I would absolutely love to know how many books I have read. Reading to me is like meditating. I read in bed, I read at the table, I read on the toilet, I read in the bath. I look forward to reading.
Now I find my daughter in odd places reading. Reading when she is meant to be getting ready for school, reading when she is meant to be sleeping, reading when she is meant to be eating. I try to tell her off but I just can't do it seriously because I know how much better and more interesting reading is than anything else in the world. Why would I deny my own child one of life's great pleasures.
It's a spot of luck when you find a fellow bookworm - a kindred spirit. Someone who when you walk into their home you spy books on the table, books on the chairs, books crowding the bookshelves. That's when you start to talk to that person "Have you read this? Have you read that?" You find someone whose opinion you trust on what book you should read next then go and hunt that one out.
I think finding a fellow bookworm is how a musician must feel when they find someone to play music with - it's like speaking a language that some people can't understand. I love it when I hear someone say "That book changed my life," because I know what they mean. I have books that are more important in my growth than people I have known and I remember times in my life from what book I was reading when certain events happened.
Let's have a toast to the bookworms (you know who you are).