The loves and fears of the Bibliophile Read-a-Force

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For the third meeting of the middle school group, The Bibliophile Read-a-Force, we explored part of our unique name.  “Bibliophile” means lover of books, so we learned about many different philias (loves) and phobias (fears).  Here were some favorites:

“Thalassophilia” is the love of the ocean.  Being Mainers, many of us have this condition.

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“Heliophilia” is the love of sunlight.  Being Mainers also means that we covet the sunlight…especially on these dark cold days.

Some of the common phobias among the bibliophiles were:

“Arachnophobia”-fear of spiders

“Acrophobia”-fear of heights

and “Coulrophobia”-fear of clowns

Even though the list we read was pretty comprehensive, there isn’t a name for each specific phobia and philia, so we made up some of our own.  The prefixes range from straightforward to extremely cryptic.  Here’s a sample of our own personal philias and phobias:

“Stopsignaphilia”-the love of stop signs

“Voldephobia”-the fear of Voldemort

“Curifriphilia”-the love of curly fries

“Glubphobia”-the fear of deep water

We wrapped up our meeting by creating book spine poetry.  This was a great suggestion from one of the bibliophiles…the possibilities are endless, especially when you have an entire library of books to choose from.  Here are a couple of book spine poems from group members:

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Ghost Knight
The Murder at
The Horribly Haunted School
Closed for the Season

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Tom
Master of the Eastern Border
The Hero of Little Street

Feel free to share your unique phobias and philias in the comments!

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4 responses to “The loves and fears of the Bibliophile Read-a-Force

  1. My favorite of the list was “Curifriphilia” – for some reason, that one really made me laugh 🙂

  2. Laurel T. Parker

    What fun…and inexpensive, too! Great idea.

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