As a self-proclaimed bibliophile, the first place I go whenever I travel anywhere in the bookstore. If you're like me, on your birthday or Christmas you either ask for books, money for books, or a gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Others may not understand your passion for reading, but you know that there is something undeniably special about it. Stephen says that "books are uniquely portable magic," and Neil Gaiman once said, "A book is a dream that you hold in your hand." To all the book lovers out there, only you will understand these joys of reading, as told through GIFS.

1. When you check your clock and see you have 10 minutes of free time. Maybe you'll squeeze in a chapter or two.

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2. That refreshing smell that all book lovers know, whether the book is old or new.

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3. That moment when you walk into the bookstore and all of the shelves are filled with pristine, new books. So. Many. Options.

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4. When you find yourself getting attached to the character, to the point where you begin to feel their pain and triumph.

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5. Spending some time alone and reading alone is pure bliss.

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6. Reading at any time takes you away from the stresses of life.

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7. When you become friends with someone who loves the same book you do.

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8. When you reach a really good part and you're having the time of your life.

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9. When you finally finish the book you've been wanting to read for so long.

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10. The excitement you have when you recommend your favorite book to someone...and they actually read it!

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11. Going to the library is a book lover's paradise. There are no tricks or hidden fees. Just free books.

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12. You know that your life is basically an endless search for the book of your dreams, and you're completely fine with it. Others may question it and judge you for your love of reading, but you know that reading is a gift!

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