Eight feels you’ll only understand if you’re a book nerd

June 20, 2017
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Life is a bit different for us book lovers. We do weird things like obsess over fictional characters and spend our rent money on our growing book collection. In books, we enter a world that is entirely our own (yes, that was a Harry Potter reference, deal with it). Here are some feels you will understand if you’ve ever succumbed to the great power of books.

The book hangover AKA the joy and agony of ending a great book

The book hangover is that gut wrenching feeling when you finish the best series ever and you don’t know what to do for the rest of your life. This soul crushing experience prevents you from starting another series because you’re still mentally living in the other novel’s world. I especially experienced this after my first time finishing Harry Potter. What do I do now after having my mind completely blown? I’m not the same person anymore. I’m pretty sure I am a wizard now. And reading anything that doesn’t have Harry, Ron or Hermione in it is pointless.

When new/old book smells are life

It’s my absolute favourite smell and I can’t really describe the scent. But all book lovers smell a new book before they start reading – it’s practically a crime not to. All I know is I don’t want to be judged when I’m crouched in the corner of Dymocks aggressively sniffing new books. It’s my guilty pleasure OK?

Meeting new friends

That instant bonding connection you get when someone loves the same series as you and after hours of fangirling, you realise you’ve just made a new best friend.

When rainy days are the best

Secretly enjoying stormy weather because that means you have an excuse to curl up with a good book and tea.

Deciding whether a friend can borrow your book

There are many things to consider when a loved one asks to borrow one of your books. Can they be trusted? How fast will they read this book? Will they enjoy it? Can your friendship survive if they don’t enjoy it? Will they return it in the same condition? Anyone who has a close and almost mother like relationship with their books knows the anxious feeling of trusting your friends with one of your treasured possessions.

“Be good to my baby, (whispers) or you’ll regret it.”

Going broke for your collection

When the last of your pay check goes on that beautiful, hard cover, fantasy novel and you get that familiar excitement in the pit of your stomach, you hope it’s worth not being able to buy food this week because of your addiction to fill up your bookcase (it always is).

When Kindles are the devil

Yes, it is a wonderful idea that you can carry around hundreds of books in one, but it just isn’t the same. For me, half the joy of being a book lover is the pride in seeing my colourful collection of books standing proud on my shelf. And when I did try a Kindle, the battery ran out in the middle of my train ride forcing me to actually sit and engage with the real world. All I could think was, “A book would never do this to me”. Hence why I claim that Kindle is the devil’s product.

Being completely absorbed

The absolute best feeling is when you’re completely consumed by a novel and the story starts to play like a movie in your head that you lose all concept of time and forget to eat and sleep. Only the best novels can make you feel completely submerged within another world that you forget the one you are living in.

Sophie Nicolas

Sophie is studying a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and is an aspiring writer, dog enthusiast and thrift shop fashion icon. 

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