15 Undeniable Truths About Book Nerds

01/04/2013 8:42PM | Posted by: TeamEpicReads | Book Nerds Unite, Lists!

Here are some things we know to be true about being a bibliophile.


If we see someone reading the same book as us:



The true way to make us happy is to give us more books.



We have priorities.


Even our pets are well read.



We have many book boyfriends.


We’re obsessed with the smell of books.



We experience book hangover on a regular basis.


We aren’t afraid to announce to the world who we truly are.


Most of us own ereaders but we still read real books.


We identify with Elizabeth from Pride & Prejudice…



…and Belle from Beauty and the Beast


We only judge people by the contents of their bookshelf.


If we’re going to use a pick up line, it’s going to be gloriously dorky.


We get ridiculously excited over new book releases.


We get the feels. Lots and lots of feels.



What other truths would you include in this list?

User Comments 85 comments

  1. January 4, 2013 | 8:41 pm

    Yes , yes and yes! This list couldn’t be more spot on!

  2. January 4, 2013 | 8:46 pm

    This post makes me SO HAPPY. Seriously. Everything’s TOO TRUE.

  3. January 4, 2013 | 8:51 pm

    Lol! So true!

  4. January 4, 2013 | 8:53 pm

    I have book hangovers especially after reading the final book in the series. Just read Maximum Ride Nevermore and can’t stop thinking about it….

  5. January 4, 2013 | 8:54 pm

    So true!!! These are the true confessions are a book nerd… Also 8 hours of sleep is for people who don’t read…because a good book will keep you up all night, and you don’t even care that you didn’t get enough sleep. That’s why coffee was invented!!

  6. January 4, 2013 | 8:57 pm

    Yep. These are pretty much the real deal.

    Love number 1!

    Also, there must be a way to share the love of reading with some Buddy the Elf gifs. ;)

  7. January 4, 2013 | 8:58 pm

    Another truth: When reading a good book we hear nothing at all because we are too caught up in the story.

    So many of those are very, very true. =)

  8. January 4, 2013 | 10:10 pm

    Love this list! It is so true… all of it!

  9. January 4, 2013 | 10:17 pm

    This is all very true!!!!!!!

  10. January 4, 2013 | 10:24 pm

    Haha, these are all just SO TRUE! And I wouldn’t have it any other way. :)

  11. January 4, 2013 | 10:24 pm

    Oh. My. GAWD. You guys know me so well! *Mind Blown*

  12. January 4, 2013 | 11:21 pm

    Haha yes! How’d you know all of that about me? You’re not watching me are you? 0.o *glances behind bookshelf* Hmm.

  13. January 4, 2013 | 11:23 pm

    This. Is. EPIC.

    Oh my gosh everything on here is so spot on! It’s like you’re in my head! Haha! Fantastic post! :)

  14. January 4, 2013 | 11:25 pm

    All of the above plus sometimes a book gets me so emotional happy/angry/sad that I HAVE to give myself a time out !!!

  15. January 5, 2013 | 1:21 am

    I think I’m guilty of most of this! XD SO EPIC!

  16. January 5, 2013 | 1:32 am

    so true with all of these :)

  17. January 5, 2013 | 1:32 am

    Hilarious! Love it!

  18. January 5, 2013 | 1:43 am

    check, check and check!

  19. January 5, 2013 | 2:02 am

    I love the book hangover concept. I’ve never quite ben able to put my finger on the inability I sometimes have to move on. So true. And of course, every book dork goes straight to the bookshelf whenever visiting a friend for the first time. Thanks for this great list.

  20. January 5, 2013 | 2:09 am

    I love this! They are all so true!

  21. January 5, 2013 | 2:11 am

    LOL I absolutely love the first one! “Did we just become best friends?” YEP! That’s so true!!

    Mel @ Book Nerd Reviews

  22. January 5, 2013 | 2:32 am

    This is perfect haha.
    I don’t own an ereader though. I prefer real books.

  23. January 5, 2013 | 2:35 am

    EVERYTHING ON HERE IS SO TRUE. On a huge YES on the book boy friends part. hah! I have a new one almost everyday.

  24. January 5, 2013 | 2:40 am

    Yep, I’d have to agree with all of the above statements. :)

  25. January 5, 2013 | 2:45 am


  26. January 5, 2013 | 2:45 am

    Books give you endorphins…endorphins make you happy…happy people don’t kill their husbands ;) hahahaha

    Nothing like an Elle Woods quote modified :)

  27. January 5, 2013 | 2:58 am

    Love this!! and so true!!! The best friends one is my favorite! =D

  28. January 5, 2013 | 3:26 am

    Love it!

  29. January 5, 2013 | 3:36 am

    This is the most honest thing I’ve ever read!

  30. January 5, 2013 | 4:18 am

    Perfect List!!

  31. January 5, 2013 | 5:47 am

    And ooh, I want a shirt that says, “Say it loud, say it proud, I’m a book geek.”
    I’m gonna wear it every day. XD

  32. January 5, 2013 | 12:39 pm

    The only thing id add would be: no matter how irrational it seems to other people, if we REALLY love a book we’ll own more than one copy or version. For example: The Mortal Instruments series I have hardback, e-book, and audio book.

  33. January 5, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    Yes to all!Awesome-est Post Ever! :D

  34. January 5, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    I would add, “We cry like we’ve lost a dear friend whenever a nearby bookstore closes.”

    (Found out two days ago that the B&N five minutes away is shutting down in February…sniff, sniff.)

  35. January 6, 2013 | 12:20 am

    guilty over everything!*freaked*

  36. January 6, 2013 | 12:25 am

    This post is absolute perfection!

  37. January 6, 2013 | 1:10 am

    LOL this is all so true i wouldn’t put it any other way and i am totally the book sniffer!!!!

  38. January 6, 2013 | 9:30 pm

    Except for the part about the ereader. I adore mine and don’t have to physically hold a book again. Esp. as I read old books, and the dictionary feature is addicting.

  39. January 7, 2013 | 12:10 am

    Book hangovers! LOL! I get those all the time-now I know what to call it!

  40. January 7, 2013 | 12:13 am

    Needs 2 be added-Cry like a baby why some one dies in book> I always do that, then I tell everyone I know about the fictional death.

  41. January 7, 2013 | 4:09 pm

    We forget that spending time with fictional characters doesn’t actually count as socializing.

  42. January 7, 2013 | 7:30 pm

    This list is beyond epic!! Those couldn’t be more true.

  43. January 7, 2013 | 11:56 pm

    All is true; guilty as charged, Book hangovers, still trying to get over one, Oh, Beautiful creatures,dreaming about men in our books, cursing how the girls in the books get them; socializing with book characters doesn’t count( sadly that is true , even though I would like it that way, I kinda want to have a lot of friends)

  44. January 8, 2013 | 1:52 am

    Everyone you know that when you’re going to a bookstore or library for “five minutes,” it will be at LEAST an hour….

  45. January 8, 2013 | 3:26 am

    Love this list!
    I find with books I have learned how to walk without needing to look up from a page, turn to the next page with one hand, and read while still having a conversation with somebody.

  46. January 8, 2013 | 3:26 am

    You forgot the one that says “I am not to be trusted in a bookstore with a credit card.”

    I also laugh out loud in public over things I am reading and anyone with me must be prepared for me to read them the funny bits.

  47. January 8, 2013 | 4:37 am

    We will tell almost ANYONE about the most resent book we read whether they want us to or not. We must spread our good fortune,

  48. January 8, 2013 | 5:27 am

    *hysterically laughing* ‘Tis the TRUTH!!!!! EVERY SINGLE ONE!!!!! XD

  49. January 8, 2013 | 5:44 am

    Reading the same book repeatedly and having people say, “Haven’t you finished that yet?” and having to explain how, if it’s your favourite book, reading it again is as enjoyable as the first time.

  50. January 8, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    Not only are we obsessed with the smell of books, but we know the difference between the different book smells. Like regular books, and textbooks.

    We become calmest when we are in places where there are books.

    We cannot resist books that are free….MY goodness…I go on rampages with free kindle books, and cannot resist the free pile at my local library.

  51. January 8, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Actually, I should add….My fiance says I’m not allowed to get anymore physical books. :< I am banned…It is all I own…Books, clothes, violin, and writing stuff. Ah…the life of a writer…Lawls.

  52. January 8, 2013 | 2:50 pm

    hahahahaha LOVE this post!!!

  53. January 8, 2013 | 3:51 pm

    *giggling* SO guilty of ALL of these!!!… BOOK SNIFFER! HA!

  54. January 8, 2013 | 5:28 pm

    Sniffing the books… guilty… identifying with Belle…. guilty…. In fact just tick them all!! Great list, thanks for reminding us book nerds we are not alone!

  55. LB
    January 8, 2013 | 9:21 pm

    This perfectly describes me. Good to know someone can relate and understand this perfectly normal yet weird behavior.

  56. January 8, 2013 | 11:16 pm

    I would like to add to/revise/possibly delete 12. Probably somewhere in the wayback of my mind I do judge, but when I see other bookshelves I am generally all “whee more books! ^.^” and squee when I see ones I like.

    And to add another: The only thing more important than my own books are other people’s books.
    When borrowing a book I will guard it WITH MY LIFE, usually not letting it out of my sight, and I’ll keep it pristine with almost OCD carefulness. Unless it’s a book from a close friend who has given express permission to not worry, in which case I’ll dogear and underline and highlight to my heart’s content.

  57. January 9, 2013 | 1:57 am

    Belle is my spirit princess.

  58. January 9, 2013 | 2:30 am

    Oh my gosh yes! I hadn’t realized I had it quite that bad. But yep, I’m a total book nerd.

    So much so that I just have to share this on FB!

  59. January 9, 2013 | 2:49 am

    Love the list :)

    I would totally add “When I buy a purse, it has to be large enough to fit at least one book in it” because all purses totally must pass the book test :)

  60. January 9, 2013 | 3:06 am

    Omg this is so me especially book hang overs. I thought a about the last Harry Potter for days.

  61. January 10, 2013 | 1:28 pm

    the fantastic flying books of mr. morris lessmore
    sums it all up for me.

    • December 4, 2013 | 4:14 pm

      I love that book. I just checked it out from the library. I read it over and over and over and even slept with it next to me.

  62. January 11, 2013 | 1:45 am

    You wander through a UBS like Howard Carter muttering “Wonderful things, wonderful things!”

  63. January 11, 2013 | 4:13 pm

    And we know what TBR means!

  64. January 11, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    This is so true!! Haha

  65. January 13, 2013 | 5:43 am

    SOOO true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  66. January 14, 2013 | 10:36 pm

    How about “The main reason I own an e-reader is that I have no more room in my apartment for real books.”

  67. January 17, 2013 | 5:34 am

    Wonderful list..I can identify with each one lol I’m a book nerd for life!

  68. January 25, 2013 | 9:26 am

    We go through the grieving process when our favourite book falls apart from overuse

  69. January 26, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    It’s like they read my mind!!!!! :O

  70. April 21, 2013 | 11:11 pm

    Guilty! I just saw a picture of a page in a book on another site. Being the book nerd that I am, I tried to find out if I had read said book… I saw one sentence. note: one. And I recognized it as a page in the first twilight book. I quickly ran and found my copy of it, turned to the page shown, and found I was right…. I read those books months ago… Sad, yet hilarious that I knew what book it was. ;^)

  71. May 30, 2013 | 12:28 pm

    As a book nerd I wanted to show this page to all my friends that call me weird and prove to them that I’m pretty normal :$… Anyway, (for me) another truth would be that if I’m reading a scene where the characters are sneaking around and I’m called to go do something I’d do that thing as quietly as possible as to not sell out the characters X_X

  72. July 1, 2013 | 6:15 pm

    I die in glass cases of emotion all the time…all the time.

  73. July 2, 2013 | 5:58 pm

    Nothing could be more true, than THIS!!!!!

  74. December 23, 2013 | 7:17 pm

    Book nerd truth
    We fear lending our books out to anyone except other book nerds.

  75. December 23, 2013 | 11:18 pm

    So tru. None of my friends are book nerds, so I am always a loner, but that doesnt matter. I have got plenty of friends in the books I read

  76. December 23, 2013 | 11:48 pm

    Love the list, except slight disagreement with wording on this one: “Most of us own ereaders but we still read real books.”

    Problem with the word “real,” I understand the sentiment, but the book is the content not just the packaging. So, ebooks are real too.

    But other than that love the list!

    Book nerds are the best :)

  77. January 2, 2014 | 8:53 pm

    Yes! I’m all of those things!!!

  78. February 10, 2014 | 5:07 pm

    Add this: One does not simply walk into a bookstore and only buy one. book. It just doesn’t happen

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