5 Things Bookworms Know To Be True

5 Things Bookworms Know To Be True

The dictionary definition of a bookworm is “a person unusually devoted to reading and study” (source). I don’t know about this “study” aspect, but I most definitely am a person who is unusually devoted to reading. I also feel like this definition could be expanded in order to include that bookworms simply just enjoy reading and all things book-related.

Are you a bookworm? Read on to find out, for this post includes five tell-all signs that you are probably a bookworm.

1. You consider reading one of your favorite hobbies. 

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This one is pretty obvious: to be a bookworm, you have to like reading a lot. Reading has always been one of your favorite hobbies for as long as you can remember, and it’s pretty likely that it will be for quite some time. You consider it one of your ideal ways to relax and a perfect way to entertain yourself. While some might only be able to read for twenty minutes or so, you could read a book for hours if you had your way.

2. You could easily spend hours exploring in a library or bookstore.

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While some might enjoy browsing a place dedicated to books for a short period of time (while some may not even bother at all), bookworms could spend a solid afternoon perusing the different books, exploring various genres, reading the first pages of several novels, or looking up the book’s rating up on Goodreads. Libraries and bookstores are considered happy places, and it’s hard for a bookworm to want to search for the exit.

3. There never seems to be enough time to read all the books you want to read.

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With everything that life throws at you, it can be difficult to find the time to sit down and commit to reading a book, no matter how much you like reading. Sometimes there just isn’t enough time. And in the meantime, the list of books you are eager to read is getting longer and longer. The same books sit, untouched, on your bedside table for weeks. Library books go overdue before you even read the first page. This is one of the biggest struggles of being a bookworm.

4. It’s impossible to pick just one book as your favorite. 

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How does one select their favorite book? For bookworms, since they’ve read quite a few books, they most likely have quite a few favorites as well. If pressured, they could possibly provide others with a list of their favorites (or at least recent favorites), but a singular favorite book? Impossible! It might be difficult for a bookworm to name their favorite author as well.

5. You could never own too many books.

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Is there really such a thing as too many books? Even if you are starting to encounter trouble when it comes to where to store your growing collection of books, that will never stop you. Same with the fact that even though you haven’t read all the books in your collection, it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t keep buying more. Bookworms are automatically drawn to the prospect of adding new books to their collection and nothing will prevent them from doing so (except, possibly, the fact that they don’t have the funds to buy new books).


While there are probably dozens more signs out there, if you can relate strongly to these five, you are probably a bookworm. Or, at the very least, someone who really loves to read!

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