As a bookworm, you may consider yourself a unique species. Recluse, introverted, and always looking for the next read – you exhibit behaviors peculiar to your kind. And if you’re a bona fide book aficionado, you’re likely to find the following eccentricities a part of your daily existence.
You hoard books and perform regular book hauling rituals
It doesn’t matter that you won’t have time nor energy to dig into all of your new buys. What matters is the ecstatic feeling you get when you receive a large package of books waiting to be discovered. The aroma, the binding, the fonts – all of this is ambrosia to you. Stacking your shelves and building your library is your raison d’être.
The Japanese have a special word ‘tsundoku’ for creating a giant reading pile of books without ever getting round to reading them. Your daily life is perfectly aligned with this tsundoku philosophy.
While on the road, your only concerns are of literary nature
When visiting an iconic destination, you always combine travel with your hobby and gravitate towards the local literary gems. For example, in Paris, you can’t be bothered about visiting the Eiffel Tower. Instead, you run to the Shakespeare and Company bookstore to find your next favorite read.
Also, your fellow travelers can forget about the Louvre because you’re going to eat at Hemingway’s favorite restaurant. And no, you won’t take any souvenirs back home because your suitcases are chock-full of hardbacks.
You compile endless lists of books and add them to your wish list
In psychology, there is a concept of alternative lives. These are lives that you would like to live, but won’t because there’s simply not enough time to be an astronomer, an artist, and an olympic athlete in eighty years or so. As a bookworm, you similarily inhabit a world of literary alternatives. There are millions of books out there, and you know you’re not going to read them all. You alleviate this existential anguish by creating wish lists of books and imagining how it would be to read them. In other words, Goodreads and Amazon are home to your unfulfilled literary desires.