I am a self-confessed bookworm/fangirl/obsessive reader. I spend more time in fictional worlds than actual reality and I am often in love with a fictional character (much to my fiancé’s chagrin). Books are more than just paper and words; they are modes of transportation to alternate universes. You can learn magic, or even a new language! You can battle evil, go on wild adventures and fly on the backs of dragons, all without having to leave the comfort of your favourite reading spot. To once again quote the now overused words of Tyrion Lannister:
“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.”
Reading is more than a hobby to me, or a favourite past time, reading is my life. I can’t imagine ever not reading, even during my teen years when reading was most definitely not the cool thing to be doing I still read. I read in the sanctuary that was my house; secret reading, seems pretty pathetic now but at the time it was important to me to maintain a certain facade when I was at school and out with my friends, geeking out and reading just did not fit. I would go home, slip on my pjs, make a hot chocolate and lose myself in a good book; all of the drama of the day would fade away. Let’s face it teenage girls can be vile to one another, there was always some drama.
As I have grown older and matured I am not sorry to say that my reading tastes have largely remained the same; I absolutely adore YA fiction! Although I am no longer the young girl scared of sharing her passion for books, I still find books cause some little problems for me which my non-bookish friends just cannot comprehend. I believe that these are universal bookworm issues;
- I feel as though I am being disloyal to the sturdy paperback every time I read or buy an ebook.
- I want all of my family and friends to read the latest book that I have fallen in love with but I am terrified that they will either deface my copy lose it or the worst one of all – keep it for their own collection.
- I fall in love with fictional characters, Augustus Waters, Henry DeTabmble, Ron Weasley, Four, Zephyr James, Cuchulainn, Stark, Dean Winchester; the list could go on and on. This results in me comparing my real-life fiancé to my book-boyfriends.
- I spend hours browsing Amazon.co.uk, Waterstones.com and actual bookshops knowing that I cannot afford to buy new books, doesn’t stop my basket from filling up though. Curse you cheap Amazon prices, free shipping and Waterstones Points cards!
- I have more books than I can accommodate in my small bedroom, I have started taking over Dad’s ‘show bookcases’ (don’t even ask!) in the living room, when I move out I am going to have more boxes of books than actual clothes and ‘useful’ possessions, just like when I went to university.
- My TBR list seems to be never-ending – not that I really mind, but it breaks my fangirl-heart to know that I can never read all of the books that I want to.
- Real-life gets in the way of my reading progress. Having to go to work and leave my book at home is horrible.
- I have to have a book in my bag even if I may not get chance to read it, this means that I often leave things at home to make room for my book, on one occasion this meant my purse!
- Book-hangovers are worse than actual hangovers, I feel so empty and like I cannot face the day.
- I can get a little disillusioned with my life after reading about the fun and adventures that my favourite characters get up to. I want to go to Hogwarts like Harry, fly on the back of a Dragon like Daenerys, be Dauntless like Tris and strong like Katniss.
Do all book lovers experience such problems? Are they really problems or just side effects of reading? They’re not exactly unpleasant; they just make me a little weird in comparison to my non-bookish friends. Wierdness is good though, right? All of the best minds are a little kooky and besides I like being different. My family, fiancé and close friends love and accept me just as I am, plus I now have the amazing #bookstagramcommunity! Seriously if you’re not part of the book community on Instagram then come on over and join us! Follow me @fairyland_books 🙂
Much love fellow bookworms.