7 Signs Your Reading Addiction Has Reached The Intervention Level

7 Signs Your Reading Addiction Has Reached The Intervention Level

Are you one of the people who would rather have their nose in a book than go out on the town?
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If you are one of those people who somehow achieved the status of “bookworm” amongst your peers at any point in your life, this article probably applies to you. The feel of a worn-in book with its slightly cracked spine and barely-there folds in the corners is one of the most beautiful things you can imagine. The perfectly smooth gloss every new book seems to have, catching the light on the shelf, will never not be amazing. That smell that clings to the pages but no one can actually describe is one of your favorite things out there. It is these seemingly insignificant things that mean absolutely everything to those of us who cannot seem to be without a book. Whether we go by “bookworm,” “nerd,” or “the quiet one,” we can basically be summed up by the simple term "reading addict." If you fear you may be harboring this particular addiction, I have compiled a list of signs, for your reference, to determine just how serious this little book addiction of yours is.

1. Only one more chapter…oh wait, it’s 4 a.m.

This classic symptom of a reading addiction has happened to the best of us. No matter how important the event of the next day is -- a make-or-break exam, an interview that will determine the rest of your life, or even just an elaborate day out with friends -- somehow we manage to convince ourselves that reading until nearly dawn won’t affect us the next day. When you have already been pulled so deeply into the pages of a book, it’s nearly impossible to put it down and accept the fact that it is probably time for bed.

2. Sorry, I can’t come out tonight, I have plans.

You know you have sunk to a new low in your reading addiction when curling up into an armchair with a blanket and a good book sounds infinitely better than joining your friends on their nightly adventures. At this point you have probably turned down more frat parties than you can even count because of that hardcover on your nightstand calling your name. Honestly though, the choice between the two is always unbelievably easy to make.

3. I’m broke, but I can probably afford that book.

Grocery money is impossible to scrounge up even when you have been living on pasta for two weeks, but placing an online order for a couple of new novels does seem perfectly rational. Paying for utilities is the worst part of your month, but there is always a little pocket change for a thrift store book. Buying toothpaste seems so wasteful, but when you pass the book rack, you can definitely manage to get at least a few. Yes, you have a problem, my friend.

4. My homework can definitely wait.

Even if there is a pile of homework waiting on your desk about a mile high, nothing sounds as important as brewing a cup of tea and opening your book up on the bed. That paper, exam tomorrow, and group presentation practice can absolutely be put off until a little later. Even the assigned reading for your theory class sounds utterly horrible compared with the book you picked up from the library on your way home from class.

5. Yes, reading truly is the best way to relax.

We all deal with what seems like some seriously unbearable amounts of stress on a daily basis. The difference is how we deal with it. Some people take a candlelit bath, some play hours upon hours of online video games, and some down a bottle of wine and a bag of chocolates. Then you have the reading addicts of the world. Those of us who belong to this classification have found no better way to wind down and relieve the tension than to immerse ourselves in a life that is not our own.

6. Watching movies has become a depressing experience.

When we hear that one of our favorite books is being adapted into a movie we usually have one of two reactions. One: “I seriously can’t wait; this is going to be amazing!” Or two: “Great, this is about to ruin everything.” The unfortunate truth is that movies generally just cannot live up to the books they were based on. While it may be an outstanding movie, the people who have read the book will only be able to pick out the differences that the rest of the moviegoers don’t even know are there. The movie we create in our own heads as we read can be incredibly hard to one-up, even with Hollywood special effects.

7. Lending out your books can be unbearably painful.

Those of us who grow attachments to the books we love so much we actually bought them might have one or two people we are comfortable lending them out to, but the line stops there. No matter how friendly and responsible the guy next to you in your writing class is, if he suddenly asks to borrow the book you have been discussing, every other thing you would rather do flashes through your mind. You would think of things such as crushing your hand in a car door, stepping on a Lego, stubbing your toe on a sharp metal bed-frame, or basically any other equally awful event. The possibility of your beloved book being lost or irrevocably damaged is enough to make anyone cringe away from the thought of lending it out to someone you couldn’t trust with your life.

While there are many ways to come to the conclusion that you are, in fact, a reading addict, these signs might be some extremely strong indicators. When you find a book so fantastic you can hardly even put it down, you know you have found a treasure that is all your own, at least during those times you are buried deep in its pages. People who love to read have a truly rich life because they have lived hundreds of lives within their own, with the help of authors from all over the world and from all throughout time. Reading should never be taken for granted, but celebrated as a way to view the world from nearly endless perfection.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.

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Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.


I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.


I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.


As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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