Your bookish friend is your biggest asset.
Really. Like my friend Shayla up there, bookish friends are invaluable. And I’ll tell you why.
1. Their vocabulary comes in handy.
You know when you can’t think of that word you know fits perfectly for the situation in which you are in? It’s right there, in mental limbo, and you just can’t quite fish it out of the murky abyss. What do you do? You call your bookish friend. Chances are your bookish friend didn’t answer the phone because she’s busy reading, so you text. And poof! Your friend replies instantly with three word choices.
Sure, sometimes you’ve already rewritten the entire paragraph to exclude the word by the time she puts down the book to answer you, but she always comes through with the perfect word.
2. They generally know what’s going to happen next in the movie.
Do you need a refill? Your bookish friend will tell you if now is a good time or if you should wait.
And if you need to leave the theater to use the bathroom, no problem. Your friend will update you on what happened whether she comes with you or stays to watch the movie.
Because, you know, she already read the book the movie is based on. Loosely based on, that is. Don’t worry, she’ll tell you all the ways in which the movie is wrong.
If the movie isn’t based on a book, that’s okay. She’ll know what’s happening there too. She’s read so many stories with so many plot lines, it’s a rare she doesn’t know what’s going to happen next.
3. They’re great advice-givers.
Is another friend trying to fix you up with someone? Your bookish friend will tell you how well that worked out for Emma Woodhouse’s friend Harriet Smith and why it’s ultimately better to follow your heart and take a chance on
the local farmer anyone who obviously appreciates how wonderful you are.
Perhaps you’ve suddenly inherited a lot of money from a mysterious source and you don’t know whether to seek out the name of your benefactor or to respect their privacy. You have your suspicions about where the money came from, but you’re not sure. Your good bibliophile friend will step in immediately and tell you seeking the source of your fortune can only lead to heartache, especially since your expectations of the source have been set.
And oh, boy, does your friend have mounds of advice for you if you suddenly become revered as the boy who lived!
While your friend might spend a fair amount of time in the land of fiction, all of that fiction is based on genuine human behavior. So ask for the advice; you might be surprised at the insightful answers.
4. They can keep themselves occupied.
This is especially helpful if you happen to be roommates. Your friend won’t be keeping you up late with loud parties and music. No, instead you might be interrupting her reading time by chewing a little too loudly. From the other room. With a closed door between you.
But you’ll never know it because she’ll adjust. Because really, she’s too involved in what’s happening in her book to the book down to go and kindly ask you to chew more quietly. Instead, the answer is almsot always headphones.
So hanging out with your bookish friend means you won’t have to constantly keep her entertained.
5. Your bookish friend has a book recommendation for you.
…and your children, your neighbor, your father, uncle, mother, brother, sister, aunt, and that distant cousin serving time in prison.
Who doesn’t love a great book recommendation?
6. They’re a good judge of character.
Imagine this: you aren’t sure about someone new in your life. This person could be wonderful or awful, and you’ll never see it coming. You’re just that kind of person. So what do you do?
You talk to your bookish friend, of course.
Your bookish friend will take to the internet to start looking for this new person in your life. After a little sleuthing, she will discover this new person does not have a Goodreads account.
What else could you possibly need to know?
7. The two of you will always have something to talk about.
You could talk about her current read, the last book she finished, her favorite book ever, the book that triggered her passion for reading, or her to-be-read pile for starters. If you have time after that, she can compare and contrast the actors’ portrayal of her favorite classic novel character with the original characterization of the author.
8. Your bookish friend knows what to do no matter which city you visit.
Her map of the world is marked not by city but by book stores and libraries and coffee shops. Like that “one place” in Europe (Venice) she says you should visit because of its wonderful floating book store full of old books and inventive solutions to flooding, your bookish friend can help you plan a trip you’ll never forget.
Speaking of trips…
9. They know how to have a great road trip.
No need for the radio when you have an Audible subscription, and no need to plan where to go when you can follow the path of one of her favorite characters. The entire trip is already outlined for you, complete with stops.
10. They pick out the best graphic tees.
Obscure book references, word play, puns, quotes—the bibliophile in your life is effortlessly awesome. And she has a collection of the best graphic T-shirts you’ve ever beheld.
11. They know the coolest people.
Just ask her and she’ll introduce you to her favorite author via Twitter who has responded to her Tweets twice now (squeee!). And you won’t believe how extensive her list of indie author friends is. Nonfiction, fiction, dystopian, post-apocolyptic, and sci-fi writers make up her friends list on social media.
People who are drawn to your friend are great people full of creativity, unanswered questions, and just the right amount of angst.
What’s your favorite thing about your bookish friend?