10 Weird Things Only Book Lovers Do

In many ways, book lovers are like normal people. We have friends and jobs and get by life like everyone else. But secretly, we bookworms are living in a magic world of books unknown to the muggles. When we are not reading (which is rare, TBH!) we are most definitely thinking about books, talking about books, dreaming about books, sniffing books, browsing books or buying books. Too much bookish banter? No one said ever! (atleast in our top secret, magic world).

Of course, with lots of magic comes a little bit of weirdness. So today I am going to spill the beans on some of the quirks of bookworms that are weird to non-bookish people but absolutely relatable to all book lovers.

What are some of the weird habits of all #booklovers? Here is a handy guide for all others to better understand the #bookworm in your life!

1. Cancelling plans to stay at home and read.

Not always, but sometimes the books are way more interesting than people. And honestly, there is just NEVER ENOUGH TIME to read, so we have to get our priorities straight 🤷‍♀️

2. Daydream about visiting beautiful libraries around the world and/or having your stunning personal library of the future.

Aren’t libraries just beautiful and magical? Being surrounded by all that literary goodness and smell of old books – its stuff bookish dreams are made up of!

3. Judging people and getting personally and deeply offended when someone says they don’t read that much

EXCUSE ME? You have never read anything except course books? Are you even human? How are you even living?!!

4. Read multiple books simultaneously

Not all readers do this, but most of us are well-versed in managing two paperbacks, one e-book and one hardcover at the same time, and knowing exactly what is going on in each one of them.

Weird things only book lovers do

5. Regularly freak out over how many books there are in the world (and how little time)

Do you know that there are 13o million books in the world? And even if I read 100 books an year for 70 years, I can only read 7000, and that’s not even 0.1% of all the books! Thank heavens I don’t let myself go down this rabbit hole too often.

6. Obsess about which books to take on a trip (and swap out clothes or other necessary items for books)

Books are an essential item on our packing lists. And when it comes to choosing just a few books for the next few days, the choice is almost impossible. What if I finish all of these 5 books in the next 2 days?!!

Weird things only book lovers do

7. Go into a book hangover after finishing a great book

It is like having to say goodbye to a very dear friend. Its hard 😢

8. Have intense emotional reactions while reading

This one is not exactly weird, but for some reason still startles people if I laugh out loud or let out a groan when reading… I mean, do people not know that books can be in fact MORE EMOTIONAL than visual media?

9. Using anything as a bookmark

Receipts, credit cards, bits of paper…anything works. Because dog-earing is not OK, and there are never enough bookmarks (or they keep on mysteriously disappearing)

10. Anticipating “mail-day” even though you’re already reading three books at once.

And your TBR list is never ending and your shelves are groaning under the weight of all the books you plan to read. Because there is no such thing as ENOUGH BOOKS!

Weird things only book lovers do

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Which of these do you relate with?

What are some of your weird bookish habits?

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10 Most Captivating Opening Lines ~ Top 10 Tuesday

The first lines of a book often set the stage for the reading experience. While there are many books which are worth the effort of plowing on even when the start is a bit slow and unattractive, there are others which have beckoned me with opening lines so artful that I could not help devouring them.

Here is a list of the 10 most captivating opening lines I’ve read through the years. Some of them are terrifying and creepy, some intriguing, and others simply gorgeously written. Enjoy!


It was a pleasure to burn.


I still remember the day my father took me to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time. It was the early summer of 1945, and we walked through the streets of a Barcelona trapped beneath ashen skies as dawn poured over Rambla de Santa Mo´nica in a wreath of liquid copper


If I have learned anything in this long life of mine, it is this: In love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.


When a body goes down in Lake Tahoe, they say, it does not rise again.


It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.


It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York.


Far out in the uncharted backwaters of the unfashionable end of the western spiral arm of the Galaxy lies a small unregarded yellow sun. Orbiting this at a distance of roughly ninety-two million miles is an utterly insignificant little blue green planet whose ape-descended life forms are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.


The first person I met in England was a hallucination. I brought her with me, onboard the serene ocean liner that had carried my numb, grief-haunted self from New York to
Southampton


When I was seven, I found a door.

I suspect I should capitalize that word, so you understand I’m not talking about your garden- or common-variety door
that leads reliably to a white-tiled kitchen or a bedroom closet.


It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

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Its Monday! What are you reading? ~ 25 May 2020

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? a place to meet up and share what you have been, and are about to be reading over the week. It’s a great post to organise yourself. It’s an opportunity to visit and comment and er… add to your groaning TBR pile! So welcome in everyone. This meme started on J Kaye’s blog and then was hosted by Sheila from Book Journey. Sheila then passed it on to Kathryn at The Book Date.

Hey there book nerds!

Its the last week of May, and once again I can’t believe how fast this month is flying away, but also how long each day seems to last. Its a sort of irony I really can’t wrap my head around.

I have been reading at a feverish pace this entire month, and I think I am hitting a sliiiiiight slump. I’m still reading a lot, but I’m not really deriving the same pleasure from it anymore. I’m planning to shake things up by picking up a non-fiction, as that is something that gets me back on track.

Related: How to Get Out of a Reading Slump| 10 Tips and Tricks

WHAT I READ LAST WEEK

WHAT I AM READING NOW

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

The book that started the Quiet Revolution

At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts, Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak, that we owe many of the great contributions to …more

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway, a duel between two young …more

UP NEXT

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

Rear Window meets Get Out in this gripping thriller from a critically acclaimed and New York Times Notable author, in which the gentrification of a Brooklyn neighborhood takes on a sinister new meaning…

Sydney Green is Brooklyn born and raised, but her beloved neighborhood seems to change every time she blinks. Condos are sprouting like weeds, FOR SALE signs are popping up …more

Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six: The band’s album Aurora came to define the rock ‘n’ roll era of the late seventies, and an entire generation of girls wanted to grow up to be Daisy. But no one knows the reason behind the group’s split on the night of their final concert at Chicago Stadium on July 12, 1979 . . . until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the la …more

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Japan’s most highly regarded novelist now vaults into the first ranks of international fiction writers with this heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, an account of a disintegrating marriage, and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II.

In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds …more

LAST WEEK’S POSTS


What are you reading now? What do you plan to read next?

Link you #IMWAYR posts below and I will check them out.

The Apartment by K.L. Slater | Book Review

Title: The Apartment
Author: K.L. Slater
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Publish Date: April 28, 2020
# of Pages: 266
Rating: 3/5
Buy it*: The Apartment by K.L. Slater

The Apartment – Synopsis

It’s an opportunity she can’t refuse. The woman before her tried…

When Freya Miller and her daughter Skye are presented with an opportunity to live in a beautiful apartment at Adder House at a shockingly low rent, she cannot believe her luck. With her life in a disarray after her husband’s death, this sounds like a miracle, the very thing she needed to turn her life over. Little did she know that the price she will be paying might be her sanity and her freedom. As she attempts to unravel the mysteries of her new abode, Freya is forced to face the dark secrets of the Adder House residents to protect her 5 year old daughter.

My Honest Review of The Apartment

After reading and thoroughly enjoying Little Whispers by Slater, I was compelled to check out another book by her. Though an enjoyable and fast-paced read, The Apartment did not quite come up to the mark.

The overall plot of the story was interesting – a mystery apartment, a seemingly too generous landlord, an eccentric group of neighbors, occurrences with a paranormal flavour, and a single mother-daughter due caught in the middle. The climax, though not mind-blowing, was not very predictable, although you since it is not a fantasy/paranormal genre book, you can guess that it has to do something with someone pulling a sick stunt. The mystery remains in the “whodunnit”, and more importantly why.

What nagged me about the book was the naivety of the protagonist, Freya. She was handed an opportunity that looks too good to be true – an apartment that she could not even dream to afford living in, at a dirt-cheap rent. And what does do, she accepts it without second though, without any research, thanking her stars.

The Landlord goes to the extent of reimbursing their to and fro cabs to look at the apartment, their moving expenses, and gives expensive gifts to their daughter, but she does not suspect any ill-will. Am I too paranoid when I say that I would, at the very least, feel a tinge of suspicion?

That being said, I still enjoyed the overall story, its narration and the climax. The mystery of why would any of the apartment inhabitants go through such painstaking efforts to drive Freya to insanity kept me going, and the climax was not even close to what I could have thought. The narration was also interesting, with an alternate but anonymous PoV running alongside the main story, with snippets from somebody’s journal.

The Verdict

The Apartment was an enjoyable read with an interesting story-line, but the unconvincing characters made for an overall average read.

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First Lines Friday, Friday 56 and Book Blogger Hop ~ 22 May 2020

First Lines Friday

Today’s FIRST LINES are from a recent read – The Ten Thousand Doors of January by Alix E. Harrow.

It wasn’t really on my TBR for this month, or even for the next few weeks, but it has one of those starting lines that pulled me in right away, so now I am reading it 😅 And it is so worth it! It’s been so long since I read such a magical book, and I am loving every minute of it.

P.S. Look at the absolutely stunning cover!😍

When I was seven, I found a door.

I suspect I should capitalize that word, so you understand I’m not talking about your garden- or common-variety door that leads reliably to a white-tiled kitchen or a bedroom closet.

When I was seven, I found a Door. There—look how tall and proud the word stands on the page now, the belly of that D like a black archway leading into white nothing. When you see that word, I imagine a little prickle of familiarity makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Alix E. Harrow, The Ten Thousand Doors of January

Friday 56 by Freda’s Voice

RULES:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to Page 56 or 56% on your ereader.
If you have to improvise, that is okay.
*Find a snippet, short and sweet.
*Post it, and add the url to your post in the Linky below.

My FRIDAY 56 is from Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. It is so different from the kind of books I usually read, but I think I got swept by the hype that surrounded it. Sadly, this one was not my cup of tea AT ALL.

With each roll of film, however, she began to understand more and more how a photograph was put together, what it could do and what it could not, just how far you could stretch and twist it. Although she did not know at that time all of this was training her to be the photographer she would become..

Celeste Ng, Little Fires Everywhere
Book Blogger Hop

If you own an eBook, would you also purchase a print copy as well? (submitted by Tabatha @ Broken Soul Reviews)

YES! I am a through and through physical books lover. Of course, digital formats have their own advantages, and I do make that choice on many occasions, but nothing really beats the smells and satisfying weight of physical books.

Since digital versions are cheaper and take up less space, I do end up reading a lot of them, especially lately. But once I decide I really like a book, one that I might like to re-read in future, or has a gorgeous cover or beautiful prose that I would like to look at in print, I go ahead and buy its print copy as well.


What are your current reads? Share the first lines of your current reads in comments!