Today I have a special guest on my blog: my fabulous friend Jenny Hansen. When she told me she would like to blog about bookworms, I was all over that idea. Why? Because I am the biggest, hopeless-times-ten bookworm. Books rule my life. They rule my mood. They even rule what I eat! I choose books over sleep, over going out with friends, over going shopping. Gasp! I know, right?
So there you have it. Bookworms are awesome. Ask Jenny – she will tell ya!
by Jenny Hansen
Bookworms have been devouring books for as long as they can remember – for story, for new worlds and new ideas. Their To Be Read piles are taller than a small child. Their favorite authors and characters become friends.
I flat out love books and every writer I know feels the same. And bookworms find other bookworms. They simply must, so they can find out about more cool books.
If you are a bookworm, there are things that I know about you that I don’t know about the other readers I meet:
1. I know you read odd things in odd places.
If you are stuck somewhere without a book, you will begin reading any words available – shampoo bottles, food labels, billboard signs. Whatever. Books and magazines are preferred, but in a pinch, any words will smooth your soul.
2. You read by flashlight in bed at night when you were a child.
When your person-in-charge confiscated it, you waited 5 minutes before pulling the back-up light from its crafty hidey-hole. If they were on to you and confiscated the back-up, you tilted the pages to try to read by the light from the hall.
3. When a book touches you, it is a safe bet that you will not only remember the details of that story, characters, etc…you will also remember where you were the first time you read it and what you were doing that day.
4. I am certain that if you named 10 best friends from the various periods of your life (and were being honest), at least half of them would be book characters or the authors who wrote them.
5. You have different books for different moods.
These are your go-to books when you’re in the grip of overwhelming emotion. You keep reading through that stash of books until the feeling gets a little more manageable.
6. Piles of free books by your most cherished authors gives you that same zing of attraction that you felt the first time you saw your true love.
7. When you meet your favorite author(s), your tongue gets tied in knots and the idea of speaking to them gives you an extreme physical reaction. (I blush, nearly every time.)
8. You have rituals associated with your books.
Whether it’s the way you clean them, sort them, store them or lend them, there is something particular you do with your books. And it makes you feel happy and peaceful when you look at your books after you’ve done it.
(For me, it’s the way I order them and which shelf or room they’re in. My husband knows: don’t be moving my books without telling me. It morphs me into the Devil Wife.)
9. On the touchy subject of lending…bookworms are quite particular about loaning their books.
I know that when someone borrows a treasured book from you and doesn’t return it – or worse, passes it on to someone else without asking you first – your friendship with them changes.
You’re probably still their friend, but you’ll either “forget” to loan them books in the future or you buy a copy from the used bookstore as a back-up and loan them that. There is an A-List of book-borrowers in your life and you love to have coffee with these people.
10. When a book touches your spirit and transports you to a place you’ve never been, it’s not uncommon for you to read the last page, turn the book over and start at Page 1 because you can’t bear to say goodbye to the characters yet.
There are more things that I know about bookworms and their reading habits but I’d love to hear from all of you. What are your favorite books? Do you have book rituals? (If so, what are they?)
Are you a bookworm? What book format do you prefer: ebook or a paperback? Do you hide from your family or/and friends so you can read? Come on, spill!
About Jenny Hansen
By day, Jenny provides training and social media marketing for an accounting firm. By night she writes humor, memoir, women’s fiction and short stories. After 15 years as a corporate software trainer, she’s delighted to sit down while she works.
When she’s not at her personal blog, More Cowbell, Jenny can be found on Twitter at JennyHansenCA or at Writers In The Storm. Jenny also writes the Risky Baby Business posts at More Cowbell, a series that focuses on babies, new parents and high-risk pregnancy.
Psssst… I want to add something to this post: Jenny is a totally technical chick. She really knows the stuff. I’m hopeless when it comes to technology. If you are too, or if you want to learn more, you need to follow Jenny and check out her classes in WANA International, especially the Microsoft OneNote class Monday, March 24th. I highly recommend reading Jenny’s blog post about OneNote. It’s fascinating!