Top Ten Tuesday – Bookworm Delights

Thank you to The Broke and Bookish for the inspiration and for hosting “Top Ten Tuesdays” since 2010! This week’s prompt: Top Ten Bookworm Delights, inspired by this post by Jamie.

There are so many ways in which bookish experiences reenchant my world daily, and so many reasons to be grateful re: books-in-my-life. Here are some highlights, in no particular order:

  • How a book feels in my hands. I don’t read ebooks very often, because I love above all the physical aspects of holding a book as I read – I am huge on new-book smells, the feel of crisp, unread pages, simple and elegant type-settings, quality paper, and other such things. Recently, I joined Netgalley, so I’ve been doing significantly more reading on my Nexus than usual. Still, I find that when I do, I tend to rush and not enjoy myself as much. I wouldn’t be surprised if my ratings for books I read as ebooks were significantly lower on average than those read on paper.
  • Sunday morning date (with myself): coffee & a book on the debackyard1ck. My life during the school year is something like 90% work (especially with a new hour-commute to the City – there are few places where 15 miles take one hour to drive, but such is life in the “DMV” region – DC, MD, VA). These days, I’m also at school on Saturdays – we’re preparing for the AP exams in May with intensive weekend academies. So Sunday mornings are some of the only times I feel truly peaceful – 6-10am or so, it’s only me, the kitties, the birds,  trees, and books. In other words, Heaven.
  • Pre-ordering highly anticipated books. I’m not a new-book snob, I promise. Before this year, 99.9% of the books I read were at least 10 years old. It’s only quite recently (past 3-4 months) that I’ve ‘discovered’ the world of new releases, and I’ve become a bit addicted. I’m now constantly perusing GR, blogs, and other recommendations, and have been pre-ordering a couple books a month (sadly, most are still unread… but that’s what summer is for!)… I simply love that feeling of coming home after a long Tuesday (perhaps my least favorite day of the week) to a book that’s ‘hot off the press’!
  • Winning books/ARCs. This year I’ve also been initiated into the world of ARCs – and I’ve had some great experiences on The Reading Room, Blogging for Books, and Netgalley. Between these sites and Goodreads Giveaways, I went from never winning anything in my life to being inundated with free books. Eeeee!! (The Reading Room is incredible, I’ve noticed not many bloggers cite this as a source of free books, but I’ve been getting 10-15 a month from them, and I’m barely a beginner. Best thing about RR from my perspective is that most of the books they have to offer are actual paper copies, not e-versions).
  • Finishing a book. Sometimes I am sad at leaving beloved characters or wondrous worlds behind, but mostly I’m excited about what’s up next. And, I love to “check off” lists – I have an actual “to read shelf” (well, closer to two shelves and a nightstand) and it’s just so satisfying to move a book along to its next home.
  • Compa20150407_225428ny while I read. Ok, so I admit I’m adding this one to the list mostly so that I have an excuse to post the related picture. If you’re a bookworm and live with kitties, you will know exactly what I’m talking about. They absolutely love to… help. 🙂

 

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  • The ways in which sometimes, books seem to seep into each other. Like, for example, the experience of reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring (a revolutionary book that almost single handedly galvanized the modern environmental movement), and then a week later picking up The Three Body Problem, a sci-fi out of China in which the protagonist idolizes and is inspired by Ms. Carson.
  • My library bookstore.  My library is amazing. There’s also an associated group of book lovers/volunteers who runs a bookshop that sells donated books (proceeds go to the library). This bookstore is HUGE (the size of your average B&N), and most books are 50 cents – $2.00. When I go, my usual haul is something like 20 books for $25 or less. Oh, and the selection often includes popular and relatively new books!!
  • Finding an author/book that reads like a kindred spirit. I’m in love with many authors, I respect even more, and I’m in awe of most of them. Still, there’s only a few who truly capture my heart completely, who speak in a language that resonates fully with who I feel as a person. At the top of my list: Neil Gaiman

21 comments

  1. I LOVED reading your TTT!!!

    1.) I love that you dedicate your Sunday mornings to reading… but I have to ask, Do you get up at 6am to read?!?! If so, I am impressed with your dedication!

    2.) I too love the feel of a paper book… I have started reading more ebooks, mostly in the form of ARC from NetGalley, but they will never take the place of paper books in my heart! I thought it was interesting that you think it could effect your rating of a book… I’ve never even considered that!

    3.) The Reading Room!!! Why have I not heard of this?!?!? Mind=blown. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you 🙂
      1) so during the week I wake up between 5 and 6 and recently I’ve been trying to maintain a more steady schedule, & I find myself naturally waking up between 6-7 on Sundays. And I rarely want to just go back to bed – it’s like that feeling you get when you’re about to get on an early morning flight/ride towards vacation, when 5am is nothing since you’re so excited 🙂
      2) YES! I resisted NetGalley for a while but it’s no question they have the best selection so.. in moderation.
      3) Definitely sign-up! I was completely surprised when, at the end of my first month, I got something like 15 notifications that I was being awarded all these books (it was my jackpot day of the year ;)). I was expecting something closer to GR giveaway chances, but I’ve had a 85% or so acceptance rate so far. Their selection is not huge, but you will probably get most of what you apply for. And they’re all REAL books!!

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  2. Winning a book is a great feeling isn’t it – I usually do a little victory dance round the house if I win a book – even if it’s only I’m not overly anxious about reading! Such a good feeling.
    Lynn 😀

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    1. 🙂 Thank you for visiting Lauren! I love your list as well! Library scented candles!!! WOW! Never even thought that something like this may exist. Need to get some NOW! Great list 🙂

      (Also, FYI I keep trying to post a comment on your blog but it redirects me to WP when I do. I have no idea if you’ve gotten 5 of my messages or 0 because I get no confirmation… sorry, still new at this, will try to figure out what’s going on)

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  3. I’m a fan of adding bullet points as an excuse to post pictures of my cat too! I’d totally include a picture of my cat in the comments, but alas, I cannot. (But, in case you’re curious, he’s grey and generally he doesn’t like to be touched, so our form of cozying up next to each other meals curling up on the opposite sides of the couch from each other). I take what I can get.

    BTW, that deck is amazing, and all of those green trees and the flower buds. So pretty! I can totally understand why you wouldn’t ever want to break a Saturday book date.

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    1. Hi Jackie, aww, *tries to pet your furry baby* but he runs away 😉 (so typical, what is it with cats – oh well they know we’ll come chasing and love them anyway)…

      The deck is definitely my retreat away from the world – I’ve lived in the city (DC) my entire life, most of them in an apartment. For the past few years, my windows opened up onto a large through-road down to the Capitol, and a cemetery beyond that. Needless to say I did not spend any time out on my balcony but put up heavy curtains to keep it all out. So… this move to suburbia a few months ago is quite a change!
      Thank you so much for stopping by 🙂

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      1. Right?! I feel like, the more I love a cat, the more they sense it and treat me with disdain. It’s not fair!

        I don’t know if I could handle a city like DC. I just moved to my state’s capital two years ago (Lansing, MI), and it was an overwhelming change for me. Which is kind of sad once you realize the city has ONLY about 100,000 residents.

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