12 Things Only Full-Fledged Bookworms Will Understand

Forgetting to eat, counting down the days until the next release, having a crush on a fictional character—it's all just a day in the life of a bookworm.

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You're emotionally attached to fictional characters

01_worm_signs_youre_aistock/BraunSHave you ever become so attached to characters in a book that they start to feel like real people? Books provide such vivid insight into characters' personality and psyche that you might feel like you know them even better than you do your own peers and acquaintances. And if the characters are personally relatable, they can start to feel like actual friends. You may have even experienced a romantic connection to fictional characters (*cough cough* Mr. Darcy). But no judgment here. As fellow bookworms, we get it.

You know exactly when the next book in a series will be released

02_date_signs_youre_a_istock/LUHUANFENGAs a true bookworm, you prefer reading a series to individual novels so that you don't have to stop at the last page. However, for you, few fates are worse than reaching the latest book in a series only to have to wait years for the next one's release. When a subsequent book is set to be published, you know exactly when it's hitting shelves (because you've pre-ordered it, naturally), and you've got a mental countdown running in the interim. The suspense completely eats away at you!

You're a sucker for literary gifts

03_gift_signs_youre_aistock/MaicaYou may not be materialistic, but if you're a bookworm, you can never resist buying items related to your favorite books regardless of whether or not you actually need them. For example, you wouldn't think twice about purchasing the Library Candles by Paddywax, which have your favorite quotes printed across the front and scents that are inspired by iconic authors. (We swear Ralph Waldo Emerson must have smelled exactly like his cedar and wild fern candle!)

You ignore your basic needs when you're deep in a read

04_needs_signs_youre_aistock/mallmoBooks are all-consuming for you, and time seems to stand still when you're fully engrossed in the text in front of you. But in fact, hours upon hours have passed, and you've completely forgotten to eat, shower, or get to bed on time. But oh well. For you, any basic needs can wait until you're finished with this chapter. And maybe the next one. Speaking of good books, take this quiz to find out which classic novel you are.

You hate watching movie adaptations

05_basic_signs_youre_a_istock/RouzesAs a lifelong bibliophile, nothing annoys you quite like movie adaptations of books you've read. After all, you remember all the passages so vividly that you can't help but critique a film's many discrepancies. You'd really rather not watch movie adaptations if you can help it, as they risk deviating from your beloved literary works and not doing them justice. These are movies that might just live up to the books on which they're based.

You prefer the feel of a physical book to an e-book

06_physical_signs_youre_aistock/encrierCall us old-fashioned, but we bookworms still resist making the switch to digital texts. There's something about the weight of a hardback in your lap, the sound of turned pages, and feeling the remaining chapters dwindle in your right hand as you power through them. E-books may be more environmentally friendly, but they can't measure up to the sensory experience of physical books we so adore. Check out the best reading apps for budding bookworms.

You can recall the details of fictional worlds as if you've been there

07_re_signs_youre_aistock/akinshinDiagon Alley, Middle Earth, Narnia, and District 12—these places aren't just two-dimensional fantasies to you. For a real bookworm, these fictional worlds exist. In fact, you know them so intimately that it can be hard to determine if perhaps you've actually been there.

You can quote your favorite passages verbatim

08_quote_signs_youre_aistock/ferrantraiteIf there's one thing someone should never do in front of a bookworm, it's misquote a line from a novel. Whenever it happens, you're quick to correct them. Bookworms have an uncanny memory for text, so if you're of them, you're probably guilty of reciting your favorite lines all the time. And you don't just recite them verbatim; you use the same accent and inflection of the original character. These are the famous quotes from books every woman should read at least once.

Your personal library is a source of pride

09_library_signs_youre_aistock/daveloganSome people collect shoes, others collect purses, or vintage baseball cards, but you collect books. It's plain and simple. Your books are like family to you, and they're a real source of pride. You dream of one day having a floor-to-ceiling wall of books in your home, or even an entire study containing your collection. Whenever you have to downsize or donate your books, parting with them is a genuinely painful experience. The homes of happy people have these things in common.

You love the smell of new books

010_books_signs_youre_aistock/daveloganEvery time you crack open a brand-new book, you lean forward to smell its pages. The scent is not only all too familiar to you, but it also brings you a unique joy. The smell is like being a kid and opening a present on Christmas morning—you feel pure excitement at the prospect of owning a classic. You also know the difference between the smell of old and new books, and you love them both for different reasons.

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