Book lover etiquette.

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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22 Comments Add yours

  1. A resounding YES to all of these! I’m married to a non- reader, so all of these have come up at one point or another. As a matter of fact, as soon as I’m done typing this I’m going to show him your post with a “So there!” accompanying it! And thank you for including that Dean gif!

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    1. LOL my husband doesn’t read much either, so his impatience and comments are SO frustrating… I may or may not read extra when he is rushing me on purpose, just to prove that I can… and will hahaha 😉

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  2. oh gosh if anyone called my books clutter or junk I might just lose my mind!! Great post!! Agree!

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    1. Yes, it’s very annoying… Books are like gold! … Thanks for reading 🙂

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      1. Yes!! You’re welcome 🙂

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  3. I think you have to be a reader yourself to really understand that you have to let people finish their chapters and that books are so precious! And that you can never ever have enough books.. even if you have books for years on end, there is still room for more.

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    1. Completely agree… It’s hard to understand until you’re there!

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  4. TeacherofYA says:

    Omg you read my mind.
    My mom calls them clutter, tries to ask me when I’m going to be done, and picks up my books by the cover’s edge or corner! She’s a nightmare to have books around. They just don’t get it when I am trying to peel a sticker off the front of a newly purchased book or making sure the spines are not crooked in the shelf. They never will.
    Because to them it’s “just a book” and therefore doesn’t matter as much. Sigh.

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    1. Omg moms suck like that lol… last time I let my mom borrow a book she let the corners dip into the bath tub 😐😐

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  5. Megan @ bookslayerReads says:

    Love this!! All of these are so true! Don’t you dare call my books junk or clutter!! 😂

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  6. Truer words were never spoken. Before selling our house we did the mother of all purge and 90% of my books were donated. It’s been 2 yrs almost and it still hurts tho my partner isn’t as sympathetic as he should be 😣

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    1. Oh no! My heart sank just from reading that 😦 I guess you have to do what you have to do… Though, I’d be devastated! On the plus side, you have every excuse to buy lots and lots more books, you know, because now you have to slowly stock back up, right? 😉

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      1. It hurt but we were downsizing and it was my dream to buy downtown Toronto, so the trade off was worth it. I ended up caving and buying a Kobo. Now I have hundreds of ebooks. Not the same, I know but it’s a start lol

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      2. I love my kindle!! I just wish they would make a way for Ereaders to SMELL like real pages! 😅

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  7. Yeah, back off, non-readers! Nice post.

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    1. Lol right!? Thanks for reading 🤗

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  8. My mother used to be a rather unnerving chatterbox. She talked from early morning until late night without stopping. Of course she continued her endless monologues while I was reading. I’m pretty sure you can imagine the feelings I had when she did this…

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    1. Haha yes!! I can most definitely imagine 😂😂

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