Identifying Bookworms 101

by | 28 February 2020 | Books | 16 comments

You’ve all heard tell of these mysterious creatures, I’m sure. Flighty, often reclusive, sometimes three hundred years old and living in tiny hilltop cottages. Commonly known as…the bookworm.

I’ve found most survival guides are lacking in information about these creatures (because they’re often so caught up in a book that they don’t answer personal questions), so I have set out today to provide you with the small amount of truth I can find.

This is all gathered from genuine specimens I’ve found in the wild.

(WARNING: be careful when approaching a suspected bookworm, especially if they are mid-book. They might bite.)


They’re a walking book stack

It’s an oddly common occurrence that a bookworm simply appears to be a stack of books on legs. This stack might be their favourite books, or perhaps their TBR for the week, it’s sometimes hard to tell. They’ll probably be crying over either option.

a) because they love these books so. much.

b) because there’s so many books to read and so little time.


Constantly talking about their TBR crushing them

Another common thing among bookworms: they all have a list of books they want to read. And the list is at least two thousand years long.

I don’t know why. It just seems to happen without them even trying.


Must pack at least three books when traveling

“Hmm, I’m halfway through this book, so I’ll bring it. But I might finish it while I’m away, so I’ll bring a spare. But I might not be in the mood for that book, or I might finish it as well! So I’d better bring this one as well.”

There’s not much for me to say about this point. A bookworm might go so far as to pack less clothes so they can fit enough books to satisfy.

And almost inevitably, they will not even get through the first book they were nearly finished. 😂


They take photos of books

Some people take photos of food, others take photos of books (see: bookstagrammer).

Book stacks, book covers, book spines, the possibilities are endless. Never underestimate how many times a bookworm can take photos of their favourite books. (Hint: it’s more than ten times. Possibly more than eleven, even.)


Selective deafness

If a bookworm has his nose in a book, there’s very few things that can pull his attention from whatever mystical land he’s in back to the real world again. Possibly an explosion nearby or a call for dinner would be most effective.


They eat books

The likelihood is high, friends. If you see someone eating a book, it’s almost 99% certain they’re a bookworm.


It’s also a proven fact that being a bookworm is actually contagious, so be careful who you come in contact with. Are you guilty of any of these? If so, these are dire times indeed… 😬😆

All my bookworm buddies: what are you currently reading?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Jenna

    It’s funny because I used to LITERALLY take bites out of books when I was little. XD

    • Jane Maree

      That’s the best origin story for a bookworm if you ask me. 🤣

  2. Sally Farrelly

    Did you know book worms often live in family groups? You can tell this is definitely the case when each worm has their own copy of a particular delicious book or series.

    • Jane Maree

      So true! And the tastes of the bookworm families are often similar to each other too. 😉

  3. Lila Kims

    AAAAHHHH this is great!!! 😀 And quite accurate. Bookworms are rare, so it’s amazing that you managed to collect so much information about them lolol

    • Jane Maree

      I know right??? I might have had some insider information… 😏

  4. Kendra

    Yesss. These are too accurate. *munches on a book* XD

    My 10 year old sister definitely has the selective deafness issue (as do I, but she tops me). It takes forever to get her attention while she’s deeply absorbed in a book. XD XD

    • Jane Maree

      Haha yesss, the deafness is a real problem sometimes. 😂

  5. Mem

    OMW this post is AMAZING. X’D The one about packing books is especially true in my case…ooooops…X’D I’m reading The Book Thief right now-an EPIC and AMAZING book I’d highly recommend it to you if you haven’t read it yet. X’D

    • Jane Maree

      The struggle of clothing space vs book space is real. 😆

      I love The Book Thief!! It’s so unique and so so deep and raw! 💛

  6. C.M.

    “Hmm, I’m halfway through this book, so I’ll bring it. But I might finish it while I’m away, so I’ll bring a spare. But I might not be in the mood for that book, or I might finish it as well! So I’d better bring this one as well.”

    THIS IS SO ME!! 😛

    • Jane Maree

      I also relate too much. 😂😅

  7. Emma Starr


    Especially selective hearing and packing multiple books. Because what if I finish this book and DON’T HAVE ANOTHER TO START IMMEDIATELY?? That would be too tragic.

    Quarantine peeps are taking sibling photoshoots; I’m taking pictures of my beautiful babies: my books. lol

    • Jane Maree

      It would be so tragic!! 😱😆

      Yessss, the best kind of photography. 👌

    • Jane Maree

      Aw, thanks! I’ll check it out. 😄

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