Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This feature has a different (usually) book related topic each week, and the goal is to compose a list of ten things that correspond to the topic!
This week’s theme is: Top Ten Bookworm Delights
- Maps: Pretty covers on a book are always nice, an occasional illustration at the beginning of each chapter, or within a book, are also nice. There is almost nothing that gets me more excited, though, than a map in a book! I absolutely love being able to visually see the world that the author is building. It helps me to place things that are happening in the story, and I refer back to it frequently while I read.
- Independent Used Bookstores: Seriously, it’s like a treasure hunt every time you step foot into a used bookstore! I love the uniqueness of used bookstores, each one is different and offer different things. When I travel I always make it a point to try to visit at least one used bookstore in the area. It’s so easy to lose track of time in a used book store, there is just so much to check out!
- Recommending Books: I obviously love talking about books, so I love recommending books to people! It’s a bonus if they end up loving a book that I recommends. I’m also a big “give a book as a gift” person. Once I know the types of books a person likes, I feel a little obligated to recommend anything I think they’ll be interested in to them.
- Reading a Book with no Movie: Don’t get me wrong, for the most part I like movie adaptations for books because it’s yet another way to enjoy the story, but there is just something so awesome about reading a book where I get to imagine everything in my own mind with no influence other than the authors intention. When a movie is made about a book, you always run the risk of the director messing it up, and from that point forward it’s pretty much inevitable that when you hear about that story or think about the characters, you’re now envisioning the movie version of the story or the characters, not the version from the book.
- Bookmarks: My obsession with bookmarks is becoming a slight problem, but I can’t stop. My collection is quite eclectic and ranges from random items I found in whatever location I happened to be reading at the time when I found myself without a bookmark to the super cute and “trendy” magnetic bookmarks. Since I do have so many, I make it a point to switch it up with every book that I read.
- Foreshadowing or Title Reveals: I love when I’m reading a book and (1) something that ties to the title is said/revealed or (2) something is foreshadowed. Catching the foreshadowing is a little tough sometimes unless you know the eventual ending of the book, but the title tie in is always awesome. To finally have that AHA! moment where it all makes sense is gratifying.
- Arrival of a Pre-Order: I feel like this one just explains itself. If I pre-order a book, it means I really want it, so it’s basically like a holiday when it arrives. Have I taken days off on days when books are being released? Yes, yes I have (cough – Morning Star – cough), and I’m not ashamed to admit it!
- Finding a New Favorite: This one is pretty straightforward too. It’s pretty rare that I DNF or really dislike a book. For the most part I only read books I know I’ll be interested in, so I usually fall in the 3-4 star rating with books. Nothing beats having a book totally blow me out of the water though and become a new favorite – it’s rare, so when it does happen it’s magical.
- My Kindle: When I’m asked on which side of the fence I fall on in the physical book vs. e-book debate, I really don’t know how to answer because I love both for totally different reasons. I’m adding my Kindle to this list, though, for how easy it has made my life with all the traveling I’ve been doing for work. The trips are usually short and require just a backpack or overnight bag, so it’s a savior to be able to have endless books at my fingertips in the form of my Kindle, which takes up virtually no room in my bag.
- Libraries (and Donating to Libraries): I remember the layout of my childhood library better than I remember what I did this past weekend – it’s seared into my brain because it was such an impactful place in my life. Libraries make reading so easy (free books!), I appreciate everything that they have to offer, and I wish that they were more heavily utilized by people of all ages. I’m a huge supporter of my library, and when it comes time to purge my bookshelves, I wouldn’t dream of taking my books anywhere else to donate them.
Do you agree/disagree with anything on my list?
What is your favorite bookworm delight?