Every week the lovely people over at The Broke and the Bookish conjure up a new Top Ten list for us book bloggers to write about and this week is all about the things that make us bookworms happy chappies!
Finding a book that gives just enough
This is a rare book indeed but once discovered it can be oh so satisfying! It might finish on the perfect moment without you scrabbling to see if there’s a sequel or it can leave with a warm glow rather than grief of a sudden loss. The last book I read that gave just enough was The Help by Kathryn Stockett – review to come shortly!
Discovering a new author who has a huge backlist
One of my biggest bugbears is waiting for a new book from my favourite authors – I am an incredibly impatient person! So when I’ve discovered a new author, who happens to have a readily available backlist just waiting for me that makes for one happy reader indeed.
The perfect book-reading chair
You know the one I mean, that one that transforms you into a wonderfully snuggly and romantic being who cannot be disturbed by anything. The chair that is always comfortable, never lumpy, and comes with an endless supply of red wine, dark chocolate, a cosy blanket and candlelight. That elusive chair we are all on the hunt for… but failing that, I’ll happily snag this sofa for my flat – it makes a pretty good second choice methinks:
The cosiness of an indie bookshop
Indie bookshops cannot be beaten – this is just a fact! Each one is different and yet the same for bookworms of all shapes and sizes will seek them out and inhabit them for hours! Whether it’s a specialist shop or a general one, the importance of an indie bookshop and the knowledge held inside them by the staff is unequivocal – so please, please, please support them for those lovely places support every reader that walks through their door.
Whosits and whatsits galore
And by this I mean embellishments! I love books that stand out and try to do something different; whether that’s having pull out maps or embossed foiling on the cover – the snazzier the book, the happier I am! Also, for some reason, I am a complete sucker gilded or printed edges, they make me squeal with excitement!
Surprise proof-copy post
I’m not going to pretend that working in publishing is as glamorous as the films make it appear but there are perks and knowing friends in the marketing departments of big publishers means packages beautiful proofs arriving unexpectedly! Please keep them coming you lovely ladies!
Gorgeous book-related jewellery
Now don’t get me wrong, there is some utter tat out there but occasionally you find something that really hits the nail on the head – it suits your style, it subtly alludes to everything bookish and is completely adorable! I obsessed over this “We all have a story to tell” necklace from Mona Mara for ages before using my birthday money to finally take the plunge. I have worn it most days since this arrived in the post, I love it!!
Finding the perfect book for a friend
Working in the industry means you are met with endless requests for recommendations and that can put a lot of pressure on a girl! But when you’ve suggested a book to someone and they devour and adore it that gives all kinds of warm feelings inside!
Easy reading snacks
And by this, I mean something that can be eaten one-handed, doesn’t make a huge mess and can be consumed without too much distraction! I often read during my lunch hours and it can become a complete chore to dip in and out of a book in order to have some food (I know, first world problems!)
Dreaming of the Beauty and the Beast Library
Does this really need explaining?! Oh to have that in my future… Happily have the rest of the house be a shack if I could have a library that impressive!