Top Ten Things Bookworms Do While Reading

We all have our own reading pace, and we all react differently to books. That said, there are a lot of things that a bookworm can mean when they say flailfreak outERMEGERDDDDD, and slkjfökjöafefökjawejhahkjöjd. I’m just here to interpret what some of a bookworms reactions while reading might mean.

Because I’m so nice.

If you have a loved one who is perpetually confused by your reading habits and/or the way you act while reading, feel free to show them this so that they may better understand you.*

*OMG I’m so nice someone bless me for my kindness

If you are anything like me, then your favorite thing to do while you read is eat. Doesn’t matter if it’s spaghetti bolognese, cornbread with chili, brownies or straight up chocolate. Everything is fair game! The trouble is…I am a messy eater.

Don’t ask me how this happened, I don’t know. I have always been known to spill on myself all the time, always. And it’s probably not going to stop anytime soon.

Even so, my reaction every time I spill some food on my beloved books, is something akin to this:

Thanks for expressing my feelings so accurately, Luke Skywalker.

Aaaand when I realise that the food spilled was too messy (oily, wet, etc.), or just to soft (melted chocolate, anyone?), I have to come to terms with the fact that there is no going back. This book will forever bear my mark.*

*Whoever gets these books after me shall forever wonder: is it blood??? Is it spaghetti sauce???? WHO CAN KNOW

WE’VE ALL BEEN THERE. They make eye contact. She blushes. He does something stupid. Their hands accidentally touch, and Mr. Darcy lingers inconspicuously. YOU GET THE GIST OF IT. And your heart does that little flutter and your stomach flips. WHO NEEDS ROMANCE IN REAL LIFE AMIRIGHTORAMIRIGHT.

Let’s be honest, there is nothing better than a bloody battle scene done well. Or a cleanly slit throat. Or a messy stabbing. It just gives you such a thrill and you feel like you could TAKE OVER THE WORLD AND BECOME QUEEN EMPRESS OF THE SEVEN GALAXIES.

It’s a high that feels something akin to this:

UM EXCUSE ME I THINK THAT WAS A TYPO.

WHY DIDN’T THE EDITORS CATCH THIS.

THIS CHARACTER HAS LITERALLY NO REASON TO BE A PERPETUAL ASS.

THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO KISS RANDOMLY.*

WHY IS THERE A LOVE SQUARE. HECTAGON. OCTAGON.**

*CAN YOU TELL THAT THESE MAKE ME SHOUTY
**I swear I read a book with a love square. WHY. WHY EVEN.

So your favorite character died. HOW ARE YOU EXPECTED TO KEEP LIVING.

The dog got hurt,

the horse got shot,

the cat got hit.

AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO CARES MORE ABOUT THE ANIMALS SAFETY THAN THE CHARACTERS.

Other things in a book that will make me tear up:

  • Smol child who is mistreated
  • Tough guy/girl who had hard childhood/life
  • best friends making up
  • Enemies becoming friends
  • Professor Lupin being the only person who seems to understand that chocolate is the answer to all life’s problems
  • misunderstood characters who get treated terribly
  • Holland (Shades of Magic Trilogy)*
*BUT SERIOUSLY. HOLLAND YOU GUYS. ALL HE WANTED WAS LOVE.

I mean.

Is a book really good if no one dies?

Spoiler: no.

WHAT’S THE POINT IF YOU DON’T SPEND THE NEXT THREE DAYS MOURNING OVER THE LOSS OF YOUR FICTIONAL FRIEND.

Answer: THERE IS NO POINT.

Still. The loss hits you hard.*

*Every. Single. Time.

Never mind that in real life I get light headed and my body threatens to flop to the ground if I see blood. If a book’s not bloody, I’m probably bored.

Did I already mention my love for violent books??? WELL I’M DOING IT AGAIN.*

*Remember, children. Violence is not the answer.

Need I say more???*

*I think I might need to?? My boyfriend doesn’t seem to have grasped this concept yet.

Ever stayed up until 3 am reading??? BEEN THERE DONE THAT.

OR. Your eyes are inexplicably drooping at 8 pm because you apparently are a grandma.

And then you finally put the book down and go to bed.

AND IN THE MORNING YOU REALIZE YOU DON’T REMEMBER THE LAST 30 PAGES YOU READ BECAUSE YOU WERE ACTUALLY SLEEPING WITH YOUR EYES OPEN.

#bookwormproblems

What are some reactions you have while reading?? Did you relate to any of the reactions I listed?? Tell me which ones!

 

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27 thoughts on “Top Ten Things Bookworms Do While Reading

    1. OMG hahaha all I do while I read is eat. It’s dangerous work though, as you can see haha. And pshawww CHIPS ARE NOTHING. Try eating ramen noodles and cornbread with honey on it while reading. THAT’S messy. Although since my younger years I HAVE gotten better at not spilling. A little XD

      Giggling and crying, however, are my forte!!

  1. Hmm is this post relatable??? YES IT IS VERY RELATABLE OMG. I so so relate to everything on this list! Some notable ones are squealing because of FRICKING CUTE SCENES THAT I JUST CAN’T NOT SQUEAL ABOUT and then sweating/screaming/doing lots of things at the intense screams. Killing anyone who interrupts you, totally yes. Sometimes I have to put the book down because OH MY GOD WHAT JUST HAPPENED. Whether it be cute scene, intense scene, SAD SAD MISERABLE scene, or scene that makes me angry. And omgggggg HOLLAAAAAAND. HE WAS JUST SO TIRED AND NEEDED LOVE WHY COULDN’T HE HAVE BEEN HAPPYYYYYYYY.
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    1. hehehe squealing while reading has earned me many a strange look but WHO CARES. INTENSE SCENES ARE SO STRESSFUL. People really don’t understand what we go through :,)
      HOLLAND IS MY BABY AND HE DIDN’T DESERVE ANY OF THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED TO HIM D: D: D:

  2. I’ll admit to having done a few of these myself. I will say though I never eat while I’m reading, unless I’m reading on my Kindle because then it’s easy to brush crumbs, or stay spaghetti, off the screen. 😀
    There are so many times I find myself laughing or smiling while reading because the scene I’m on is so cute/funny I just can’t help myself (I do a lot of reading on the train to and from work so I probably get some strange looks) and yeah I’ve cried over my fair share of books as well. I just can’t help it when certain books end the way they do! 🙂
    Also forgetting to sleep, yeah, that’s something I do way more than I should!
    Great post Esther! D <3

    1. Eating is my favorite pastime. So I MUST eat while I read. It’s like a family tradition haha there were nights when you’d just see 6 girls (including my mom) at our house sitting at the table eating and reading hahaha

      When a scene is cute I squeal and I just have to take a minute to hold that precious bean of a book!! AND OMG yes I read on the train a ton too hahaha
      WHO NEEDS SLEEP ANYWAYS. It’s not like we’d DIE without it….maybe…okay fine we need sleep hahaha unfortunately D:
      Thank you!!

      1. That sounds like a great family tradition to have. Honestly most nights I have my Kindle on while eating my dinner, I just won’t bring any food near my books when I’m reading a paperback or hardcover edition.
        We’ve probably gotten some very weird looks from people on our train journeys with us in that case, but oh well, when are we ever going to see these people again other than on the train.
        Ha, I’m willing to sacrifice a little sleep and be shattered the following day if it means reading a little longer! 😀
        That’s all right. 🙂 <3

  3. Hahaha you are NOT the only one who cares about animals dying in books. That’s an immediately NO for me. If I find out an important animal gets hurt in a book, I won’t read it! NOPE NOPE NOPE.

    Fantastic list! They were all too true!!

    1. Literally the three MC’s can be bleeding to death and I will give zero fucks about them if the horse gets shot with an arrow (as an example). I will 100% be sitting there screaming NOT THE HORSEEEEE DJDIUSJDOCHSHOXBSB

  4. Okay first of all, your new blog header logo thing is BEAUTIFUL I love it with all heart! Also WERE YOU IN MY BRAIN WHEN YOU WROTE THIS LIST?! I swear this list is me 100000%! I LOVE stabby book too, just give me ALL the blood and battles and murders (I swear I’m not a violent person IRL hahaha). I mean, you know I also love my contemporary novels (#sorrynotsorry) but I love lots of action too! And omg chocolate really does solve all of life’s problems! Why are there wars when you could be EATING CHOCOLATE instead?!

    1. Awe thanks Kalli! It was so much fun to paint 😍
      I MIGHT MAYBE HAVE BEEN IN YOUR HEAD???? Who can know 😆
      WE ARE ALL GOOD PEOPLE WE JUST LIKE TO *READ* ABOUT VIOLENT PEOPLE WITH GREY/NO MORALS. We are perfectly okay.
      That’s right, YOU LOVE YOUR CONTEMPORARY NOVELS.
      Right??? Lupin is a genius and I love him for it.

  5. My friend freaked out once because she had borrowed a book of mine and there was a stain on a page and she didn’t know how it got there. She thought she had caused it, but nope just like you I spill food rip. The others too are so relatable. Omg what book has a love square?? I need to avoid that book #nothankyou
    It’s so weird, I don’t want characters to die, but then if no one dies I’m slightly disappointed? Especially if there was a build-up for a major death and then… nothing. It’s just unrealistic if everyone’s fighting and risking their lives, and no one dies except maybe that one minor character that everyone forgot about anyway

    1. Hahaha I know that heart sinking feeling when you think you damaged a friend’s book 😂 FEAR OF DEATH IS REAL MAN.
      *whispers* the book is Red Queen. And it all felt so sudden??? Like. There was no romance and then there was kissing 2 guys and a third on the sidelines??? I DNF’d that one before I got to the end 😅
      People have to die. It’s a criteria for a good book. We bookworms just enjoy suffering!!

  6. CRUMBS IN BOOK> TRYING TO GET CrUMBS OUT. PANIC NOW.

    Ahem.

    I think just proves bookworms freak out a lot and we are in denial. Like we saty up way too late (is that a thing? apparently it is) LIKE there are so many typos in books I can’t even.

    Oh and killing people is fun. I MEAN BAD. I MEANT BAD OKAY?

    NOW I am not a fan of fluffy contemporaries but I do admit I have to take a breather when the scene is squishing my stomach witH FEEEELLLS <3
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    1. AHHH YES. How they get all stuck in the cracks…I cry 😭

      TBH all bookworms really do is freak out hahaha it’s like our entire existence 😂

      KILL ALL THE PEOPLE. But there can be cute fluffy moments in between the killing!!

  7. Hahaha I love this post so much! I always eat whenever I read – well, not always but A LOT of the time – and I get so sad whenever I spill something. Usually it’s just crumbs or something so it’s okay, at least better than some stains.
    And I am well-known for staring at my books in disbelief whenever something happens, or like crying or smiling like an idiot. Too invested in the book = people looking at me reaaaaaaaaally weirdly ahah.
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    1. Hehe I’m glad you enjoyed it!! Yass a fellow reader-eater!! I love to eat while I read hahaha whether it’s snacking or full on meals XD BUT CRUMBS ARE SO HARD TO GET OUT OF THE CRACKS. If you try to wipe them away, they just embed themselves further into the spine, doomed to be a part of the book forever!!

      Yup. Those weird looks are just something a bookworm has to get used to haha!

  8. THIS. POST. SO FABULOUSLY ACCURATE I CAN’T EVEN!! The amount of times I’ve squealed because a scene was cute, or was just IN SHOCK and disbelieving of a character’s death?? INFINITE AMOUNT. Infinite. Oh and we must protect all the smol children and mistreated precious characters!! *cries* HOLLAND. <3 Ergrgrgrg the amount of time I am interrupted while reading…. MANY PEOPLE DIED. (Of me screeching and throwing pillows at them, excuse, not *actually*, what kind of monster do you think I am? *whispers* deathhhhhhh) Ahem. LOVED this post!!

    1. ERME GERD WHY THANK YOUUUU hehe squealing is a requirement of being a bookworm TBH. I CRY WHEN I THINK ABOUT HOLLAND I CAN’T 😭😭
      People need to just honestly realise that a reading bookworm is not to be messed with. 😂

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