Delights is a very vague word, I know. Because really, there are so many things that delight a bookworm, from feelings to actual physical things that you can buy or hold in your hand. I can honestly make anything in my life bookish. I could go into specifics about reading habits and books I love and things that make me feel a certain way in which it all leads back to books and reading.
When books take over, they fucking take over.
And so, here’s my top 10…or 8 bookworm delights!
Ever since the plastic bag charge here in the UK, people have been going a little crazy for tote bags – any sort, from the giant ones that can carry all your clothes shopping, and even the weird papery ones from your local Tesco. But from this comes the beautiful designs people have created for bookish canvas tote bags. My pile is growing, with free handouts from conventions and even given for free when bought with books. They’re given as goody bags, or even just as accessories along with phone cases and candle holders.
But the feeling of coming home carrying a tote bag filled to the brim with books? There’s no other.
Before I started blogging, I had no idea that there were conventions for books. Conventions were for elderly men and their old cars, or for comic book and film lovers. But book conventions? No, it sounds too good to be true. While we only really have one here in the UK, the book convention scene is BLOWING UP in the U.S, with conventions lining the coast and dotted around each state.
Book conventions are a fantastic way to attend talks with your favourite authors, gain freebies (see above), discover new books to read and buy, and make new friends with people you would have never met if it wasn’t for the love of reading. It’s basically just a giant room of people like you, it’s excellent.
You could also call this segment ‘free time’, but there’s something particular about long journeys that I, a bookworm, just loves. Though I get really bad travel sickness, I did not realise how much of a book I can get through when there’s no temptation to serve the web, until I read on a train.
My mobile data is…well, shit. Internet can only be accessed on my phone if I there’s a free wi-fi hotspot available. On a train? Plane? No such luck. So what’s the thing you can do without internet? Reading. On a flight to Spain earlier this year, I was able to get through about 60% of a book before I’d even STARTED my holiday. No interruptions, no ringing phone, just me and my book. Ahhhhh.
There’s just something a bit different about seeing fanart rather than reading fanfiction. I don’t know if I’ve gone off fanfiction, or if I’m just not reading the right stuff, but the fanart that I come across for my favourite books is incredible; beautiful, detailed portraits and scenes that remind how much I love that book. There’s nothing like community solidarity when it comes to book fandom, and fanart really seals the deal for me.
The Smell of a Book
Come on, we’ve all had a whiff when we’ve entered a bookstore, or alone in our rooms cracking open that new hardback. People have even tried to bottle it, turning in to candles so that your home can always smell like an old bookstore on a quiet street corner in Italy…
There’s nothing more exciting than receiving a gift card from friends and family for your local bookstore or Amazon. For graduation, back in 2014, I received a £100 gift card for Amazon from my folks and EVERY PENNY of that went on books. It’s two years later, and I have 15p left. Guess what that’s going towards?
Interactions With Your Favourite Authors
Not in the same sense that people interact with celebrities, I mean genuine discussions in Twitter chats and at signings. It could be just a like on your tweet, or even a follow. Whatever it is, it warms the heart and makes you appreciate them writing your favourite book even more.
Who here loves Redbubble? Society6? Etsy? There’s so much book merch on offer out there that you can cover yourself head to toe in Fault In Our Stars gear if you wanted. Book themed notebooks, pillows, mugs, prints, bookmarks. EVERYTHING.