Am I a Stereotypical Bookworm?

A few months ago, Cait from Paper Fury wrote a blog post that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. She examined 10 bookworm stereotypes and noted whether she identified with them. I was inspired to do the same thing, so let’s see how stereotypical I really am!

1. BOOKWORMS WEAR GLASSES.

True, I do wear glasses, all the time. I can’t see a thing without them because I had my lenses removed when I was a baby.

2. BOOKWORMS DRINK TEA AND WHILE READING.

Well, I love tea but I don’t drink it while reading, I have done it before but I no longer have the leisure time to sit in a window seat with a riveting novel and a mug of tea, so I’ll give it a half point.

3. BOOKWORMS THINK ABOUT WHAT THEY READ AND GET VERY SMART.

Now, while I don’t know everything (or even a lot of things) I do believe that reading has made me more intelligent. I try to read books about a wide array of different things, and since I’m an introspective researcher at heart I have to know as much as I can about a subject I’m passionate about.

4. BOOKWORMS HOARD BOOKS.

Surprisingly, I actually don’t like buying books so I’m definitely not a book hoarder. I’d rather go to the library than buy a book, and spend that money on clothes, skincare, Kpop albums, nail polish, stationery etc. To be honest, I used to loathe buying books, now I’ll buy one occasionally if it’s a new release I’m looking forward to, or if I’ve read the book, love it, and want to highlight/take notes in it but usually, no book buying for me.

5. BOOKWORMS HAVE NO OTHER HOBBIES OR A LIFE, JUST BOOKS.

This statement is the least accurate from the entire list. Books aren’t even my biggest passion. I like fashion, food (eating + baking), music, journaling, Kpop etc. along with books. It’s hard for me to imagine someone only having books as a passion because I’m into so many other things.

6. BOOKWORMS WANT TO BE WRITERS.

I’ll give this one a half point. Because fashion, music, or food journalist is on my list of possible careers but right now fashion stylist is at the top. I definitely don’t want to be a fiction author, however.

7. BOOKWORMS PREFER PHYSICAL BOOKS TO EBOOKS.

Yes. This is 100% true, I actually can’t stand ebooks. All the articles, blog posts, and videos I consume on my phone, laptop, or iPad definitely make me want a break to hold a physical book in my hands. Also, I’ve noticed that I retain more from physical books than I have whenever the rare opportunity is that I’ll read an ebook.

8. BOOKWORMS ARE ALL INTROVERTS

I am an introvert. However, since I’m an INFJ I show tons of extrovert qualities. Usually the stereotype is that bookworms are painfully shy and would rather read than socialize. This is definitely not true for me: hands down I’d always prefer a party, trip, concert, etc to staying home and reading. I’m definitely the more “let’s’ go out and do something” type of introvert if it’s with people I like.

9. BOOKWORMS LOVE GOING TO BOOK STORES.

A good book store is a joy to enter. It’s like having a whole new world of books to discover, so this is completely true for me. If you’re in the Nashville area I recommend Parnassus, it’s lit.

10. BOOKWORMS THINK THE BOOK IS BETTER THAN THE MOVIE.

Duhhhh! I do usually like the movie versions, but there are just so many details that there isn’t enough time to include in a movie, that you glean from reading the book.

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That’s the last of the statements and my final score is 7/10, that seems pretty accurate. Let me know your score in the comments!
Also, follow me on Instagram: @theakilah_grace if you wanna know what I’m currently reading!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

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Bookworm Confessions

Real talk guys, I have lots of quirks/confessions associated with reading. A while ago Cait shared her bookworm confessions and I thought it would be fun to share mine (I’m honestly not trying to copy her, but she has great posts 🙂

I don’t like covers with people on them.

This means those book covers with the green eyed model girl on them. You know what I’m talking about. I don’t mind art with people, or realistic looking photos, but those editorial style, instagram-like covers irritate me.

I read books I love super fast

I read Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson in two hours, Life in Motion by Misty Copeland  in about 8 hours (it was about 350 pages). I’m not the fastest reader in life, but if I like a book I devour it.

I dislike YA contemporary

Well, really MG contemporary too. I’ve yet to find a mainstream YA contemporary novel I like.

I read books I dislike very slowly

Sometimes, when I have to read a book that I’m not engrossed in I take weeks to finish it. And then I freak out about how long it’s taking me.

I don’t like the smell of books

I know, it’s a bookworm thing to smell books and be obsessed with their scent. But I don’t understand why people like it, just… no thank you.

I don’t buy books

The only time I buy books are for school and if I’ve read the book multiple times and love it. I recently bought a book that I thought I loved and am regretting it. I’d rather spend my money on clothes… sorry not sorry.

I listen to music when I read

Some people might find it distracting, but sometimes I just really need to jam and read at the same time.

I need chapter numbers and titles

I dont really like it when books have only a chapter number or only a chapter title. I need both, so I know where I am in a book, and because titles are fun.

I like to cry over books

People think I’m strange, but I like to have an emotional connection with books, for them to move me in a real way.

I like author’s notes

Most people that I know dislike intros, author’s notes or historical notes, but I love them. I like knowing the author’s mindset behind a story and the extra information.

That’s all for now, What are you bookworm confessions?

Stay fly

~Akilah