23 Words For Book Lovers That Really Should Exist.

New words for the people who love them.

Originally posted on Buzzfeed Books on Jan. 5, 2015, at 2:51 p.m., by Alex Alvarea


1. A word for the smell of a new book.

Smells like freshness and adventures to be had.

2. A word for the smell of an old book.

3. A word for the guilt you feel when you accidentally tear part of a book.

I never meant to hurt you.


4. A word for the exquisite ache you feel when waiting for the paperback version to publish.

5. A word for owning 7,852 bookmarks yet never finding one when you need it.

6. A word for reading something you’ve always felt, but could never articulate.

7. A word for never wanting a book to end.

8. A word for finishing a book out of a sense of duty.

9. A word for that one book you read over and over and over.

10. A word for not remembering whether something happened to you… or you read it in a book.

11. A word for the totally unnecessary annoyed feeling you get when seeing a book you love reissued with a movie poster as it’s cover.

12. A word for the despair you feel when someone spoils a book’s ending for you.

The ultimate betrayal.


13. A word for laughing in public because of something you’ve just read.

14. A word for feeling such a close kinship with an author that you feel they’re writing just for you.

Kindred spirits, by pages bound.


15. A word for when you read a steamy section of a book in public and sense that EVERYONE KNOWS.

16. A word for knowing that you cannot fully understand a person unless you see what’s on their bookshelf.

17. A word for the kind of crush that develops on a person after seeing what they’re reading.

I love your brain.


18. A word for being so engrossed in a book that you begin thinking and speaking like its characters.

19. A word for the realization that there is such a thing as “bookstore porn.”

20. A word for the creeping horror you feel when someone informs you that “I never read.”

21. A word for owning more books than you technically have space for.

It’s not a problem. It’s a challenge.


22. A word for reading a phrase in a book and needing to pause and just bask in its beauty for a moment.

23. The word for the special love that blooms when you lend someone a book and they love it just as much as you do.

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