The Reality of Being a Bookworm

The awes and flaws of the Book Universe.


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A bookshop, the sole protector of a channel to magnum opuses.

Janet Charqueno, Club Member

A bookworm refers to an individual that is devoted and has grown fond of novels.

For many, the need to escape the reality of humanity means to experience the feel of other realities. There is a multitude of options: an innocent high school love story, a world where society becomes corrupt, or a murder that distorts real life for those involved.

So many options, too many to count.

Being a bookworm means you get sucked into the storyline of the novel. You are transported to a whole other dimension where the characters bring comfort. Deep, I know, but for many, including myself, reading is the only form of escape from what reality has come to be. Many have the ability to say that they have lived many lives before they pass away.

With the upsides of reading, there are a handful of downsides. For one, there is the classic post-book sadness. After reading a well-written, monumental novel, that feeling of turning to the last page and then having to close the book can mirror a book hangover.

Being a bookworm also signifies that your bank account feels the impact. In numerous instances, I have entered Barnes and Noble and that is when my book shopping frenzy begins. Meanwhile, more than 10 unread books sit on my bookshelf at home.

Please tell me I’m not the only one. It’s a problem… I know.

Another nightmare for readers is being captivated by a reading slump. It is that dreaded moment when your reading focus vanishes and the words on a page no longer lure you. However, there is that dosage of relief when we are able to pull ourselves out of such a slump.

Among other things, we have that emotional rollercoaster that materializes with reading. The feels are real, you can become so emotionally invested with a character and their sudden death is a stab to the heart.

Despite this, reading is a world that anyone and everyone can dive into. It entails emotional waves of euphoria, gloom, suspense, agony, passion, and overall creativity.

Remember to read at your own risk; reading is an exciting, yet dangerous activity.


“I have lived a thousand lives and I’ve loved a thousand loves. I’ve walked on distant worlds and seen the end of time. Because I read.” – George R.R. Martin.