It started with a bit of leisurely reading on the weekends together, but has since progressed into a full-blown addiction. You both ignored the signs at first but the evidence is only growing.
So read on if you recognize these book-obsessed habits in you and your loved one…
1. You’ve both got so many books on the go it’s hard to keep track of what the other one is reading.
You: “Weren’t you just reading The Girl On The Train?”
Them: “Nah. That was so last month. I’m way past that now. Weren’t you in the middle of The Bone Clocks?”
You: “Yeah, like last year.”
2. You each have separate, ‘off-limits’ bookshelves to house your special collections.
You wouldn’t dream of messing with your partner’s extensive sci-fi collection, and if they ever touched your dog-eared copy of Anna Karenina, or any of your Russian classics for that matter, they’d be sleeping on the couch for a week.
3. You’ll make any excuse to leave a party just to go home and read together.
“Sorry, we need to go home and feed the cat” is just a secret way of saying that you’re both going home to read. You can take a few appetizers for the road. They taste better in bed with a book, anyways.
4. Any holiday is an excuse to gift each other books.
You never, ever, have to worry about what to get each other because the answer is always books.
5. Instead of competitive sports, you’re competing for who has more books loaded onto their eReaders.
“You mean you only have 300 books loaded into your digital library? You’re such an amateur.”
6. Your perfect romantic getaway would involve visiting the libraries of the world.
Why not the Mafra Palace Library in Portugal or the Admont Abbey Library in Austria?
“Oh, the places you’ll go!”-Dr. Seuss
7. In your home “Not now, I’m reading” is a perfectly acceptable way to get out of doing chores.
The dishes might be piling up, and you’re down to your last pair of clean shorts, but it is IMPERATIVE you finish this last chapter.
8. Every date you go on together involves a pit stop at a used bookstore.
When locking down a restaurant for dinner plans, you often need to map out how close it is in relation to bookstores.
A little-post meal browsing is good for the digestive system, right?
9. When you dress up as a famous writing duo for Halloween, nobody else gets it.
I guess your Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre ensembles were too subtle.
You mean no one figured out that you were Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas?
10. And finally, your love of literature is what brought you both together in the first place.
Perhaps, you were in the non-fiction section with a coffee in your hand and they were turning the corner in a hurry with a new book under their arm. You bumped in to each other and your brew spilled. They offered to buy you a new one if you agreed to go to dinner.
And the rest, as they say, is as good as fiction.