The Trials & Tribulations of a Book Worm
Do you ever feel like no one understands you? That you’ve seen that half perplexed, half incredulous look on someone’s face one too many times after having to explain yet again exactly why you NEED that one extra book, despite your groaning bookcase? Well, you are not alone. Here at Under the Covers we understand, having experienced all these things ourselves.
A lot of people find our book-related behaviours on the unacceptable side of odd and it is just one of the many hardships us bookworms must put up with. Why is it acceptable for mature adults to cry, holler and generally carry on like an over-excited toddler about a football game and yet, you get the least bit excited about some book related news, or shed a few tears, aka wail inconsolably over a characters’ death. and you are looked as if the crazy has departed with you on the first carriage? So, I may have been a little…over excited when I heard that Lisa Kleypas was writing historical romances again, admittedly, I could see how the jazz hands and the “demon noises” may have freaked the weak-minded out, but have you seen the bare chested, face painted blubbering men after their team have won a game? That’s true horror my friends. And my sobbing like a baby at bedtime whilst reading The Shadows by J.R. Ward, the less said about that the better.
To some, it may seem strange to have such extreme reactions to essentially made-up people and situations. To those that say that… I say you lack imagination. Whenever I open a book I can immerse myself into brave new worlds, alternative realities that in real life are impossible and therefore I shall never see. I can bring life to characters that feel like old friends or bitter enemies and I can travel back and forth in time and space. That’s right guys, reading books can turn you into Doctor Who. For those of you who don’t know who the hell this Doctor Who is, I implore you to find out!
So, the next time someone gives you that “look” I described earlier – the half perplexed, half incredulous one – you should pity them. Surely if they have ever truly enjoyed and absorbed themselves into a book they should understand your need for just one more.
Here are some of the things I have done that have provoked “the look”:
- Booked a day off to read a release I was desperate to get my hands on. Usually this is J.R. Ward or Ilona Andrews!
- Discovered I have 3 copies of the same book: kindle copy, paperback, signed hardbook…again this is usually J.R. Ward!
- Sobbing like a baby/laughing like a hyena, any extreme emotional reaction whilst reading a book…normally people just back away slowly!
- Talking about characters like they are real people – we’ve all done it…Although certain people think I have a husband named Wrath, whom I’m cheating on with my boyfriend Curran.
- Express EXTREME trepidation about your favourite series being turned into a film/TV series. Because, we all know they’ll never get it right!
- Authors being treated like rock stars. There’s a particular conversation between myself, Annie and Francesca that may induce J.R.Ward to issue a restraining order. Nuff said.
Do these woes seem familiar to you? What are your particular book crazies?
Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?