I am a self-proclaimed bibliophile. As such, there are certain rules that fellow book nerds live by and things that only we would understand. If you frequently have an internal battle about which book to read next, hate when people claim the movie is better than the book, and officially have too many books for the bookshelves then you understand my plight and are indeed a fellow book nerd.
As such, there are certain rules that fellow book nerds live by and things that only we would understand. If you frequently have an internal battle about which book to read next, hate when people claim the movie is better than the book and have more books for the shelves to put them on then you and I can probably be friends.
Here are 3 things every book nerd will understand:
The power of the bargain priced section in a bookstore.
Barnes & Noble is probably best known for this. They usually have about 5 or 6 rows of bargain books in every store. You cannot consider yourself a book nerd if you don’t at least browse the shelves in the section. Whether I go into this bookstore for one particular book, to return something or meet someone; I always, always make a detour to the bargain-priced section. I feel that it is my duty to do so. Do you know the joy that one feels when they snag a really good book for under $5? When I was in Boston late last year, I found Toni Morrison’s Sula at Brattle Book Shop for $1. ONE DOLLAR. Do you comprehend the magnitude of such a thing? I knew then that I was blessed and no one could ever make me doubt the power of a great bargain book section in a bookstore ever again. EVER AGAIN.
The love of free books
I like to hoard books, especially when they’re bargain priced as we know. The only thing I like that better than that? Free books. Amazon has consistently treated me well when it comes to getting free books. I’m not talking about Kindle Unlimited or Kindle First. I am talking about plain old free books. No additional paid memberships required. I have actually discovered quite a few authors that I still read to this day this way. Most notably would be Delaney Diamond and Jennifer Lyon. A lot of times you’ll get the first book in a series for free. What happens when that first book was a good read? You’re now compelled to buy the remaining in the series.
The most important rule
#GrowingUpABookNerd, there was one important rule: always carry a book with you. I have never forgotten that and live by that rule up to this day. I get side eyes from my friends all the time because I have a book or my Kindle in my purse wherever we go.
Other things that every book nerd understands? The euphoric feeling of alone time, where you can stay up until 2 a.m. finishing up a really great book. Fellow book nerds also know that any and all extra money goes to books. It’s just the way of life and we’ve come to terms with it.