Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week they ask us to share lists on the following:
April 26: Top Ten Bookworm Delights
This week is a nice change of pace from just selecting book titles that you’ve all seen frequently on my TTT list. I think it is safe to say bookish people love bookish things and I’m no exception. There are tons of little perks or quirks that set us off and let us revel in our geeky bookish delight. Non-bookish people might not get these, but I’m sure you all or most of you will be able to appreciate these bookish things that bring me joy.
Ten Bookish Things I Love
- Libraries: Libraries are wonderful things, and not just because I work in one. They also provide so much more than books, but for today’s list lets focus on that. Libraries let you borrow books for free (well your tax dollars do pay for these services[still a steal]). You can test out new authors or genres without spending a dime. If they don’t have the book you are looking for just ask! They can probably borrow it from another library at little or no cost to you, or they might even go out and buy their own copy and let you read it first (my library’s policy).
- Pimping Books: This is one of my favorite parts of blogging and working in a library. Talking to people about the books you love and turning them onto new authors they might not have tried before. It is such an amazing feeling when someone comes back to you and says I read this book because of you and I loved it!
- My Nook: I am one of those bookish people who don’t care if I read in print or e-print, I just enjoy reading. I love my Nook, not just because it is an immensely useful device, but it also lets me carry around thousands of books where ever I might go. I am currently on my third Nook and will probably just convert over to a Samsung tablet next I will always have some sort of electronic reading device.
- Author Interaction: Nothing makes a bookish person go all fan girl or guy than interacting with an author. Online or in person doesn’t matter to have this person who wrote something that brought you such joy is beyond cool.
- ARCs: This is probably my favorite perk associated with book blogging. The fact that publisher will give you a book to read, for free, before it is published is just so cool! It has to be the biggest scam out there! After two years and change it still makes my day when I receive notice that I’ve been approved for that highly coveted advanced reading copy.
- Story within a Story: I love it when a book gets all clever and has a story within a story or the characters break that fourth wall and interact with the reader or author. Some examples: The Dark Tower Series (King wrote himself into the story), Redshirts (the crew of the fictional ship learn they are characters in a story on tv), Or when an author does a crossover between two different series they write and you get a little peek into the lives of characters outside of the normal story.
- Series: Some readers love them, some readers hate them. I am on the team love when it comes to series. I love the depth and that complexity that they often lead to in a story. I love how they all unite in one giant universe that we get to explore and how we never really have to say good-bye to characters we loved in earlier books. I love knowing what to expect and that I will 8 times out of 10 enjoy what I’m about to read. Series are great and I love discovering old ones that I’ve not read yet with tons of books already released. Good times.
- Organized Bookcases: Organizing ones bookcases is a little like playing with your toys. You get to spend time sorting and weeding and revisiting old friends as you put them in order on the shelf. In case you were wondering proper shelf order is Left to Right, Top to Bottom, alphabetized by author last name and then by title keeping series together and in reading order. There is no other way. I’m serious, don’t make me come fix your shelves. Cause I will. ;) Unread shelves can be organized by what you want to read next as long as you keep the author’s books together.
- Finishing a Book in a Day: There is nothing like finishing an entire book in a day to make a bookish person feel like a badass. Total badass.
- New Books: New books are like manna from heaven for a bookish person. Doesn’t matter if you spent big bucks or hardly anything, books are little treasures filled with adventures yet unfolded. Quite frankly they are our drug of choice.
There you have my list this week, what bookish delights might you have? Share in the comments.