15 Guaranteed Ways to Impress a Book Lover

Posted by Hayley on March 1, 2016

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What's a guaranteed way to impress a book lover? Your top answers are below! If your friends, family, or "secret" admirers need a nudge in the right direction (i.e. towards the bookstore), show them this.


1. "Give a book in lieu of a bouquet of flowers—or leave a sweet note in the book I'm reading!" (@PierceCoLibrary)

2. "Flash an unexpired library card." (@kiLaV0Lts)

3. "Be able to hold an interesting conversation about a book or author, not just 'I like it' or 'I don't like it.' Share your opinions and thoughts." (Jodi Karshbaum)

4. "Casually make a reference to a book mid-sentence." (@HailtoHuffius)

5. "Be gentle with your books. Don't toss them around or bend the covers!" (Liz Burns)

6. "Read my favorite book so I'll have someone new to discuss it with." (@Rabidreader1970)

7. "Tell me I remind you of a specific character from a book." (Michelle McEwen)

8. "LISTEN. Let me talk about the characters and the situations I'm reading about." (@Aadila03)

9. "Don't lie about having read a book you didn't read." (@CidStoll)

10. "Always have a book in hand!" (Joseph Maldonado)

11. "Recommend books based on my interests." (@acaDemyx_)

12. "Be honest and unapologetic about the kinds of books you like." (@AwflyWeeEli)

13. "Buy a recently released book written by my favorite author. Bonus points if it's signed!" (Gayle Ryan)

14. "Plan a book shopping adventure day with stops at multiple bookstores, followed by a cup of tea and some book talk." (Gigi De Young)

15. "Just say you're a reader—I'll take it from there!" (Pamela Dunn)


What would impress you? Tell us in the comments!
(Top image credit: Wishbone, from the episode "Rosie, Oh, Rosie, Oh!")

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message 1: by Lanie (new)

Lanie 14. "Book shopping adventure." Yes! I've done this before with my sisters and best friend and had a blast!


message 2: by Shima (new)

Shima If I'm crying over a character, Don't say "Don't upset yourself, they're just fictional." Just make me tea and leave me alone to grieve!


message 3: by Hazel (new)

Hazel lovelace I love the book reference one and tell me im like one of book charaters one....seriously...dream xime true...


Jamie (The Kansan Reader) Truth, I would be very impressed if a guy read one of my favorite books just so he could talk to me and hear my opinions on it.


message 5: by Ginger (new)

Ginger Wishbone!
<3
Sorry. I just go so excited. I will go read the article now.


message 6: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson Take me on a trip to visit the most interesting LIBRARIES in the region/country. The older the more romantic and interesting they are. I LOVE LIBRARIES. The smell and atmosphere get me all tingly!


message 7: by Nicole D. (new)

Nicole D. Shima wrote: "If I'm crying over a character, Don't say "Don't upset yourself, they're just fictional." Just make me tea and leave me alone to grieve!"

Yes this sounds like my very unsympathetic younger brother. Thanks for having Wishbone as your header. Brings back memories of my childhood. I really like the list. 3.4.5.6.10.and 15 are my favorites.


message 8: by Aubrey (new)

Aubrey Say Wishbone was your favorite show growing up.


message 9: by Celia (new)

Celia Plan and go on a literary trip with me! To an author's grave, home(s), favorite writing spots or muses, setting of my favorite book, museums, etc. Geeking out together is so much fun!


message 10: by Anjali (new)

Anjali Jangra Argue with me about a book, bonus for you if you are good at it.


message 11: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Understanding that sometimes I don't want to go out anywhere, I just want to stay in and read :)


message 12: by Betsy (new)

Betsy #7. What if you don't like the character you remind them of?


Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥ #11 and #14 would impress me!


Seema ♥Nerdgirl♥ Jessica wrote: "Understanding that sometimes I don't want to go out anywhere, I just want to stay in and read :)"

YES!!!


message 15: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson Betsy wrote: "#7. What if you don't like the character you remind them of?"

Then you know to get rid of them! Roflmbo!!


message 16: by Aliya (new)

Aliya "Just say you're a reader—I'll take it from there!" (Pamela Dunn)
Yes!!!! That is me in every way, as long as you read I can totally find something that we can talk about! >.<


message 17: by E.F.B. (new)

E.F.B. Wishbone!!! <3 <3 <3

That's all I have to say. Carry on.


message 18: by Kelly (new)

Kelly Give me a copy of your favorite book. Share with me what it means to you and how it affected you. The fact that you would want me to experience the same, to let me in to your world like that, would be touching.


message 19: by Jenny (new)

Jenny Instead of trying to flirt by buying me a drink in a bar, buy me that book I'm staring at for the last 10 minutes in the bookshop. (You'll be a lot more succesful)


Latanya (Crafty Scribbles) Respecting my time with my books!!


message 21: by Lola (new)

Lola If you see me reading leave me that way,


message 22: by Random (new)

Random Why do all of those items sound so fake.

Want to impress me? Read. Read what you like. Enjoy doing so.


message 23: by Stephanie (last edited Mar 01, 2016 09:57AM) (new)

Stephanie Definitely number #8! I am always interested in talking about a book while I am reading it, even more so then after. I don't care if you read it or not, just "Listen" :)


message 24: by Kiara (new)

Kiara Making a reference to a book and the other person laughs....Good feeling.


message 25: by Caroline (new)

Caroline When I am reading don't interrupt me unless it is vitally important!!.Don't you hate it when you are reading a fantastic book,really engrossed and then someone disturbs you.
I agree with Lola (message 22)


message 26: by Morgan (new)

Morgan Nice to see Wishbone's photo!


message 27: by Dulce (new)

Dulce R-s Jamie wrote: "Truth, I would be very impressed if a guy read one of my favorite books just so he could talk to me and hear my opinions on it."
So true!!! If a guy ever did that for me I would absolutely love him!!!


message 28: by Allison (new)

Allison Debra wrote: "Take me on a trip to visit the most interesting LIBRARIES in the region/country. The older the more romantic and interesting they are. I LOVE LIBRARIES. The smell and atmosphere get me all tingly!"

Oh my...YES!!! Can you imagine going on a trip JUST TO SEE THE LIBRARIES?!!!!! Be still my heart!


message 29: by Karla (new)

Karla V. H. the number 14 is really great idea for a date. I hope someday, someone do this for me. :(


message 30: by Lola (new)

Lola Caroline wrote: "When I am reading don't interrupt me unless it is vitally important!!.Don't you hate it when you are reading a fantastic book,really engrossed and then someone disturbs you.
I agree with Lola (mess..."


The worst thing someone can do is intrupt me and its always something dumb like what are gou doing


message 31: by Joanne (new)

Joanne The picture of Wishbone is what drew me in. That show made so many great classic novels so cool and interesting to my son when he was young. I loved it too! Anything that can spark the love for books and reading is a beautiful thing.


message 32: by Kay (new)

Kay J These were good, but #'s 1 3 9 and 14 were the best.


message 33: by Dhfan4life (new)

Dhfan4life Respecting that I sometimes need my alone time and that comes with a book and no interruptions.


message 34: by Dhfan4life (new)

Dhfan4life Joanne wrote: "The picture of Wishbone is what drew me in. That show made so many great classic novels so cool and interesting to my son when he was young. I loved it too! Anything that can spark the love for boo..."

I second that, I've loved Wishbone since forever. He was so awesome.


message 35: by Grace (new)

Grace -Make me a reading den.
-Buy me books (duh)
-Reccomend me books you know I'll love
-Never EVER badmouth a character I love
-Go book shopping!!!!!


message 36: by Laura (new)

Laura What's the story Wiiiiishhhbooone!? :D


message 37: by A (new)

A 3 & 9 suit me. And also 12.


message 38: by A (new)

A respecting that sometimes reading my favourites again (evenif its the hundredth time) makes me reallyyy happyy. it rejuvenates me :)


message 39: by JaeRavenClaw (new)

JaeRavenClaw Be aware of what you're talking about regarding literature. There is nothing worse to me than someone claiming to have read a certain book, but then get the plot/story/characters wrong. Oh, and please make sure your grammar is up to snuff. :)


message 40: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson Allison wrote: "Debra wrote: "Take me on a trip to visit the most interesting LIBRARIES in the region/country. The older the more romantic and interesting they are. I LOVE LIBRARIES. The smell and atmosphere get m..."

Oh my...YES!!! Can you imagine going on a trip JUST TO SEE THE LIBRARIES?!!!!! Be still my heart!

10 Most Beautiful Libraries in the United States
1. THE ARMSTRONG-BROWNING LIBRARY AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, TEXAS
2. MORGAN LIBRARY, NEW YORK
3. BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY, MASSACHUSETTS
4. BRADDOCK CARNEGIE LIBRARY, PENNSYLVANIA
5. INDIANAPOLIS PUBLIC LIBRARY, INDIANA
6. LOS ANGELES CENTRAL LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA
7. HEARST CASTLE GOTHIC STUDY, CALIFORNIA
8. SKYWALKER RANCH LIBRARY, CALIFORNIA
9. SUZZALLO LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON, WASHINGTON
10. FISHER FINE ARTS LIBRARY OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, PENNSYLVANIA
I don't know that I agree they are the 10 most beautiful, but wow! What a way to be Wooed!


message 41: by Jay (new)

Jay I've gone on a couple used book crawls. Hit at least five shops, buy at least one in each, make a couple stops for beverages (we did beers), head home, and then read until bedtime. Perfect day, but next time I'd like to that with someone special, if you get me.


message 42: by Debra (new)

Debra Johnson James wrote: "I've gone on a couple used book crawls. Hit at least five shops, buy at least one in each, make a couple stops for beverages (we did beers), head home, and then read until bedtime. Perfect day, but..."

And when you get home you both read the same book together. All snuggled up with each other, eating your favorite snacks and drinking your favorite drinks. Chocolate could be involved!


Colleen's Conclusions Be a book lover. :D


message 44: by Hayley (new)

Hayley Anyone who does at least three of these things is my crush. Definitely.


message 45: by Jay (new)

Jay Debra wrote: "James wrote: "I've gone on a couple used book crawls. Hit at least five shops, buy at least one in each, make a couple stops for beverages (we did beers), head home, and then read until bedtime. Pe..."

Chocolate, mmmm.....


message 46: by charlotte (new)

charlotte all the above plus when I'm bawling my eyes out over a character don't look at me as though I lost my marbles, hug me an tell me that there's still a few pages left and the character may get to live after all.
Don't freak out when I start talking about fictional characters as though they're real. they are real to me and they're my only friends, I spend half my day inside their head, they are as close to me as no one could ever get.


message 47: by Alanah (new)

Alanah Jamie wrote: "Truth, I would be very impressed if a guy read one of my favorite books just so he could talk to me and hear my opinions on it."

Me too! I would definitely swoon


message 48: by D.G. (new)

D.G. Shima wrote: "If I'm crying over a character, Don't say "Don't upset yourself, they're just fictional." Just make me tea and leave me alone to grieve!"

So true!!!


message 49: by Alanah (new)

Alanah Ginger wrote: "Wishbone!
<3
Sorry. I just go so excited. I will go read the article now."


I got excited too! I love Wishbone haha


message 50: by Alanah (new)

Alanah Debra wrote: "Take me on a trip to visit the most interesting LIBRARIES in the region/country. The older the more romantic and interesting they are. I LOVE LIBRARIES. The smell and atmosphere get me all tingly!"

Me too! <3


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