Books are a huge part of my life, and always have been, so it was strange to come to the realisation recently that I don’t actually have many friends in real life who also like reading. In fact I only actually have one bookish friend who I know in real life…all the other bookworms I know are people I’ve met online, specifically from being a part of the book blogging world.
My only real-life bookish friend is one of my very best friends though, which is how I know how awesome it is to have books in common with someone. Every time we get together we do all the usual catching up on each other’s lives, etc., and that always involves what we’ve both been reading. I love getting to have really long, in-depth discussions with someone about books, not to mention getting awesome recommendations!
And let’s face it: book shopping with a fellow bookworm is the absolute best! I mean, last time my friend and I went shopping we were in Waterstones for the best part of two hours, just browsing and talking books, and it was amazing!
However, for the most part, whilst all my friends and acquaintances are familiar with my love of books, it’s like my bookish life is a separate thing. The only person I talk to in detail about books is my lovely boyfriend, and that’s just because that’s what our relationship is like: we both have different interests, but we share them with each other. I love books, and he loves games, so we’re nerds, just in different ways.
On the whole though, I don’t feel like I get to ramble about books enough in real life! This is probably the reason why book blogging was such an amazing thing for me when I started it, as I suddenly had access to this huge, amazing community of bookish people. I think it can be hard to meet fellow bookworms in real life, seen as it’s such a solitary hobby, so being able to talk about books online is an amazing thing!
So what about you? Do you know many bookish people in real life, or are most of your bookish friends online? How do you feel talking about books differs in person, compared to online?