Things you shouldn’t tell a bookaholic…
March 10, 2010 § 15 Comments
“Your passion for paper and books is killing trees.”
Book lovers/readers don’t intend or mean to kill anything by owning, borrowing and enjoying books. They look at it quite another way so button up the impassioned faux green speech and pay attention to a passionate reader who likely has a hot tip on a great read AND maybe even lend it to you (thus saving another tree. eh?)
“The library is closed. It’s a holiday.”
What? We’ don’t have to work on holidays so why aren’t things open? (yes, we know the rational answer, but still…) Oops, there we go, that’s us, headed to the second-hand bookstores, the book chains for coffee and browsing and to visit friends who are readers from whom we can borrow a nice little novel something. Touch our TBR pile? hmmmm….nope, we’re saving those books in the TBR stack for a rainy day.
“There’s only $1.49 left on your B&’N gift card.”
What? That’s not even enough for coffee. BTW, my birthday’s coming up and you know what I’d like?
“Reading isn’t cool. Visual media rules.”
Mmmmmm. What’s going to hold up better in the annals of history? things that need to be plugged in or run on batteries, or books?
“You need to exercise more.”
Sure, you CAN tell them this but should offer a headset with books-on-tape or book podcasts to listen to while walking, running, treadmilling, etc. But face it, by the time a bookaholic has settled into reading, all other major things have been handled. Relax. Have a seat. Put your feet up. Read.
“You always have your nose in a book.”
I’ve never liked that expression. It insinuates that I have a big nose or that I have only my nose in the book. Or, something. But overall, I don’t care. I enjoy “being in a book.” Do you have anything else to tell me or can I get back to reading now…?
And this one will make the bookaholic fall down in a near faint and you will have to rush them to the nearest bookstore to revive him/her.
“You already have too many books.”
Not even worth addressing.