We bookworms are a pretty shy bunch. We tend to lurk in the back of bookstores and libraries, clutching our newfound read-things to our chests and glare at people who dare to talk loudly in these places of quiet and calm. Of course, this is only a generalization; I’m sure that lots of the time, it’s other bookworms being glared at for being loud.
But, yes, bookworms are largely a group of introverts. And anyone who knows an introvert knows that you don’t always know how to start a conversation, because the introvert looks to content in the quiet. Here’s a hint: We would like to talk to you!
So maybe there’s a bookworm you would like to be friends with, and don’t know exactly how to start a conversation.Well, here’s a way to do it! Just don’t try and talk to them while they’re actually reading. Then you might get killed.
“DID YOU LIKE <FIRST BOOK IN SERIES THAT BOOKWORM IS CURRENTLY HOLDING THE SEQUEL TO>?”
We LOVE being asked our opinions on books, and it happens so rarely.
“WHAT DID YOU THINK OF <RECENT MOVE/TV ADAPTION OF POPULAR BOOK>?”
We also love complaining about all the ways that a movie/tv show got the book wrong.
“WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE BOOKSTORE?”
This is a very exciting question, because it means that the person will possibly want to visit our favorite bookstore, and then will possibly fall in love with it too, and then buy lots of books so we have even more to talk about.
“HAVE YOU EVER READ <NAME OF BOOK YOU WANT TO READ>?”
We bookworms also love A) giving recommendations, and B) finding out about new books we’d want to read. It doesn’t matter if we have read the book or not…either way, it’s a good way to get us talking.
“WHAT BOOK ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?”
Just don’t ask what our favorite book is. It’s too hard to decide.
“ARE YOU GOING TO GO TO <AUTHOR’S> SIGNING NEXT WEEK?”
This is always a great question to ask, because there’s always a chance that an author we love is going to be in our city/town and we didn’t know about it.
“WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT ALL THE DYSTOPIAN BOOKS COMING OUT?”
Dystopian books have been a huge trend in YA since around the time The Hunger Games took off. And, well, a lot of us are kind of sick of it (I personally want less dystopian and more sci-fi, but that’s just me). This question either gives the bookworm a chance to complain or gush, depending on how much they like the genre.
“WHO DO YOU SHIP?”
This isn’t a purely bookworm thing…pretty much everyone who has any knowledge of the word has at least one ship. But bookworms read lots and lots of books…which means lots and lots of ships.
“HOW DO YOU ARRANGE YOUR BOOKSHELVES?”
If you’re lucky, you might get to see some shelfies. But I always like talking about and hearing about how bookshelves are arranged (now that I type it, it sounds kind of weird). But seriously! This is a good question if you want an idea on how to arrange your own bookshelf, plus, most bookworms just like talking about their bookshelves. Kind of like how other people like talking about the cool piece of art they found the other day.
“HEY, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THE HUNGER GAMES THEME PARK THAT’LL BE OPENING?”
I don’t think I know one bookworm who’s not furious about this. Every time someone brings this up, I (and I’m sure many others), go on a ten minute rant about how it’s romanticizing the violence and basically doing exactly what the capitol did in the books. Expect if you ask this question you’ll get some strong feelings from the bookworm.
BONUS! A BOOKWORM PICK-UP LINE.
“I SHIP US.”
I don’t think you could get a bad reaction from saying this too a bookworm. Just don’t be the creepy person who won’t take “no” for an answer.
So! Is there anything I should add to this list? Has anyone ever used any of this conversation openers on you? How do you feel about the Hunger Games theme park?