Portrait of a reader and his habits … What books make me do! Top 5 Tuesday

Hi friends,

Today for our Top 5 Tuesday, Shanah @bionicbookworm asked us to talk about our top reading habits!

I could have talked about dog earing books (yes sometimes I do it when I have nothing to note a favorite quote ….so sue me) ; always reading naked books (I don’t want to destroy the gorgeous jacket) or never eating while reading (that’s a lie) BUT I chose to twist this topic and give you a “What books made me do” instead to lighten it up.

After a long workday I just want to laugh!

So how did I change by becoming a reader and what have I done?

1)I’ve become bipolar!

Some days and times, I am invisible. Or wish I could have Harry Potter’s invisibility cape. I hide, either behind a pillar at the train station (no I don’t want to travel with friends and chat)  or in a far corner at the cafeteria (even the one close to the trash where no one wants to eat suits me fine) because I JUSTWANT TO READ.

Then I go shining supernova style! Forget invisibility this is the time to SHOUT about that book that I so loved, either in real life either on the blog. Everyone has to hear or read me!

 

2)I am known to be socially awkward.

I’d rather stay in rather than go out inventing last minute excuses just to avoid attending the party I was invited to. You have no idea what my brain could find as excuses just to read that last chapter!

If avoiding parties is not enough to become a social pariah  I can be a real bore when I bombard non readers friends or colleagues with book informations when truly, they don’t give a fig!

Yeah, no surprise that people avoid me in the hall and stopped inviting me. And I have still the gall to feel left out…. 

And my social image does not get better when my fellow commuters are used to that crazy woman crying on the train or laughing histerically when she is not insulting her ereader….

 

3)I am slowly but surely  headed to beg on the street as I could not buy groceries for my family.

I can’t eat books yet does not seem to be able to stop buying them. My shelves are overflowing! Maybe I should join a RA group as in Readers Anonymous? “Hi, my name is Sophie and I am addicted to books”.”Welcome Sophie.”

 

4)I have NEVER anything to read… even if my shelves are crumpling under the weight of books.

I am the Rebecca Bloomwood of books! No green scraf for me, just a golden bookmark please (and some custom funkos).

 

5)I’ve learned to live dangerously!

Who said reading was a safe activity? I learned to read walk (avoiding savage lamp posts trying to jump on me and gaping holes magically conjured to swallow me and send me in a magical realm where books are forbidden *gasp*). I have been known to perch precariously on the edge of a ladder just to take that perfect shot of my new book to post on Instagram. Cue an epic fall (true story) where I protected my camera and the book with my body (battered and bruised).

See what I have become and done for books?

 

Now do tell me: what have you done for books? Or if you’d rather like, what are your reading habits?

 

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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40 Replies to “Portrait of a reader and his habits … What books make me do! Top 5 Tuesday”

  1. Olivia-Savannah says: Reply

    Oh, I agree! Why spend money on anything else but books? And I get you – sometimes I just want to stay in and read my book as well, rather than go out and do things. I love when I read a book in public and feel like I become invisible because I am lost in another world!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      That’s exactly how I feel Olivia! So sucked into the story that I forget the outside world! I nearly missed my train stop more than once as I was so engrossed in my read LOL

  2. I love this list! And that was me last summer, reading on the beach hysterically crying. Everyone stared but I didn’t care lol. And then I did it again the next day ack. I also could feel those same stares when I was laughing so hard I’d cry. What’s a girl to do.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly Jen! What’s a girl to do LOL

  3. Great post and number 4 is so relatable, lol.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Aaah yes Suzanne! LOL

  4. Read walk!!! Tell me about it!!! That technique, once acquired, is soooo deadly but yet soooo efficient to get some reading done!!! 😀 Great post, Sophie!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      No! You readwelk too Lashaan??? We absolutely must meet one day and go on a stroll together readwalking of course LOL

  5. I much prefer reading over talking when I travel by train. =P

    Happy readings!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you Tania! You too by the way 😉

  6. Hello fellow socially awkward person! I also dog-ear pages in books for quotes. It just makes life so much easier. And this list is so relatable omg. Are we the same person??? Lololol.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Maybe we are some estranged twins Loretta? LOL

  7. Ah yes…from one introvert to another, well said my friend, LOL!:-)

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Bwahaha thanks TRisy!!

  8. Avoids interaction in order to spend time reading? *raises hand* Socially awkward? *raises other hand*

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      That’s why we’d do so well together Tanya! Two peas in a pod LOL

  9. Hilarious post, and yet also sooo relatabel 😉

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I know!!!!! LOL

  10. Sofie, that’s so hilarious! That is exactly how I am too! I avoid the work lunch room, and read at my desk. Sometimes people still talk to me, and I think I’m obvious when I give them the look. The one that says “can’t you see I’m busy”.

    I have also mastered the art of reading and walking. I can even go up and down the steps. Readers get really good with their peripheral vision, for sure.

    The only one on your list I don’t do is the Instagram pictures. But, I can totally understand wanting that perfect shot.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Ah yes “the look” ! Astonishing how some people don’t get that we just don’t want to be bothered because we are in the middle of something juicy or romantic or suspenseful or …. LOL

      1. Exactly! It’s rude to interrupt someone when they’re in a conversation. And reading is a very long internal conversation

        1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

          Ooooh I’ll say that one the next time someone interrupts me Wendy! Good one!!!

  11. I can relate to never having anything to read! HA! The book I choose has to fit with my mood and sometimes only a fresh new book can do that. Awesome list! 🙂

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Isn’t it annoying truly? We’d be way more rich if we could just read what’s already on our TBR! LOL

  12. i can definitely relate to all these but you’ve written them in a way only witty person like you can do. I really enjoyed this post sophie. And the gifs are so fitting.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      I am so happy if I made you smile or even better, laugh Lili!

  13. “insulting her ereader” haha. Right? So true… and I had to laugh at #5. Yes the things we do for a good book pic! 🙂

    Same w/ #3 lol. I can’t stop buying!!!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes yes insulting my ereader LOL

  14. Who needs food, when you have books? It’s odd how us bookworms can have a million books, and still, nothing to read. I walked home from the train station one day, 2 miles, and I read while I walked since I only had small side streets to cross. I got a lot accomplished.

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Exactly! It all began with a book I had nearly finished, kind of like 10 pages remaining when my train entered the station and then …

  15. Haha I could totally see you falling and protecting the book 😀 I would probably do the same thing! And I also dog ear books .. shhhhhh

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Nooo! You too Brittany???? LOL

  16. This is brilliant! I too laugh or cry on trains!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      And we gain all the odd looks from non readers LOL

  17. The last one made me laugh!!! Seriously, Sophie?

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Yes, seriously Raven! :-D)))))))

  18. Love the post, Sophie – and that cat made me laugh so hard!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Well I nearly spit my coffe on my computer when I saw the GIF Teri so …. 🙂

  19. I couldn’t stop laughing, your post is hilarious!

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Mission accomplished then Kaya 🙂

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