Culture Art & Media 22 Perfect Words About Books and Reading By Melissa Breyer Editorial Director Hunter College F.I.T., State University of New York Cornell University Melissa Breyer is Treehugger’s editorial director. She is a sustainability expert and author whose work has been published by the New York Times and National Geographic, among others. our editorial process Melissa Breyer Updated August 08, 2019 Public Domain. Do you read in bed? There's a word for that! (The National Archives) Share Twitter Pinterest Email Culture History Travel Sustainable Fashion Art & Media Holidays Community On National Book Lovers Day, we celebrate the ultimate slow hobby. August 9th is National Book Lovers Day, a day to put down your phone, shun the television, and celebrate those bound paper relics filled with words. In our crazy, quick-moving, screen-obsessed culture, there is something to be said for the act of finding a comfortable spot and doing little more than turning the pages of a book. Books are magical, portals into whole new worlds – and in this bibliophile's opinion, quite worthy of a day to call their own. So in honor of the beloved book, we've collected a list of words that we never knew we needed – but that now of course seem indispensable! We've left out a bunch of the cutesy slang terms making the rounds; unless noted, these are bona fide words and most can be found in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. ABIBLIOPHOBIA: The the fear of running out of things to read.BALLYCUMBER: Coined by writer Douglas Adams, "One of the six half-read books lying somewhere in your bed."BIBLIOBIBULI: "The sort of people who read too much," created in 1957 by H. L. Mencken.BIBLIOGNOST: One who has comprehensive knowledge of books.BIBLIOKLEPT: One who steals books.BIBLIOLATER: One overly devoted to books.BIBLIOPHAGIST: An avid or voracious reader.BIBLIOPOLE: A dealer especially in rare or curious booksBIBLIOSMIA: An unofficial term for the aroma of a book.BIBLIOTHERAPY: The practice of using books to aid people in solving the issues they are facing.BOOKARAZZI: Slang for someone who takes photos of their books and posts them online.BOOK-BOSOMED: Attributed to Sir Walter Scott, meaning someone who carries a book all the time.BOOK SHELFIE (and library shelfie): A self-portrait with books that is shared on social media.EPEOLATRY: The worship of words.HAMARTIA: Aristotle introduced the word in Poetics to describe the error of judgment which brings about a tragic hero's downfall.LIBROCUBICULARIST: A person who reads books in bed.LOGOMACHIST: One given to disputes over or about words; one given to logomachy.LOGOPHILE: If you're a logophile, you already know this means a lover of words.OMNILEGENT: Reading or having read everything, characterized by encyclopedic readingPANAGRAM: A short sentence that contains all 26 letters of the English language, as in: The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.SCRIPTURIENT: Having a strong urge to write.TSUNDOKU: And our favorite, a Japanese word describes piling up books to save for later ... even if you'll never actually read them. MabelAmber / Pixabay/Public Domain If we've left any out, please add in the comments. And in the meantime, Happy National Book Lovers Day! .