Cultural Experience | Georgia

7 Signs That You Are A Bookworm

How to Tell your ‘Inner’ Nerd side

Aside from writing, traveling and cooking, reading is another one of my favorite pastimes and I have been reading novels ever since I can remember. My friends and family call me a bookworm because they say I’m always either reading a book or talking about a book I just read or one that I want to read. I really love books because they allow me to disappear from the present world albeit only for a few hours, and dive into someone else’s world of imagination and creativity.  Being an avid bookworm myself, decided to compile a list of Bookworm traits that I’m guilty of doing that many of you out there may be as well.

1. You can read a book a week, sometimes even in a day

I don’t even know how I manage this sometimes with the crazy schedule I had during school and now. This past summer though I beat my own record of speed reading by taking just a day to finish reading a book as compared to my usual of a week or two. When you’ve been reading books for a long time you tend to get faster and faster as you get older and your brain comprehends more material faster. If you find yourself being able to read and complete books in a weeks time, it just gives you incentive to get another book and another one and thus the bookworm syndrom begins.


2. You prefer reading over any social activity

If my friend and roommate of 3 years, Fiona could see this she would write her own post about my bookworm introverted tendencies. It practically almost took an intervention to get me to put a book down and go out. Case in point, this past summer I was reading Chimamanda Adichie’s ‘Americanah’ which I HIGHLY recommend you all read. I could not put that book down. Every waking minute was spent turning page after page reacting to every situation described. I took it with me everywhere, I would fall asleep reading it and one day even carried it to the club against Fiona’s wishes… And yes, I have just admitted that. Didn’t end up reading it there though so I don’t know what I was trying to prove by doing that. That aside, it took me exactly one week to complete Americanah and I was so sad to see the epilogue page. Some stories shouldn’t have endings, that’a just my take on it. Another instance; the last Harry Potter book came out during my last year of high school. Worst. Timing. Ever. Let’s just say my basketball team captain wasn’t too happy with the number of games I missed because of this book. Bookworm Symptom #2.

3. You have a favorite ‘Barnes & Nobles’

When it gets to this point its safe to say both you and I have a serious problem. Who has a favorite ‘Barnes & Nobles’??? Well I do. The Barnes & Nobles in Union Square, NY is my favorite one. I’ve been to various Barnes & Nobles stores across different states but still nothing compares to this one. It’s the biggest one in the State I think and I just love how it looks and feels PLUS they have Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory at their Starbucks. That basically kept me going back. A good book, a nice corner in their airy, spacious reading cafe, a perfect view of Union Square from the corner window and a slice of cheesecake and some tea… That’s an afternoon well spent any day. I think if you have a favorite bookstore anywhere, no matter the brand, is a sure sign of Bookworm-ness.

4. You have seasonal reading lists

I have seasonal reading lists. I won’t elaborate more on that but will just show you my summer and Fall reading lists. Currently compiling my winter one, will keep you posted! Also, the Revenge Wears Prada book in my summer reading list… Such a waste of time. I know I said some stories shouldn’t have endings, well I’m also saying some stories do need to end. No sequel was necessary for the Devil Wears Prada.

Summer Reading List

Summer Reading List

Fall Reading List

Fall Reading List


5. Books are your best travel companion

The TSA may one day take me aside if there ever was a crime of having too many books in your carry-on. When I’m travelling, or just commuting daily, I always have a book on my person to while away the travel time by reading. It’s a norm for most people as I see it everyday so this may not be a legit sign or there’s just that many bookworms in the world.

6. You’d rather spend money on books than anything else

I confess. I love to shop. I really love some retail therapy. But that addiction is only satisfied after I get my books. I buy the books I’ve been eyeing first before hitting my beloved H&M. Always. And sometime I don’t even get to the mall because of spending more than expected at the bookstore. I also like to gift books to people. My mum always says the best gift you can give someone is a good book. Whether they like to read or not, it’s a treasured gift that will always stay with them. If you spend more money on books than you do on clothes or shoes, you’re definitely a bookworm.

7. You have a mini library in your house

Or you are in the process of making one like I am. Right now my room is just stacked with books upon books in boxes under my bed, some on my desk, in my desk and others on my dresser. Since I am not currently a permanently fixture here in Atlanta I can’t really get some IKEA shelves and put up a makeshift library. So once I move back home that’s my goal to have a full on mini library in my room or in the study room that way the books can be accessed by anyone besides me. This may not be a bookworm sign as some people just like to have libraries in their houses for aesthetic purposes but real bookworms know what I’m talking about.

I’m sure there’s a hundred other signs and characteristics of bookworms out there, but these are the main ones I’ve gotten from my life as a literature fanatic. Feel free to comment with more and have a great week!

Diana Odero

Chapman University | 19 stories

Diana is a recent graduate of Chapman University having studied Graphic Design & Sociology. She is an international student from Kenya and is currently working in Atlanta. She is an adventurous person who views the world with an artistic eye. She loves to travel, to read & write, design, cook and meet new people. In addition to writing for The College Tourist she is also working on building her brand as a freelance designer and lifestyle writer. Check out Diana's blog .

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