Bookworms are a strange breed, yet come in all shapes and sizes with all their bookish loves and hates.
It is said that each book opens a vision of a new world and teaches us something – so surely us bookworms have developed some transferable skills along the way?
Read on to see if you have any of these 7 essential skills!
1.The ability to squeeze yet another book onto an over-filled shelf, balance a book on top of a tottering pile or extricate the desired book from any point in aforementioned pile without it toppling over.
Transferable skills: Jenga, Tetris, Packing suitcases (see 3)
2. The ability to appear as if you’re listening when actually sneakily continuing to read your book under the table or between bouts of strategic eye contact.
Transferable skills: Multi-tasking, getting work done in a busy environment
3. The ability to sneak a few more books past airport security by fitting paperbacks in coats with large pockets or holding a few against your body under cover of a coat or jumper. Who would be monster enough to take away a partially-finished book?!
Transferable skills: You are amazing at packing and wrapping presents!
4. The ability to walk past shelves of unread books, and go out shopping for more.
Transferable skill: Always getting free delivery from Amazon by adding a few books to the basket…or getting a good bargain because you always take advantage of book sales or ‘buy one get one half price’
5. The ability to continue to function as a normal human being when suffering from a book hangover…until bumping into a fellow bookworm and all the sorrow/misery comes pouring out!
Transferable skill: Dealing with real-life situations by making reference to what your fictional counterpart might have done.
6. The ability to walk into a bookshop intending to spend 10 minutes and buy 2 books…only to emerge, blinking, into the daylight 2 hours (days?) later with 12 books.
Transferable skill: You can concentrate for long periods of time. You can also come up with a list of book recommendations for any topic within seconds!
7. The ability to quickly scan someone’s bookshelf when visiting their home for the first time, then make a quick judgement about them for better or worse. No bookshelf…get out of there!
Transferable skill: Your interactions with fictional characters have made you a good judge of character in those you meet in real-life. Your skimming and scanning skills come in handy when doing exams or writing essays!
Have you developed any of these transferable skills through being a bookworm?
What other skills do you think you have developed?
What is the best thing about being a bookworm?
Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for reading!