J.K. Rowling said, “If you are not in love with a book you haven’t found the right book yet. “
I agree with her completely. There is nothing more pleasurable than opening up a book and getting lost in pages and words and feel of it. Be it fiction or nonfiction when you open a book you know no meaning of the surroundings or people around you and that’s who we call a bibliophile.
There is immense happiness in being a book lover and book lovers carry the tag of being a book worm with pride and head held high because we know that whatever happens in the present when we open a book all pain will seem less and all problems slight.
Gail Carriger put it perfectly when she said, “I suspect it may be like the difference between a drinker and an alcoholic; the one merely reads books, the other needs books to make it through the day.” The advantages of being a bibliophile is many and to list a few of them:
- So much action: There are thousands of words entering your brain and there is so much action going on in the brain that no one or nothing seem important and you won’t be disturbed because it’s against expected conduct to bother the “reader”.
- I’m-better-than-the-rest attitude: You want to present holding a book in your hand preferably with glasses will be a good option. Although this is the wrong reason to do it I’m just pointing out the pros of reading here.
- The benefits: If you are the kind that seeks benefit of some kind from everything that you undertake than reading is a sure shot way of acquiring a lot of skills. You get a great vocabulary, better perspective on issues, knowledge etc. if it’s simple pleasure you are looking for then also books are your best option because once in the land of words the inarticulate becomes unimportant.
- Soul Enriching: With each book you read your soul gets enhanced and you find an ally in the theme and the characters. There is a sense of ownership that is like nothing else.
How can you qualify to be a bibliophile?
- You can’t walk past a book store without finding something to stop you.
- You are willing to stay in a small room with no means of entertainment but a book
- You find no joy in the world if your favorite fictional character is going through a traumatic situation
- You generally sleep with a book next to you just to feel reassured by the presence of a character
- Your heart breaks every time you see someone tearing a page of a book or scribbling unnecessarily. It’s a sacrilege you want to see punished.
- You’re as giddy in a book fair as a kid in a candy store
- There’s a look of dazed confusion when you step out in the world after finishing a book
- You are in love with a fictional character and it’s not a fictional love
- You cry when your favorite characters are sad because they are as real to you as the person standing near you
- You plan your budget according to book sales and always come out of the store feeling a guilty pleasure of over spending
And the last one, there can be never enough book shelves in your home or enough time in your life to read everything you want to.
I would like to conclude by quoting Eugene Field, The Love Affairs of a Bibliomaniac, “All good and true book-lovers practice the pleasing and improving avocation of reading in bed … No book can be appreciated until it has been slept with and dreamed over.”