There are a lot of stereotypes for bookworms, and although most can be true, they’re not accurate for every bookworm.

So here’s five myths about bookworms.

1. They’re antisocial

To be fair, we can seem antisocial especially when you ask us on a night out or anything but we stay at home and read. It’s not that we’re antisocial as such, it’s just that we prefer to be at home with a book than be out drinking!

Bookworms can be very social! Just look at YALC and other book conventions! They’re massive gatherings of bookworms who just go out to have a good time. If we enjoy going to book conventions, surely we’re not too antisocial?

2. They all love cats

Okay so I am that typical bookworm who loves cats and practically collects them. But not every single book worm is a crazy cat lady/man!

I’ve seen lots of posts on Instagram of bookworms with dogs, hamsters and even snakes. I know we need cats to cast our witchy bookworm curses, but I’m sure that any other animal also comes in handy!

3. They’ve read all the classics

This one makes me laugh. When I talk to people about how much I read, they almost always reply asking if I’ve read a certain classic and then seem shocked that I haven’t.

Here’s a shocker for you: not everyone loves classics! I’ve only read one classic outside of what I was forced to read at school/college and that was Jane Eyre. I struggle to read any classics because of the way they are written. My brain isn’t set up for that many words in a sentence!

Don’t get me wrong, some bookworms love classics. But what I’m saying here is that not every bookworm does and there is no chance that someone has read absolutely all the classics.

4. They don’t have any friends

Bookworms have friends! They may be mainly fictional, but we have friends!

All joking aside, I’ve met some of my favourite (non-fictional) friends through the bookish community. Fair enough, bookworms aren’t always the sort of people who are constantly surrounded by friends. For me, some of the friends I’ve made through social media are better than the ones I’ve grown up around. And to be honest, I think that’s the same for a large amount of people in the bookish community. Because it’s easier to find a fellow bookworm online than in real life.

Bookworms have plenty of friends. And a few of them aren’t fictional!

5. They’re all really smart

People I’ve met seem to think that since I love books and writing that I’m clever. I like to laugh at that.

You don’t have to be super intelligent to read a book! Not every bookworm excelled in every single subject at school – I know for a fact that I didn’t. Reading lots of books doesn’t automatically make you smarter than other people. It means you’re well-read but that is different to being smart.

I can guarantee that not every single book worm is on Matilda levels of smartness.

Agree/disagree with these? Let me know your opinions in the comments!

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  1. Ahaha I love this post. This is so true on many ends. I’ve read very few classics (but I do want to, since I feel it gives me insight into how newer books are influenced). I adore cats though and prefer my nights curled up with books!! 😀

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  2. the antisocial thing hits me RIGHT in the feels!! Being at BEA was the most fun experience ever, mainly because of all the people I met. I’d also pick a cup of coffee and good conversation over drinking at a bar 8 days a week, the vibe is just so different!

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  3. I’ve always been a bookworm but I am a social butterfly too. Sometimes I just want some time on my own and just to get lost in a good book but it’s also great to talk about the great things I’ve loved and read with friends and other book worms!

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  4. I’ve read a lot of classics, and I enjoyed a few but I wouldn’t consider any of them one of my favourites.
    I usually have a book with me and get so frustrated when I’m bothered while reading, it’s a bit rude and I never show it but I’d rather read than entertain people sometimes

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