Meaning: a person who loves or collects books
Etymology: Greek words biblion (book) + philos (loving)
Pronunciation: You’re not a bibliophile if you don’t know how to pronounce it. 😛
Usage in a sentence: “She preferred her dusty bookshelves to the reliable Kindle, because she was a bibliophile.”
Bibliophiles not only love to collect books, but love surrounding themselves with books. The intoxicating aroma of the stacked books in libraries, the kaleidoscope of colours on the cover pages of the books on their shelf, the feel of the browning paper in their hands, the devouring of words that flit across the pages as they unravel the story. All these things bring a heady rush to them.
Here are a few tips that will help you identify a Bibliophile:
- They will probably be carrying a book around wherever they go. At the dinner table, the book they are currently reading will be propped against a bottle of wine. Spoonfuls of the pasta you so lovingly made for them, will be scooped up without any comment. And if you ask them whether they liked it, they’ll probably nod absent-mindedly, and tell you something about the character they’re currently having a crush on.
- They can never seem to throw away books that they’ve already read seven times.
- They have two copies of their favourite book: One to read, one to loan away.
- You will hardly find them roaming around on a holiday. And if you’re lucky enough to catch a bibliophile out of the house, it could be for the following reasons:
a. They’re going to a book sale.
b. They’re coming back from a book sale.
- Try talking to a Bibliophile about any sundry topic. You’ll somehow find the conversation leading back to the book they read recently. Or read a few years ago.
- They describe people’s characters according to the books they’ve read. “Oh look, there’s Angela’s Mr. Darcy.” , “He’s so like Tobias Eaton” , “She’s as weird as Luna Lovegood.”
- They have this one friend they have deep discussions with about books, characters, plots, summaries. Their chats would probably look like as cryptic as an Enigma code to non-bibliophiles.
- You may hear them howling away, or using choice swear words, or laughing in a maniacal fashion in the middle of the night. And when you rush to check what’s wrong with them, you’ll find them propped on cushy pillows in their bedroom, a book in hand. Apparently unaware of all the hullabaloo they created a few minutes ago.
- Their fondest memory related to books would be the time when they camped outside a bookstore all night, to get the first copy of the best-selling novel of their time. Or the next book in the series.
- They know the librarians/store owners at a first-name basis. They are found chatting away with them, with ears strained to hear the words – “There’s a new book coming in today..”
- They have a quote to share for every occasion. Which impresses teachers who grade their essays.
So, did you find some similar traits in a friend? Or did you see a mirror image of yourself in these lines? Comment away 😀
Information sourced at Merriam-Webster