8 Secrets About Book Lovers

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More often than not, when I say, “I’m going to bed,” what I really mean is, “I’m going to read.” I curl beneath my covers with my puggle at my feet and a book between my fingertips.

This is, most definitely, my happy place. For me, there’s nothing like a book to provide escape, quiet, and “me time.”

When I was a teacher, I could spot the book lovers in my classroom. 

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They weren’t always the students to whom reading came easy, but they were the kids that couldn’t put a book down, were annoyed when I interrupted their reading for any reason (Even lunch! Or recess!), and the ones that got a glimmer in their eyes or a settled, peaceful look about them as they cracked open a book.

I knew that look, and I knew that feeling, and those kids stole a spot in my heart every single time I saw—or felt—either one.

So outside of the classroom, how do you spot the book lovers in your life or know for sure that you are one? Here are 8 Secrets About Books Lovers.

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1. Any conversation can be entered, left, or changed with a book reference. A book lover’s three little words are: “I once read …”

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2. Being in the middle of one book has absolutely nothing to do with whether or not you buy a new one.

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3. That stack of books on your nightstand? Revolving, but permanent.

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4. Finding out whether a new friend loves to read or not is a game changer. True story.

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5. Finding out that you're in love with the same book or author ranks high on the swoon scale.

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6. There’s no gift like a book or a gift card to a bookstore. #booksareagirlsbestfriend

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7. “Staying up too late” is not the same thing as “reading late into the night.”

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8. Getting to a good part of a book is the same thing as “do not disturb” or “see you on the flip side.” 

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Are you a book lover? Which one of these tells you so and what would you add to our list?

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8 Secrets About Book Lovers

Galit Breen is the bestselling author of Kindness Wins, a simple guide to teaching your child to be kind online; the TEDx Talk, “Raising a digital kid without having been one”; the online course Raise Your Digital Kid™; and the Facebook group The Savvy Parents Club. She believes you can get your child a phone and still create a grass-beneath-their-bare-feet childhood for them. Galit’s writing has been featured on The Huffington Post; The Washington Post; Buzzfeed; TIME; and more. She liv ... More

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3 comments

  1. Arnebya says:

    Dinner being late (or burned) because you were reading IS a “real” reason. All 8 of these pertain to me and my oldest daughter. When she was younger, she would go out for recess with a book and sit on a wall under a tree. Even now, at 13, her preference is to go to the school library rather than go outside (we do tend to make her engage sometimes though because run, jump, enjoy the air. Oh, you’re on THAT part of that book? Never mind, I get it).

  2. gfeld says:

    I don’t stop reading once I start. That is the reason my husband denied my request to let me open a library card, lol! My mother, g-d bless her, hands me some books and magazines when she finishes them.

  3. mommy nhoj says:

    I like to read but I think I do not read enough. Reasons? I do not have access to books right now and most of my books were left overseas! I can relate to spot the book lovers! I used to have a medical doctor in a pharmaceutical company and he is a doctor. I cannot understand it at first why does he bring the books with him in a meeting. Indeed he can’t read them but sometimes, he made some flips. Or maybe he wants to share indirectly what he is reading or maybe he just find comfort in bringing them in. Reading this article made me miss my books and those times that I wont get to sleep until I reached the last page 🙂

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