What does it take to be a bookworm?
Dictionary.com defines bookworm as, 1. A person devoted to reading or studying and 2. any of various insects that feed on books, especially a booklouse.
Hmm to think that being a bookworm is like being an insect. Well, I guess, I do devour books; not literally, but you know what I mean.
I totally agree with the first part of the definition ; being devoted to reading. I’m not talking about how many books you read a year or how many authors you follow. If you pick up a book and allow yourself to be taken away by the pages, that makes you a bookworm, in my opinion.
It’s difficult being a bookworm though. When life crashes down on me and I have no spare time to read, I don’t function right. It’s like I’m a car that’s running without oil. You might think I’m exaggerating, trust me, I’m not. I can tell how I’m functioning differently when I haven’t been able to read.
Reading for me is my escape, it is what helps me manage my stress and helps me put the stresses of the day behind me. When I don’t have that relief, all those stresses stick to my mind like flies on… well, you know what flies stick to. This is one of the best reasons to be a bookworm.
I am proud to be considered a bookworm, book geek, or book nerd, whichever you want to say. It’s not a bad thing, it is a name to hold dearly to you. If I weren’t a bookworm and didn’t have this escape from reality, I’d probably be on the 10:00 news.
I say to all of you, stand up, stand proud, and declare your bookworm status.