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Synonyms for Book Lover

atkins bookshelf wordsMany book lovers are also word lovers. Or expressed another way, most bibliolaters are also epeolatrists. Naturally, the largest share of synonyms for book lovers are based on the Ancient Greek root word biblos, meaning “book,” and biblion, meaning “paper” or “scroll.” Below are some delicious words that bibliophilists and logolepts can savor:

abibliophobia: the fear of running out of things to read

biblet: a book or library

bibliobibuli: someone who reads too much

biblioklept: a person who steals books; a book thief

bibliolater: a person who loves books

bibliolatry: the love of books; book worship

bibliomane: a person who loves books and reading

bibliomaniac: a person who is obsessed with collecting books

bibliophagist: a voracious reader

bibliophile: a person who loves books or collects books (or both)

bibliophilist: a book lover

bibliopole: a person who buys and sells rare books

bibliosmia: the aroma of a book; the act of smelling books

bibliotaph: a person who hoards books (often unread); books are stored, keeping them from use

bibliotecha: a list of books in a catalog

book-bosomed: a person who always carries a book

bookman: a person who loves books or reading

booktrovert: a person who prefers the company of fictional characters to people in real life

bookworm: a person devoted to reading and study

epeolater: a person who loves words

epeolatry: worship of words

fascicle: a volume; one of a number of books forming a set or series

finifugal: dislikes endings; someone who avoids reading the end of a novel

incunabulum: a book printed before the year 1500

introuvable: a holy grail book; a book that cannot be found

librocubicultarist: a person who reads in bed

logolept: a person who is very interested in words; person obsessed with words

logolepsy: a fascination or obsession with words

omnilegent: having read everything; characterized by encyclopedic reading

philobiblist: a lover of books

princeps: a first edition of a book

rarissima: an extremely rare book or manuscript

scripturient: an author; a person who has a passion for writing

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What Type of Book Lover Are You?

alex atkins bookshelf booksDo you carry a book or ereader wherever you go? Ever find yourself chugging coffee at work in an effort to stay awake after a late night with a book that captured your interest? Are there piles of books around your house? Are you lured to every bookstore you see like a siren’s call? If any of these sound familiar, then you are probably a bibliophile — or depending on your preference, a book addict, book lover, bookworm, bibliomaniac, or bibliolater. Those last two sound kind of creepy, and come to think of it, some book collectors can be. But we digress… So if you’re a book lover, what type of book lover are you?

According to Jo Hoare, author of So You Think You’re a Bookworm?, there are 20 types of book lovers. Here are some of the key types of bookworms that she identifies:

Binger: reads an entire series (eg, Harry Potter)

Clubber: read books promoted by book clubs (eg, Oprah’s Book Club)

Adulterer: cannot commit to reading one book at a time

Book thief: borrows books but never returns them

Cryer: reads books about profound sadness, hardships, cruelty, etc. that induce crying

Scholar: not only reads but really studies the book

Non-finisher: cannot commit to finishing a book

Faker: hasn’t read the book but tells others that he or she has read the book

What other types of book lovers should we add to this list?

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