Benefits of Being a Bibliophile

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There are many benefits to being a book lover. Maybe we have an unhealthy compulsion to buy books. Maybe we have no surface space not claimed by random literary treasures. We may regularly suffer from book hangovers, but by gollie we:

 

 Prefer simple pleasures                              Never go to bed lonely
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Get excited easily                                          Have better vocabulary 😉
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Never get bored                                              Travel to distant landsa01696412fc05b59444a1f1bdaf05b1bFavim.com-9108
Never stop learning                                        Have less stress
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Improve memory                                          Have plenty to talk aboutimages.jpgimages (1).jpg

So we sometimes lack sleep, can’t leave a bookstore without buying something, and regularly use books as coasters, but we are happier and more whole because of it. Be proud.

How does being a book lover impact your life?

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181 thoughts on “Benefits of Being a Bibliophile

  1. Dear AbbieLu,
    I love books and having one in my hands is giving me such a good feeling. You’re right I can’t go into a bookshop without having bought something when I come out. I love to be in other worlds when I’m reading and to forget all the stuff that’s freaking you out or that’s going on. I can identify myself with the characters and I’m on an adventure. I love to feel what they’re feeling or I cry when a book has a sad ending or when the main character dies at the end of the last book. I prefer to read in real books not online. But for those who like it it’s good I guess. I’m happy to see that there are so many booklovers. I love books. Bye and have a nice day

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  3. I will never have abibliophobia. There are enough books in my house alone to keep me going for years. Then there is the library, the Paperback Book Swap, local used book stores, flea market bargains, books people leave by the mailbox kiosk, and books on Half.com, eBay, or Amazon just for the cost of shipping. BTW, I’ve always been fond of Tolkien’s writing. He’s so erudite, and that gives his works such power. His short story collection is fun. BTW, did you ever read the parody ‘Bored of the Rings’? I read it many, many years ago. I’ve never forgotten the line given by the old king when told there were Hobbits coming to visit: “Have Guard spread some papers.”

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  4. Ah yes! While moving between countries it is my books I miss the most. I have had weekend jobs at bookshops (beside my career job) in order to get the staff discount and access to proof copies of books, have different editions of my favourite books, as well as real world copies of the books on my kindle (I was given it when I started to travel a lot for work), and can remember times I have bought a book with the last money in my account. They bring colour and discussion to my home, are wonderful for meeting people, stir the imagination, and remind me of people, places, and moments in time.

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  5. Agree to all. Even Abibliophobia. Even if I have like a hundred or so unread books, duly identified and separated, I also have 20-40 new books to read. Separate shelf. When I get down to 10-15 “To read, I get phobic”. What happens if I finish that fab book and the next one is not good? 😦 Have to rush to the bookstore…
    😉

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  6. When I moved from Florida to London, one of the hardest parts was leaving my books (~1500) in the care of friends and my parents combined with the promise to not collect (or hoard as my husband calls it) books while over there. I succeeded for the most part, trying to give away what I read and keeping my collection under 50. We knew we were coming back and that we didn’t want the extra shipping weight. I moved back this year after 4 years and have been ecstatic seeing all my old friends again, both people and book friends!

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  8. yes I would take a dictionary to a desert island. I am at once terrified and fascinated at those libraries pictured.
    as a collector, buyer, seller, dealer…I LOVE books.
    The thing I most adore in my grandchildren is how they migrate to books…especially in my personal stacks and boxes and crates… the perfect legacy.

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  9. I never leave the house without at least one book. When I moved from California to the south of France, twenty-seven boxes of books came with me. One does not leave there nearest and dearest behind. Eight years later, they seem to be taking over the house but since it is just me, I just move out of their way and keep reading…
    An addiction since I’ve been here is to run up to the darling village of Montolieu. They really understand me. With a population of under a thousand there are over twenty book stores, need I say more?

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  13. “Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book.”
    –Author Unknown
    There are so many lives, places, and time periods to experience through the pages of books.
    I become more than a visitor when I open a book and enter that portal.

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  16. I love how relatable this post is–I especially love the feeling of going on an adventure when reading a new book.

    I started my blog this past summer–it is a simple site dedicated to literature lovers where I post excerpts from novels as well as poems. It focuses on writing that correlates with emotions and sensations that are oftentimes not easily articulated. My blog is simply a place for leisurely reading and enjoyment of good writing as well as for inspiration.
    I would love it if you check it out–I post works that resonate with the reader in ways the pieces all bibliophiles know and love do.
    https://moodsinliterature.wordpress.com
    Thank you 🙂

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