OK Barnes and Noble, let’s see how much of a book nerd you think I am!
- You currently own more than 20 books.
Anyone own this much and are still considered book nerds?
- You currently own more than 50 books.
I surely do. Just keep guessing, though.
- You currently own more than 100 books.
Try multiplying that by 5.
- You amassed so many books you switched to an ereader
I switched to an ereader for ease of reading ARCs, because it was a pain reading them on my computer. So yes.
- You read so much you have a ton of books AND an ereader.
Well, yes. Obviously.
- You have a book-organization system no one else understands.
Oh god yes. I’ve even blogged about my organisation system.
- You’re currently reading more than one book.
I tend to juggle three at once: a physical copy I read at home, an ebook I read at work, an audiobook I listen to at work.
- You read every single day.
Actually, no, I don’t. I often don’t have time to read on the weekend. I try to, but sometimes it just doesn’t work. I’m a busy girl, you know. I have a full-time job, a part-time job, and I recently proved that running this blog also took up the equivalent of another part-time job.
- You’re reading a book right now, as you’re taking this book nerd quiz.
I am listening to an audiobook. Does that count?
- Your essentials for leaving the house: wallet, phone, keys, and a book.
Yep. I always have books on my phone in case of emergency.
- You’ve pulled an all-nighter reading a book.
I don’t actually do all-nighters, because I’m not crazy and I require sleep to function, but I have stayed up until 3am on nights I need to work the next day. I mean, seriously, I love sleeping. So no.
- You did not regret it for a second and would do it again.
I DID regret it. The book ended without a conclusion! I WAS CHEATED. This is why I don’t do all-nighters. You can’t trust that a book will end well these days.
- You’ve figured out how to incorporate books into your workout.
- You’ve declined invitations to social activities in order to stay home and read.
No, because that would be rude. Who would choose a book over their best friend? My friends are AWESOME. But I do take my books to the social gathering, curl up in a corner, and read.
- You view vacation time as “catch up on reading” time.
I try to. But you know what normally happens? I don’t get time to read. Like the time I got married and took three weeks off and didn’t get to read during ANY of it because I was sick and also I’m the mature, responsible one in the relationship so it was MY responsibility to drive everywhere and be polite and social and you know what? This question is just making me mad. I FRIGGIN WISH vacation time was reading time.
- You’ve sat in a bathtub full of tepid water with prune-y skin because you were engrossed in a book.
No, I get out, dry myself off, and go laze around on my bed because my bed is very expensive and it has a pillow top mattress and Egyptian cotton sheets and I don’t care what anyone says, that will ALWAYS beat baths. And I’m not really a bath person.
- You’ve missed your stop on the bus or the train because you were engrossed in a book.
What kind of an idiot does this? How ignorant, self-absorbed and unobservant do you need to be?
- You’ve almost tripped over a pothole, sat on a bench with wet paint, walked into a telephone pole, or narrowly avoided other calamities because you were engrossed in a book.
Seriously, again? Who puts their personal safety over a book?
- You’ve laughed out loud in public while reading a book.
Yes, but I try not to disturb other people, so it tends to be more of a giggle or a snort.
- You’ve cried in public while reading a book (it’s okay, we won’t tell).
Actually, funnily enough, even though I cry at EVERYTHING, I don’t think I’ve cried in public.
- You’re the one everyone goes to for book recommendations.
No. no one cares what I think.
- You take your role in recommending books very seriously and worry about what books your friends would enjoy.
Yes, there was that one time I was really nervous my friend wouldn’t appreciate me recommending them a YA book.
- Once you recommend a book to a friend, you keep bugging them about it.
No, because I am a good friend and wait until they’ve read it. No one likes an annoying friend.
- If your friend doesn’t like the book you recommended, you’re heartbroken.
Oh yeah, totally. Completely and utterly crushed. Everyone should like my favourite books.
- And you judge them. A little bit.
Of course I do! They’re clearly stupid! Why am I friends with stupid people?!
- In fact, whenever you and a friend disagree about a book you secretly wonder what is wrong with them.
Especially if it’s 50 Shades of Grey. In fact, I’m pretty happy to NOT be friends with anyone who likes that book. And someone once deleted me for pointing out the stalker/abusive elements of Twilight. Good riddance.
- You’ve vowed to convert a nonreader into a reader.
Yes! Spread the joy of reading!
- And you’ve succeeded.
My best friend, a big comic book reader, now enjoys reading non-fiction philosophy books and that Steig Larsson trilogy.
- You’ve attended book readings, launches, and signings.
Book launch events attended: 1. (and I had to fly interstate) Readings and signing: zero.
- You own several signed books.
Yes, my current list includes Lauren DeStefano, Jay Kristoff, Garth Nix and Mary Weber.
- You would recognize your favorite authors on the street
- In fact, you have.
My favourite authors don’t live anywhere near me, so that would be majorly creepy.
- If you could have dinner with anybody in the world, you’d choose your favorite writer.
- You own a first-edition book.
I’m pretty sure I own lots of first-edition books.
- You know what that is and why it matters to bibliophiles.
It doesn’t really matter that much to me. I think inherent values only matter if you plan on selling one day, which I don’t.
- You tweet, post, blog, or talk about books every day.
- You have a “favorite” literary prize.
My favourite literary prize is the Hugo, but it doesn’t mean I automatically read the winners, just that I’m more likely to take note of a book if it’s a Hugo winner.
- And you read the winners of that prize every year.
Nope. What a perfectly good waste of time. Why try to keep up with trends when you can carve your own destiny?
- You’ve recorded every book you’ve ever read and what you thought of it.
I’m currently doing that, but there was a dark time in my life where I didn’t record what I thought and subsequently I have forgotten some of the books I read.
- You have a designated reading nook in your home.
Does my couch count?
- You have a literary-themed T-shirt, bag, tattoo, or item of home décor.
Not yet, but that’s going to change when I quit renting.
- You gave your pet a literary name.
Both of my cats are named after writers.
- You make literary references and puns nobody else understands.
Why would I do that? I’m not a hipster.
- You’re a stickler for spelling and grammar, even when you’re just texting.
I used to, then I realised literally that no one cares.
- You’ve given books as gifts for every occasion: birthdays, Valentine’s Day, graduations, Tuesdays…
I tend to buy book vouchers so people can pick their own books, but I think this counts.
- Whenever someone asks what your favorite book is, your brain goes into overdrive and you can’t choose just one. You end up naming twelve books.
Yes! I have different favourites from different genres and also it depends on the age of the person I’m talking to and what they might find relevant..
- You love the smell of books.
No, actually. This is probably what makes me the biggest book nerd fraud.
- You’ve binge-read an entire series or an author’s whole oeuvre in just a few days.
I did this with Twilight and Divergent, but most series I read as they’re being written, so I have to wait for the series to be complete.
- You’ve actually felt your heart rate go up while reading an incredible book.
Yes! This is why I tentatively approach thrillers. They’re great to get the heart pumping.
- When you turn the last page of a good book, you feel as if you’ve finally come up for air and returned from a great adventure.
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My total score: 33
According to this quiz, I’m not the biggest book nerd. But I’m also proud to say I’m not an ignorant, self-absorbed twit and I read whatever the hell I want to read.