This week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is a really great one. After all, what makes a bookworm happy? There are (almost) no wrong answers, everybody….
Top Ten Bookworm Delights
- Secondhand bookstores. They’re the bookish equivalent of pot luck dinners: you never know what you’re going to get, and sometimes you find dead bugs in the most unexpected of places.
- Borrowing your body weight in books from the library.
- Literary tote bags. They’re the best and fastest way to identify fellow bookworms.
- Finding out there’s a new film adaptation of your favourite book.
- Watching a new film adaptation of your favourite book. Then complaining about how much the filmmakers changed.
- Any of the following: The British Library, The Bodelian Library, The Chester Beatty Library, or just about any other library-slash-museum in the world.
- Geeking out at author’s home museums and/or the places where famous TV adaptations of your favourite books were filmed. *cough* Lyme Park *cough*. (In the UK, English Heritage and the National Trust have become dangerous enablers in this respect. They both now have lists of places you can visit where bookish adaptations were filmed. These lists are usually entitled something like, ‘A List of Places Where Sara Would Gladly Sacrifice Eating For a Week in Order To Pay For the Entry Ticket’.)
- Literary Festivals where you get to meet your favourite authors and listen to free talks by smart people (infinitely to be preferred over free talks by dumb people, which are, alas, all too frequent these days).
- Finding the perfect book and handcrafted-pretentious-but-still-secretly-delicious-hipster-tea pairing. My favourite? A Jane Austen novel coupled with ‘Pride and Promegranite’ tea, and Jane Eyre combined with Invisiberry tea. Also, Earl Grey’s pretty good with more or less anything. (In case you’re wondering, ‘Pride and Promegranite’ tea is completely fictional, mostly because hipsters tend to draw the line at puns so bad they’d make a toddler blush. But for the bookish tea lovers, there are still plenty of real-life tea-related bits and bobs to delight.)
- And, finally: finding a fellow bookworm with whom you can bond with over bookish problems. To the Barnes and Noble bathroom, everyone!