Habits Every Bibliophile Has Even If They Won't Admit It

20 Odd Habits Every Bibliophile Has Even If They Won't Admit It

"Just one more chapter..."

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If you are a lover of books, then you know that there are many things that you enjoy that non-readers will not understand. Ask any bibliophile and they probably can relate to at least five of the things on this list. Bibliophiles are almost like their own species; they share certain traits and traditions. Book-lovers have habits that can sometimes appear strange to outsiders, but we're really just a misunderstood people who refuse to admit that we have an overly intense love of reading.

1. Smelling books

Okay, I know this sounds weird, but books (especially old books) have this smell. And it's amazing. It smells like history and old paper. There's something about it that makes you want to read every book ever.

2. Creating an absurdly long to-be-read list 

And then buying new books and having to add those to the list. It is ever growing and you probably will never get through all of them.

3. Judging people based on their books (or lack thereof)

Yes, judging people based on their books is a thing. We can't help it, it's second nature. The presence of books in someone's house or apartment or dorm is one of the first things I notice. If you have none, I immediately question your sanity.

4. Packing more books than clothes when going on vacation

And having to worry about going over the weight limit of the airline because books are really freaking heavy. But you never know how fast you're going to be able to read books and on vacation you have plenty of free time so you have to bring a lot. Just in case.

5. Giving overly detailed summaries when asked about what you're reading

I will either only tell you the title or give you the entire story. There's no in-between. And if I do give you a summary, it will likely take me at least 10 minutes and will rarely be objective. You will know my opinion on every character and the plot by the end of it.

6. Feeling "out of it" and not knowing what to do once you finish a book

Sometimes I will literally just sit there and stare at a wall after finishing a book. It was either so good that I cannot believe I finished it and there's no more left to read. Or it was so devastating that I am actually emotionally drained from reading it. I call it the post-book haze.

7. Reading multiple books at once

It's not as difficult to keep all the plots straight as people think it is. Usually they are all very different stories and reading more than one book at once can be fascinating. This is especially common when reading a book for school as well as wanting to read a book for your own personal enjoyment.

8. Pulling an all-nighter to finish a book because you just can't wait until the morning

The amount of times you say "just one more chapter" is absurd and eventually you realize that it's morning. Trying to wait until the morning to finish a book would most likely just result in not being able to sleep because you keep thinking about the story. It just makes more sense to stay up and finish it.

9. Spending hours on hours in a bookstore or library

Leave me at Barnes & Noble and come back like four hours later and I will not be remotely bored. The best is Strand in NYC though. Three stories of books plus dozens of shelves outside with books for $5 or less. I could spend days in that place.

10. Being very particular about how your bookshelf is organized

There's hundreds of ways people can organize their book shelves. Alphabetical by title, alphabetical by author, in color order, in the order that you bought them or read them, etc. But what stays the same amongst every reader is that they are super particular about how their shelves are arranged. If you move something out of place, they will know and will probably be upset about it.

11. Having ridiculously strong feelings about book to movie adaptations

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About 95% of the time, the book is better than the movie or TV series. Books have the ability to provide more detail and give a fuller story. Rarely is a book properly converted into a film. For example, while the Harry Potter movies are amazing, can you imagine if we had gotten a full TV series of it? Each book a season, each chapter an episode, we would have hours of Harry Potter footage and there would be much more attention to detail.

12. Creating playlists for specific books (or just reading in general)

Or even better, when the book has a playlist for it already made on Spotify and you can just listen to it as you read. It makes the book feel even more real and allows you to fully immerse yourself in the story.

13. Reading like 10 books in a week or not reading for 13498 years

This divide is especially true with the change from the school year to the summer. During school, people rarely have time to read books when they want to and when they do it is few and far between. The summer, however, is a book-lover's dream. Endless time to just read and read. You can devour books every day.

14. Getting excited about going to used bookstores

There's something incredible about used, old books. There is a story on top of the story already written in the pages. There is also the tale of the person who owned that book before or of the time period in which it was originally printed. The people who tend to own used bookshops tend to be interesting characters themselves as well.

15. Lending out books like you're a library...

There's nothing bibliophiles love more than being asked for book recommendations. It is asking us to tell you about our favorite thing and you wanting our opinion is also something to be admired. We will give you piles of books from our shelves without question if we think you will like them.

16. ...but being irrationally angry if the books don't get returned to you

Hell hath no fury like a book-lover scorned. If you do not give the books back to use, or give them back damaged, we will be so mad. And it definitely is irrational, but we don't care, it's like if we were to take your favorite pair of shoes and dip them in mud and dirt and then give them back.

17. Asking for books for literally every holiday and birthday

Yes, I want books for my birthday and Christmas. I know how boring that sounds, but that's what I want. You don't question people when they ask for video games, are books really so different?

18. Having a book (or two) with you at all times

It's rare that I leave the house without a book, there's always one in my backpack or my car. And if I don't have the ability to physically carry one, I can access one on my phone. You always need to have something to do just in case you get bored or have to wait somewhere for something.

19. Illegally reading books online when you can't wait long enough to buy it or don't have enough money to

It's like watching pirated movies online except you read books that were illegally uploaded to websites. It is quite possibly the most nerdy thing in the world. It's amazing for when you need to read the sequel to a book right now and can't wait to get to a store and buy it yourself.

20. Feeling like you want to implode when you realize that it is impossible for you to read every book 

There's no way to do it; it would take approximately 60,000 years to read every book cataloged in the library of congress and that is not counting books that will continue to be published and undocumented books. It pains readers everywhere that they cannot enjoy the works of all the great authors to ever live, but we still get to enjoy a good couple hundreds of books, and that is good enough for us.

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The Horrible Tale of Medusa

Medusa is known as a monster, but what led a beautiful and faithful servant girl to turn into a snake monster?
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One of the most popular beings from Greek mythology is not even a god or a monster; she is actually a cursed woman who is a victim to a horrendous crime. Her name meant "guardian" and "protectress." Her tale shows the cruelty of the Greek gods and how mankind is nothing but items to the gods. Medusa is known as a woman with snakes for hair and a gaze that turns men into stone. But who knows the truth behind this woman? This is her story.

Medusa was a priestess to the goddess Athena, the virgin goddess of wisdom and battle. One requirement to be a priestess for Athena is that the young woman must be a virgin and give her life to the goddess. One day, Poseidon, the god of the Sea and rival to Athena, saw Medusa and decided to humiliate Athena by raping the priestess on the steps of Athena's temple. Poseidon vanished after he was done and left Medusa vulnerable and weak.

Medusa prayed to Athena for guidance and forgiveness. After all, in those days, the gods claimed their mates as their partner forever, and Medusa was now Poseidon's wife. Athena looked down in anger and cursed Medusa for betraying her. Medusa was sent to a faraway island and was cursed so that no man would want her. She was given chicken legs, giant metal wings, cracked skin, madness, and her signature snake hair and stone eyes. Medusa was now a monster woman.

Medusa was banished from civilization to an island by herself. She was alone and only saw men chase her, trying to kill her. She looked at them in fear and saw them turn to stone in front of them. She was scared of her powers and angry at the gods for cursing her. She took her revenge on the men that were sent to kill her. Anybody who took one step on her island were marked now for death at the hands of the Gorgon Medusa.

Years later and many men later, Perseus came to the island with a shield from Athena, flying shoes from Hermes and a sword and crown from Zeus. He outsmarted Medusa and cut off her head to take back with him to save his mother from marrying a jerk. From Medusa's body came a winged horse, Pegasus, and a golden warrior named Chrysaor. Many years later, Perseus presented the head of Medusa to Athena, who took the severed head and turned it into an ultimate shield with a metal head of Medusa terrifying many enemies with a single look.

Medusa was a loyal woman who spent her youth training to become a priestess to a goddess she worshiped and believed was the strongest of all the Olympians. Athena also liked Medusa because Medusa was a beautiful woman who chose the goddess instead of any man. However, the immortal feud between Athena and Poseidon affects much more than just those two; it splits Olympus and ruins many lives.

Their feud has 3 main spikes: the representative of Athens, the events with Odysseus, and the claiming of Medusa. Medusa, after being raped, was cursed for betraying her goddess. Medusa's destiny was a harsh one she had no control over. However, she does spend all her life with Athena, as she protects her goddess against many foes. So, in a twisted series of events, Medusa fulfills her role of protecting Athena. However, it also led to snakes hating mankind for worshiping the Olympians. This is one story that shows the cruelty of the Greek Gods.

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11 Of The Most Influential Books Ever, According To My Friends

I asked my friends for one book that changed their lives. Here are their responses.

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With it finally being summer, I decided to compile a reading list that tops all other reading lists. This is no ordinary list of books. I asked some of my dearest friends and most important people in my life for one book that changed their lives and why. I'm no expert but behold, the most powerful list of books on the face of the planet.

Disclaimer: participants in this survey were put on the spot and these are their raw, unedited, some serious, and some funny responses.

1. "The Summer I Turned Pretty" trilogy by Jenny Han

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"'The Summer I Turned Pretty' trilogy made me realize that my perception of myself does not necessarily match the perception of others who know me or meet me. The books helped me understand that not only is my opinion of myself extremely important but that I need to be kind to everyone I meet because I can't possibly know what is going on in their lives."

2. "I'll Give You The Sun" by Jandy Nelson

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"It genuinely changed my life, not in some big impactful way, but I think about it almost every day and have read it probably five or six times. Plus, it's 300-400 pages, so not a light read. It's about twins, boy and girl, told from each perspective, once when they're 12-years-old from the boy and 16-years-old from the girl. The boy is super into art and the girl used to be popular, but then became the quirky girl that loves ghosts. I'm super passionate about art and spirits have always been cool to me so the topics are perfect. It's just about their life in the rocky beaches of Northern California and it's just soooo cool. The writing is beautiful and I can easily depict all of it. It just fits my vibe as a person and I can read it a million times and never get bored because the plot is so good and the writing is just WOW!"

"I also have a strong personal connection to the sun, so the name really sticks out to me and makes me so genuinely happy. I'm so in love with this book that I want to name my children after it, want twins because of it, and may even get a tattoo because of it. I'm considering ordering a second copy of it to write and draw in because I cannot taint the original one I read. This book is like a bible to me and I love it more than anything and recommend it 100000%."

"It also gave me a strong connection to family, nature, art, dead relatives/ghosts, and myself. Like, wow, thank you, Jandy for changing my life."

3. "The Screwtape Letters" by C.S. Lewis

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"In high school, I read 'The Screwtape Letters' for an assignment, but ended up reading the book again in college. It altered the way I thought and perceived things and from a completely opposite point of view. It made me realize or think about how the things I was doing could possibly not even be my choice, but whatever I was influenced by."

4. "Where the Red Fern Grows" by Wilson Rawls

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"I read 'Where the Red Fern Grows' in 6th grade and I finished it within a week. I had always been a big reader in elementary school, but it was mostly for the ever-cool AR points. This book was the first one that ever made me feel something. So much that I cried in the middle of class."

5. "After" by Anna Todd

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"'After' is the best book because it taught me true love, blah, blah, blah. It taught me to be myself, and that it's okay to be who you really are. Wait 'til you find the right person, and they'll absolutely love everything about you."

6. The Bible

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"It keeps me focused."

"Well, no matter the situation, God is always the answer. Everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for every step you take."

7. "The Reapers are the Angels" by Alden Bell

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"It showed me that relationships are complex and shape our entire life, relationships with other people, and ourselves."

8. "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë

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"'Wuthering Heights' because it's very dark and twisted, and the characters are evil but you can't help but root for true love despite how despicable the characters are."

9. "A Series of Unfortunate Events" by Lemony Snicket and "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton

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"Read them my 7th-grade year. First 'real' books I ever read. Reading them brought me to the realization I don't need a screen to experience a story. 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' brought me to an imaginary world through pages for the first time. 'The Outsiders' made me feel real emotion and ties to a world that could have been real. Those books sparked my love for reading and still remain ingrained in my memory, and I'm sure they always will."

10. "Allegiant" by Veronica Roth

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"The only book that ever made me cry was 'Allegiant.' I don't know, when Tris died and just Four's reaction afterward. It was really just a shock, like, I did NOT expect her to die because most books usually don't kill their main character, especially young adult books like that."

11. "My Dog Skip" by Willie Morris

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"'My Dog Skip' because I had a Jack Russell terrier named Skip too, and it felt too real reading it as a kid."

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