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6 Ways to Tell You’ve Found Your Bookworm Soulmate

Do you think you know your friends well? But how you can distinguish that one reader from the group? Or perhaps you’ve met a new friend and are wonder if they are an avid reader like you! Well, here’s how!

You know when your friends are avid readers when…

 

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1. They’ve read your favorite books.

You invite your friend to over, and when they see your personal library, you catch that twinkle in their eyes like the stars in the sky as they point to your shelves and say, “I read that one, and that one, and that one…”

 

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2. They understand that books are always better!

You continuously come into agreement that books are always the best medium of entertainment, regardless of any film or television adaptation that may be made!  (well, almost always, *cough* The Godfather *cough*)

 

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3. Their Goodreads account is just as meticulous as yours! 

One your favorite past times is exchanging phones and examining each other’s Goodreads accounts, discussing your bookshelves and reviews!

 

 

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4.  They are as addicted to book shopping as you are!

You’ll spend the day wandering in and out of bookstores, even when you don’t have any money and are reduced to window shopping- because what is life without books?

 

 

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5. You binge watch adaptations together so you can discuss straight away!

When you plan to watch a film adaptation or series adaptations on Netflix, Hulu, or what have you, you made a vow to each other to not watch it until you’ve both finished reading the book first!

 

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6. Their literary Halloween costumes are on point!

Halloween is a deal breaker. This is where your friends show you who they really are. They can dress as Harry Potter to your Ron Weasley or Voldemort to your Harry Potter, either way, they need to show up and show off, as long as its book related!

 

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If you don’t have a bestie who’s an avid reader like you are then that’s okay! There are many books in your unread pile that are dying to be your friend.

 

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10 Books Every Non-Bookworm Needs to Read

Some books leave a mark on society and our lives. Whether or not we can dive into a book the way some of our more intensely bookish friends can, they are essential to life, whether as a guide, or just a really great story. These are some of those books.

1. Silver Linings Playbook

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Although this may seem like an unconventional start, the book made movie is the a tale about Pat Peoples who has just been released from a mental health facilitate, while trying to piece together his former life, he meets a mysterious woman named Tiffany who is also rebuilding her life. The book itself ultimately is about second chances- something that everyone can relate to?

2. Catcher in the Rye 

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Catcher in the Rye, a classic in it’s own right. Follows the notorious Holden Caulfield throughout his journeys with procrastination and self discovery. His teen angst and rebel without a cause attitude attracts many people to the novel but tells an interesting story of someone who sabotages himself, yet leaves the hope that one can find their own way.

 

3. The Outsiders 

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If you weren’t forced to read The Outsiders in middle school, here’s your chance. This book, while taking you on a trip back to the nostalgia of the 50s, also has an extremely compelling storyline that helps one see that although everyone is different, we are more alike than we appear.

 

4. To Kill a Mocking Bird

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Another middle school classic, this beloved novel is set in the Deep South, and explores rumors, social perceptions and what the word justice means, while letting you fall in love with an iconic cast of characters.

 

5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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While many people would have chosen The Sorcerers Stone, the Order of the Phoenix is far more important. Not only does it tell the story of a kid who never gives up, it also relays the important message that governments may not always tell us the truth or have our best interest at heart. Question it all, and fight for what’s right.

 

6. A Clockwork Orange

 

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Another book that teaches the importance of asking questions, follows the story of Alex small gang leader who is captured after committing heinous crimes, and is drafted to be apart of experimental rehabilitation. The book questions what human nature is and what limits it can be pushed to in the most extreme sense.

 

7. Brave New World

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A book that shows that, looks are not all that meets the eye and not to get caught up in the most superficial parts of life, and the dangers of living a utopian society. Read it if you dare, it’s the brain twisting story your library needs.

 

8. 1984

 

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Who hasn’t heard the phrase “Big Brother is watching?” If you haven’t, or you didn’t know where that reference came from, 1984 is the book to read. Setting in a dystopian society, is set in the province of Oceania is a novel about the resistance of oppression and being an individual.

 

9. The Kite Runner

 

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A profound novel about friendship, loyalty and the facing the ugliest parts of life, this book is a favorite of many people and teachers alike- this book will leave you shook. 

 

 

10. Fahrenheit 451

 

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If you aren’t a big reader, you’ll definitely love this one! A book warning against censorship and the importance of right to educate yourself on the topics you please (and it is the right to read because we all know readings the best). Nevertheless, in a world of fake news, and filtered content- can we really deny the importance of this book?

 

 

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Comments on Article About Termites Destroying Books Reveal People Don’t Really Know What Books Are…

Do you pick up, lovingly caress and read cover to cover and then replace each and every one of your books on a daily basis? No? Pffft! You are not a real bookworm, then, according to the commenters beneath the Inquirer.net’s article about a book collection devoured by termites. 

 

A heartbroken book lover named Dorcas Kyla Aguayo made a post on Facebook warning others about the threat of termites to book collections, and the Inquirer.net reported on it, featuring distressing images of the damaged books. 

 

 

The good people of the Facebook Comments Section, however, were less than sympathetic.

 

 “Well, that’s the lesson for the years not visiting ur books” wrote one person, who clearly picks up each and every one of their books in a sort of strange ritual before bed every night. “Looks like its been a long while since the last time she checked her books,” wrote another, who must also follow this apparently popular routine. “The owner is not a real book worm,” someone else chimed in, “How else can those books be left untouched, in the dark corner of the shelf and for a very long time.” 

 

…What? Surely the mark of a real bookworm is someone who collects books— who owns and reads many books, and probably reads so voraciously that they rarely re-read the same books. I know I have books on my shelves that I love and cherish, but that I often won’t touch for months at a time, because I’m reading other books and don’t have time for this strange book-caressing routine to which the Facebook commenters seem so devoted. 

 

Of course, others came to the poster’s defense, with one person very sensibly stating “All these people saying she must have her books just for display/she must not have been reading them anyway, do you even own a book? Because if you do, you’d know that you don’t take it off thw shelf every single day. Most of my books have been sitting on my shelf for years because I’ve already read them and constantly having your books handled or displaced further wears it out.” I thought this would have been, like, the generally accepted line of thinking? But apparently not. 

 

Our condolences to Ms. Aguayo on the loss of her books, and our suspicious side-eye to the commenters calling her out for “not being a real bookworm.” 

 

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