How to Catch a Book Nerd’s Attention

Posted March 13, 2018 by Lupe and Sophia

Bookworms read a lot of books in their lifetime. Heck, we add a lot of books to our TBR. With the number of books that we’ve read so far though, are we ever surprised (sometimes, yes).

It might be a little hard to catch a book nerd’s attention because nothing ever surprises them (it’s the oldest trick in the book, they say). Lupe and Sophia are here to chat about ways to catch our attention.

Plus we’re rebellious bookwyrms who don’t necessarily follow the rules of Top Ten Tuesday. Honestly, who cares about rules.

1. How to catch their attention at a bar (or anywhere): buy them a book

You know how some people try to get someone’s attention by catcalling or other weird ways (like buying them a drink)?

That’s not how you do it with a bookworm.

The proper way to do is to buy them a book. Lupe says bonus points if it’s Shatter Me and not Twilight.

2. Books are the way to a book nerd’s heart

They say “food is the way to someone’s heart,” but while food is a way to a book nerd’s heart, it’s not the only way. Give them books and food, and you’ll be well on your way.

3. Build a library for them

The beast offered Belle a library. If the beast can do it and win the girl, so can you.

4. Be emotionally supportive and sponsor us with Kleenex

Book nerds are emotionally connected with the characters they read and love (even if they hate the book) and every little thing hits them. Hurt the character? The book nerd is hurt. Kill the character? The book nerd will cry. They’ll need tissues. They’ll need hugs and a shoulder to cry on, and maybe some tissues to clean those tears up.

Maybe they need an ear as well. Be sure to bring invisible ear plugs if you don’t want to listen but want to pretend you’re listening.

5. Get them book merchandise

Get them posters, mugs, clothes, keychains, lanyards… but not just those. Find out their favorite quotes, their favorite characters and have it be represented in the items you get them.

Chances are they’ll use it forever, so they’ll have a piece of you in their lives forever (if that’s your goal).

6. Join them on bookish events

Some people like concerts (so loud), some people like parties. Book nerds like bookish events ranging from meeting their favorite authors to meeting fellow book nerds who will understand their pain and agony.

7. Don’t judge their costume habits on Halloween (or any day)

If we don’t judge you for dressing up as the Hulk, a duck, or a dragon on fire, don’t judge us for dressing up as the badass Rose Hathaway or Isabelle Lightwood.

Sometimes we need to feel badass to take on the world and a new day.

8. Buddy read with them

Bonus points if you’re a fellow book nerd who likes reading the same books as them because not only can we listen to music together, we can read together! And then we can squeal, cry, laugh, etc. together.

We don’t want to suffer alone, and you don’t either. Let’s suffer together.

9. Don’t drag them to a party (or anywhere)

Concerts are noisy, parties are noisy. Plus there are people. Swarms of people! We’d never get a chance to crack open a book without being distracted.

Unless it’s a book related party. Then feel free to drag them to it because there will be fellow book nerds and it won’t be as noisy aside from related feelings.

10. Throw books at them

Highly unadvised.

Let’s Talk: What catches your attention? Are you less surprised than your younger self?

Co-blogger at Bookwyrming Thoughts

Lupe is a 23-year-old Mexican-American who enjoys reading and watching movies when she gets the chance to relax. Her all-time favorite series consists of Bloodlines and Vampire Academy (among others), and her favorite author is Richelle Mead.

Sophia started blogging in February 2012 for the hell of it and is surprisingly still around. She has a GIF for nearly everything, probably listens to too much K-Pop and is generally in an existential crisis of sorts (she's trying her best). In 2020, she graduated with a Bachelor's in Communications and minor in Women's Studies. More of her bookish reviews and K-pop Roundups can be found at The Arts STL.

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54 responses to “How to Catch a Book Nerd’s Attention

    • Lupe

      I couldn’t agree more! I’d say even a gift card to bookstores would be a fantastic gift especially if they don’t know what specific book to gift. Happy Top Ten Tuesday to you too Rissi! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  1. “Shatter Me and not Twilight” lol. I like that one- buy someone a book. That beats a drink, right? ๐Ÿ™‚ And book merch is always nice. How dun would a book party be? It would be awfully quiet I bet, as everyone reads…

    • Lupe

      HA! I never liked Twilight and I never will. A book party would be lit though! We wouldn’t be JUST reading, we would be geeking out as we should be. Thanks for stopping by Greg!

      • Books always beats a drink. ๐Ÿ˜‰

        I’d imagine a book party will be somewhat quiet, but at one point or another, we’re going to break that silence and start geeking out over the book.

        That’s when the REAL fun begins. ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lupe

      I mean… It’s never too late to send him this list! I still envy Belle for having that beautiful library of hers. Thanks for commenting Bee!

  2. Yes, yes, yes, throw books at me. Every time my gf makes thoughtful gifts and turns up with I don’t know what, I’m always like: it’s been 6 years and you still don’t get I JUST WANT BOOKS! Also stop telling me “you do know it’s fiction, right?” when I’m sobbing in a corner!

    • Lupe

      GUUUURRRRLLL I COMPLETELY understand. My parents will never understand my love for books. Send her this list and I’m sure she will know what to get you as a gift for next time! Thanks for stopping by Olivia!

      • I’ve told her so many times, she still insists to surprise me with things that are not books (to be fair, she does usually put a lot of thought into the gifts!) I’ll send her this blog post now ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lupe

      A sliding ladder or a spiral staircase is something I DREAM of having for my future library! I always joke that the only reason I want a sliding ladder is so I can reenact that scene from Beauty and The Beast where Belle slides across the library singing at the top of my lungs. Thank you for stopping by!

    • Lupe

      There’s nothing wrong to add more to your list of ways to get to your heart Cholla! I’m glad you enjoyed the list and I’ll definitely check out your TTT post! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. #4 and #9 are probably the ~easiest~ to do for others, but are the most heartwarming ways to show bookworm love! <3 I am an extremely emotional reader and appreciate any kind of support from friends, especially if they're non-bookworms. I also hate socializing (most of the time), and would prefer to sit with a good book in hand.

    Buuuut I think #6 is what would hit me in the feels the most! My parents, best friend and cousin all tolerate my love for authors and would sit with me for HOURS to wait in line at book signings. <3

    • Lupe

      I’m glad your parents, best friend and cousin all tolerate your love for authors! I live in STL and there are not much book events around here which completely sucks! I talk a lot (Sophia can confirm) and I do pretty well in social environments, but I will always prefer to stay in and read a good book. Thanks for stopping by Aimee!

    • Lupe

      Belle is truly lucky with that beautiful library the Beast gave her. Who wouldn’t want a spectacular ‘library a la Beauty and The Beast”? Thanks for commenting Jo!

  4. I love buddy reads. Sadly none of my friends close to me want to do that. But I have met some lovely people through book blogging that I have buddy read with and it’s really good.

    • Lupe

      Awww I say that those who are not readers, have not read their favourite book yet. I’m fortunate enough to have an actual friend to bug about books with in real life who also happens to be my co-blogger! It’s Sophia in case you were wondering! Thanks for stopping by Amanda!

    • Lupe

      Book throwing is honestly the biggest way to anger a book nerd. I have never gone to a book event! My dream is to go to one and get to geek out with other fellow nerds!

  5. I was thrilled when my husband started reading. Now he listens mostly to audiobooks but they’re always my recommendations and there hasn’t been any that he’s disliked so far. The quickest way to catch my attention is to simply talk about books. I’m lucky to be able to share my love of reading with my husband and browse bookshops. Rare to find in the wild <3

    • Lupe

      Yes! There’s no better feeling than getting new books or new bookish merchandise! Thanks for commenting Lauren! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. This made me chuckle. I don’t advise doing ten, I’ll get mad. As for getting my attention I don’t know, even when you have it I’m likely to zone out and daydream. It’s a talent I have haha

    • Lupe

      Throwing books is certainly a NO! I also tend to zone out and daydream ESPECIALLY when I’m in class very early in the morning. Thanks for stopping by Chloe!

  7. Ah omg yes to Shatter Me and Izzy and basically every point mentioned.

    Anypne can catch my attention with ‘Shadowhunters’ or ‘Malec’ xD

    PS: I just realised there are 3 of you on this blog and wow hats off because that might be rather difficult but also fun? Good for your trio!

    • Lupe

      Shadowhunters or Malec are also great ways to catch my attention Charvi! Yes, there are 3 of us and it’s fun! Communication is definitely key! Thank you for stopping by and commenting!

      • I mean, definitely not difficult, haha. I don’t know where I’ll be without Lupe and Anelise dealing with my shenanigans. <3 (How did I survive two years on my own???)

    • Lupe

      I remember when I was younger our teacher gave us reading time in class and everyone read! I would grab a spot and read next to a good friend and it certainly felt like heaven! Thank you for your comment, Lara!

  8. Very good tips ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the last one might actually work with me as well when you make it a paperback and not a hardcover collected works of Jane Austen ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Lupe

      I get pretty sad when paperbacks get damaged from dropping it, but I agree. Hardcovers will definitely hurt much more than paperbacks if they were thrown at me. Thanks for stopping by Bella!

  9. Oh yes. I’m not keen on parties, pubs or anywhere filled with noisy people. That doesn’t mean I’m not sociable. I love chatting in tea shops or browsing bookshops with my friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Lupe

      Oh, man browsing bookshops with friends sounds phenomenal! I’m honestly going to plan to browse some bookshops around here with Sophia when both of our schedules clean up! Thanks for stopping by Louise!