7 skills every bookworm has developed

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!

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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)

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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’

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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.

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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!

Liked this? Why not check out 5 easy ways to annoy a bookworm or Would you Rather…? (Bookworm edition)?

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Thanks for reading!

28 Comments Add yours

  1. Lana Cole says:

    Love the cartoon caption! I can relate to that!

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    1. Yes, it’s so cute and relatable, isn’t it?

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      1. Lana Cole says:

        Yes it is adorable! 😁

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  2. savageddt says:

    All of them. I have all of them😬

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    1. See! Reading books has enriched your life in many ways – use these as examples the next time someone asks why you have your nose stuck in a book! πŸ™‚

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  3. yesmoreblogs says:

    I’m chuckling away at myself while reading this post πŸ˜‚

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! Being a bookworm is much maligned so I wanted to think of how reading has improved our lives, outside of all the wonderful things you can learn from and experience through books!

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  4. #4 yep that’s me

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  5. Beware Of The Reader says:

    Bwahahaha yes! And I am mastering the first one as I came back from YALC with so many books!

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    1. There is a reason why I don’t post book hauls – getting all the books in one place woild reveal the extent of the book-buying problem…lol


    1. Glad you could relate to it!

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  6. Aside from the things mentione, I think I developed this skill of spotting the spine or cover of a book that I am searching for from a distance with just a glance. I mean that is impressive for me since I have a bad eyesight and I never wear glasses. πŸ˜… The skill is helpful especially if I have limited time to browse a book sale.

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    1. Yup, you’re right, it is a great skill. I also use this skill to spot when a new book has appeared in the library!


  7. Nicka Jerao says:

    This all me, I’m so guilty! I couldn’t relate more to your post πŸ˜‚

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  8. All of them except # 3 is me πŸ™‚ I can SO relate to this post! Another exceptional ability bookworms usually have is the ability to climb staircases while reading, and not missing a step!!

    Fellow bookworms, here’s my blog: https://thevoraciousbibliophile.wordpress.com

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    1. Walking or climbing while reading is definitely a good skill to have! Thank you for adding your link -I will check out your blog!

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  9. Cherryl says:

    Yes – all mastered πŸ“šπŸ’›β˜•

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    1. Well done! We should get some kind of award…

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      1. Cherryl says:

        Amazon vouchers perhaps…..

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