It’s Tuesday — time for another Top 10 from The Broke And The Bookish. Today bloggers are talking about what delights their hearts and of course it’s all about books! Click HERE to find out what they find delightful.
Call me a bookworm, a geek or nerd — I’m fine with that. I love books, books, and more books and all things that go along with them. My first inclination was to mention the bookish stuff that I delight in, but then I decided to go with those things that are definitely priceless. Here are the people, places and things that thrill my little book heart.
Top 7 Bookworm Delights
Don’t you just love when your friends get your
obsession healthy interest in books? My friend Carrie, a life member of the bookworm club, is someone I can talk books with for as long as we have time. Carrie and I seemingly have little in common — she is 20 years younger and her kids are in elementary school. But our mutual love of God and books has created a friendship I treasure. Ruth is my book co-conspirator. She is always up for a book adventure, whether a field trip to the site of our latest book club book or an author lecture/signing. She is also a spiritual rock when I waver. I am thankful for good friends whose eyes don’t glaze over when I start talking books.
I have two other book buddies that I have never met, at least in person. Carrie who blogs at Reading Is My Superpower and Carole who blogs at The Power of Words (is it a coincidence they both include power in their blog titles, I think not!) have become good friends through the magic of the interwebs. I love their insights, their passion and am thankful for the real friendship that we have developed.
Oh I love book club night! I belong to two book clubs — By The Book and Page Turners. Very different in the types of books we read, the two groups are made up of fellow bookworms who never tire of talking books. Through the years they have also become dear friends. While our meetings revolve around books, the real draw for me is the fellowship of women I care deeply for who in turn care for me. We have had so much fun laughing, crying and sharing. If you don’t already belong to a book club I heartily recommend it. The picture is of a combo of both my book clubs at an author meet and greet we hosted. Carrie is third from the left and Ruth is third from the right.
Book signings, book luncheons, book conventions, book field trips — I’m there! I have had so much fun exploring the world outside my books. Both my book clubs have gone on field trips — St. Simons Island for Eugenia Price books, Atlanta for Elizabeth Musser books. We have hosted a number of authors for meet and greets (see above picture for the Tracy Groot meet and greet). I’ve also attended the ICRS as media (yes book bloggers are media!) and met some fabulous people. The last book event I attended was hosted by the Georgia Center for The Book. If you are within an easy drive of Atlanta, you need to check out their website for their wonderful book events.
Can anyone have a list of bookworm delights without included book stores? I have an internal magnet that involuntarily draws me to any bookstore within walking distance. A vacation is really not complete without a visit to the local bookstore. In my second year of marriage we moved to a small town outside of Atlanta. I worked in a very small bookstore there — yeah, dream job! Earlene Scott was the go-to gal for books. Everyone visited Scott’s Bookstore to find their latest great read. She hosted big name authors too. Earlene’s store grew and grew until she relocated to a prime spot on the Square. Sadly, Scott’s closed a few years ago when Earlene retired. But I will always treasure the days I got to work there.
I am a sucker for the swag that accompanies books — bookmarks, postcards, bookplates. Thanks to all the authors that provide these little gems! I recently received a book bag, bookmark and keychain from Rachel Dylan. So excited!
Every two months Bookmarks Magazine appears in my mailbox. It is a treasure trove of book info — best seller, recommendations, book club profiles, author spotlights, etc. I love this magazine! Check it out!
Fed Express, UPS, USPS
The men and women of these organizations are the unsung heroes of the book world. Why? Because they deliver books to my door almost daily! I get a little thrill of anticipation every time I see their trucks pull up to my door. Thanks for unselfishly delivering surprise packages! LOL!