There are just some really delightful book related experiences in life that can just make me happy on any given day. I could have easily made a list of 50 things but I decided to just talk about 11 things that make me happy/that I’m grateful for/makes me giddy as a bookworm.
1. The smell of a book: #booksniffer — New books, old books. I just love the smell of a book. (Maybe not so much super moldy or smoke filled books that make me hack up a lung but well taken care of used books). Speaking of which I really want this old book smell candle.
2. When the title of the book or something on the cover is referenced in the book: I just LOOOOVE that moment when I’m reading and the title of the book shows up or a scene reflects the cover in some way. I get so giddy about it.
3. Deckled edges on books: Oh my god I just love deckled pages so much. I can’t even really explain it but I get super excited when I get a book that has them.
4. That “new favorite book” feeling: I just looooove that feeling when you are reading a book where you just can TELL it’s going to be a new favorite book. There’s just that spark of magic between you and the book that words can’t properly explain. (seriously someone could help us all out here with one of my 10 made up inventions I wish existed)
5. Meeting someone who likes to read the same things you do/likes your favorite author: It’s really common to have this happen here in the blogosphere but oh my gosh it is so delightful when I meet people randomly in other situations and you have that OMG ME TOOOOO moment. It’s like an instant connection. See also: seeing a person a book you love in public. I try really hard not to be a creeper but alas I kind of am when it comes to this.
6. When you find an underrated gem: I love that moment so much when you read a book that is amazing but super underrated because for a little bit you feel like it is your own before you go tell everyone to read it! I just love finding those hidden gem books. Here are some books I think are hidden gems/underrated in the contemporary YA genre.
7. Hunting for books at used book sale or shop: Now I know used books aren’t everyone’s cup of tea (clearly mine since I waxed poetic on it) but I love nothing more than searching stacks and boxes and shelves of random books. Sure, I love ANY place where books are sold — I love the organization, brightness, convenience of your conventional bookstore — but I love the HUNT of finding things in a used book sale or shop. I love the randomness. Ummm and I really love the prices. I haven’t gone to a used book sale in a while because I have so many books already but oh man what a wonderful experience. I met some of the most interesting people at them. Random strangers would be like “ooh this is a really good book! You should check it out!” and people would keep an eye out for things people were looking for.
8. Hearing a favorite author/author of a book you loved read from said book: I love going to book events! And I have to say, in addition to meeting authors and hearing Q&A’s, I just love when an author reads from a book that meant so much to me. I remember, before Where She Went came out, I got to hear Gayle Forman read from If I Stay and I started weeping. Hearing a part that moved me so much being read by the author just gahhh. I love it. I also heard Rainbow Rowell read from Landline before it came out and she started weeping while reading it and it was such a movement to me. I just love hearing an author read from their own books especially ones I loved.
9. Finding a Little Free Library: I wrote a whole post about my emotional experience when I went to find a Little Free Library near my neighborhood but you guys…I just love the idea of Little Free Libraries. There is just something about bringing a neighborhood together and swapping books.
10. Sitting in bed on a rainy day with a book and a hot beverage: I mean, really, sitting everywhere and reading is my favorite (here’s my list of fave places to read) but I love my cozy bed and I love when I have nowhere to go and I can stay in comfy clothes and surround myself with blankets and just read in my cozy little nook for myself. Bonus points when your dog snuggles with you.
11. Someone loving a book you recommended: Bonus points for if it’s a person who doesn’t read a lot or thinks they don’t like reading all that much. Nothing gives me greater joy than turning people on to things they think they wouldn’t like. AKA a couple of my IRL friends into YA fantasy! Recommending books can be scary, yo! So it just is the best feeling when someone loves your rec.
I would love to hear the things that make your bookworm heart pitter patter!!