10 New Bookish Vocabulary Words To Use Today

I recently I read over my blog posts and noticed that I use a lot of the same turns of phrase and vocabulary. To remedy this and liven up my writing, I actively searched for new and interesting words relating to the literary world. Did I use Websters’s? Nope! Did I use www.dictionary.com? Negative! I used the most trustworthy and academic of all dictionaries: Urban Dictionary!

I scoured this venerable resource and a lot of the literary vocabulary words I found… well, to put it lightly…they’re not exactly “family friendly.” The un-obscene ones, however, I plan on inserting into my daily conversations and future writing. I hope you can use them too!

Here are 10 of my favorites with sample sentences:


A bookarazzi is a book lover who excitedly takes photos of the books they read and posts them online.

If you take a look at my Instagram, it’s pretty obvious that I’m a bookarazzi!

booket list
All the books you’d like to read before you die.

Reading The Count of Monte Cristo is high on my booket list.

When a book renders you in a state of immense sadness and melancholy.

If you’ve ever read A Little Life, Hana Yanigahara you are well versed with the feeling of book-hurt.

Someone involved with literature. Like artistic, but with literature

The way that author expresses himself is so literaturistic.

A book that is soo good to read that the only word to describe it is READ-A-LICIOUS

Life’s too short to read anything but read-a-licious books!

Reader’s Block
Related to Writer’s Block, this is when you cannot, for the life of you, pick up a book and read it. Sure, you may be able to read a paragraph or two, or maybe even a page, but you don’t retain anything of what you just read or have the attention span and/or will to go on.

Having reader’s block is one of most dreaded states of being.

reader’s remorse
When you read a series too fast and realize you’ll have to wait several years for the next part.

Take your time when reading the Harry Potter series; you don’t want to have reader’s remorse.

To go to bed to read before going to beddy-bye.

Every beddy-bye for me is readie-bye.

reader’s accent
When you pronounce words funny because you’ve never actually heard them out loud before, you just read a lot of books

Person 1: That was a great “seg-you” in the conversation
Person 2: You mean segue?
Person 1: Yeah, please excuse my reader’s accent.

A novel that is hilarious

Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan is one of the novelarious books I’ve ever read.


What literary lingo do you like to use? Share in the comments below!

4 responses to “10 New Bookish Vocabulary Words To Use Today”

  1. Allison Avatar

    Ha! I guess I should update my “reading bucket list” to a “booket list.”

    I like your examples. A Little Life seems to be the ultimate example of “book hurt.” That book is so heartbreaking. Also, I loved Crazy Rich Asians!

    1. Kristen Avatar

      Have you read the others in the Crazy Rich Asians series? I got them for my birthday but haven’t gotten around to them yet. I hope they’re just as funny!

  2. Allison @ My Novel Life Avatar

    I love these bookish words! How about bibliosmia – the act of smelling books! I currently have Crazy Rich Asians on hold at the library. Can’t wait to read it!

    1. Kristen Avatar

      That’s a great one to add to my reading vocabulary, especially because I smell books all the time!

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