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Mindful Mondays: Is It Wrong To Be a Bookworm?

Monday, May 9, 2016

May 9, 2016

Hello Hello Hello!

Wow two weeks in a row! I'm pretty sure that is some type of record when it comes to these posts! Recently I had a conversation with a guy about my age from New Zealand. No surprise that we started chatting on my favorite current app, QuizUp. I destroyed him in Greek Mythology and he decided to message me. I usually don't talk to random strangers over the internet, but this guy seemed normal...kind of. 


Anyways his personality traits are not important in this case. He asked me what other topics I liked to play and I told him my other high scoring games which were things like "book quotes", "name that book title", "Harry Potter", and a bunch of other books. He started laughing and saying that I was one of "those people". Now I was quickly offended as I didn't understand who "those people" were. When I asked this mystery man, he said I was a bookworm. I quickly relaxed and laughed. I've been called a bookworm all my life and it's never bothered me.

Yet, after this conversation I went on tumblr and saw some surprising things. I actually read a post about someone being teased for reading. What? How can someone be teased for reading? That's like being made fun of for walking instead of running or having tea instead of coffee. I have been reading since I was about two or three and I never really thought to, just, not. This isn't the first time I've heard about this actually. Being teased and bullied for reading has been around forever. I was teased as a child, but never really thought about it. Usually people just make quips like, "You're still reading?" or "Why can't you just put the book down, Haley?" Now obviously those statements are not meant to be mean and they aren't, but they are still judgmental. Yeah, I am still reading and yes, if I want to spend forty dollars on a box set because my birthday is in a few weeks then I will do that (looking at you mom).

There are these stereotypes about "bookworms" that they are nerds or antisocial. Okay so I am a nerd and just a little antisocial, but that has nothing to do with the amount I read and people need to understand that. Books are language and without language people wouldn't be able to communicate and discuss the beautiful things in life. I don't know about you, but some of my favorite conversations is when I am discussing my favorite book with someone. Goodreads and Tumblr, and even other blogs are perfect places for people like me to go on tangents and discuss the entirety of the Percy Jackson series or how much I adore Eleanor & Park! That is what books are meant to do! They are supposed to introduce feelings and new and exciting thoughts into your life. I have never been ashamed to be a book lover.

The next time someone asks you why you love reading so much, I want you to do three simple things. Number 1: Glare
Number 2: Go to your shelf and pick up your favorite book (I know it's hard, but just pick a good one)
Number 3: Ask them to read it. If they ask why, just shrug your shoulders and smile. Point at the book and say "THAT is why I love reading so much"

Just leave it like that and it will either get them to leave you alone or you just pulled a new fandom member into the holds of whatever little bound bundle of joy you gave to them. I want you to remember something. Always do what makes you happy and if that is reading then you better well do it! I could go on and on about my favorite books and how they changed my life, but that will take up more than just a Monday. I do have a small list over in the Books category in the menu bar, but that is only a sliver of my favorites.

A bookworm is just as important as a person who loves music or food or coffee instead of tea. Embrace being a little bookworm because someday all of the books that are popular now are going to be forgotten and it will be YOU that will be able to tell your kids or grandchildren about the adventures of Margo Roth Speigleman and Hannah Baker. Feel free to use my blog as your book hub, I would love to hear your discussions about your favorite books.

What is your favorite book? Do you have one? Let me know please!

Stay Mindful.

- Haley

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