Things People Say to Book Lovers…

August 21, 2014     erinbook     Feature, Rant

I think we all know people who really don’t get why we love books, and they really don’t try to. Some think our book obsession is a phase, others just call us nerds, then there are the ones that always have something to say. Here’s a few of the ones I’ve heard most often, with a little help from Martin Freeman to help me up the sass level of my responses.

1. How do you have so much time to read? Don’t you do fun stuff?

Reading IS fun. Sure I’ll go out with my friends (usually to book stores and such) but I love nothing more than to sit down with a book and a cup of tea. As for the first part of the question, I make time. It’s something important to me so I set aside time, even on busy days, to read a little.

2. You know if you got rid of all of those bookshelves then you’d have room to put [insert thing that person wants me to have].

I don’t want whatever it is. I want my books and my beautiful, perfectly organized book shelves.

3. Why don’t you just get a kindle?

a) Don’t get me started on Amazon right now. b) I love going into my home library and gazing at all of the beautiful spines and covers, I like the feel of the book in my hand, and I love the feeling of turning the pages. I have a nook but it just isn’t the same and I read so much slower on it than I do with physical copies.

4. You know, guys don’t think that reading and smart stuff is attractive.


First of all, I’m engaged, so obviously somebody finds “smart stuff” attractive. Secondly, to quote John Green, “the venn diagram of boys who don’t like smart girls and boys you don’t want to date is a circle.” And thirdly, I’m actually really offended by this. What, are girls not allowed to be smart? Is this a thing that people actually think? I’m not going to go on and on about my right to think and all that but seriously. Come on, people!

5. Don’t you think that all the money you spend on books could go to something more important like [insert name of video game], [insert clothes brand], [insert makeup brand], or [insert list of movies].


I really don’t have a driving need to buy movies and video games right when they come out, I’ll wait for the price to come down and used copies of games to become available for way less than $60 a pop. As for clothes and makeup? I just don’t care. It’s not who I am and I wish people would stop placing such a high value on this rather than things that individuals care about.  Books give me a better entertainment value for a much lower price, maybe that’s not for everyone, but it’s what I love. And I don’t want to change.

6. Is that books good? When does the movie come out? 

You know you could read the book to find out if the book is good. The quality of an adaptation has very little to do with the quality of the book in a lot of cases. There are crappy movies based on amazing books and really awesome movies based on some not-so-good books. You going to see the movie will not tell you whether or not the book is good!

7. I really liked that book. Well, I didn’t actually read it but I [heard a celebrity talk about it/saw the movie/read the back of the book].

*facepalm* No. Just, no. If you didn’t read the book then you cannot say that you liked the book. That’s all there is to say there.
8. You wasted a whole day reading?

Wasted? What do you mean wasted? I finished two books, I was so productive!

9. Wait, you cried because of a book?

Yeah, so? It’s an emotional story with characters that I’ve become completely invested in. Don’t you cry when you see a sad movie? Then why can’t I cry during the sad part of a book?

10. Did you just smell/pet/hug that book?

Yes I did.

What have non book people said to you? Share them in the comments.

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4 responses to “Things People Say to Book Lovers…

    • That happens to me all of the time! "Didn't you hear what I just said?" Um no, I was in a far away land. As in, far away from whatever conversation you were apparently having with yourself while I was reading. 🙂

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