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.
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 release 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?