Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every other week I will post a list of my ten favorites in a certain book-related category.

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I can't begin to express how much I love this week's theme. Bookworm delights - ten reasons why reading and being part of a book community is the best thing in the world. I could name a hundred to be honest. Experiences that can bring a smile on my face even on the darkest of days. If you're a bookworm like me, you'll sure recognize some of these. What makes you glad to be a bookworm? What are your bookish delights?

1. The smell of a book
It's the simplest of pleasures, really, but there's nothing like the smell of a book to take you places. At work I deal with lots of paper stacks, but none of them are the same. A book is different. Its smell is unique. I can't even begin to describe what it is like. Like a book. And like nothing else. It makes me think of places far away and worlds full of magic. Whenever I open a new book, I smell it first. It may seem ridiculous but it makes me happy every time. And that's all that matters to me. Life is about enjoying the simple things, right?

2. Reading in bed on rainy days
To-tal. Cli-che. I'm well aware and I couldn't care less. Whenever it rains all I want to do is crawl up in bed. It doesn't matter if it's the middle of the day or the middle of the night. I could read an entire day like that or read an entire book in one sitting. The rain ticking on the roof and windows, my favourite pajamas on, nestled in blankets and pillows and drinking a warm cup of tea. I swear, you'd almost wish for it to start raining.

3. Falling in love (again and again and again)
This has to my absolute favourite thing about reading. Falling in love with characters and worlds. I'm generally a really introvert person. As in I could probably tell you guys more about my feelings than I would ever tell people in real life. But I'm also really emotional. I've got so many feelings bottled up inside of me and reading is a way to let them.. free, I suppose. Writing helps a lot too. But when I read a (good) book, I fall in love with the characters. Sometimes in that perfect head-over-heels-i-want-to-marry-you-and-hug-you-and-never-let-go way. Sometimes in a sibling kind of way. It doesn't really matter which. I fall in love, I live their lives, I feel their pain and insecurities, their joy and fear. Being able to live through a book is the most beautiful experience there is.

4. Fangirling
And is there anything better than sharing the love? When you find another person who feels about a book the exact same way you do, it's almost like finding one of your missing puzzle pieces. Whenever I finish a really good book, I go looking for reviews that resemble mine, random info and fan art, but mostly PEOPLE who are just as childishly enthusiastic about the same thing. At which point I usually start screaming (typing) in caps with lots of heart-eyed emoticons and exclamation points. Sorry not sorry.

5. Getting a book in the mail
I buy 99% of my books online. Not because I don't like bookstores, but because Belgian bookstores usually don't have what I'm looking for. Which doesn't keep me from visiting them anyway. But it does keep me from actually buying any books there. With great websites like Amazon and Bookdepository, online ordering has become a sort of second nature. I think I'm driving my parents mad with all the packages that are being delivered for me. But how can I explain them just how much I love getting books in the mail? It's like it's my birthday every week. Obviously I always know what I've ordered, but there's a huge difference between seeing something on a screen and actually holding it in your hands. That moment you open the box and hold the book for the first time. I love it so much.

6. The 'new' favourite book feeling
I'm not too picky when it comes to books. I love a lot and I'm not so very hard to please (I think). So there is an endless amount of books that I love. And yet... Sometimes there are books that blow your mind, that touch you so deeply you feel like it's going to hold a place in your heart forever. Or one gets you so emotionally invested it's all you can think about when you're stuck in ordinary life. There are days when I'm at school and I just can't concentrate because I keep thinking about a story or a certain character. Maybe it's not entirely healthy, but I bet you all know the feeling I'm talking about. And it gets even better when you feel this way about a book you didn't expect if from.

7. Finally reading that long anticipated sequel
This I'm sure you know. The excruciating wait for a next installment in a series to release. You finish a book and all you want to know is WHAT THE HELL WILL HAPPEN NEXT. Unfortunately books have to actually get written first. Real pity. Because it means writing, re-writing, editing, production processes and .. months and months of time. And in the mean time you're anxiously waiting for it, talking about it all the time and stretching your patience until it's almost nonexistent. But then - then the moment comes when everything in the world makes sense again BECAUSE THERE IT IS. Sometimes I literally jump up and down when I can finally lay my hands on a sequel.

8. Bookstagram
I haven't been on bookstagram for a very long time, but I've fallen madly in love with it. Every day I'm astonished at the talent some people have. All these pictures are like perfect little gems I want to cherish and stare at over and over.. There's so much unappreciated talent out there. A lot of these people could be real artists one day. Also, everyone is so nice to each other it almost feels like some kind of Utopia. (Or maybe I've just been lucky not to have seen the bad side yet. Either way, please let me dream on a little longer). It's also a great way to find recommendations and inspiration. I've got to know many new books through bookstagram.

9. Book subscription boxes
ARE THE BEST. There are so many out there and every time I look at someone's picture of a box they received I get a little jealous. I subscribed to Owlcrate for a couple of months and it was with pain that I eventually cancelled my order. But now I've been ordering Fairyloot boxes instead and they are proving to be just as great. I know they are crazy expensive. All of them. BUT THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN. Order one. Even if you only do it once, I promise you it'll be worth it. It's the best thing because you never know what you're going to get. It's a complete surprise (if you avoid spoilers obviously) until you lift the lid of the box. It really can't get any better.

10. Writing book reviews
I told you I loved fangirling. Unfortunately sometimes you read something none of your friends has read yet. And since you're a nice person you don't want to start shouting everything at them because they'd get spoiled and that's not something you do. Not on purpose at least. So where do you go with all your feelings and impressions? Right, you put them on the page. It's great to get your thoughts straight and to get all those emotions out of your system. And when people actually read them and interact with you, it almost feels as if your life is complete. ;D It's also great to get rid of anger issues when a book was absolutely horrible. That happens too. (a)

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  1. Okay, before I write anything else I need to say this: YOUR WRITING IS SO GOOD. I mean, I just can read and read and read whatever you write for hours and wouldn't get bored! ♥

    Also, I kept nodding my head to all of these points. It's just the best thing ever and I'm so so happy that I got into reading again and started my own blog because I got to know so many amazing people (including you!).

    To make things short: I FREAKING LOVED THIS POST! <3

  2. Is that a challenge, Yvonne? Because I'm sure I could dig up some old English assignment that is dead boring and that you would probably particularly enjoy. haha. Seriously, though. I just can't tell you how reading this makes me feel. THANK YOU. Believe me when I say it means the world! <3

    Right? Reading is such a perfect way to spend time. And everything around it makes it even better. I'm also so glad I got to know you. You're a such wonderful person!

    (Also, feel free to do this post yourself. It's a lot of fun to do! :) )


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