Learn how to wow a librarian with these great idioms and expressions all about books!



Are you a Bookworm? Someone who loves reading and always has their nose stuck in a book. Then these expressions are just for you. In continued celebration of March hosting World Book Day, here at CLC we have handpicked some of the best ways to litter the word “book” and “read” into your English conversation. Check them out and give them a go!


Hit the Books

(to study)

I have an English exam tomorrow. I really need to hit the books tonight.


Read my lips (listen carefully)

¨Read my lips Sarah. You are not going to the party this weekend¨,

 said her mum.


Dont Judge a Book by its Cover (dont form an opinion about something or someone only based on appearance)

Just because he has a lot of tattoos doesnt mean he is a troublemaker. You shouldnt judge a book by its cover. 


Do something by the Book (to follow the rules exactly)

Some people question the host country of the next World cup, but FIFA says that they won it fairly. That everything was done by the book.  


Use Every Trick in the Book (to try everything you can to accomplish something)

The journalist used every trick in the book to secure an interview with the actor.


To be in the Good books (to be regarded favourably by someone)

Ive been in Marias good books ever since I helped her with her English homework.


Read into Something (to give meaning or significance to something that may not be there)

Just because John didnt say good morning doesnt mean he is angry with you. I think you are reading too much into the situation.


To be an Open Book (A person who doesn’t hide their thoughts or emotions)

Everyone knows Toms personal life. Hes an open book.

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