Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. This week’s topic is Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books (i.e. skip meals, camped outside a bookstore, broke up with someone because they don’t like books, etc. – submitted by Aggie’s Amygdala)

Forgive me for I have sinned…

I have not noticed people waving at me because I was in the middle of a great audiobook

I don’t know if I turn to books because I cannot sleep or if I do not sleep because I like to read. It’s complicated, okay.

Use everything as a bookmark. Despair over what to use as bookmark. Spend copious hours making bookmarks.

I’ve cried on a public transport and coffeeshops because a character died.

I’ve spent A LOT of money on books.

…And many hours. Days. Months probably.

I’ve asked Librarians weirdest questions and have made them look for books based on my super vague descriptions.

Throughout school, my grades were mostly mediocre because I would rather read than study

I seem to live in a lie where I think library books are mine. Often resulting in overdue books.

Gotten unreasonably angry at people who don’t read.

I’ve cancelled social events because I would rather read

Skipped all the things I should have done to read the book before the movie.

The lengths I dragged my parents through as kid to get a specific edition of the book. Thank you mom and dad <3

While writing this post, I stumbled upon a following comic. Check it out:
70 Weird Things That Book Addicts Do


What outrageous things have you done for the love of books? Leave a comment below. Happy TTT!

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    1. :D Yup! And I think I was fined for titles no one wanted and I had hard time with them too…. Like Paradise Lost. YEAH!! Bookmarks!! I left all mine back in Finland and now I’m pissed when I need one

    1. Ah, such a good question. I think this quote by Elie Wiesel describes it partly: “To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” I feel like we owe it to humankind not to ever let it come to a third world war. To speak up again injustice happening in different part of the world and how would you know of it if you do not read? And also to carry the burden of past generations because otherwise what to we leave behind us. So I feel like people who do not read are ignorant/arrogant. Secondly, I just love readers! :D Most philosophical, empathetic and understanding people ever. Usually with good sense of humor and imagination.

      What prompted the question? You get angry at them too?

      1. That makes a great deal of sense.

        Most of the time, I’m simply perplexed by people who hate all forms of reading. I would say I get annoyed by folks who purposefully avoid learning new things, though. Willful ignorance gets under my skin.

        1. There’s nothing quite like being simply perplexed but yes I am too. Yeah, although sometimes I wonder if ignorance is bliss and life is happier in that little pink bubble.

  1. I sometimes wonder what I would do differently with all the time and money I’ve spent on books! But I probably wouldn’t change a thing!

  2. I cried at work while reading a book (and the character didn’t even die). So glad I didn’t read the end of Clockwork Princess at work…

    I recently got some nice magnetic bookmarks… because I actually went out and bought them, and they’re so cute (some of my favorite book characters) I learned that if I stick them on the title page or book jacket then I don’t lose them.

    1. :D At work?? I wish I could that! Haven’t dared yet and I’m maybe too social on lunch breaks.

      That’s a clever way to go about the bookmarks! I should buy ones too. Where’d you get yours from?

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