Confessions of a bookworm. Hmm. Not the most scandalous of titles, but I hope it provides some amusement nonetheless.

1. When I can’t pronounce a character’s name, I simply read it as ‘bleugh bleugh bleugh’ as opposed to actually figuring it out. I’m a lazy reader, what can I say?

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2. I legitimately care more for fictional characters than I do for most people in the real world. There was a moment a few months back that saw me sobbing and throwing my Kindle off the bed when faced with a character’s tragic, albeit temporary, death.

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3. One of the main reasons I’m not in a relationship is because fictional men have given me unrealistic expectations. What do you mean you’re not a demon king!? 

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4. Sometimes, especially when I’m bored at work, I play out little scenarios in my head, scenarios that usually involve me going on some amazing date with my fictional man of the week.

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Me at work

5. Associating with people who see reading as a futile pastime is a cause of great displease and discomfort for me. A guy at work once sneered “Oh my god, you’re such a nerd.” when I happened to mention a book I was reading. His tone was so venomous, his words so barbed. It was almost like the term ‘nerd’ was a curse for him. Why does this single word have such negative connotations? If being a nerd involves overtly expressing my passion for that which I enjoy then sure, go ahead and call me a nerd. Nerd and proud!

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“Say that again. I fucking dare you.”

6. Edgar Allan Poe instilled a love for poetry within me. I was born on his death day (7th October, people. I’ll make an Amazon wishlist, don’t worry 😉 ) and as a teenager, I used to proudly tell people I was his reincarnation since I loved reading and writing poetry so much.

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7. I deliberately bend and crease the spines of my books. I know this is a topic of hot debate among readers; to bend or not to bend? While I respect that fact that both sides of the argument have valid points, I personally like my books to have a well-loved, well-read look about them.

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8. I’m sometimes overwhelmed by a great sadness when I remember fictional characters aren’t walking among us in the real world.

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9. I’ve bought clothes, jewelry and cosmetics purely because they remind me of a particular fictional character. I bought some gorgeous blue feather earrings while in Japan simply because they put me in mind of Illium from Nalini Singh’s Guildhunter series. I had a friend visiting at the time and instead of laughing, she thought the idea was pretty awesome!

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I thought Illium fan art would suffice for this point. Yummy.

10. I assign music to certain scenes in the books that I read. I listen to a lot of music by a band called Two Steps from Hell. They do a lot of music for movies and video games and it’s music that fits quite well with the more dramatic scenes found in books. Here’s my current favorite track: He who brings the night.

Tell me your bookworm confessions!

 

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