Being a bookworm has its ups and downs. You’d think it’d be 100% pure pleasure, right? WELL WRONG. Occasionally awkward things happen, like paper cuts, oxygen shortages when you fangirl too hard, and books from your over-stacked TBR falling and crushing you half to death in your sleep. #inconvenient
So I am here (kindly) to remind us of the EXCELLENT moments one experiences while being a bookworm. There are many. I have made a list. In fact, I’m joining up with Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, since the prompt this week is FREEBIE.
Also copious #bookstagram pictures ahead because WHY NOT. And also I’m having a giveaway in my instagram! GO ENTER.
There is nothing better than watching someone spiral into the fandom life, particularly if it’s a painful fandom. NO, I’M NOT CRUEL AND CRAZY. I’m actually fair. If I have to suffer — why shouldn’t you suffer with me?! Mutual suffering! Nothing grander!
I would like to believe I’ve converted* many people into being Stiefvater-fans. There are now hordes of us waiting anxiously for The Raven King and I WOULD LIKE TO THINK I had a hand in some of their creations. Pain. We love it.
* This is also translated “threatened their lives unless they read her books”, but whatever.
2. DISCOVERING SOMEONE WHO ABSOLUTELY “GETS” YOUR FEELS OVER A CERTAIN BOOK AND WILL JOIN IN YOUR HOWLING
Not everyone “gets” it when you fall into suffocating shrieking love with a book. I mean there’s “I love this book” and then there’s “I! LOVE! THIS! BOOK! AJRKUUUKQQQRR!!!” which are both incredibly different phrases. When a fangirl experiences the latter, they do need someone to ajrkuuukqqqr with. Yes? Yes.
Only dragonish howling will help these feelings.
So when you find someone who loves a book like you do, it is basically time to LET LOOSE THE SEVEN SUNS AND HALLELUJAHS AND DANCE IN THE GLITTER OF GLORY. This feeling = the best. (Particularly when it’s an obscure book and you’d nearly given up hope of finding a fellow fan.)
3. OPENING A BOX OF BOOKS
It doesn’t matter if you know what’s inside — IT’S STILL CHRISTMAS. It’s glorious. New, packaged books smell good. They look good! They taste good!
Um…wait. Okay, one of these reactions is slightly less normal than the others.
4. FINDING A BOOK THAT WAS BASICALLY 100% WRITTEN FOR YOU.
Being a rabid bookworm, I’ve developed a list of things I love in books. It’s a lengthy list, it basically includes cake and dragons and stabby stabbings. (Which are all so much fun.) So when I find a book that fills, like, all the criteria on my list for “Most Excellent Book Of Them All”…it honestly feels like the author wrote the book FOR ME.
Books That Have Been Written Specifically For Cait, And Basically Her Name Is On The Front Cover:
- Everything by Maggie Stiefvater, duh, but particularly The Raven Boys
- The Accident Season ~ this was like my Maggie-Stiefvater-hang-over-cure
- Bone Gap ~ because strange boys and strange girls and corn and bees and midnight horse rides
- The Girl From Everywhere ~ because dragons and maps and a sassy thief
- Fangirl ~ because anxious fangirling writer, aka me
- Half Bad ~ because abused strange sad boys and crazy dark scary stuff
5. EATING A CAKE THAT LOOKS LIKE A BOOK
Okay, I confess. This is my one LIE. Because I have not yet eaten a book cake. This is 98% of the reason* I want to become an author, though? So someone will make me a book cake and I can eat it.
But until then, I’m just going to assume this is one of the best bookish feels.
* If you’re curious about the 2%, which of course you are, it is because I also plan to annotate my own book someday with a sarcastic/hilarious side-commentary on MY OWN characters/writing style and then give them away to unsuspecting humans and watch them spiral into laughter or doom. Either is okay.
6. BECOMING A BOOK
Because you are what you eat, as they always say. And with all the books I’ve read, I’m pretty sure I’m 80% book and 18% immortal genius and the 2% nobody knows what.
7. BEING A BOOKWORM ENCYCLOPEDIA (A BOOKPEDIA? AN ENCYCLOWORM?)
I perfer Encycloworm? So I’ll go with that. MOVING ON! It is glorious to know all. the. things about a book, or the process of making a book, or the publication journey of a specific book, or how books grow and sprout leaves when unattended. JUST KNOWING NERDY BOOK THINGS, OKAY?
8. REALISING A BOOK IS PRETTIER IN REAL LIFE AND THEREFORE PLEDGING TO ABSCOND WITH IT AND MARRY AT DAWN
I am a Goodreads fiend. Meaning, I rule it almost all hours of the day (unless I, personally, am accidentally unconscious and one of the clones is on coffee break) and therefore I behold MANY beautiful covers. I won’t deny: I read books on cover love alone. But when I order the book and it arrives and it’s so suffocatingly beautiful I can only hold it and shriek because my entire being is about to explode with the gorgeousness clasped to my soul???????!
THAT IS A GOOD FEELING.
9. BEING RECOMMENDED A BOOK BY SOMEONE WHO GENUINELY KNOWS YOU, ERGO THERE’S AN EXCELLENT CHANCE YOU’LL LOVE SAID BOOK
I get recommended books on Goodreads all. the. time. and it drives me crazy, because it’s never from people I know and it’s always for books I’M INTERESTED IN EXACTLY 0%.
But if I know a person and they dash up to me and holler, “CAIT I’VE GOT A BOOK FOR YOU. READ IT OR I’LL BRING OUT THE LEVIATHAN AND IT’LL THREATEN YOU WITH A SPORK” I really trust that. I think they know me. So I read the book. I love the book. I am saved from the leviathan. We have tea and scones together, instead, and discuss the book and my life* is infinitely better**.
* The moral of this story is if you think you have a book I might really like to read, do holler at me…but not through Goodreads because I ignore those rec’s now.
** The second moral of this story is that I like leviathans, because they are dragon’s cousins, and if you give me scones I’m quite reasonable about all sorts of things.
10. BEING SO EXTRAORDINARILY INSPIRED BY A BOOK, YOU GO OUT AND DO A THING IN HONOUR OF BOOK
For instance, after I read I’ll Give You The Sun, I wanted to go out and ART, SO SO BADLY. I’ve never felt so motivated to art than after I read that book. And books do this to me all the time!! It can be quite inconvenient, because no one thinks it’s a good idea for me to lead a life of crime after How To Lead A Life of Crime. Which is understandable. I’m a notorious evil overlord OF COURSE but I have far too many manners — ergo, I’m not fit for a life on the streets.*
Failing the physical doing…some books really inspire me to write a thing. And that’s intensely spectacular and exciting.
Or, the darn books give particularly delicious food descriptions and inspire me to go EAT THE FOOD. Don’t read Game of Thrones, just…umph, don’t even bother unless you’re fortified with lemon cakes. This applies to The Wrath and the Dawn and Persian curries….oh, and The Scorpio Races and those DANG NOVEMBER CAKES WHICH I WANT SO MUCH I COULD HOWL.**
* I’ll need an evil, nice, posh lair to rule from, obviously. Preferably a dark palace.
** I cannot make November cakes right now, obviously, because it’s not November and do I look like a deluded pineapple to you? No. So I will wait for the correct season.