Bookworms Unite?

bookworm“Bookworms will rule the world – as soon as we finish one more chapter …”

The above message and the lovely drawing that accompanied it was one of those that made the rounds on Facebook a week or so ago, and I’d like to thank whoever it was that put it up there in the first place, because it really resonated with me!

I’ve been a bookworm ever since I first learned to read and I can’t count the number of times I’ve said to someone, “Hold on, I’m just going to finish this chapter” (and then gone on to read the next one as well, and maybe the one after that …). Whenever I’m into a story, that is all that matters – the outside world and everyone around me fade into the background and I couldn’t care less about anything other than continuing with my reading. For a long time, I wasn’t sure if that was normal behaviour, but thankfully I now know it is – for a bookworm.

But what about ruling the world? Or doing lots of other things for that matter? There were so many things I should have been doing, like more homework, study harder for exams, decide on a career and so on. I wanted to be an archaeologist, or a diplomat, or a professor of Old Norse or … well, something interesting! Instead, I immersed myself in the fictional worlds of my favourite authors and the fact that I never really had much of a career didn’t seem to matter. Still doesn’t. Only now I have sort of stumbled on one by mistake, as a novelist, but at the same time I CAN continue onto the next chapter – my own!  How brilliant is that??!

And if I want to read other people’s books along the way, well, that’s research, isn’t it?

So maybe this won’t lead me to ruling the world, but to be honest, I was probably never quite cut out for that anyway.  And now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a chapter to read … er, I mean write …

16 thoughts on “Bookworms Unite?

  1. It was lovely to see you, Sue and Henri yesterday evening.

    I LOVE this post – and the picture that prompted it! I’m also more than happy being a bookworm – and isn’t one of the lovely things about being a writer the fact that reading now counts “as part of the job”? Can’t think of many better jobs than that! And anyway, ruling the world is vastly overrated and something I have to leave to Squizzey. ;D

  2. Thanks, Kath! Yes, definitely the best job ever, being a bookworm – and I think Squizzey will make a brilliant world leader so am also happy to leave it to him :)

  3. I can so identify with your post Pia – particularly about the research justification. I looove using that one too! I don’t think you can ever read enough books – and when the good ones come along, it’s only right to give the writer the ultimate compliment of fully immersing yourself in their work. It would be rude not to, right? :)

  4. There’s nothing quite like curling up with a good book. I get twitchy if there isn’t a pile of books on my bedside table – and despite a mammoth reading pile, I still can’t stop buying books!

  5. I’m so glad that I put down the book I was devouring to have a look at the latest Choc Lit blog

    You could have been writing about me, Christina. I cannot remember a time when I haven’t adored books, and found myself rationalising in order to justify reading when really I should have been doing something else.

    The ability to read is one of the most precious of all abiliities – novels can transport you to the past, to unknown places in the present, and to the future; they can open your mind as they widen your horizons, and they can give you a never-ending degree of pleasure.

    I can’t think of anything else that can do so much for you at so little cost.

    Liz X

  6. Christina – I really identified with this. For as long as I can remember I’ve had my nose stuck in a book, and as an adolescent would often read long after I’d been told to switch the lights off (with a torch, under the duvet). As for ruling the world, well, they do say the pen is mightier than the sword, don’t they? ;-)

    Kath – Lovely to meet you too. And Squizzey!
    Hx

  7. Absolutely, Sarah, and we wouldn’t want to be rude!
    Jane and Julie – yes, the best feeling in the world IMO! If only we had more time for reading … my TBR pile is obscenely huge :)
    Liz and Henri, totally agree, and I could never understand why everyone else didn’t share my love of books! And I too used to read long past the time I should have switched off the light – still do.

  8. I had ‘bookworm’ on my reports, when I was at school. And ‘Susan is only quiet when she has her nose in a book.’

    And a whole lot of less complimentary stuff, but you don’t want to know about that …

  9. Looks like a Quentin Blake drawing. I was privileged to see him talking and drawing at Hay a couple of years ago and he was quite brilliant. When I was nine my great aunt used to describe me as an inveterate reader. I’m not sure I could spell it then (or even now!) but I wonder whether that qualifies me as a member of the bookworm club? Lovely post, Christina.

  10. Love that, Sue! You should frame that really :D

    Fennie – yes, I definitely think ‘inveterate reader’ qualifies you for membership! I think that describes us all perfectly.

  11. Hmm, can’t tell you the number of people I’ve hacked off over the years ‘because you’ve always got your head in a book’. Fortunately OH is a reader too so I can finally read in peace!

  12. Yes, my OH reads too (although not quite as obsessively as me, but still …) It is so nice to have understanding people around you, isn’t it! :)

  13. I wonder what expression other languages use for bookworm? Anyway, ich bin ein/je suis un bookworm too! Christina, what it is in Swedish? Henri, in Danish?

  14. Great post, Christina! I was the same when I was younger – would spend all day reading if I was allowed and used to haunt the library waiting for books in the Chalet School series. And guess what was waiting for me yesterday when I came back from a long weekend away? The Silent Touch of Shadows by Christina Courtenay – can’t wait!

  15. Margaret, in Swedish it would be “Jag är en bokmal” – strangely enough “bokmal” translates as “book moth” rather than worm. Maybe only moths eat books in Sweden? :D
    Juliet – thank you! Do hope you enjoy it!

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