Being a bookworm is full of splendiferous * moments. For instance, reading the word “splendiferous” and being in awe that it’s actually a word, ergo pledging to use it copiously forever. Books are like wormholes of ingenious knowledge and feelings and ADVENTURE. So, ‘scuse me a moment, but I need to write a list of things I just adore about bookworm culture and life.
(Coincidentally, I did a list of best bookish moments this earlier in the year. But pfft. Who even remembers that? NOT ME. Plus I’ll focus more on the bookworm side of things.)
* This word genuinely sounds like a cross between splendid and a conifer pinecone.
** Um, yeah, so I have a slight crush on this word? But that’s normal right? TELL ME YOU GET RANDOMLY OBSESSED WITH INTERESTING WORDS TOO.
1. READING A GLORIOUS CONGLOMERATION OF 5-STAR BOOKS IN A ROW.
I’m like one of the most picky bookworms of EVER. I blame this on the fact that a) I grew up on a steady diet of Newberry Award winning children’s classics, ergo I have very fine taste, and b) this set the bar MONSTROUSLY HIGH, so c) I demand the best. Which is all well and fiiiiine, but I usually end up reading a TON of books I would rather use as a hat than read.
But when you hit on that magical streak of GOOD BOOK AFTER GOOD BOOK!??!?!? It’s the best. This month I read five 5-star reads in a row. THE MAGICAL NUMBER ISN’T LOST ON ME EITHER. Also this never happens to me. Also it made my heart basically BUST with bookworm happiness.
2. STRIDING REGALLY THROUGH GOODREADS AND SUDDENLY FINDING A BOOK YOU 100% KNOW YOU’LL LOVE.
I mean, pfft, I have enough books for the next 903 years — but that doesn’t stop me finding mooooore. And I just LOVE seeing a book pop up in my feed and trotting over to read the blurb and shrieking “THIS SOUNDS AMAZING HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT IT BEFORE”.
This is why my Goodreads to-read list stretches to Jupiter and back.
Do I look sorry? I am not sorry.
(But while we’re on the topic, omg have you checked out The Queens of Innis Lear yet?!? The blurb says “A feminist, multicultural epic fantasy with the operatic feeling of GAME OF THRONES” and I basically died with neeeeeeeed. Unfortunately it comes out in 2018. SLAY ME NOW.)
3. WHEN YOU REALISE ALL THE POTENTIAL THE WORD “BOOKWORM” REALLY HOLDS.
I had a discussion on twitter about WHY we use “bookworm” when there are so many better options. Apparently it derives from little worms that ate all the books. I want to say “EW”. But I do eat books so I concede it’s an okay phrase.
But bookdragons! Bookqueens! Bookconquerors! Bookmaurauders! Booklions! THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS.
4. WHEN PEOPLE LIKE YOUR REVIEWS. OR YOUR BLOG. OR YOUR BOOKISH PHOTOS. BASICALLY ALL OF IT.
I take the advice “write the blog you want to read” very VERY seriously. Ergo my blog is full of cake and dragons and stabby objects like arrows and the occasionally glitter explosion. But it is literally the best feeling when other people enjoy the same things.
Getting likes on my instagram? Or on my goodreads reviews? Or comments on my blog? Or mortals on twitter squeaking that they enjoy my writing? I JUST NEED A MOMENT TO BE THOROUGHLY PLEASED, OKAY?!?! Most thoroughly. ALL THE PLEASE.
5. BEING SUPER EXTRA INTENSELY HAPPY WITH THE WAY YOUR #BOOKSTAGRAM PHOTOS TURNED OUT.
Sometimes taking photos just…doesn’t…work. You know? The light is wrong. The composition doesn’t work like you envisioned it. OR WORSE: you have 0% inspiration. Ugh, I get all of that. So when it does work and I edit my photos and feel monstrously pleased with them? LET’S JUST SAY IT’S A GOOD FEELING. My favourite, in fact.
6. TAKING A RISK ON A BOOK AND HAVING IT PAY OFF.
I like to consider myself a bookworm who eats practically anything. I mean, #LIES. But I like to think so, okay? I really like my fantasy. REALLY. Sometimes I think I could dissolve into a fantasy book and never ever come out. SO! When I exit my fantasy delights and poke at a contemporary YA novel and then…it’s so so good? ‘Scuse me, I must flail.
I love that moment when a book completely surprises me.
7. READING MULTIPLE BOOKS IN ONE DAY.
Contrary to what you’re probably thinking…I DON’T DO THIS OFTEN!! I read a lot, suuuuure, but mostly just a book over a day or two. Reading multiple just makes me feel AWESOME. SUPER POWERED. Like, avast ye mortals, I have several bookish worlds in my head right now and they are PAR-TAY-ING.
8. BUSTING UP LAUGHING OVER AN AUDIOBOOK SO MUCH THAT YOUR DOG STARTS JUDGING YOUR SANITY LEVELS.
Um, so this might’ve happened on the weekend. Actually my family had vacated the house which made it 100% socially acceptable to walk around with my audiobook going 24/7. GLORY. And I was listening to Firefight (which is book 2 of the Steelheart trilogy, which if you haven’t read — WUT ARE YOU DOING) and absolutely cracked up several times.
Particularly when David shouts, trying to be as romantic as possible, “YOU’RE LIKE A POTATO”.
(FYI, that totally is romantic.)
Anyway. My dog did not think it was romantic, nor did he appreciate my howling, so he just scowled at me and left quite irritably.
9. KNOWING BOOKS ARE JUST ALTOGETHER RATHER AMIABLE FRIENDS THAT LOVE YOU UNCONDITIONALLY
Books are just awesome. They talk to you and don’t expect you to reply. They are there for you whenever you need them. They’re pettable. They don’t ask to share your food (because seriously, good friends shouldn’t do that). They don’t mind being used as a step-ladder in case you need to reshelve their brothers and are very short (aka me). BASICALLY BOOKS ARE REALLY AMIABLE FRIENDS.
10. THAT MOMENT WHEN READING A BOOK FOR THE 2ND TIME AND YOU REALISE WHAT A GENIUS THE AUTHOR TRULY IS.
I didn’t even think I was a fan of re-reading??? BUT 2016 TOLD ME THAT I AM. I’ve re-read 5 * books this year and loved them even more than the first time. The subtle foreshadowing. The themes you didn’t catch. The words doing wonderfully wordily wording things that make your cold dead Vulcan heart beat faster?
I like it.
POSSIBLY LOVE IT.
I’ve gone from “pfft I don’t have time for re-reading” to…”I at least want to re-read a book a month”. Usully I’m thoroughly opposed to change? But it is sort of interesting (AND MILDLY GLORIOUS) to see how my reading habits change over the years.
* I hope you realise 3 of these books were The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater WHICH I’M SURE YOU NEED TO RE-READ TOO. You wouldn’t believe the ingenious foreshadowing going on. And if you haven’t read them yet — then I AM FAILING AS A BLOGGER. Seriously. Shoooo. Go read them now. They are only my favourite books of ever.