What happens when you Marry a Bookworm

This post is dedicated to my husband who has put up with all that comes with marrying a booknerd. So these are just some of things you have to deal with if your spouse is a booknerd! To all the people who are looking to get married and your potential spouse says they love reading, you have been warned!

1) We will constantly gush about whatever book we’re reading. Especially when we finish a book we NEED to talk to someone about everything we’re feeling and you are the closest person to us therefore you will have to listen. Even if that means we wake you up at 4am because we we’re an emotional wreck. This will also mean that you will know characters and storylines about books you may not have even looked at, let alone read.

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2) If something traumatic happens in the book we’re reading we will be severely affected by it. If one of our favourite characters dies then we will be an emotional wreck. We will cry, laugh, scream and yell at the book. Basically our emotions are affected by the book.

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3) Everytime we walk past a bookshop we will NEED to go inside to browse. This can mean we think we’re in there for 10 minutes but it can be an hour. We really won’t realise the that much time has passed because we’re too busy looking at all the amazing book we want to buy. You will more than likely end up dragging us out.

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4) We will want to buy more books even though we have a pile of books at home we haven’t read yet. Our favourite kind of shopping spree is a book shopping spree. Don’t worry we will eventually get round to reading all the books we have.

5) We will NEVER have enough books, just not enough bookcases.

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6) Our main post will be books! Because like I mentioned we need to buy books all the time it’s not always from the shop. We will also buy books online. You will also end up carrying the bag of books when we do go to the bookshop.

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7) As we love books, we will want to meet the author of these books. This will mean we will drag you book events as we don’t want to go alone.

8) Our books are like our children, our prized possessions. We will not take kindly to any damage to our books and we always dream of having our own personal library.

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9) We will want several editions of our favourite books. They’re so many pretty covers out there and we want them all!

10) You should never interrupt us mid-chapter. We will either not even realise you spoke to us or become highly irritated with you.

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11) You will never be stuck for a gift for us. You can literally buy us books for any and all occasions and we will be happy.

12) We will tell you every night that we will finish the chapter and come up to bed but it will become one more chapter until it’s past midnight and we’re exhausted but we still need to read one more chapter.

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13) We will carry a book wherever we go, even if it’s to go get the groceries because you know, just in case. We can’t ever get bored if we have a book with us.

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So these are things that me and my husband came up with. I’m sure that others will have their own ones to add. We booknerds are a unique bunch but at least we will keep your life interesting and you will always have something to talk about. 🙂

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It’s a Hijab not a Halo 

For a muslim woman, wearing the hijab is a manifestation of her faith and an obligation to the wills and commands of her Creator. When the ayah about hijab was revealed: “And let them draw their head coverings (khimar) over their neck and bossoms (juyub).” [An-Nur: 31] it showed the world that women wern’t mere objects of desires or for mens pleasure. They were to be treated with honour, respect and dignity.

Hijab is not a superhero cape; it does not confer on to us the magical ability to become perfect muslims nor does it render us incapable of making mistakes.

We have developed this attitude that if we see a sister make a mistake and shes wearing hijab we instantly condemn her as a bad person. But its not because she may have committed a sin, we come to this conclusion due to the fact that shes wearing a hijab! This needs to stop! Just because she wears hijab does not make her immune from making mistakes. It is a hijab not a halo. It also doesnt make it any less sinful for a sister without hijab to do the same thing. Yet it is not seen as something as serious if she isnt wearing a hijab. What is wrong is wrong, regardless of whether she wears a hijab or not. People then slander, backbite and spread rumours about how “awful” this sister is. But is this not a sin too? It may be that she repents from that sin so is forgiven but what about us who slandered her? If you are sincerly concerned for the sister than go and advise her directly and in private. And some advice for all my sisters, remember that we all commit sins and we should focus on correcting our own and repenting rather than looking for the sins others commit. May Allah forgive all our sins and guide us to the straight path. Ameen.