Do you ever find yourself saying, "There should be a word for that"? We certainly do. And because we're booksellers and booklovers, oftentimes that thing we're trying to describe relates in some way to the act of reading or the vast world of books.
We've taken it upon ourselves to create a list of bibliocentric words and phrases that really should be in common parlance. Our full Compendium of Readerly Terms is top secret right now, but we'll be gradually rolling out the words and definitions over the coming months. See our growing list of terms on our blog and build your readerly vocabulary!
Have you invented a Readerly Term of your own? Email us at [email protected] with the word and definition, and we'll consider including it in our Compendium.
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Own a Piece of the Compendium
Shop our notebooks below, featuring the following Readerly Terms:
lit·mos·phere (litʹ məs fērʹ) n : 1. the vast domain of the world's readers and writers
2. a lively literary mood permeating the air
rea·dul·ter·y (rēʹ dulʹ tə rē) n : the act of being unfaithful to one book by reading another concurrently
Shake·smeare (shāk smēr) v : to sully with flowery speech
shelf-right·eous (shelfʹ riʹ chəs) adj : a feeling of superiority about one's bookshelf
smell·bound (smelʹ boundʹ) adj : held as if under a spell by the scent of books