I love Tuesdays 🙂
I love participating in the weekly linkup over at The Broke and the Bookish. The topics are so much fun, and I’ve gotten to know so many blogging friends – and added so many books to my poor TBR continent – as a result of hopping around to all the different posts each Tuesday.
You might even say I find it … delightful. 🙂
Yeah. I heard it. Terrible segue.
But… nonetheless… I press on.
Today’s topic is “bookworm delights”, and as usual I had a difficult time limiting myself to 10. Because I also LOVE being a BOOKWORM! 😀 Anyone else with me?!?
(most of these are in no particular order)
1. When someone says, “You’re right. The book WAS better.” – If you asked my family and friends for a phrase that I use over and over again, one thing they would probably point to would be, “The book is SO MUCH better!” Particularly when it comes to epics like Harry Potter (I basically quit watching the movies after they butchered book 4) or The Chronicles of Narnia or The Hobbit. My dad and my husband had both only watched the Harry Potter films until this past year when I basically forced them both to at least listen to the audiobooks. I am so DELIGHTED to report that each of them said to me, “You’re right. The book WAS better.” And then much delightful discussion ensued on the nuances of the story that couldn’t be captured by the movies. I could easily spend the rest of the post on this topic but… I do have 11 other delights to talk about.
2. Cover Love – Maybe I’m alone in this (I doubt it), but beautiful book covers make me so very happy. Like… sometimes… I just sit and smile at the cover for a while before I even start reading… which is one reason why I prefer physical books over ecopies whenever possible.
3. When authors include little nods to their other stories/series in their current release – I LOVE THIS! It’s like me and the author (and any other fans who happen to be also reading the same book) share a secret, and it always makes me grin a little. Sometimes I even do a little bookishly-giddy happy dance but if you ever accuse me of such absurdity I will deny it 😉
4. A mailbox full of books…and then UPS shows up with more – perhaps this is even more specifically a book blogger delight but I can’t imagine the bookworm in general NOT being delighted about this phenomenon as well. Since I’ve started reviewing and blogging, I’m pretty sure my postman and regular UPS guy suspect I’m running some sort of black market book shop with all the parcels I get from publishers and authors on a weekly basis LOL. That photo over there is of ONE DAY’s worth of deliveries (yes, that whole box was FULL)… and of course Zuzu had to give them her usual customs inspection.
5. My local library – I realize that not everybody is as fortunate as I am to live in an area with a great library system, and I truly am so sad for you if this is your experience. My library has several branches spread out across the city, and they are AWESOME about ordering books I’ve suggested, keeping a great selection of Christian fiction stocked (I hear from many of my fellow Christian fiction fans that this is not always the case at all), and tracking down my requested interlibrary loans. They also allow me to ask for a book to be sent from one branch to the branch nearest me so I can go pick it up there instead of way across town. But that’s not all – as if FREE BOOKS wasn’t enough (lol) – a library card at my library also entitles you to FREE accounts with Overdrive, Lynda.com, Flipster, Freegal, and on and on and on. Oh! And the Book Cellar. More on that later. But – Did I mention how much I LOVE MY LIBRARY?!? All the bubble hearts.
6. Used book sale hauls & treasures – My library has a used book store – the Book Cellar – that supports the library, and I frequently find great deals there. The last time I was there, I found a copy of the now-out-of-print Courting Morrow Little, which is my all-time fave Laura Frantz book. It was in perfect condition and it was only 1 DOLLAR. I’m not too ashamed to admit that I did a happy dance right there in the stacks. Do you see it there in my haul from that trip to the Book Cellar? All those books – $13 total.
Once a year my library also has an annual sale where all paperbacks are $0.25 and hardcovers are $1.00. Yes, you read that correctly. An entire warehouse space full of books for $1.00 or less. My husband and I were in bookworm’s paradise! In fact, we may or may not have high-fived each other after loading our car full of books after our first trip through… I think we got something ridiculous like 80 books for $17. (I did mention that I love my library, yes?)
7. When you connect with your version of a celebrity… and of course i mean an author – To me, this makes social media worth it. Because not only do you start to see them as real people (kind-of like when my third graders were so shocked to realize that I did in fact wear tennis shoes on occasion LOL) but you are even more invested emotionally in their books. You care about these authors, even if you’ve never met in real life. And let me tell you, some authors I know are a HOOT! Others are just so incredibly sweet. And still others become the friends you didn’t know you were missing.
And, while I’m on the subject of author-reader interaction, have I told you lately about the HUGE Christian Fiction author-reader event I’m co-hosting in August in Nashville? Over 30 authors (Julie Lessman, Ruth Logan Herne, Laura Frantz, Mary Connealy, Pepper Basham, Brandy Heineman, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Caryl McAdoo, Melanie Dickerson, Becky Wade, Dani Pettrey, Carrie Turansky, Kara Isaac, Gabrielle Meyer, Jennifer Slattery, Kate Breslin, Shelley Shepard Gray, Susan Anne Mason, Krista Phillips, Debby Giusti, Genevieve Woods, Jan Drexler, Janet Dean, Jean Gordon, Kristi Ann Hunter, Tracey Lyons, Marie Wells Coutu, Elaine Stock, Melony Teague, Susan Page Davis, Mesu Andrews, and Myra Johnson) will be particpating WITH YOU, the reader, in activities like speed chats and panel discussions as well as lunch and a massive book signing extravaganza. The Early Bird Discount ends on May 4th and I really really don’t want you to miss out!! Head here for more info, giveaways, and the group we’ve started on Facebook for people looking to split rides or rooms.
8. When my husband says, “Hey. Let’s go hang out in a bookstore.” Or, “Want me to carry your books?” – Ummm… let me think about it for half a second. YES PLEASE!. And also, sweetheart, you’ve never been sexier. Just sayin’. If you were a book, you’d be fiiiiine print. <3
9. When someone loves a book you recommended to them – Whew! As a book blogger/reviewer and avid reader, I get asked for book recommendations A LOT. When I hear back from someone that they really enjoyed the book, I always breathe a huge sigh of relief lol. And then do another little bookishly-giddy happy dance 😀
10. Learning something while reading fiction – Y’all. Fiction is smart. I have learned so many things while reading a novel. And it delights me every time. For instance, in Pepper Basham’s The Thorn Bearer, I learned (among many things) that the German Embassy put a warning advertisement in several American newspapers, basically telling people that they would destroy sailing vessels first and ask questions later. So, you know, sail at your own risk, all you passengers of the RMS Lusitania. In Wonderland Creek by Lynn Austin, I learned about the Pack Horse Librarians – librarians who would ride horses or mules 50-80 miles each week across rugged and often dangerous mountain terrain in Eastern Kentucky and other areas in Appalachia to deliver reading materials to the most remote schools and families. Kristy Cambron taught me about the existence and role of orchestras in Holocaust death camps in her debut novel, The Butterfly and the Violin. I could do an entire post on this particular delight… maybe i will! haha
11. Reading/Talking books with my nieces and nephews – This. Y’all. THIS is my favorite bookish delight.My nine nieces and nephews (my husband has 2 brothers and they each have 4 kids; my brother has 1 son) are all so different from each other in personality and tastes, but I’ve got at least two readers in the bunch. And I could not be more thrilled. About a year ago, my oldest niece (who did a book review here on the blog not too long ago) and I were talking about books after she stayed the night with us. She said, “I love just walking around libraries in the silence, looking at all the books.” I think I hugged the stuffing out of her and drifted momentarily from “cool aunt” to “crazy aunt” for a while after that 😉 My youngest nephew (the only one so far that could actually share some of my genes since his father is my brother) is not quite 1 year old yet but my sister-in-law told me the other day that he LOVES books and has started letting them know when he wants to be read to. AHHHHHHH… be still my bookish-aunt heart!! Delight overload!! The picture is from when Ben & I got in some aunt-nephew reading time during Christmas <3
12. The connection between fellow bookworms – This is another absolute favorite delight for me!! My heart smiles when I meet another book nerd. Or when I see a Little Free Library in someone’s yard. Or when I’m visiting a new acquaintance and I spy a well-worn copy of one of my fave books. Or when I’m surfing through someone’s blog or Pinterest boards and I realize they love the same books I do! Instant connection. Instant new friend. And bookish people – authors, readers, bloggers, etc. – are some of the sweetest, most gracious, and most hilarious friends I have! I so love spending time with you, fellow bookworm, and this quote from C.S. Lewis pretty much sums up why.
Your turn! What are some things that make your bookworm heart do the Snoopy dance? Let me know in the comments and please do include the link to your own TTT post if you did one today 🙂