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10 Reasons Why Bookworms Are Best Friend Material

Let’s be honest, bookworms are pretty darn awesome. Readers are often undervalued but I’m here to tell you why you should not ignore bookworms, no matter how quiet or introverted, if you’re on the search for friend material. There are so many awesome qualities found in a reader that makes them truly friend-worthy, here are just some of many!

 

1. Bookworms are super empathetic.

 

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Readers are exposed to a variety of characters who each have a different background, opinions, aspirations, temperaments, and more. Exposure to diverse characters increases a reader’s empathy, which benefits them in the real world too. Bookworms are naturally empathetic and can step into the predicament of close friends and can understand what they’re going through.

 

2. Bookworms always have an inspiring quote to make you feel better.

 

Authors and poets alike are skilled in creating deep, meaningful quotes that can raise goosebumps on the reader. When readers run across the quotes that touch them, they often memorize it and take it with them. Whenever you’re feeling down, you can always count on your bookworm friend to recite an inspiring quote that will turn that frown upside-up. 

 

3. Need help understanding a story? Bookworms are there for you.

 

Whether you’re writing a book report for school or are simply trying to understand what the hell Shakespeare (or Stephen King) is trying to say, you can count on your bookworm bestie to enlighten you. Readers learn how to analyze language and the ways in which language functions. Language can be difficult, and not everyone can easily cipher a story’s meaning. If you’re wary of using Google and Wikipedia, bookworms can offer advice and insight you can trust.

 

4. Bookworms are the best listeners.

 

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If readers can spend hours in one sitting reading a book, then trust me, they can spend a good deal of time listening to you share. Readers invest time in listening to a character, narrator, or author and in doing so they’ve learned how to listen. From hearing someone explain a long ass situation to hearing a character talk about themselves, readers can easily apply their listening skills to you. Readers love stories and hearing an actual person share their story is just as enjoyable.

 

5. Bookworms always have something interesting to say.

 

Bookworms take away a great deal from a story and most of the time the stories we’ve read stick with us. Bookworms can always fill an uncomfortable or abnormally long silence by relating stories they’ve read, tidbits they’ve picked up, and facts about the stories or authors they’re so familiar with. There’s certainly never a dull conversation with a bookworm and the best part is what they’ve learned, you can learn to and use whenever you’re the one in an awkward situation.

 

6. Bookworms are very articulate.

 

As we’ve established, language can be really frickin’ hard to understand sometimes. Whether it’s Victorian literature or modern fantasy, readers learn how to understand language in layered ways in order to appreciate the story. As a result, many readers have large vocabularies which may sometimes make them sound pretentious but has the benefit of allowing them to communicate effectively. Communication is huge between friends and being able to say what you really mean in a way that can’t be interpreted (and won’t be offensive) is a pretty big benefit. In addition, bookworms may be very honest as they’ve seen how lies and miscommunication can create a domino effect for people. So, beware, if you want honesty with a bookworm bestie, you’ll get it.

 

7. Bookworms are always up for an adventure.

 

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One of the many reasons readers love books is because their pages are filled with adventures left and right. Whether it is a literal cross-country type of adventure or a spiritual adventure, books are all about taking you on a ride to a place you’ve never been (sound cheesy? Well, you know it’s true nevertheless). Readers LOVE adventures and it doesn’t just stop when the story is over. Not only are bookworms the best counterpart for adventures, but they’re often the ones who already have it planned out. If you’re looking for a wild ride then you can definitely count your bookworm bestie in.

 

8. Bookworms give the best book recommendations.

 

This one may sound obvious, but a reader undoubtedly knows the world of books – from newly released titles, books that are to be avoided, underrated books, perfect books depending on your mood, and so on. Even if you aren’t an avid reader, at one point or another you may want to pick up a book yourself. You certainly don’t want to waste hours reading a crappy book that disappoints in the end. So never fear, your bookworm friend will know just the right book for you.

 

9. Bookworms are problem solvers.

 

Books are filled with conflicts and resolutions. As we flip the pages, we trace the beginnings, climaxes, and resolutions of horrible predicaments and decisions made by characters. Our histories with these never ending cycles allows us to see the warning signs for problems and use our references to go about solving it. Problem with a boyfriend/girlfriend? Problem with a psychotic boss? Problem with a maybe maybe not possessed sibling? (Okay, maybe the last is a stretch, but bookworms can definitely help you fix the problem). 

 

10. Bookworms are great at analyzing people.

 

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As mentioned, bookworms are great at problem solving, and one reason is because they’re good at analyzing people. In order to fix communication issues, trying to understand why people do what they do, and more takes an understanding of people. Given readers histories with following the decisions and thoughts of characters, they’re pretty darn good at understanding them. Maybe you’re going on a date and need a friend to analyze their profile on Tinder, or maybe you need a friend to validate your feelings toward someone else. A bookworm can pick up on somethings that maybe you’ve missed and they will be truly honest. Because after all, your bookworm bestie will look out for you!

 

 

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Quiz: Which Harry Potter Character Would Be Your Best Friend?

If you’re a huge Harry Potter fan, then you’ve definitely visualized how your life would be if you were a Hogwarts student. From the house you were sorted into, to the friends you were surrounded by, every fan has it all planned out.

 

While you’ve undoubtedly chosen the character you’d love to be BFF’s with, we’re going to tell you who WE think has the friendship material to be your BFF. Let’s see!

 

 
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Khal Drogo’s Reunion With ‘Game of Thrones’ Pals is Seriously Adorable

Though his character has long left the show, Khal Drogo is very much still a fan of Game of Thrones!

 

Actor Jason Momoa who played the hunky exotic warrior is no longer alive in the series, however he is super close to his cast members as his recent escapades prove.

 

The gang had a mini reunion in Belfast a few days ago when the actor met up with his Game of Thrones alum.

 

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He hung out with old pals including Kit Harrington, sharing a drink and what we imagine were some crazy conversation, which may have involved sports, the weather, and…perhaps even the gorgeous Khalessi whom they’ve both bedded. Who know! 

 

As Game of Thrones fans remember, Daenerys was initially involved with Khal Drogo and their relationship helped to morph her into the strong and fierce Khalessi that she is. As the recent season finale showed, her relationship with her nephew-lover Jon Snow is progressing rapidly so we’re quite sure she is moving on just fine.

 

Judging by their smiling faces, though, we’re guessing her name was left out of the conversations.

 

 

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He also had a chance to reconnect with show runners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss. Judging by their smiling face, we can go ahead and assume that the down-to-earth actor has no ill feelings towards his character’s fate on the show.

 

Then again…David Benioff’s smile may just be hiding some pressure from Momoa’s huge hand wrapped around his neck.

 

Guess we’ll never know!

 

 

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Momoa also had a chance to spend time with actors whom he didn’t see on set when he was on the show so long ago. Momoa posted the following photo of his embrace with actor Kristofer Hivju who plays the feisty fire-kissed giant Torment Giantsbane…also known as the potential maybe-one-day partner of Brienne of Tarth.

 

Also, may I point out, that Momoa’s post wishes luck to the crew and show runners as they begin filming the new season. The fact that Hivju happened to be there too gives us all the hopes possible of seeing his character make it out alive in the upcoming season.

 

Now, if Momoa himself could make an appearance on screen….well that isn’t exactly too much to ask for! At this point, given the controversial timelines and events of the last season (including the resurrection of a very much beloved dragon), then the reserection of Khal Drogo doesn’t seem that unreasonable. I mean sure, his deceased body was burned postmortem, but again….it’s Game of Thrones you never know what could happen.

 

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Speaking of the Khaleesi, Momoa had a chance to meet up with his moon and stars played by Emilia Clarke. Clarke posted this adorably adorable photo on Instagram earlier this week along with this sweet caption. There is clearly no love lost between the pair (watch out Jon Snow). 

 

What perhaps is more endearing about this photo is the parallel between the pair off screen and on. Khal Drogo and Daenerys Targaryen are one of the few iconic couples on the show, though Mamoa left the series in 2012, leaving fans grieving over the pair’s separation. While we’ve been slowly warming up (or not) to the possibility of Daenerys and Jon, this adorable duo still warms our heart.

 

As mentioned, Momoa has kept up his support of the series, particularly when it comes to his former leading lady. Momoa shared his enthusiastic awe of his Khaleesi’s epic victory against the Lannister army when the fourth episode of season seven ‘The Spoils of War’ premiered earlier this August. 

 

He posted:

“FUCK ME. It’s been so hard for me not to talk about the greatest show on earth. And I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone So I have been taking it easy on the posts. But holy shit that was intense. Wish I was there to fuck shit up So proud of Dan and David the cast and crew of GOT Aloha DROGO. DRAKARUS … [Emilia Clarke] miss u mama your a badass super proud.”

 

I think it’s about time someone started a petition to help his character make a comeback on the show. While Momoa’s reunion with the Game of Thrones cast warms our heart, seeing it play out on screen would be even better.

 

 

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Brand Spankin’ New “Friends” Book on the Way for 25th Anniversary

Great news on the horizon for fans of “Friends:” a book about the hit show is on the way. Kelsey Miller, Refinery29 writer and author of “Big Girl: How I Gave Up Dieting And Got A Life,” is writing “I’ll Be There For You,” which will take a look at the cultural impact of the sitcom and specific aspects of the show (such as Jennifer Aniston’s hairdo, “The Rachel”).

 

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It’s being compared to “Seinfeldia,” which analyzed “Seinfeld” and its impact on pop culture. Along with looking at why “Friends” has endured (particularly among millennials), Miller will also look back on the show’s most memorable guest stars, such as Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Tom Selleck, and Reese Witherspoon, among others.

 

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“Friends” debuted on NBC in 1994, and will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2019. “I’ll Be There for You” will be released to coincide with this anniversary.

 

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Celebrate National Girlfriends Day With These Iconic Gal Pals in Literature

It’s National Girlfriends Day! Gather your gal pals close and read up on some of the most iconic female friendships in literature. 

 

1. Elizabeth Bennett and Charlotte Lucas- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

 

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Forget Mr. Darcy; we’d argue Elizabeth and Charlotte have the prevailing relationship of Austen’s masterpiece “Pride and Prejudice.” Despite their differing circumstances and very different choices of husband, Lizzie and Charlotte’s friendship withstands hell and high water throughout the novel and they remain friends until the end. 

 

2. Carmen, Tibby, Lena and Bridge- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’  by Ann Brashares

 

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This iconic squad, brought to life by Blake Lively, America Ferrera et al in the 2005 movie, are still the queens of lasting female friendships. Having discovered a pair of pants that magically fits all of them perfectly, the girls grow and become individuals while still maintaining their precious childhood friendships. The books were originally a trilogy, but a fourth was released in 2011, revisiting the girls as they are about to turn 30. 

 

3. Anne Shirley and Diana Barry- Anne of Green Gables  by L.M. Montgomery

 

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When Anne arrives in the town of Avonlea, she quickly makes friends with local girl Diana Barry, whose family owns Barry’s Pond, or, as Anne calls it, ‘The Lake of Shining Waters.’ Anne and Diana are ‘kindred spirits’ and ‘bosom friends,’ and get up to all sorts of mischief together, including the time when Anne accidentally gets Dianna drunk.

 

4. Sandy, Rose, Monica, Eunice, Jenny and Mary- The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie: A Novel by Muriel Spark

 

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Sandy, Rose, Monica, Eunice, Jenny, and Mary, aka “the Brodie set,” favorite students of Miss Jean Brodie’s, are at the heart of Muriel Spark’s hilarious and heart breaking novel. Miss Brodie refers to Sandy and Rose as the ‘creme de la creme,’ and has high hopes for them, while Mary is the scapegoat throughout the novel, bearing the blame for anything and everything that goes wrong. While the three are not necessarily very good friends to each other, they go through key coming of age experiences side by side, with hilarious and timelessly relatable outcomes. 

 

5. Sarah and Becky- A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett

 

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When Sarah’s is demoted from student to servant at her boarding school following her father’s death while at war, she befriends the maid, Becky. Becky is quick to help Sarah settle in to her new position, as Sarah was more or less the only person at the school who was ever kind to her. The two form a close bond and her friendship with Becky is huge source of comfort for Sarah as Miss Minchin’s treatment of Sarah worsens. 

 

 

6. The Group-  The Group by Mary McCarthy

 

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This is the book that inspired Candace Bushnell’s Sex and the City series so you KNOW it’s good. Published in 1963, it follows  eight friends who meet in college and their rollercoaster lives that follow!

 

 

7. Laura and Tyler- Animals by Emma Jane Unsworth 

 

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Laura and Tyler, best friends for over a decade, have lived it large, drinking and partying excessively throughout their twenties. But now, Laura is engaged to a classical pianist named Jim who has left his partying days behind him and who is pulling Laura towards responsible adulthood. Tyler isn’t ready to let her go, and Laura is torn between her two lives. This is an honest and effecting portrait of female friendship and the modern lives of twenty-somethings. 

 

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