Last Tuesday I posted Ten Things You Should Never, Ever Do To Your Resident Bookworm, and I figured that should post a follow-up, with how to make your resident bookworm happy. Or how to make up with them if you do something to them on the previous list.
SAY THIS: “I SEE YOU’RE READING, SO I’LL LEAVE YOU ALONE.”
Bookworms love curling up and reading and just being left alone to read. Actually, don’t even tell them that you’re going to leave them alone, just leave them alone.
GIVE THEM THAT NEW BOOK THEY’VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT
You don’t even have to wait for their birthday or Christmas! AND THEN leave them alone for a few hours so they can finish it. Basically, both will make them quite happy.
TAKE THEM TO THE BOOK SIGNING THAT THEY WANTED TO GO TO.
Because bookworms love the chance to A) meet their favorite authors, and B) get a book by one of their favorite authors signed. A signed book is worth INFINITELY more than a non-signed book. Every bookworm knows that.
GIVE THEM COFFEE AND CAKE OR HOT CHOCOLATE AND CAKE OR TEA AND CAKE. BASICALLY GIVE THEM A HOT BEVERAGE AND CAKE AND LEAVE THEM ALONE.
Because now they’ve got a snack and something to drink and a really good book and silence to enjoy all three. It’s practically their favorite thing ever.
SAY: “HEY, THERE’S A HUGE BOOK SALE NEXT MONTH WHERE EVERYTHING’S A DOLLAR. WANT ME TO ADD IT TO THE CALENDAR?”
SAY: “THAT BOOK SALE’S TODAY. EVEN THOUGH IT DOESN’T START FOR A FEW HOURS, WANT TO GO NOW SO WE GET A GOOD PLACE IN LINE?”
Yes. And when you get there, not complaining about how long you’ve waited in line will make them even happier.
SAY: “SURE, YOU CAN GO IN THAT BOOKSTORE. I’LL WAIT QUIETLY AND NOT COMPLAIN.”
I can’t count how many times I’ve been told “No, you can’t go into the bookstore since I know how long you take in there.” And, even if we’re allowed to go in, oftentimes we’re followed by the complaining friend/parent/sibling/aunt who can’t wait for us to leave. And, just FYI, following us around complaining will make it take even longer because we can’t focus on the books and you complaining at the same time.
SAY: “HEY, THAT BOOK YOU RECOMMENDED TO ME? I LOVE IT AND ADORE IT AND IT’S MY NEW FAVORITE EVERYTHING.”
They love seeing someone else love the books they love. Just telling them “It was okay,” won’t cut it. It must be great. It must be fabulous. It must be TOO AMAZING FOR ME TO THINK RIGHT NOW, CHECK BACK LATER!
HELP THEM BUILD THEIR NEW BOOKSHELF/SHELVES
If you hear them bawling in their bedroom, and it’s not over a book, it’s a good chance that it’s because that pretty, gorgeous new bookshelf that they bought just won’t come together. Give them a book and cake and tell them that when they come back in later, the bookshelf/shelves will be all ready and built.
COMFORT THEM WHEN THEIR FAVORITE CHARACTER DIES.
They will often have people rolling their eyes and/or scoffing when they tell them that the reason why they’re crying enough to water the city is because their favorite character died. But their favorite character is like their best friend! Hug them tightly and give them another happy book and cake.