I almost cried when I heard my local library was reopening. Not curbside service but actual in-person browsing. Why?
Because I’m a bonafide book nerd. I didn’t realize there was a term for this before, but it explains a lot of things. Reasons I know I’m a book nerd?
- Needing to finish another page, even in the dimmest of light
- Mispronouncing words because I originally learned them on a page
- Packing books first before a scheduled vacation
I’ve been thinking about my book nerdiness because I saw that a new book, Book Nerd, had released a few weeks ago. It’s an illustrated gift book for readers. I’ve also been reading posts about #authorlifemonth on Instagram from the 2021 Debuts. It all reminded me that the bookish community is where I belong.
Why do I love libraries and books so much? While growing up, books were my way to:
- Learn about new places (when we couldn’t go far)
- Travel in time (to the past or the future)
- Find book friends (when I didn’t quite fit in with my peers)
I feel an overwhelming sense of peace whenever I’m near books. It hit me when I entered the library again–for the first time in over a year.
Perhaps that’s also why I collect bookish items. I get to turn to them and find renewed solace whenever I need it, which happened a lot recently.
Here’s a peek at my bookish collection and my associations with them…
Checkout card journal: Reminds me of my quiet childhood
To Write or Not to Write decal: Encourages me on my writing journey
We Need Diverse Books tote bag: Captures the joy of finding myself reflected in literature
Fun book accessories: Provides inspiration for me to be creative
Believe book ornament: Revives hope during the long publishing journey
Finally, this photo is of a poster I saw on my last trip to the library:
Do you think of yourself as a book nerd?