I've always thought of myself as a bookworm. But just today, I decided that I'm really a BookWyrm*. In case you don't know, "wyrm" is another word for "dragon". Worms nibble; dragons devour. And I devour books. Well... not literally. :)
I am one of those lucky people who reads fast. It's a good thing, because I'm never short on books I want to read. Since I read quickly, I'm able to get through stacks of books much quicker than many people I know. (My daughter, however, reads even faster than me!) Devour means "to swallow up voraciously", and that's what I do to books... chomp, chomp, slurp, gulp!... and then I move on to the next one.
You don't have to be a speedy reader to be a BookWyrm, however. Another definition of devour is "to consume avidly with the senses or mind". I absorb books with enthusiasm.
Everyone knows that worms keep their feet...err, bodies, that is... on the ground. Dragons tromp around on the ground, too. But they can also do something that worms can't. Dragons fly. They are free spirits, soaring to new and exciting lands. And that's how I feel when I'm reading a good book.
It's true. I'm a BookWyrm. How about you?
*just a little note... I was SO excited when the idea of a bookwyrm came to me this morning! Then I got online and Googled the term. I was more than a little dismayed to find I was not the first to come up with the word. Oh, well. It's still a good idea, and I plan to keep on using it. :)