A book a day keeps the real world at bay.
So I got hit by some kind of virus this week (the boring kind that gives you a fever, but doesn’t turn you into a zombie), and I thought my blog post schedule would suffer because of it. However, whilst I was lying in my bed feeling pretty rubbish, a small miracle happened! I got an idea for today’s post – you would kind of have to understand just how little brain activity was going on in my head yesterday to know why an idea – any idea – was a small miracle. Nothing like spending the day in bed to get your creative juices flowing – once the fever haze clears, of course.
So here is the result! 8 of the most common illnesses that bookworms tend to suffer from – and a boring fever isn’t one of them! You will probably recognise most of these as they have been diagnosed in the majority of bookworms. I can honestly say that I’ve had them all – most of them on a regular basis.
The inability to go to sleep before you’ve read the last 12 chapters of your book.
Being so absorbed in a book that you don’t hear people calling your name. This is one of the most life-threatening illnesses as some bookworms have been known to miss the sound of a fire alarm…
3. Book hangover:
The emotionally vulnerable state you’re left in when you finish a greater-than-life book. You’re unable to fully reintegrate into the real world until you’ve had a chance to work through all your emotions. The thought of starting a new book is far too overwhelming, and sometimes you wonder if you’ll ever be the same.
This is the Japanese word for acquiring reading materials only to let them pile up in your home without reading them – most bookworms will refer to these unread piles of books as their tbr pile.
The very real fear of running out of things to read. This can even happen if you have a mile long tbr pile.
6. Book pain syndrome:
Being sore in your whole body from reading for hours on end. Back, neck and arms are particularly prone areas.
7. Fatigued eyes:
Your eyes being so exhausted from reading for hours that you start to see double – If you ignore the warning signs and carry on reading, your eyes will actually start to hurt (I may or may not have done this myself).
8. Mood swings:
Bookworms can go through a range of different emotions such as euphoria, sadness, anger, frustration and joy – all in the span of a few hours. It only takes a book to bring out the worst – and the best in us.
And the cure for all of these? Stop reading (and lose an essential part of your soul) or soldier on and learn to live with your bookworm disabilities – because let’s face it, all of these illnesses are part of our passion for books. We suffer them (sometimes gladly) because living without books would be so much worse than living through a book hangover over and over again!
How many of the above illnesses have you experienced, and which one do you suffer from the most?