My top 10 bookish delights

I’m taking part in The Broke and The Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week’s topic is ‘top ten bookworm delights’.

This was a pretty perfect topic for me as I’ve been thinking a lot about what I love about being a bookworm. The reason? Well it’s twofold really, on the one hand I’m in the process of buying a house (so I’m thinking about ways to redecorate and it involves LOTS of bookshelves) and on the other I’m getting married next year and I’m looking for little ways to bring my love of books into the ceremony.

bookish delights

1) Re-stacking a bookshelf

Oh my word, there is joy in re-stacking a bookshelf. Organising it, theming it – whatever I want to do to a bookshelf, it’s all perfect. I love it so much that when my friend moved into her new house I alphabetised and sorted all her books onto the bookcases. She was most amused.

 

2) Finding the perfect quote

Is there a greater delight than finding a perfectly profound, hilarious or beautiful quote in the book you’re reading? Here’s one of my favourites:

 

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.”

– Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman, Good Omens

 

3) When you lend your favourite book to a friend and they love it

There is no greater joy than sharing the love/misery of a fabulous book.

 

4) Finding unique ways to recycle old books

I’ve discovered this joy in the process of planning my wedding. I’m not going with the traditional fresh flowers route, I’m going with paper flowers made from my old, favourite, most destroyed books. I’ve also seen tutorials for vases made from books too and flowers made from magazines, which I love. But I digress.

 

5) Reading a book in one sitting

Having a whole, uninterrupted day to just read a great book is one of life’s little joys. Seriously. I love it and it happens so rarely these days.

 

6) Book based merchandise

There are some incredibly talented people out there who make the greatest bookish crafts and super savvy marketing departments that releaseΒ the best bookish merchandise. Cushions, t-shirts, bags, mugs, covers…the list goes on.

 

7) Remembering the name of a book

I used to work as a bookseller and one of the greatest joys of my working life was remembering the title/author of a book that the customer was desperately trying to describe to me. The best one I ever remembered was when a customer said “the cover was white and I think it had a flower on it?” – AND I FOUND IT! (It was a Nora Roberts book if anyone’s wondering). Still, every so often I get the urge to read something but only remember the weirdest part of the plot and then the satisfaction of finding it…there’s nothing like it.

 

Yes I am a little strange.

 

8) Meeting the authors

I’ve been lucky in that I’ve been able to go along to author events and speak to some of them about their books. Oh, and get them signed of course. There’s definitely something special in listening to an author read from their book.

 

9) Finding a new favourite book

Reading can be a gamble, will I like it? What if I don’t like it? No one really wants to read something they hate, so there’s pure joy in discovering a fresh new story that you love.

 

10) Discovering bookworms just as passionate as you

Reading can be a very solitary act, which is why I love how the bookish community spreads their joy of reading through blog posts, tweets, forums. It’s utterly delightful!

 

So how about you? What do you love best about being a bookworm?

12 comments

  • Anastasia

    #7 I know that feeling!! My friends often do that with me and I’m just SO happy when I can name the book and the author.

    I wish there were more authors visiting my country and having signing sessions. Anyways, great list πŸ˜€

  • Beth @ betwixt these pages

    I so agree with everything you said here! The last one, especially, is why I decided to take the leap and make my own book blog–and so far, everyone’s been SO lovely, and I’ve been a freakish penguin who yells at people, and it just works because hey, we all understand each other right?!

    Awesome post this week! Here’s my TTT, if you’d like to check it out!

    • InkyBumblebee

      Yaay, I’m so glad you’re enjoying book blogging! There’s nothing wrong with being a freakish penguin – passion for the topic makes blog posts far more enjoyable to read πŸ˜€

      Thanks for the comment, Beth!

  • Lauren @ Always Me

    100% yes to number 10! πŸ™‚

    Check out my TTT.

  • Cait @ Paper Fury

    Omg you are entirely talented to find books based off vague descriptions. XD I STAND IN AWE! I wish I could do that because gahhhh I was wracking my brain for this Vietnam war book the other day and I HAVE NO CLUE WHAT IT WAS CALLED. I even searched the house for it but nada. -_- My brain is a sieve, honestly. Ahem.
    Also perfect quotes are PERFECT. (Good Omens is hysterically wonderful, right?!)
    And repurposing books is AMAZING FUN. I do it for my etsy store…and get a bit of rabid indignation from several bookworms. But what’s the harm in it?! Better the book gets repurposed and loved instead of thrown away after falling apart, right?! :’)

    • InkyBumblebee

      Aww thanks! I think I’m losing the skill a bit now, but there’s still joy in finding a book from a vague description.

      I LOVE Good Omens! It’s so funny πŸ˜€

      Yes!! I’m super excited to be repurposing old books. I know some bookworms don’t like it, but sometimes I think that may come from a lack of understanding about what happens to old/unsold books anyway, in that they get recycled and destroyed anyway. So yeah, I’m with you – better it gets repurposed into something beautiful than ending up in the bin!

      Thanks for the comment, Cait! πŸ˜€

  • Zoe @ Stories on Stage

    YES TO ALL OF THESE. Finding a new favorite book is the best feeling. <3 And then having amazing fellow booklovers to fangirl over it with makes it even better. Thanks for sharing and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

    • InkyBumblebee

      Thanks for the comment, Zoe! πŸ˜€ Fangirling with fellow booklovers is the best πŸ˜€

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