23 Words For Book Lovers That Really Should Exist

New words for the people who love them.

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

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Smells like freshness and adventures to be had.

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




A whole new book could be written about all the things this book has seen! If, you know. Books could see.

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.

I need a copy of this book and I need it to not weigh 500 pounds and cost a million and two dollars.

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

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They all end up wherever missing socks also go.

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

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

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

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If I don’t finish this book, it will know and it will be sad. Somehow.

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

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It’s like an old friend who knows you best.

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

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Did I declare that all adults are phony, or did I read that somewhere?

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

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Hey, if it gets people to read, it can’t be that bad. BUT WHY DO I HATE IT SO?

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

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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.

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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.

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

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Hmmm a curious number of books about taxidermy…

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

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I love your brain.

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

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A good writer is essentially a magician, casting a spell on readers.

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

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And not of the sexy librarian variety, either. (This image is from The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, which you should visit if you’re ever in the city.)

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

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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.

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“A dream, all a dream, that ends in nothing, and leaves the sleeper where he lay down, but I wish you to know that you inspired it.”

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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