23 Words For Book Lovers That Really Should Exist.

Published January 19, 2015 by Shadow Girl

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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