Top Ten Tuesday: ten signs you’re a book lover

So apparently, some things us book lovers do are not considered normal. Like what do you mean most people don’t spend whole hours in bookshops?! So weird. Anyway, in this Top Ten Tuesday, I list all the signs that you’re a book lover!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book tag hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. You can find all the prompts here! Now let’s get into some book lover traits…

1: Your free time is usually devoted to reading

Any free moment you get, you have a book in your hand. I know I certainly do. No matter how busy we get in our lives, we manage to somehow squeeze in reading time every day!

2: You bring a book with you everywhere you go

Imagine having a long wait in a waiting room, a long commute, or just boredom at a party, and having nothing but your phone. A nightmare! Luckily us bookworms always have a book with us in some form, be that audio, e-book, or physical.

3: The employees at the bookstore know you

If you’re like me and somehow end up at the bookstore almost every day, chances are the employees know you by name. For me it got to a point that the employees at my Barnes & Noble knew exactly what I would be interested in without having to ask my preferences…

4: You’ve said “at least it’s not drugs” at least once

“At least it’s not drugs.” You say, while loading the tenth book in your online shopping cart. “At least it’s not drugs.”

You’ve also definitely said this to your family/spouse/friends at some point in your life when they have the audacity to judge you for your book buying habits.

5: You think reading 50+ books in one year is normal

So I feel bad when I read less than 50 books per year. Then I find out there exist non-book lovers in this world that read less than ten. Don’t know how they do that. I’ve already read almost 14 books and I think I’m going slow!

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6: Your TBR is kind of out of control

You want to read ALL the books. Therefore, your TBR has like, 300 books on it. But that’s okay! You’ll get to them eventually. Right after you reread your favorite book for the fifth time. Speaking of…

7: You like to reread favorites

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve reread Harry Potter at this point. Even if it’s just to revisit your favorite scenes, your favorite books will always be there to welcome you back and give you an immense sense of comfort.

8: You don’t shut up about books. Like, ever

When you finish an amazing book, you want to talk about it IMMEDIATELY. But usually you refrain, because duh, spoilers. But once your favorite fellow book lover has finished the book too, you will discuss every detail.

Or you’re like me and you lay out your feelings to your friend who doesn’t read anyway. That way you can spoil whatever you want.

9: Your books are your babies and you will protect them

I don’t know about you guys, but I love keeping my books in near-new condition. They’re all neatly arranged on my shelves and I die a little inside every time I accidentally crack the spine. You probably don’t lend your books to friends and family either. What if they don’t give it back in excellent condition?!

10: Anytime you finish a book you die a little inside when you realize the next one isn’t coming out for another year

Every. Single. Time. And we knowingly do it, too! We buy the new book, read it in like, a day, and suddenly we realize we have to wait another whole year for the sequel. Torture!

And then you do it again when the sequel does come out 🙂

There’s my top ten! Do you agree with this list? What are some other traits that make you a book lover?

Cover image by Hannah Bruckner via Unsplash


  1. March 31, 2020 / 3:08 pm

    Yes, I think we all bring books with us wherever we go! It’s always good to have something to read if you get stuck in line somewhere.

    My TTT .

    • simonevanheijst
      March 31, 2020 / 5:01 pm


  2. March 31, 2020 / 7:41 pm

    So much yes to this list! I think a lot of non-bookish people don’t understand #1. I’ve had people tell me all the time that they don’t have time to read, and I’m just like … but you spend two hours a day watching TV? xD You just choose to spend your free time differently!

    Wait. You’re telling me that reading more than 50 books a year *isn’t* normal? Pffft. Surely not. It’s all those others who are abnormal. Oh gosh, I feel #10 so hard. I’m looking forward to a lot of books coming out in September and October and at least it’s not a year away, but it’s still so far.

    Here’s my TTT post.

    • simonevanheijst
      March 31, 2020 / 8:52 pm

      Yay I’m glad you relate! People who “don’t have time to read” confuse me 🙊

      I always try to read at least 50 books per year, no matter what my year is like!

      I loved reading your TTT. As a fellow fantasy bookwyrm, your list is super relatable!

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