10 Reasons Books Make Better Companions than People

I live in a one-bedroom apartment and currently have six bookcases.  My main motivation for moving next year is that I have nowhere else to put another bookcase, and I’m running out of room.


I have three books in my car at various stages of completion.  I walk down the hall to my office with my head stuck in a book (which bothers the legal department to no end, and they are constantly asking me to be careful).  Needless to say, Booklovers’ Day is a holiday I can get behind.  To celebrate Booklovers’ Day, which is August 9, I’ve decided to share ten reasons why books make better companions than people.

1. Books never judge you.  You can read them in sweatpants, without makeup, in a dirty apartment, eating peanut butter straight out of the jar, and they don’t care. Your mother, however, would be mortified.

2. Books don’t mind if you throw them across the room when you get mad at them.  If you throw people across the room, the police tend to be called and charges tend to be pressed.  It gets very awkward.

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3. Books are a great way to decorate your home.  You could try to decorate your home with people, but it’s my experience that they don’t stay on the shelves for long, and they make unnecessary comments about your sweatpants.

4. Books don’t talk back.  See above.

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5. You can highlight things and write notes in books.  People aren’t very open to you highlighting or writing on them, unless you are a hairdresser or a tattoo artist,.  Plus, it’s difficult to read pencil on skin.

6. A book will never stand you up.  A book will always be there for you, unless you forget to bring it or leave it in the car, and it will never run out on you, not even when you throw it across the room.

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7. You can’t get in trouble for leaving books in a hot car with the windows rolled up.  First, you should never leave people (or animals) in a hot car.  Books, however, don’t breathe, can’t get overheated, and if you like the smell of printer’s ink, can even smell better when they get hot. People—not so much.

8. Books don’t get jealous.  They never ask you where you have been, or if you were reading another book.

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9. It’s fun to go to bookstores and buy books.

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10. You can sell used books to Half Price Books for cash.  Selling people—used or otherwise—for cash is illegal.  Plus, it’s not that easy.  Believe me. I’ve been trying to sell my brother for years.

Happy Booklovers’ Day to all the booklovers out there!  Keep reading (no matter what anyone else says about your sweatpants)!

Julie is Traffic Manager at Half Price Books Corporate.
You may follow her on Twitter at @auntjewey.

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