I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. 🙂
Shall we get right to it? The advantages of being a bookworm:
1. Comfort is never hard to find.
Anytime you’re down, you can escape into the pages of a book, and somehow all your problems seem to disappear. Sure, their still there when you close the book, yet they always seem a little smaller and a little easier to deal with.
2. You can always be sure of having friends… Because your books are you friends.
Anytime you’re lonely, you simply remember that you have dozens of friends waiting on your bookshelf for you to find companionship in them. And no matter how long you leave them alone, letting them get dusty on that shelf, they’ll always be there for you.
3. Your books teach you to be alone.
I know they did this for me. I’m naturally a very social person, but now, I’m okay with being alone sometimes. I even enjoy having that down time. I know I can always share the solitude with a good book.
4. You have the opportunity to live many lives.
Sometimes reality just gets exhausting, or boring, or… you name it, and you just want to get out of it, if only for a while. There’s nothing wrong with that. And a bookworm can do that by opening a book and getting lost. Become the character… live in their world… Others live one life, but you? You can live many.
5. You believe in magic…
Books teach you to believe in magic; and that there’s more to magic than bibbity-boppity-boo. Magic can come in the form of true love and friendship or an act of kindness. There’s many kinds of magic, and in reading, you discover innumerable magical moments… the best part is: you can go back and experience them over and over again.
6. Your books teach you valuable lessons about life.
If you read my post from last Monday, you know that Jane Austen’s books taught the true meaning of love. Anne of Green Gables taught me about independence and imagination. Jane Eyre taught me about strength, self-respect, and never giving up, despite your past or the hardships you’re facing. These are just a few specific examples. Books teach us lessons that we might have had to learn the hard way otherwise. We learn from a mistakes that the main characters makes so we know not to make that same mistake. We learn about friendship, sacrifice, courage, integrity, compassion, believing in ourselves, and the list goes on and on. Good books, even fictional ones, teach us so much about life.
7. You get to practice your imagination.
Bookworms have impressive imaginations, because we get plenty of practice. This is an advantage, because without imagination, life is terribly dull. We know that, thus we have sympathy for those who lack imagination… poor souls. We try to help them out.
8. The things you love most are very portable.
You can stick a book in your purse or backpack and it takes up relatively little room. They’re great for travelling… or going to the grocery store; just try not to run into people while you’re RWWing (Reading While Walking). Books are very loyal. Where you go, they’ll go, no questions asked.
9. Your books provide you with witty quotes and comebacks.
You can let the book speak for you! One of my favorites is an inspiring Shakespeare quote: “I would challenge you to a battle of wits, but I see you are unarmed.” It’s wonderful. Also, I use Jane Austen quotes on an extremely regular basis… It’s even worth the occasional eye-roll from family members and close friends.
10. You can always count on your bookworm family.
Whether you’re part of a book club or just have a circle of bookworm friends, you know you can always count on them. If you make a reference to a book and are grinning from ear-to-ear and NO ONE ELSE NOTICES the reference, they’re sure to give you kudos! If you’re distraught over the death of a most beloved character, even to the point of emotional instability, they’ll be the ones to hold out the tissues and offer a hug. Not to mention, they’re the greatest to have a conversation with, because you can talk books all day long!
11. When you open a book, the print comes to life.
Magic happens… Suddenly you’re in a world that others only see on the cover. Everyone peaking over your shoulder sees black words on white paper, but you are already lost in the pages and wandering in between the covers. You’ve already made new friends and had marvelous adventures. It’s already come to life.
12. You are easy to buy for.
Aunt Bertha: So what do you want for your birthday?
Aunt Bertha: Okay.
(Aunt Bertha is entirely a figment of my imagination. All characters appearing in this conversation are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.) 😛
12. You can fully comprehend this post.
And all the bookworms said, “Amen!”
Thank you for reading! 🙂