Tuesday, April 26, 2016






Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the awesome ladies at The Broke and the Bookish. Apparently, they are overly fond of list-making and love to share their bookish lists with the rest of us book nerds.  =) We're game.







This week's topic is Top Ten Bookworm Delights.


Jen's Picks:



1. Reading outside...but especially in a hammock - There is just nothing like reading outdoors! By a body of water, under a tree, or on a park bench...nothing beats it. I just find it so much easier to immerse myself in a book's world when I'm also communing with nature.


2. Pretty or unusual editions - I love the leatherbound series from Barnes & Noble. I also love gilded edges or the black edges like those for Six of Crows or deckled edges. Pretty much anything that makes the book special and look extra special sitting on my shelves.

3. Used book stores/the smell of old books - These two go hand-in-hand. I could spend hours days in Half Price Books, just browsing and sniffing books. It would be easier (and cheaper!) if someone would just get me that old book scented candle I've been longing for. ;0) I do have a birthday coming up...hint, hint. =D

4. Finding out a kid you know is a reader - Of course, my own daughter is a reader. I think I'd never stop crying if she wasn't. But it just warms my bookish heart SO MUCH when I discover that one of her friends or cousins or even one of my friend's kids loves to read to. (To add to this, I also love discovering that anyone I meet loves to read.)

5. Being completely shocked by a twist - I read a lot...and often. And not much surprises me these days when it comes to reading. So when a book has a twist that I didn't see coming, that totally stunned me, I am all in. (I'm looking at you, The Kiss of Deception.)


6. When a bookish friend finally reads your favorite book and loves it - One of my closest friends finally read The Scorpio Races -- which is arguably one of my very favorite books, having just re-read it for the 7th time earlier this month -- and it was just so amazing to know that she loved it as much as I'd hoped she would when I found out she'd never read it before.

7. Going back to read a book you couldn't finish before and discovering you love it - Admittedly, this doesn't happen very often, but when it does, oh, the happy dance that ensues. I try to give every book the benefit of the doubt, and I realize that sometimes, it's me or the mood I'm in, not the book. Which is why, in addition to my DNF shelf, I also have one called to come back to.

8. Re-reading books - I own books for a reason, and it's not just so they look pretty on my shelves. I actually intend to re-read them some day. Granted, I usually end up doing so via audio because of time constraints and the sheer volume of review copies I receive, but I do end up revisiting a lot of favorites throughout the year, especially if a new installment is forthcoming.

9. Discovering one of your favorite authors is writing a new series - And it's even better than you could have hoped. Maybe even better than the last one!

10. When the final book in a series meets/exceeds your expectations - Waiting for a series finale can be torture, but reading it and hating the way the author ended things is even worse. So when the final installment actually lives up to your expectations, it's kind of the absolute best.



I could have listed tons more, but I went a little overboard with last week's top ten, so I decided to reign it in a bit this week, lol. What are some of your favorite bookish delights?



14 comments:

  1. I love your TTT list especially about the smell of books and the pretty or unusual editions.

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    1. Ah, the smell of books! I love it. Old, new...I don't care! :D

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  2. I love your list! So many things I relate to on here.
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/26/top-ten-tuesday-54/

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    1. Thanks! I'm pretty sure all book lovers share in at least some of the same bookish delights. =)

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  3. Unrelated to the list, but definitely related to the photos: I REALLY love when I see kids looking like they're enjoying a book. That's gotta be top 5 bookish delights. In those moments, I feel like there's hope for the world.

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    1. Oh, no, it's totally relevant to the list...#4 actually. I love when kids are clearly readers, my own included. There is definitely hope for the world! :) :) :)

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  4. I almost included #5 too - it's hard to surprise me anymore but OH! So much FUN when an author does!! My TTT

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    1. RIGHT? I could definitely do with more surprises in my reading these days!

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  5. Good list! I enjoy many of the same things you do too!

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week: http://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2016/04/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-bookworm.html

    Happy reading!!

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    1. Awesome! I'm sure a lot of us bookworms do! :D

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  6. Hmm, I'm totally curious what that Pages candle smells like. I like reading outside too, but even better, reading w/snacks! =)

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    1. I haven't smelled it personally, but I hope it smells like a small used bookstore. You know, a little musty and the type where you walk in and books cover every available surface? :) And reading with snacks is a must!!! =)

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  7. I LOVE reading outdoors! It really adds to the reading experience :)
    The smell of old books is amazing and it's also amazing when the finale of a book exceeds expectations!

    Great List Jen!
    =D

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  8. Reading outside is the best! And now that the weather is warming up, I'll be able to do that soon. I need to buy a chair for my balcony though (which I cannot do until I tackle my most grand Spring Cleaning task of the season, and unfortunately, I'm procrastinating...)

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