I don’t often check the postings on the various groups I’ve joined on Goodreads, but was drawn to a thread with the title, The Most Awesome Thread > Are You A Book Nerd? I took the self assesmsent and scored 40/51, which some might consider conclusive.
And then another member posted this, originally from Barnes and Noble. I am so #3 and #10 (not that the others aren’t accurate). Perhaps I should have used the word “Busted” in the title of this post, rather than “affirmed.”
And re #1, although I didn’t buy them with this feature in mind, I am pleased that many of my sweaters and coats have inner pockets the perfect size for my e-reader.
Thoughts? (Interventions not welcome.)
A Field Guide to Spotting a Fellow Book Nerd
Posted by Ginni Chen on January 8, 2015
The modern book nerd is a mysterious and agile creature, able to blend convincingly into masses of non-book nerds. They come in many shapes, sizes, and sartorial styles, so sweeping generalizations about their appearance can be difficult to make. The identification of the genus libris nerdus requires patience, discipline, and a study of behavioral traits in various settings. But spotting a fellow book nerd can be a life-changing experience, one that sparks a lasting friendship and livens up an otherwise dull social gathering. To aid book nerds in the easy identification of their brethren, we present The Field Guide to Spotting a Fellow Book Nerd.
1. The most telltale sign of a book nerd is, of course, the book or ereader consistently found somewhere on their person. This can be hard to confirm, however, if the individual is wearing coats with pockets or carrying a bag.
2. Book nerds quickly assess new environments. Upon finding themselves somewhere unfamiliar, whether it’s an office, someone’s house, or a coffee shop, a book nerd will immediately inspect the bookshelves (or stare at the walls where they wish bookshelves could be).
3. Book nerds learn to make do. If there are no bookshelves in the new environment, a book nerd will start reading random printed material around them. Pamphlets, discarded newspapers, the packaging on a box…
4. Book nerds have sharp powers of observation. A book nerd will be the first to find grammatical errors and typos in printed text. They may also be the first to tell someone, “You’re using that word incorrectly.”
5. Book nerds are less capable at text-speak and emojis than the average human. A book nerd prefers proper spelling and grammar when texting or communicating electronically.
6. Book nerds often come when called. If you clap your hands and say “Pynchonesque” three times under your breath, a book nerd will appear within minutes.
7. Book nerds find the paper-and-ink smell of books intoxicating. When they think no one is watching, book nerds like to smell books. Leave a leather-bound volume casually open on a table, and see how your target responds.
8. Book nerds have been known to camouflage their desire to go into bookstores. Pay close attention to the craning of their necks and the longing in their eyes when you pass one.
9. The natural habitats of book nerds share certain traits. Examine their home. Is their bookshelf the biggest piece of furniture? Are there books in every room?
10. Book nerds have a highly variable capacity for patience. They will contentedly wait for a delayed plane, a table in a crowded restaurant, or a chronically tardy friend if they have a good book to read. Book nerds without a book? Most impatient people on the planet.
11. Book nerds have a diminished ability to recognize famous people on the covers of magazines. Book nerds will stare blankly at a photo of the Kardashians, but they can recognize their favorite authors walking on the street at 50 paces.
12. Book nerds have a broad and deep understanding of vocabulary. They would never use “ironic” to describe something that isn’t.