Book Boosters. That’s my term for those of us that love books, love reading, love to promote reading and books. Reading–rhymes with breathing. Can’t go through life without either. Actually, make that a day. Something as wonderful as reading books tends to get knocked about: Bookworm, Get Outside, You’re Reading Another Book. You know the gamut.
Apparently we bibliophiles (very different from being a bibliomaniac) are profiled as being loners, hoarders, idolizers of authors, browsers–I shall not continue. An article in the Huffington Post entitled “These Stereotypes About Book Lovers Are Absolutely True, and That’s a Good Thing” lists 31 stereotypes. I’ve pulled the Top Ten I’ll admit to:
1. I never leave home without a book (I count the one I got going on my iPhone)
2. I don’t loan out books for fear of having them returned in a shabby condition (do not dog ear, please oh please)
3. I give books as presents (even if they would rather have a Red Robin gift card).
4. I would actually collect author trading cards (I’ll trade you my Vonnegut for your Whitman).
5. Yes, I do read about how famous authors became so well-loved because I do believe myself to be a page away from writing the Great American Novel (okay, I’ll amend that to Novel)
6. Bad movie adaptations can crease my day (perhaps not my whole summer, just a couple of weeks worth)
7. Finding a typo is irritating (though I live in a glass house, I’m afraid)
8. Yes, I do have strong, unwavering opinions about e-books (never mind what I said in #1)
9. Being located near a library is more important than other aspects of moving (Libraries rate over Starbucks proximity)
10. Audio books are marvelous road trip companions (Will it bother you if I plug in my book?)
Then in a December 2013 post, BookRiot blogger Dr.B busted a move and dispelled some very important points: not caring about dog earing books *gasp* or cracking spines *be still my heart*; rarely giving books as gifts *but, but, they would like this one–I’m sure they would*; not caring about bad adaptations *oh, to have such strength*; typos? no big deal *again, to have such a cavalier attitude*.
What leanings do you have towards your profiling? Are you the Huffington style of traditional or more of the forgiving Dr. B?