12 Things to Never, Ever Say to a Book Lover

Posted by Hayley on March 18, 2016

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: What should you never say to a book lover? Prepare yourselves, readers…. The answers are not for the faint of heart.


1. "The movie was way better than the book. Well, I assume it was. I never read the book. But I heard the movie was better…." (Janna Campbell Wiersma)

2. "You bought another book?" (Ashley Sawmiller)

3. "I never have time to read. It must be nice to have so much free time!" (@innocence walker)

4. "OMG. I can't believe you read that! Maybe you should try [insert snooty, pretentious book title or author here]." (Michelle Melendez)

5. "In a bookstore and always in a gratingly chirpy tone: 'So! Ready to go?'" (@stdonoghue)

6. "Stop buying books. You have enough already." (@megan_skeens)

7. "'I prefer REAL books.' (Whether you mean print books, certain genres, whatever. This kind of condescending comment to another reader is ridiculously unnecessary.)" (Samantha Warren)

8. "I lost that book you loaned me." (Cindy Tellkamp Penfold)

9. "'Reading won't put food on the table.' I was told that endlessly when growing up. But it IS food, I would say—food for my MIND." (@katiecapedisic)

10. "Gaston: 'How can you read this? There's no pictures!'" (Elizabeth Muennich)

11. "I hate to interrupt you while you're reading, but…." (Kelley L. O'Neill)

12. "It's just a book." (@firejohn78)


What annoys you the most? Tell us in the comments!
(Top image credit: Beauty and the Beast)

Comments Showing 1-50 of 1,018 (1018 new)


message 1: by Angela (new)

Angela Verdenius When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!


message 2: by Bellatrix (new)

Bellatrix Lestrange Me: I can't believe he could just die *weeps*
Other person: Are you serious? You're crying about a person who just died and never even existed in the first place.


message 3: by Yash (new)

Yash Sinojia Well, #9 :D


message 4: by 7jane (new)

7jane 6. is so what happens to me sometimes. There really *isn't* such thing as 'enough already'.
Or a variation: 'another book? but you haven't read all you already have yet!' :P


message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily Me: I cant believe he died! "Cries heart out- he was my favorite character!"
Other person: Are you serious? He doesn't even exist!

That's what someone REALLY shouldn't say to a book lover!


message 6: by Gazella (new)

Gazella Angela wrote: "When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!"

It's just a book ;p


message 7: by Fatima (new)

Fatima When someone tells me "why do you reads books? This is a waste of time!"
I want to kill that person!


message 8: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom 8. "I lost that book you loaned me." (Cindy Tellkamp Penfold).

I like reading books on my Amazon Kindle, that doesn't make me less of a book lover.


message 9: by Farah (new)

Farah E "Time to put the book down"


message 10: by Angela (new)

Angela Verdenius Angela wrote: "When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!"

Oops! Read the question wrong! LOL Maybe I should say - when they give my previously shiny, unmarked book back, now it's all creased and battered, and they dare to ask to loan the next in the series!


message 11: by Farah (new)

Farah E "Why do you ship them? They're not even real"


message 12: by Lidia (new)

Lidia If someone asks me why I read book !? They just can't understand our passion and hobby! :/
2 and 6 - my parents every time!


message 13: by Kay (new)

Kay J 5, 6, and 12....... all of them really.


message 14: by Farah (new)

Farah E "Why are you crying over them?"
"But, they died!!"
"Yeah, but s/he isn't real"


message 15: by Tom (new)

Tom Angela wrote: "When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!"

Worse: when it comes back in otherwise pristine condition but saturated with cigarette smoke.


message 16: by Alissa (new)

Alissa "You're reading (insert title)? Didn't you read that already?"

Some people just don't understand re-reading a favorite book.


message 17: by Alissa (new)

Alissa Angela wrote: "When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!"

Or when you loan a book to a friend, the friend keeps it for months, and when you ask about it they tell you they haven't read it yet.


message 18: by The CurvyJones (new)

The CurvyJones #1 just made me cringe. And I've gotta say the term REAL BOOKS pops every vertebrae down my spine. EVERY LAST ONE. Whether you mean real as in print or real as in "not romance", if we are in the same room I'm trying not to gouge your eyes out.

also when I am asked for book recs but reader doesn't know what they want to read, shoot down all of my suggestions, finally read something, HATE IT and then read a book I don't like.


message 19: by Vesna (new)

Vesna Djoric Arsic Number 2 I get a lot.


message 20: by Pranay (new)

Pranay Gupta "I like to read just the book summaries rather than going through the entire book. It saves so much time, and you learn the same amount."


message 21: by Malin (new)

Malin No 3! I seriously get that ALL THE TIME!
It's not called 'free time', it's called 'priorities'!


message 22: by Mariya (new)

Mariya Euphoria #8
My books are my babies!


message 23: by Katherine (new)

Katherine When you're eating alone at a restaurant and reading - and another patron/waiter/waitress asks "Oh, what are you reading?"

I cherish my alone time and ability to chill over a good plate of food - don't interrupt please!


message 24: by Rockin' Rita (new)

Rockin' Rita Mishkin D.L. wrote: "#1 just made me cringe. And I've gotta say the term REAL BOOKS pops every vertebrae down my spine. EVERY LAST ONE. Whether you mean real as in print or real as in "not romance", if we are in the sa..."

That would definitely be the absolute worst!


message 25: by Joseph (new)

Joseph McGarry The butler did it.


message 26: by Kimaya (last edited Mar 18, 2016 07:23AM) (new)

Kimaya Mathew Angela wrote: "When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!"
Count me in!!

Also, when people say that buying a book is a waste of time and money!!


message 27: by Claudia (new)

Claudia I hate!!!!! when someone says: "I never have time to read. It must be nice to have so much free time!" Seriously?


message 28: by Gail (new)

Gail #2 & #6 because you can never have too many books

#1 I have not yet seen a movie that is better than the book.


message 29: by Deestarr (last edited Mar 18, 2016 07:27AM) (new)

Deestarr When someone comes up to me when I am reading and says "Oh you must be bored" It drives me up a wall and the person will usually end up becoming the target of my sarcasm.


message 30: by D.G. (new)

D.G. Kiara wrote: "Me: I can't believe he could just die *weeps*
Other person: Are you serious? You're crying about a person who just died and never even existed in the first place."


Hahahahaha!! So true!!!


message 31: by Andy (last edited Mar 18, 2016 07:33AM) (new)

Andy I have two:

1) "What are we going to do with ALL THESE BOOKS?!?!"

2) Person: "What are you reading?"
Me: "It's a book about world destruction and people are planning to escape in a..."
(Person's eyes start to glaze over, then look around)


message 32: by Nicholl (new)

Nicholl Hearing a young person say they don't like reading. Always tell them they just haven't found the right books.


message 33: by P (last edited Mar 18, 2016 07:34AM) (new)

P If someone tells me...

"It's just a book."

Well ...




message 34: by Ujjwala (new)

Ujjwala Singhania I just heard #3 yet again, and in the same breath was asked;
"How can you bear to read after working whole day on your laptop?"
"The same way you bear to watch TV"


message 35: by Cynthia (last edited Mar 18, 2016 07:35AM) (new)

Cynthia Marcano Them: "You like reading? I just can't get into it." Stares at book like it is diseased.

Me: Most unimaginative boring people feel that way. "Yeah, I guess it's not for everyone."


message 36: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom I already commented on number 8 being one of the ones I hate, but
number 3. "I never have time to read. It must be nice to have so much free time!" (@innocence walker)

I highly doubt I have any more free time than the next working person. In fact, some days I might not even get more than 20 minutes to read a book. Just because someone else chooses to watch TV, or play golf, whaterver, on their free time instead of reading doesn't mean a reader has more free time.


message 37: by Laura (new)

Laura  Elena Growing up I've always heard things like "Oh My God, another book, are u serious!" or "Do something useful" or "Why don't you help me with this?" or "How can you not get boring?" I mean, its awful because sometimes it has been my own family and actually replying to them in the way they deserve has gotten me into trouble when they offended me in the first place. I mean, whyyyy?


message 38: by Βάνα (new)

Βάνα Καραγιάννη basically all of these comments irritate me the same!


message 39: by Patsy (new)

Patsy Parker I loaned a book to a friend years ago and when I asked if she had read it yet (weeks later), she said, "Oh I loaned that to so-and-so, SO I never got it back! I vowed I would never loan her another book and never did! So now, I will not loan out a book unless I don't care if I get it back or not.

I also loaned a different friend years later my Phonics game and she claims she gave it back but I know she didn't because it is nowhere to be found in my house!


message 40: by Alyssa (new)

Alyssa YASSSSS #7


message 41: by Greg (new)

Greg (adds 2 TBR list daily) Hersom Andy wrote: "I have two:

1) "What are we going to do with ALL THESE BOOKS?!?!"

2) Person: "What are you reading?"
Me: "It's a book about world destruction and people are planning to escape in a..."
(Person..."


Those are both good ones, but especially feel ya on number two. I read almost always sci-fi or fantasy, so unless the person asking digs that stuff, its a lost cause to explain.
However if they do really have a sincere interest and not judging like I'm weird or something, I'm glad to talk about what I'm reading.


message 42: by T.S. (new)

T.S. Pagan "You should stop reading and start watching the news. Live in the real world" - Dad
I guess for him, written news are not really news. And it's not like TV is known for being tendentious, right? What can one learn with history and sociology books ? If it's not on TV then it probably doesn't matter.


message 43: by Maryam (new)

Maryam "Books bore me - they're too long!"


message 44: by أمل (new)

أمل "It's a waste of money" my husband


message 45: by Seher Alvi (new)

Seher Alvi "I lost that book you loaned me "
Biggest nightmare ^-^


message 46: by KJ (new)

KJ Vollaro when you're reading a 1,200 page novel and someone says "Hey, what's that about?"


message 47: by Jane (new)

Jane 'Wow, haven't you got a lot of books! Have you read them all?' Said by ALL removal men, EVERY time I have moved.


message 48: by Maryam (new)

Maryam I got another one:

"You read books, you must be a genius!"
Im not a genius, you are so dumb person if you think a book makes you a genius!


message 49: by Jane (new)

Jane Aisha wrote: "No 6,I hate being told i have enough books.."

You can never have too many books. It's not having enough shelves that is the problem.


message 50: by Kimberly (new)

Kimberly Winship Angela wrote: "When you loan out a book and get it back creased and battered. Breaks my heart!!!"

I agree. I can't understand why people treat books so horribly.


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