HIIIIII. I’ve missed all you wonderful bookish people so much. This is my first Top Ten Tuesday since…March 1st. I just checked. ALMOST TWO MONTHS. But I’m here today, smiling and bright-faced and starting to feel recovered after finals last week. So let’s get to it, shall we?
Today’s theme is “Top Ten Bookworm Delights”…and upon pondering and deeply considering this (while stroking my chin meaningfully), I couldn’t get one thing out of my head:
Yes, that’s right. When I hear “Bookworm Delights,” my first and apparently only thought is the Turkish Delight scene from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. But I pushed past this distracting image, and have come up with ten delights that all bookworms can probably relate to.
Having a Friend Love One of Your Favorite Books
This is probably the best feeling out there in the history of ever. When I like a book enough to eagerly recommend it to someone and further lend out my precious copy to them (*gasp*), it’s basically like I’m giving that person a part of my soul. That sounds dramatic, but I honestly feel that. Books make an impact on me, and if one touches me enough to want everyone to read it too, then it’s important.
OH MY GOSH, I JUST DESCRIBED BOOKS AS MY HORCRUXES.
Anyway, if I lend out a book or recommend one of my absolute favorites…and then the recomendee (?) reads and loves it, my heart is just so so so happy. And I want to cry and laugh and love with them. This just happened with my roommate who I dragged to the library with me one day. I super recommended The Wrath and the Dawn, and now she’s eagerly awaiting the sequel just as much as I am (um, excuse me, that book comes out today). So anyway, friends reading your loved books = magic.
Getting into that reading groove
Reading Groove = the opposite of a Reading Slump. You know this feeling? Where you just feel like reading all the time and you just read book after book after book after book. Well, if you don’t it’s a wonderful feeling. Especially because I’m the type of person who can sometimes get easily sucked into the Reading Slump when I have lots of other things going on. Something I’m trying to claw my way out of right now since finals ended and it’s summer! (Have I mentioned that finals ended?)
Yeah, so my finals ended (sorry) and now I’m going to have time to read again! I’ll be doing an internship full-time starting next week, but I won’t have hours of homework and other reading/writing assignments to do once I get home. So hopefully it’ll be book bliss and reading grooviness.
Finding someone else who loves your not-yet-popular favorite book
We all have that favorite book that hasn’t yet hit the bestseller list. And when we find someone who has read and appreciated it as much as we have…well, we’ve basically found a new best friend. Take those moments and appreciate them…because before you know it, that book’s going to be huge and your best-kept secret won’t be so secret anymore.
Noticing the “Based on Novel” line in the credits of a beloved movie
This is probably one of my favorite things ever. Of course, reading the book before watching the movie is always and forever important to me…but finding out that there’s a book to a movie that you love is so cool. Even though I already know the ending, I’ll be able to experience the story in an entirely new light with intricacies and nuances and details that the movie left out. It’s always wonderful, am I right?
Meeting your bookish icons
This is my favorite thing that I’ve experienced a lot more since becoming a blogger. Going to author events and meeting not only the authors, but also fellow book lovers and bloggers, is amazing. I’ve met quite a few of my bookish icons this past year (including the Weasley/Phelps twins who totally count), and they’ve each been such great experiences for their own unique reasons. Here’s to going to more events and meeting more of you great bookish people in the future!
Rereading a favorite book and realizing it’s just as magical as before
This is the best. I remember when I was young (and naïve), I questioned ever re-reading a book. “You already know what’s going to happen! What’s the point?” I’d ask. Oh, silly little Carlisa. I’ve come to love rereading (when I can find the time), and it’s always amazing when you finish the book with that same oh-my-this-was-beautiful type feeling that you felt upon first reading.
Getting that call saying your library holds are in
This one is so nerdy and so completely me. When I was home last summer, I used my library’s hold system like no other…and I started getting more calls from the library than from anyone else in my life. Eep. *Shrugs shoulders* Oh well! I’m totally and completely okay with it.
My problem is actually when I go a little hold-crazy, and then like twelve books all come in at once. And I still check them all out…because how could I not? Also it’s pretty much a #challengeaccepted situation.
Getting assigned a favorite book in class
This one doesn’t happen often, that’s for sure…but when it does, it’s amazing. You get to reread one of your favorite books, talk about that book, write about that book, and get a grade for it. To me (as an English major), that is the definition of bliss. For my Transatlantic Literary History class last year, we read Persuasion by Jane Austen, which I love, and I’ve come to love it even more after studying it in depth.
Seeing a favorite author announce a book signing near you
Ahhh, this is so wonderful. And of course, the opposite often happens, when you see a favorite author announce a book tour…and the closest stop is like 500 miles away. But that’s beside the point. When they announce a stop nearby, I get so excited. I write it in my assignment book, I figure out who’s going to go with me, I find all the books I want them to sign, I think of things that I would confidently say to them, and—upon meeting them—I awkwardly stand there, not knowing what I could possibly say. BUT IT’S SO FUN. I mean, I kind of already mentioned this with the “bookish icon” one, but this one is more about the giddy feeling you get upon seeing the announcement.
And finally, just walking around a bookstore and relishing in its warmth
I love bookstores. When I was younger, I used to tells my parents all the time that “I’m going to work at Barnes and Noble when I’m older.” I dreamed of it. Unfortunately, that never happened. But I still love them with all my heart. Bookstores are my go-to place whenever I’m upset because I know walking amongst its shelves will calm me down and make me feel happy and good again. It’s kind of magical, when I think about it.
What are some of your bookworm delights? Let me know and link me to your TTT posts in the comments!
And just because I just happened on this gif and it’s bound to brighten your day: