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How To Make A Reader Mad // ft. me spilling all the bookworm secrets

.Hello, readers and non-readers of the internet!

Reading is an extremely dangerous hobby. I mean, not only do we have to deal with physical dangers (like walking into a wall, getting paper cuts, etc. etc.), we also have to cope with several emotional hazards. And I’m not just talking about feels from books – there are some things that Non-Readers™ say that really, really, hurts my feelings.

I’ll be delving into all the things you can say or do to make a reader extremely annoyed/mad: so bookworms, get ready to have all our secrets spilled. Normies, make careful notes so you can plot our downfall.

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readers @ everyone else

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1. “You’re still reading that book? What are you, 8?”

THIS GETS ME EVERY TIME. Reading books doesn’t have an age limit: anyone is allowed to read any genre they like, whether it be middle grade or young adult. Besides, what’s it to you? It’s not like what we’re reading is affecting your life in any way so just let us be???

The age groups given on books is just a suggestion, it’s not a fixed limit. Also, classics such as A Christmas Carol shouldn’t really be counted as “children’s books” – they’re books with messages that apply to everyone. And they’re pretty entertaining so??

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a conversation

Non-reader: Um, what are you reading?
Reader: Alice in Wonderland! I love it so mu-
Non-reader: You’re still reading that? Dude, we finished it in like third grade.
Reader: That was an abridged vers-
Non-reader: What are you, eight?
Reader: *anger mode activate*

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2. “Why are you reading the book when you can just watch the movie?”

Why do you eat food when you can just look at pictures of it on the internet??

IT’S THE SAME FREAKING REASON. Sure, the movie might be good, but why would you want a watered-down version of the real thing?? Reading a book is like seeing everything directly in your brain, while the movie is essentially half the content in a visual format. I don’t see the appeal???

I don’t get how reading the book is a waste of time?? You’re developing so many skills – any one can just watch a freaking movie! (I mean, it takes brains to understand the movie, but whatever.)

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a conversation

Non-reader: Hey, isn’t that Harry Potter?
Reader: Yeah, you like?
Non-reader: I saw the movies. Why would you even bother reading a book?
Reader: Um, because it’s so much b-
Non-reader: Honestly, it’s such a waste of time.
Reader: *anger mode activate*

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3. *talking*

To be honest, sometimes it’s just talking that sets us on edge. To be more specific: jumping in with useless gossip when we’re clearly trying to read.

ALL I WANT TO DO IS READ A BOOK WITHOUT ANYONE INTERRUPTING ME ONCE. Seriously, it’s next to impossible to try to read in peace. Someone will interrupt no matter what. And even when you try to blatantly show that no, you’re not listening, THEY WON’T STOP TALKING. non-readers, I love some of you, but leave me the hell alone. 

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a conversation

Reader: *completely engrossed in a book, there’s a fight scene going on, it’s some Serious Business*
Non-Reader: Oh my gosh!! I totally need to tell you about every single thing that happened to me today!
Reader: *irritated* I’m reading, tell me later?
Non-Reader: Okay, so first, I got gum in my hair, and it was a total mess, and then I spilled juice down the front of my shirt, which made it worse-
Reader: Dude, tell me later!
Non-reader: And then, no one even helped me! I can’t imagine why, I’m so nice-
Reader: *anger mode activate*

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4. “Do you really need so many books? Can’t you just throw some out?”

…eXCUSE ME MOTHER? WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?

Throwing out books is equivalent to throwing out my babies. Even if I don’t read one that much, there is emotional significance and memories and thoughts and loads of other things attached to it!! I will WEEP if I ever have to get rid of any of my books.

Just because I have less shelf space doesn’t mean I need to get rid of my books?? I can just,, buy another bookshelf,, again,, (no I’m not kidding I literally have two whole bookshelves and still not enough space kms)

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I NEED.

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a conversation

Reader: *returns from store, with loads of books in hand* Now to sort these!
Non-reader: Um, how will those even fit in your shelf?
Reader: Eh, I’ll figure it out.
Non-reader: Don’t you have a little too many books?
Reader: No such thing!
Non-reader: You should seriously consider throwing some out.
Reader: *anger mode activate*

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5. “Fiction isn’t even real, why are you bothering to read it?”

there are just so many things wrong with this sentence. i just. i can’t.

Facts aren’t everything?? Reading stuff like fiction enhances your right brain – y’know, the creative and fun part. And it makes you feel stuff. Reading is reading; you’re going through the same things whether it be Helen Keller’s autobiography or Six of Crows. (Also, reading stuffy old books full of history things and blah is boring and does absolutely nothing to help you develop as a person.)

Just because something isn’t real doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter – it absolutely does, and @ all the people who say stuff like this, stop: what we read isn’t affecting you. You shouldn’t be concerned with it, or tell us what we should do.

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a conversation

Non-reader: All that fantasy stuff you read is really bad for you.
Reader: Uh — how?
Non-reader: It’s going to affect your mindset about the real world, and you’ll turn into a weird antisocial loner who just talks about vampires.
Reader: What? Um, no?
Non-reader: Why do you even read fiction anyway? It’s practically useless.
Reader: *anger mode activate*

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6. “It’s just a book!”

IT’S NEVER JUST A BOOK. 

Reading isn’t a hobby, it’s a lifestyle. When you read, you get invested in the characters, the plot, the setting – everything. That’s what makes for a good reading experience. I’m not exaggerating when I say that some books have made me cry; I’ve actually cried over them.

Books have changed my life, dear uninformed person. Don’t EVER tell me it’s “just a book” because I’m emotionally distraught after a beloved character died or that I’m SO SO SO mad about something in a book. Books do things you just don’t even UNDERSTAND.

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Non-reader: Dude, are you okay? Why are you crying?
Reader: *between sobs* HE DIED AND IT’S NOT FAIR NOTHING IS FAIR THE WHOLE WORLD IS UNFAIR
Non-reader: What are you talking about?? Who died?
Reader: *crying harder* IT HURTS TO SAY HIS NAME
Non-reader: *sighing* Is he fictional?
Reader: THAT DOESN’T CHANGE THE FACT THAT HE’S DEAD AND IT HURTS
Non-reader: It’s just a book! Get over it!
Reader: *anger mode activate*

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Reader: *throws book* 

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shall we chat

What are some things that annoy you as a reader? (Or maybe you’re the non-reader??) Would you agree with the things on this list? AND DO YOU SOMETIMES WISH THAT PEOPLE WOULD JUST STOP TALKING???

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[PS: sorry for the delay and the short post! I haven’t been feeling great lately, and there’s lots of school work to deal with too :/ I promise I’m back now, though!]

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hi i'm aris just your everyday trashcan who fangirls over everything • book blogger • reader • ravenclaw • indian • ambivert • i try to be cool but fail miserably

35 thoughts on “How To Make A Reader Mad // ft. me spilling all the bookworm secrets

  1. Yes! Stop talking while I’m reading! And never, ever suggest I get rid of any of my precious books! I might turn into Gollum from LOTR, *My Precious* whenever I’m around my bookshelves.

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  2. Oh my gosh yes! All of these are so maddening! Honestly people should just not talk to me when I’m reading… It will end much better for them that way. I was sitting there reading earlier, barely containing tears, because my book was SAD, and my brother comes downstairs, sits down on the couch next to me humming some random super upbeat song, and I just snapped.
    Also, whenever I’m sad over a book, he’s so insensitive, and do you know what he tells me?!?! He says that I JUST SHOULDN’T READ THE BOOK IF IT’S SAD!!! What even?! No. Just no.

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  3. OKAY THAT IS SO RELATABLE MY PARENTS LITERALLY DO NOT KNOW WHEN TO STOP SINGING IT’S SO ANNOYING UGHHHH

    omg that makes no sense?? books are great because they make you feel things and sadness is just one of those feelings, so i think it’s good even though, y’know, it’s… sad.

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  4. WHY IS THIS POST SO RELATABLE ARIS OMG. Like the books are almost ALWAYS better than the books? Apart from some rare cases like I feel the book theif movie and Book were on the same level and I enjoy the Maze Runner Movies WAY more than the book! SO LIKE THATS A THING but its rare. PLUS I WILL STILL ALWAYS READ THE BOOK FIRST!? I mean how could I not? It would be like betraying THE BOOKWORM CULTURE RIGHT?!

    and like when people say its just a book IM JUST LIKE “are u serious?” REALLY!??! It’s not JUST a book. Its a collection of freaking magical words that transport me to another words and makes me fall in love with characters and then ship them so wildly MY HEART HURTS. It makes me fangirl, and forget how to read, and SCREAM. Just a book, cool.

    and ugh I used to get judged for reading a book with a Male MC and i was like??? WHAT THE HECK DUDE?? i mean i was in primary and borrowed this book and everyone was like staring at me like “uhhh why is she reading a BOY book” and they all had their rainbow magic fairy books and cupcake diary books and I just felt so annoyed and embarassed. NOTHINg wrong with “girly” books but LIKE THERE IS no SuCH THINGS AS GIRL AND BOY BOOKS SERIOUSLY

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  5. THANKS ILSA ❤ and yES I LOVED THE MOVIE AND THE BOOK OF THE BOOK THIEF! i found the maze runner books a little boring after the first one ;-; YEAH READING BOOKS FIRST IS LIKE THE NUMBER ONE RULE OF THIS CULT(URE)

    sjsjsjsjs YOU WRAPPED IT UP SO BEAUTIFULLY YES ILSA Y E S THAT IS M FEELINGS IN ONE PARAGRAPH

    dude omg, relatable. I was reading Alex Rider and everyone thought it was so weird and I just?? BOOKS ARE FOR ALL GENDERS LETS NOT DISCRIMINATE THANKU

    (your comment is gorgeous, thanks so much ❤ )

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  6. ARIS. HOW CAN YOU EXPOSE US LIKE THIS. 😂😂 THIS POST IS AMAZING AND SO RELATABLE OMG. I have the struggle with basically alll of these but specifically the talking and “it’s just the book”??! MY SISTER DOES THIS TO ME ALL THE TIME. She’ll always just talk to me while I’m reading and then get annoyed when I don’t listen to her and then I just explode because I JUST WANT TO READ, OKAY. And she’s disrupting me. 😂 And when books are so emotional and I’m freaking out and my sister goes “It’s just a book” and I nearly scream, okay. WHY DO THEY NEVER UNDERSTAND. *cries* Loved this post, Aris!!

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  7. I MUST SPILL THE BOOKWORM SECRETS xD omg everyone is talking about how annoying their siblings are, I HAVE NONE HAHAHA. non-readers are peasants, readers > everyone, remember? YOU HAVE THE REST OF US BOOKWORMS, ANALEE, DON’T WORRY. Thanks!! 😀

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  8. I agree with you 100%. But I confess I finally had to donate some books because I have been collecting them much longer than you (because I am OLD) and they were everywhere. Even after purging several times, I still have two full shelves and stacks of them. Re: crying, I think I may have cried once because I got to the last page of a book I loved so much I was that sad it was over. Thanks for another great post.

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  9. haha that’s fair xD I’ve only been buying books for a few years now so it isn’t a really a fair comparison, and I agree that you can’t keep EVERY single book you buy. aND OMG I HAVE DEFINITELY DONE THE SAME THING. Why does the book have to end?? I want to read it FOREVER.

    Thanks!! 😀

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  10. this is a Big mood.

    i personally hate not being able to read certain books or not wanting to see me read certain books in public (texas is such a good time) because people will #hardcorejudge me.
    so basically never read in public.

    great post!!!

    (also hows life??)

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  11. Awesome post! I love the way it is formatted with the conversations and it is hilarious. I especially loved your analogy of book vs. movie being like eating vs. looking at pictures of food on the internet. SPOT ON. Excellent post. Seriously.
    By the way, I tagged you for the Rising Author Tag! No pressure to participate, but if you want to it would be fun to see your answers!
    Again, great post, I loved it. BOOKS ARE LIFE.

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  12. THIS POST SPOKE TO MY SOUL.

    PEOPLE TALKING. NO. JUST. They need to shush sometimes because jeeeeeze I cannot handle that!!

    And is anyone dares DARES to tell me to throw out books, they’re the ones I’ll be THROWING out of my life. THEY ARE MY CHILDREN.

    OH OH OH “JUST A BOOK”? They can. leave. Jump in a hole. burn. IT’S NOT JUST A BOOK.

    What really gets to me when I’m reading, and when there’s some stuff that you REALLY need to concentrate on, is like IDK how to describe it, but really loud background noise??? I know,,, that’s like SO picky, but it’s trueeeeee. SO I have to listen to music to drown the rest out otherwise I get really agitated aha. Omggg and I was once in registration and some guy sitting next to me decided to say that my book was “basic” based on the cover!! THE COVER!! He said that about every single one of the books that I read because it wasn’t a book that he had heard of/liked (ie just game of thrones!!) and fjgfdkjgnfdjkhjdfkh I HATE PEOPLE COMMENTING ON MY BOOKS FJGNKJFDGNJDFKGN.

    Okay byeee. this post was brilliant ❤

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  13. OMFG I’M SO GLAD ❤ ❤

    yeah i wish there was a mute button for people like these???

    HAHAH TRUE. THAT'S WHAT I'LL DO.

    "it's just a book" NO IT'S A WAY OF LIVING LIFE. YOU CAN GO BURN IN A FURNACE THANKS VERY MUCH.

    okay i think i get what you mean – sometimes i'm reading a hardcore action scene and get really into it, and then my mom just starts talking really loud in the background and i get so mad??? i like listening to music while reading but sometimes i get distracted by the lyrics hahaha

    OH M GOSH I HATE PEOPLE LIKE THAT I MEAN THERE ARE BOOKS THAT YOU HAVEN'T HEARD OF?? THAT ARE LOADS BETTER??? stop hating on others book choices pls thanks.

    ajsjssjs THANK YOU ❤

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  14. OMG YES we need a mute button?? They’d be so handy!

    YES YOU CAN GO AND SHOVE YOURSELF UP A CHIMNY AND BURN SLOWLY. THANK YOU.

    YES!! That’s exactly what I mean?? you get me omg IT’S SO NICCE TO BE UNDERSTOOD *weeps*

    OMG YES I KNOW RIGHT. AND IT MAKES ME SO RANTY AHAH! ❤

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  15. Hoh.. do I even need to say anything. Everything you said is sooooo true!!! There are some people who try to understand how much crazy you’re over books even if they don’t enjoy it themselves and then there are the mundanes!
    Anyway, this post was true and hilarious. Loooved it! ❤

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  16. (honestly having mental illness Sucks because i’m unable to do anything. ever. but it’s been better. i love your new icon so much by the way!!!! pride always makes me so happy ((i really want to go this year even though its like texas so,,,,,))

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  17. ( :((( that sounds terrible but i’m so glad you’re feeling better, you can talk to me whenever if you want to!! ❤ i love u okay :') and thankuuuu that makes me happy!!! (i want to go to but idk if it'll happen in india either 😦 ))

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