Most of my family aren’t book nerds quite like myself, so naturally when it comes to my books, I sometimes want to slap them silly. There are a few things that you just never do or say in the presence of a writer/book lover…. Ever… Seems there are people out there who don’t already know these facts, and need a lesson… So here, in my opinion, are the top three book lover etiquette rules to remember.

  1. NEVER CALL A STACK OF BOOKS “JUNK” OR “CLUTTER”! More often than not clutter indicates garbage, and of course junk is junk… Books are not junk, they are beautiful, and any room that has them stacked up in corners, or covering their end tables and countertops is a sheer sign of intelligence… NOT carelessness, NOT dirty, NOT CLUTTER!

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2. TREAT SOMEONE ELSES BOOKS LIKE YOU WOULD A NEW BORN BABY.  You can do what ever you want with your own books, but please oh please handle other’s with care! Don’t go to someone’s house and toss their books around causing dings and dents and bends. Don’t doodle on them, or leave them next to water, or within the reach of a kid with crayons. And if you borrow a book then guard that sucker with your life, because as a book lover there are few situations more devastating then having a book returned to you battered and bruised.

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3.  NEVER EVER RUSH A BOOK LOVER/WRITER IN THE MIDDLE OF AN IMPORTANT CHAPTER!  When a book lover is clearly engulfed completely then don’t tell them to “Hurry”.  Don’t pace the floor or slam things around with your juvenile impatience. We’re well aware if we’re late, and that you are irritated by us being late. Apparently, that particular part of a book that we are stuck in, is a little bit more important than whatever pressing engagement you’re in such a hurry for.  Just realize that we must be emotionally involved at that very moment, and if you know what is good for you then back away slowly. Don’t say things like “Come on, you can finish later.” or even, “That book looks dumb anyways.” Unless you want to spend the rest of your evening at the gates of hell itself, then just don’t rush an avid reader/writer. It won’t end well for you.

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