Bibliophilia: A Great Love of Books


I wanted to discuss what being a bibliophile means today but I ended up writing a list. I could probably go on forever:

  1. Your bookshelf is overflowing. It cannot contain all the books you have so books are all over your room.
  2. One of your dreams in life is having your own library. Or writing a book. Or both.
  3. Under the list of people you must meet before you die is your favorite author. Or several.
  4. The only hangovers you know are book hangovers.
  5. You have a book buying problem. Shopping means going to the bookstore.
  6. You name pets or special objects after fictional characters.
  7. You seriously worry about book-to-movie adaptations.
  8. You never leave home without a book or your ereader.
  9. You either love coffee or tea. Or both.
  10. You are a certified fangirl.
  11. You are turned on by good grammar and perfect punctuation.
  12. You believe that signed books are precious.
  13. Once in awhile, you’re lost in a fictional world and cannot be bothered.
  14. You think a lot. Probably too much.
  15. You will gladly recommend books and are really thrilled when people love them.
  16. When people ask what your favorite thing in the world is, your answer is always books.

How about you? What does bibliophilia or having a great love of books mean for you? Feel free to add your own bullet in the comments. ;)

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Ana on September 15, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    -You’re in love w/ swoony, tall boys named Levi.
    -Real boys disappoint you somehow :)

  2. Finley Jayne on September 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    #11 made me laugh out loud :D But, it’s sooo true lol.

  3. SarahClare on September 15, 2014 at 1:30 pm

    I was gonna add ‘suffers from post-book depression’, but I suppose that’s like having a book hangover.

    Heh heh. All of the above is so true!!!!

  4. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book on September 16, 2014 at 2:21 am

    This is such a great list! I think I’d also add ‘has way too many books on your TBR but can’t help adding more’ (which seems to apply to me a lot lately!)

  5. Aarati on September 16, 2014 at 2:38 am

    I agree with all your points, except I don’t drink tea at tall and I only drink black coffee every now and then or when I have a flu. And of course you have a never ending TBR.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 16, 2014 at 7:57 am

      Oooh, interesting comment! It’s just so common for bookworms to be drinking tea/coffee whenever they’re reading, you know? Or at least that’s how it looks like whenever I see photos of books with beverages LOL! Thanks for clearing that up!

  6. Amaris on September 16, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    “The only hangovers you know about book hangovers” — HAHA so true! I left home without my iPad today so I can’t finish Let’s Get Lost, but I guess it’s a good thing because now I can catch up on commenting/reading blog posts :p I love how you’re adding text over photos in your posts now! I like doing that too hehe :)

  7. Taylor Lynn on September 16, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    I think you hit the nail right on the head with most of this list, Hazel! And I have to say, it’s pretty awesome to read a list like this and have it driven home that I’m actually not the only one who feels this way. For instance, I don’t aspire to meet any of my favorite singers/actors/celebrity folk, but I would be absolutely THRILLED to meet so many authors! I also bring a book with me just about every time I leave the house, I once named a pet mouse Dustfinger, I love to recommend books to people, and I’m totally attracted to good grammar. Basically, half of this list describes me to a T and I love love love it!

  8. Yani on September 17, 2014 at 5:36 am

    Ha! That number 5 hit me! Someone asked me what do I prefer when I go to malls. Of course, bookstores! :)

  9. Ebony @ Daring Damsels on September 17, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Ah. This list is just fantastic – thanks for sharing, Hazel! :)

  10. Inge @ Bookshelf Reflections on September 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

    This is absolutely perfect. I found myself nodding to pretty much every point on the list.

  11. Chyna @ Lite-Rate-Ture on September 18, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I named a pet of mine Scarlet because of Marissa Meyer LOL I just wanted to share HAHA

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on September 18, 2014 at 9:31 am

      Love it! I actually named my one and only pet puppy after a book boyfriend hahaha!

  12. Alexa S. on September 18, 2014 at 9:50 am

    Your list makes me so happy! I’m seriously capable of checking off every single item on it, which doesn’t surprise me, as I am and always will be a bibliophile ;)

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  14. Anika on September 24, 2014 at 5:42 am

    “The only hangovers you know are book hangovers.” this is so true! almost all of the list are true to me, this is really fun to read! ♥ having a great love of books means A LOT to me. Like if there’s a rain, i will run through my bookshelf to make sure no books are getting wet; or when you’re lending someone your books, you’re asking the one who borrowed it each time if the book’s okay (both story and the condition of books, tbh) Books are like my prized possesion, i think i’ll die if i lose them.

  15. María on October 1, 2014 at 11:17 am

    Such a lovely post! I am studying Literatura and I’ve always been the girl of the class who loves to read and doesn’t care about(actually loves) teachers giving mandatory readings. I feel so indetified with this list hahaha.
    Lost in a fictional world? well, ask my friends Harry, Hermione and Ron how many adventures did we live in Hogwarts

  16. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity on October 4, 2014 at 4:21 am

    Ah, this post is perfect, Hazel!

    My #1 bullet point for me as a bibliophile would be: being in love with numerous fictional boys.

    I guess that falls a bit under your #10, but I guess mine is more specific XD I do so love fictional boys, and if I could just reach in and take one (or a few), I would be forever happy! :D

  17. Justbookishthoughts on March 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    You couldn’t be more spot on!! No.8 is a key one for me, I feel almost on edge if I don’t have a boon or my kindle with me at all times. Oh and of course no.6, my pug is called Alfie, which is short for Alfus Dumbledog… I had to name him something related to Harry Potter and just couldn’t resist the play on words!!

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