Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover

Hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

1. If you visit a new city, you immediately look for the nearest bookstore or library.

2. If you’ve ever taken a cruise, packing enough reading material is more important than remembering that extra outfit or having room for a souvenir.

3.You quote your favourite books without necessarily mentioning where those quotes came from.

4.You get excited when you meet someone who enjoys the same genre(s) you do.

5. If you’ve ever been hospitalized, you ask for new reading material when loved ones ask you what they can do to make your stay more comfortable.

photo of woman lying down on a stone wall while holding the pages of a book open.

6. You give baby-friendly board books as presents to families with new babies.

7. You’ve dreamt about your favourite characters or worlds.

8.Your local librarian recognizes you when they see you somewhere other than the library.

9. If you use online dating sites, your love of books is mentioned somewhere in your profile and you screen new potential partners at least in part based by whether or not they’re a reader.

10. Your pets get to have a story time, too.


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110 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Signs You’re a Book Lover

  1. I so agree with No. 7 – I dreamt I was hanging out with the ‘Heartstopper’ characters last night!

  2. That first one is so true! My list for things to do in London includes museums, famous buildings… and bookstores!

  3. Dreaming of a character in a book is so nice, unless the heartless author kills them, then it’s a nightmare. Clavell killing Mariko in Shogun may have been central to the plot, but it ripped my heart out. I guess that was the idea.

  4. Oh I laughed at 6.
    On occasion that has NOT gone down well – I bought a beautiful hardback Winnie the Pooh treasury gift for a christening ( the parents especially the mum are HUGE Disney fans especially Winnie) and I HEARD them talking at the bar at the after party saying ‘why has she got her a book? {child’s name} is a baby!’
    Still my default present though!

  5. Great list Lydia. I love #8. I can remember my husband’s astonishment when we went out for dinner one night and a woman came over to say hi. When he asked who she was and I told her it was the librarian, he commented that he knew I spent too much time there.

  6. Jo

    Honestly whenever I go on holiday, having enough books is way more important than having enough clothes!
    My TTT:

  7. The books for babies one is so true!

  8. OMG, having enough vacation reading material is crucial! Last year we took a cruise and I spend the night before we boarded the ship frantically buying more books for my Kindle because I didn’t think I brought enough books with me. (I was right to worry. I got SO MUCH READING done on that cruise. It was wonderful.)

  9. Yes to number six! I always include a new book with a baby gift. <3

  10. I don’t typically visit bookstores when I go to other places (although I love Powell’s Books in Portland and I really wish we had a Half-Price books here in Colorado), but I have dreamt about my favorite books (my book in edits originally came from a dream about my favorite characters) and I think one of the reasons I married my husband was because he loves books.

  11. Yes, I always give a book as part of my baby shower gift! I’m currently gathering books for my nephews 2nd birthday! Love spreading the love of reading.

  12. I agree with ALL of these! 😀

  13. These are all so good! And number one is definitely a ‘me’ thing—no matter where I am, I have to track down the bookstores and libraries.

  14. You have to take a lot of books on vacation. A Kindle is just not as good. One suitcase full. At least.

  15. Meeting people that read the same genre books as you, is the best! And I may or may not do the quote thing without mentioning the books thing too!! hahaha
    Thank you for visiting my TTT

  16. I can totally relate to number 1. I love to discover new bookstores, especially since bookstore abroad tend to have a more diverse selection 🙂

  17. I do #6 every time someone has a baby! It’s usually a Sandra Boynton book.

  18. Great list! 🙌 I agree 💯👍😍📚 yes to books as gifts for any occasion! And lol about being recognized by the librarian outside the library! 😂

  19. I don’t know about librarians recognizing me, but I did feel like a total celebrity when a stranger said, “I recognize you from your book blog!” LOL

    Happy TTT!


  20. Right before the coronavirus epidemic closed our libraries and hustled over and checked out nine books. I love my public library. What a bargain. Books for free! I am a book lover

  21. Oof, number four is so true. xD And if you mention liking at least two of the same books I like, then we’re obviously destined to be BFF. I have to say, I’ve never done story time with my pets, but we do have a normal tradition on Sunday where I read a book and they all gather round and cuddle with me. That’s close, right?

  22. These are so spot on, especially about finding a bookshop when visiting a new city! Number seven is so accurate–my sister just had a baby last October and you bet I got her newborn board books already, haha! I’m already anticipating the days when she’s older and I can share even more books with her. Perfect list!

  23. I like this list! 1,3,5,6,7,especially are true for me!

  24. Book shopping in new cities and giving books as gifts is SO me!! Great list.

  25. Great list! I can’t tell you how excited I get when I meet someone who reads!

  26. I always love checking out new libraries. 🙂

  27. Yes to #4 big time, and #3 too. I LOVE quoting from books and even more when someone gets it. 🙂

  28. Haha, check on all of these 😂 I love all of these!

  29. Oz Cohen

    Oh Yeah, I always go immediately to the nearest bookstore in a new town or country ;p

  30. I personally include bookstores in my trip’s itinerary since I just love visiting them! <3

  31. I love storytime with my pets! I was just reading Grapes of Wrath to my birds, but I have to admit, they have some trouble paying attention :).

  32. Thank you for visiting my TTT earlier.

    I had to nod to all of your points. Only one addition, I don’t use online dating sites but have put “reading” on all my social network pages like Facebook, Instagram etc. But I would screen new potential partners not just in part but totally on whether or not they’re a reader. ;_

    • You’re welcome.

      Yes, it’s good to identify yourself as a reader on social networking pages in general. That makes it a lot easier to make new friends!

  33. This is such a great list! I especially agree with #2–any sort of trip requires MUCH thought about which books I’ll bring with me!!

  34. Oh my gosh, I didn’t even think about the fact that I always pack way too many books when I go out of town! 😂 That’s a really good one! Great answers! Thanks for sharing!

  35. Oh my gosh! You’ve got some great ones on here! Love this list!

  36. 100% agree with these! especially the one about going to a new place and checking out the bookstores haha

  37. Yes to #4! And I think “reader” is the first word on most of my social media profiles 😂

  38. Number One for sure!!! I have bookstores that are my fave to visit in all my fave cities!!

  39. Meeting someone who loves the same books is definitely super exciting! And I also pack books firsst when going on vacation and fit in clothes last haha 🙂

  40. I look up the bookstores even before going to a new city. Gotta be prepared!

  41. Lydia, I totally do 3, 4 and 9 😃

  42. I love giving Baby Lit books to expecting mother friends–such darling illustrations and I love that they are all inspired by classic literature.

  43. Oh number 4 spoke to me — Urban fantasy was one of my favourite genres for the longest time (still is, though I am slowly getting back to reading more of it recently) and knowing someone liked such a specific genre just MADE MY DAY. YEAR. EVERYTHING.

  44. Awesome list, Lydia! I’v actually started thinking about what books I can give my friends who’ve recently had babies and I’ve never done that before 😂 I don’t have a library here but I have bumped into some of the women who work in the bookstore closest to me here and they recognise me too (and even asked whether I was on my way to the store)! Haha 🤣

    • Aww, I hope you think of some nice books to give to them.

      It’s cool that some of the people who work in your nearby bookstore recognize you!

  45. I feel called out by #3! I’ve been catching myself doing this a lot lately! Finding a partner who’s also a reader (even if in a different genre) would be a miracle at this point. That’s not counting all the times it gets awkward when I say that I actually enjoy reading in the *gasp* romance genre :/

  46. I don’t use dating sites, but I definitely agree that whoever the potential partner is has to like books. No question. And my little nephew gets plenty of board books! Nice list!

  47. Great List <3 Haha I have been on a cruise and I packed waaay to many books 😀 And my go to baby shower gift is a book and a matching onesie (for example if the book is about dinosaurs I get an outfit with dinos on it!)

  48. RS

    These are all great. I particularly agree with the first two — not that I’ve been on a cruise per se, but while packing for anything always seems like a monumental chore, I always know which books I want to bring!

    • Honestly, I should have said trips in general for that one. Any trip where you can’t easily head over to a bookstore to find more reading material would work. 🙂

  49. Hello!
    I totally identify with what you wrote! My favourite is number 10. I had a dog when I was a kid, and I didn’t read him stories but I told him what I was reading XD

  50. Such a great list! I’m always giving books for gifts – people just have to accept it 🙂

  51. Such a relatable list, especially number 1. I always do that, lol.

  52. Oh so much yes to number 1. Even if we don’t really have the time I still want to know if there is one nearby haha.

  53. Books are the most important thing I pack when going on a cruise!!!!

  54. It’s always fun to talk with fellow bookworms like on our respective blogs about a shared love of a favorite genre. 🙂 Thanks for the recent Finding Wonderland visits, Lydia.

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