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28 Things Anyone Who Grew Up Loving Books Understands

Who needs playdates when you have fictional friends?

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1. You LIVED for the Scholastic Book Fair.

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2. And you circled almost every single book in these.

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3. You thought the library was more fun than any playground.

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And your local bookstore was your Toys 'R' Us.

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5. And you killllllled during summer reading programs.

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7. You were outraged whenever you were told to "go outside" on a beautiful day when all you wanted to do was sit in your room and read.

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(So you just brought your book outside with you.)

8. You were depressed when you finished all of a certain series — until you found a new one.

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Or just reread the old one!

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9. Your backpack was extra heavy because you carried at least two books with you at all times.

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You needed some options.

10. You spent years just waiting for the day you would get your letter to Hogwarts / find Narnia / happen upon a secret garden.

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(Still kind of waiting, tbh.)

12. Nothing amped you up like the MS Read-a-thon or the Pizza Hut Book It! program.

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14. You read wherever and whenever you could — during free period, in the lunch line, while walking down the hallway and bumping into classmates.

#reading #harrypotter in school... got some free periods this morning, so why not read hp?

15. If you ever got scolded by your teacher, it was for one reason only:

Other kids in school got in trouble for skipping, for getting in fights, for not turning in homework. I got in trouble for reading books.

16. So any time this happened, it was a gift.

Remember when... #bookloverproblems #readingmatters #oldschool #Bookish

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18. You were always hoping to unwrap books at birthdays and holidays.

A letter I sent to my aunt in kidergarden lmao I wanted bugs and books for Christmas 😂

19. Your memories of family vacations are mostly just you reading in various locations.

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20. You still have a vivid recollection of your childhood library's layout.

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Possibly its smells, too.

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21. You probably did some writing of your own.

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22. You may have missed your stop on the bus because you were in the back, too immersed in whatever you were reading.

Nice & quiet bus ride back to school. This is why we always bring a book with us, wherever we go!

23. Book reports? NO PROBLEM!

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24. You didn't mind bedtime because it meant reading time.

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25. And if your parents told you to turn off the lights, you knew how to get around that, too.

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(Flashlights under the covers, mostly.)

26. You ignored your motion sickness to read any time you were in the car, so you felt sick a lot.

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27. Any time you find a book you loved as a child, it brings you right back.

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It's extra special if it's a book you FORGOT you loved.

28. And every time you read a particularly magical book now that you're an adult, you feel that exact some childlike wonder.

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