things I do, that I find completely normal, that others might not understand. So, here you go. If you're thinking about dating a bookworm, here's a few things you should be aware of.
1. You will endure endless conversations about books.
Yes, we will want to discuss all of the books with you. And, no, it won't matter that you have never read it, or haven't heard of it, or don't even care. We are going to want to discuss it, especially if we are away from the internet and people who actually care.
2. You will be taken along to every film adaptation of ever.
If a film adaptation is coming out, chances are that we are going to want to see it. Either we have already read the book and need to see if they do it well. Or we saw the trailer, which has made us want to read the book... And then of course we will need to see the movie to see if they did it well.
3. You will be talked to throughout the entirety of said adaptation
Not only will we want to drag you along to see all the film adaptations with us. We will then expect you to listen throughout as we moan about every little thing that they changed, left out or completely ruined.
No, we don't!
4. You will be responsible for providing snacks and drinks.
Us bookworms like to sit for long periods of time, with our noses stuck in a book! That is just what we do. But we will completely forget about the fact that we need these two vital things to survive. Bring them to us, or risk having a dead bookworm on your hands!
5. You'll need to understand the real meaning of a 'Netflix binge'
Yes, sometimes this will mean us lounging around together, watching episode after episode. But, at other times, this will mean that you watch, while we read. Okay, we might occasionally glance at the screen. Mostly we will just pester you with questions of 'Who's that?', 'What's happening?', 'Did I miss something?'
6. You'll be dragged into every bookshop.
Don't even try to wrap your head around why, just know that if we see a bookshop then we are going to go in. Yes, sometimes that will involve over twenty minutes of browsing that might result in zero purchases. Other times this might mean we purchase more books than you will think it is possible to read in a year.
(This is basically me in a bookshop!)
*Also... if you haven't seen Black Books, you're missing out!
7. You're basically a pack mule.
There will be times where it feels like you are only here to be the carrier of books. We will buy massive amounts of books, so many that our bookworm arms won't be able to carry them all. That is where you come in! You get the joyous task of carting around our beautiful bookish purchases!
8. You will be called upon as our plus one to bookish events.
Bookish events are wonderful and they call to us bookworms. Signings, talks, conventions, meet ups. These are all great and we will want to go... but who wants to go alone! Not me. I am a shy, introverted, anxiety ridden bookworm. I need a plus one for back up! So be aware that you might be dragged along to all your bookworms bookish events. You
9. You'll need to understand the importance of bookshelves.
This is very important: Bookshelves are like a bookworm's babies. We love and adore them. We gaze at them adoringly. We dress them up nice and pretty. You need to remember the basics here: No touchy! No judgey! We want our very own library and you should support us in this endeavour.
10. You'll need to deal with sudden mood changes.
Our mood could change very quickly, and this will be caused by entirely fictional events. Some character we love might die, and we will be devastated. We will need love, support and time to grieve. Never say 'But it's just a book!', unless you want to get throat punched. The author may entirely screw us over, we will be angry and need to vent. Listen and pretend to understand.
11. You'll need to get familiar with the postman.
You'll probably end up knowing the guy by name because he will be stopping by a lot to drop off all our bookish mail. Yes, the amount of book mail we receive will seem endless.
12. Understand a bookworm is a bookworm for life!
Once a bookworm, always a bookworm. We are never going to chance, so you will need to get used to it. Don't worry though, you will learn to love it!
Your turn guys, what do you think it is important for someone to know about your bookworm ways? Do you agree with the things I have listed?