10 Things You Should NEVER Say To A Bookworm

So quite a while back now I had a rather unpleasant encounter with one of my teachers at my old school… Quite ironically, the little witch (that word would usually start with a different letter) taught me English… And although I usually respect my elders, and of course teachers belong to that ‘category’ – she evokes a feeling of hatred and apathy for all things English related when I see her wonderfully sickening bright green coat appear on the horizon (although this year the coat seemed to have been replaced with a slightly toned down grey one – my eyes are thankful for whatever happened for her to make that change).

During a meeting of this particularly rude individual with my father and I, she seemed it was entirely appropriate to say that I am by far too studious, and reading (and blogging) is not a hobby I should not be doing as it “is not relaxing and you should think about doing sports such as tennis or swimming”.

i beg your pardon julie andrews

I couldn’t help it, I got defensive and proceeded to tell her that blogging and reading are perfectly good hobbies which are more beneficial, and potentially life-saving (seeing as I have yet to master the art of swimming) than her choices off pastime whilst making a mental note to ignore her future “advice”.

But the moment I got back home, I was somewhat inspired So I guess sometimes good things do come out of awful situations, go figure.


So here are 10 things you shouldn’t say to a bookworm based on my own experience…

10. “Ew, you read? Isn’t that like, boring?” 

Yes, yes, I do – and your invalid opinion will do nothing to change that. Also, since when is visiting other countries or maybe even dimensions boring?

09. “Don’t you have enough books? No more books for you.” 

If you try to stop me from placing 12 new books on my TBR…. well, good luck to you my friend because you’re in for a quest and a bit… it’s not going to be a fun one either. Please just don’t try, for your own good and my sanity.

08. “What’s your favourite book?”

You mean my favourite 20? You do not understand I cannot pick just one. That’s almost like  much worse than picking a favourite child. I can give you maybe a top 3-5 from each genre? That will have to suffice. Buckle up, we’re gonna be here for a long while.

07. “Oh that title, I watched the film instead/ prefered the film…”

Whilst you get a bit of credit in my eyes if this particular title is one of my favourites it is unlikely that I am going to applaud you for not realising that the book is most probably much, much better. Or that a book existed to begin with. Or denying the fact that the book might be better because films tend to miss out the best bits and generally don’t tend to convey everything the book does in a satisfying way? (Honestly directors and casting crew, I beg you… get your crap together – I’d much rather watch a perfect adaptation after waiting a long time for it, even if it meant sitting in the cinema for a solid four hours and paying an exorbitant amount, that’s the sacrifice I’d be willing to make to watch my favourite titles come to life before me.)

06.

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I mean yes, we all get intimidated by big books sometimes. But that sort of reaction? Nu uh. We see a big book, we conquer it and move onto the next one – it’s like a mountain you see, you don’t just plonk your ass down half way and be done with it. You climb that mountain to the bloody peak and take in the view (even though in the bookworm’s case the view is the TBR pile which has slowly taken over all the floor room in every room of the house…)

05. “Wait… wait, you skipped that party on Friday to read?”

You mean you skipped reading time to get wasted and have a hangover the next day? Yeah… not my idea of fun. Thanks but no thanks, you’re dismissed.

04. “I prefer *insert book format here*”

Well isn’t that great, now consider this: I read all of them…. I know, I know. A wild concept that may be. But ebooks are great to take everywhere with me on a daily basis, my Kindle is my child and I actually cried real tears when my old Kindle broke. Paperbacks, well I have so many of them it seems like I like them, they smell good and are generally an alright substitute for the kings of the book formats (or at least in my opinion) the HARDBACKS. If I could afford it (but then who can when they’re broke and going to stay that way for the foreseeable future given the fact that they’re departing into studentland in the next two years) I would have an entire library full of just hardbacks. But we can’t always have what we want, so we make do. Now shh and consider the fact that not everyone is you.

03. “I want you to read *insert title here* chapters 1-whatever for homework, due next week”

DON’T. Please I beg you, don’t torture me so. School has ruined so many books for me like that, starting with The Woman In Black and ending with Tuck Everlasting and Private Peaceful from good ol’ Year 7 Reading Lists – this is the primary reason I dropped English when going to study A-Levels… other than the fact that it’d be useless in the areas I want to go into in the future.

02. “Uhm…I don’t know where the book you let me borrow is / I’m sorry, it’s a bit ripped/stained/bent/crinkled.”

Honestly at this point just keep it, unless it has been ruined by the tears of baby Jesus and the blood of a pegasus (yes, both are required) just don’t bother returning it. Also, do not expect me to let you borrow another book ever again, not after I misplaced my trust in your abilities to not ruin them – especially if this is one of my signed editions. When I let you borrow a book – just know that this is probably one of the utmost levels of trust I could give you, don’t make me regret it.

01. “IT’S JUST A BOOK”

Yeah, no. That’s where you’re wrong my friend. books are adventure.gif

And no, I will not stop crying, or smiling like a slightly crazed mental asylum inhabitant from the 1800s whilst reading. That’s how I tell the good books from the great books, okay? You’re going to have to accept that. And book hangovers are a thing too, let me experience them.


So this post was a result of a slightly annoyed me, but it also allowed me to vent my anger and channel it into my reading/bookworm pet peeves so that was actually quite nice of it.

Do you have any bookish pet peeves or have you been on the receiving end of any of those phrases? How do you deal with annoying people who don’t understand your love for reading? Tell me in the comments below 🙂

Why do I go MIA?

(and some tips for the  unlucky souls who take exams) 

So lately (and previously) I’ve pretty much been AWOL for weeks at a time… BUT – this time, I am proud to say I had a legitimate reason for not posting; namely a French exam derek hale - dramatic sigh

which I may or may not have actually procrastinated preparing for until it was basically too late. But hey, they say hope is a very good thing to have and I guess in this case; me hoping for a good grade despite studying for about two days worked ( ***Disclaimer: I do not recommend you do this or even try to  – it is a bad habit end usually ends in a lot of stress which you have to agree is better to avoid. So please start looking at whatever you have to study for AT LEAST a few days or so before the actual date of the exam unless you like pulling frantic all-nighters.***)

Fortunately for me, it turned out alright and I came back home smiling like a complete idiot with the knowledge that I could parle français enough to get me an A* which is amazing, all things considered.wahey

So, because of my obvious exam handling prowess (note: heavy sarcasm) I decided it might be a good idea to share a few tips which actually work for me when studying for an exam and some based on my own mistakes during previous exams despite it not really fitting in with my bookish theme…

5 exam tips that may be useful to you based on my experience:

  1. So I am a hypocrite in saying this but REVISE, seriously, take some time and prioritize revision, because it is important and it does help in whatever subject you may be studying whether it be history, English Lit. or languages. ALWAYS make sure to actively revise any notes you have taken – reading doesn’t always work for people; try different ways of revision and find the way which work for you – I found a useful list of ways to revise here.
  2. CHECK ANY RESOURCES YOU ARE GIVEN IN THE EXAM; extra loose sheets, that kind of thing – unfortunately speaking from experience, I managed to lose a lot of marks because I did not think to turn over a sheet we were given; which my nerve-wrecked brain assumed was rough working paper- and who needs that when there’s plenty of space inside the exam itself, right? WRONG. There was two questions on the back of it… with easy marks which would have brought my grade up had I done them. Luckily, I did that in a mock exam; but it was a lesson that has stayed with me…
  3. DO NOT DO ALL-NIGHT REVISION SESSIONS – unless you are a vampire, ghost, some supernatural creature and/or do not sleep for whatever reason. Your brain will need to rest. Do not try to make excuses and say you’ll just “drink some coffee/ energy drink” and you’ll be “fine”. Because it very rarely works out very well and you might end up with an even worse grade than you would have had you gone to sleep instead of staying up all night trying to study.
  4. EAT. Whilst it may not seem like a good idea to your queasy feeling stomach. Your brain will need more food than usual due to increased activity. Of course, try to make this food relatively healthy – but who am I to judge if you choose to eat a tub of ice-cream or an entire bar of chocolate to treat yourself whilst revising, because it is hard work.
  5. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF. If you say you can, you most probably will. Know what you want to achieve, aim high and do not listen to people who tell you otherwise because at the end of the day, even if you don’t reach that sky-high target, you’ll still be pretty damn high and you should be proud of that.

And that’s that I guess. I hope at least a few of these are relatively useful.

Do you have any exam-handling tips/ tricks that you use? Feel free to share them below 🙂

“There is No Elevator to Success. You Have to Take the Stairs”

Jody Hedlung