Hello friends!! Welcome to Top 5 Tuesday!! This week’s topic is top 5 ways to catch a bookworm!! September is the month for tongue-in-cheek topics (inspired by my TikTok doom-scrolling), and I hope everyone has been enjoying it for the laugh it is meant to be.
A lot of bookworms that I know (including myself) are very introverted. And in order to drag us (usually kicking and screaming) from our cosy nests surrounded by towering piles of books and mugs of tea (or coffee) you need to be pretty enticing. Here’s a few ways that you might be able to lure me from my home library.
top 5 ways to catch a bookworm
Leave a trail of books to your destination
Much like Hansel and Gretel followed a trail of breadcrumbs (or didn’t as the case was), I might be anticipated to follow a trail of books out of the house. They’d have to be anticipated books or some kind of fancy edition of a fave book. I wouldn’t go outside for just anything.
Downsides is that you might inadvertently lure a lot of bookworms, or they’d get distracted reading one of the books and just stop along the trail…
Bottle the scent of paper books and set a trap
As well as following a trail of books, I might be inclined to follow the scent of books. You know when you’re on a street and you can smell something delicious and then you get distracted and follow the scent? That, but an almost overpowering scent of old paper. Or new books and that fresh scent of spine glue and ink. Delightful!
Downsides is that you might also attract a lot of lap-cats and librarians… Wait… that’s not a downside.
Follow them from a bookstore or library
Technically, bookworms do leave the house of their own volition! Often to go to a library or bookstore. *Mmmm, new books 🤤* We could be so distracted with new purchases upon leaving that we may not even notice being followed. Or led in an entirely different direction if the book is good enough.
Downsides, likely to leave once completed reading those books. Or even before then. Sometimes we need more new books to celebrate purchasing new books.
Get them talking about books
If you see a bookworm, don’t just start talking to them about anything. They can be very skittish creatures and may run away. Ask them about their favourite book. Ask for a recommendation. Ingratiate them into your life via book-related conversation.
Downside, despite being an introvert, once you get bookworms talking about books they may never shut up.
Buy a book for them
Much like the previous two options, you could find a bookworm in a bookstore. They are likely to be contemplating either buying food for the week, or spending that money on books. For that added touch (and to commence your role as a knight in shining armour), you could offer to purchase their books FOR them (honestly, the dream).
Downsides, could be draining on your bank account.
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