Top 10 Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

26 Apr

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.

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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

Book Buddies

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.

about-me-photo-294x300I 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 photoof the interwebs. I love their insights, their passion and am thankful for the real friendship that we have developed.

Book Club

10941450_835574353167622_217806821708471398_nOh 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 Events

logo-bookmarkBook 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.

Book Stores

198704_10150268726230784_8156091_nCan 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.

Book Swag

Cgbv4v9WQAIqTIS.jpg-smallI 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!

Bookmarks Magazine

logoEvery 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!

 

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10 Responses to “Top 10 Tuesday: Bookworm Delights”

  1. Carrie April 26, 2016 at 7:50 am #

    i adore this list! 😀 And I am so honored… even, dare I say, DELIGHTED… to be included. Isn’t it so sweet how Jesus & books can bind people together even if we’ve never met face to face? Thankful for your friendship, Beckie! Hoping we get to meet in person one of these days!!

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    • rbclibrary April 26, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      Thanks so much Carrie! I was inspired by your post to do something totally different than I had already written. I have always loved how God connects people across the miles. Looking forward to a bookish meet up!

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      • Carrie April 26, 2016 at 8:40 am #

        awwww… now I’m even more honored, Beckie!!! Can’t wait for that bookish meet up 😀

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      • rbclibrary April 26, 2016 at 8:44 am #

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  2. thepowerofwords2016 April 26, 2016 at 8:57 am #

    Beckie, I appreciate your sweet words so much! I have felt a special connection with you from the time I first started doing reviews, one that goes beyond respect for the integrity of your reviews – proof that real friendships can indeed be formed online.

    This creative post is full of wonderful ideas for all of us bookworms. I attended graduate school in Kansas back in the early 70s, a long way from home for this southern gal who was horribly homesick the first year, and weekly trips to a local family-owned bookstore helped me through those rough times. I hate that so many of them have now closed. Hopefully I’ll have time for Top Ten Tuesday posts soon.

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    • rbclibrary April 26, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

      Carole, we are definitely bosom friends!

      “Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

      I love visiting you via your blog and look forward to the day (hopefully in the near future) when we can meet in person.

      About bookstores — it is a shame that so many independent shops have closed. Scott’s was unique and I learned a lot the year that I worked there. Middle Georgia has Gottwalls, a mult-store enterprise that has grown beyond Georgia. The Gottwalls are a Christian family that have a unique business model for used books. It is great to see them become such a success.

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  3. Brown Books and Green Tea April 26, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    Bookworm besties are really one of the top reasons I decided to make a book blog. My boyfriend, fantastic as he is, is not much of a reader. Neither is my mother! I love getting to meet so many people who reassure me that my love of books doesn’t make me crazy or odd.

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    • rbclibrary April 26, 2016 at 2:39 pm #

      Exactly! Thanks so much for stopping by!!

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  4. Jane @ Greenish Bookshelf April 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm #

    Love your list! I forgot to include book swag on my list. I love all the stuff out there that is nerdy and literary. I got one of those purses with the full text of Pride and Prejudice on it for Christmas and it is seriously so cool. Also love book club 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

    My TTT: https://greenishbookshelf.com/2016/04/26/top-10-tuesday-bookworm-delights/

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    • rbclibrary April 27, 2016 at 6:27 am #

      I’m jealous of your purse! Sounds awesome. Give me a bookmark and I am over the moon. LOL! Thanks for stopping by!

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