Top Ten Tuesday: April 26th


*P.S. I didn't intend to have so many John Green references.

I love discovering a new book by an author I love or a debut author or a new to me author or--I just love discovering new books. And I love the excitement, the tension, the hope before a cover or title is revealed to the world. Like most people, I do judge a book by its cover, and I love seeing the trends that develop in design and in naming novels.

The first step is admitting you have a problem. But I will never do that! I will buy books upon books upon books until I die--and it will probably be death by TBR and I will be buried by my books. I've accepted that. And I love it. I love the evidence of my love, the evidence of my hobby and my future career surrounding me, in every room of my home. Plus, you can do beautiful and awesome things with your books, like I have. The image below is one of the bookshelves in my living room.

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Now, yes, I know that they have flaws: finger smudges are easier to leave behind, and the colors are sometimes duller. BUT I LOVE MATTE COVERS. They so smooth and velvety and wonderful to hold. I just want to hug them and rub them all over my face.

They aren't perfect. And some are downright terrible--*COUGH* Divergent *COUGH*--but I love watching my favorite books and series transform into film. It's a huge trend right now, and a huge money maker for both the Publisher and the Film Industry. And I am part of the problem--or trend, I guess. I love the anticipation of the casting--and the inevitable arguing between fans; the first teaser trailer; the first actual trailer (which takes a million years to premiere); and the midnight release. All of it makes me so happy. And when the adaptation is actually good, it's one of the best gifts in the world.

There is something so wonderful about being so captivated, so wrapped up in a story that you literally cannot stop for a single second. You have to finish it, have to find out what happens to the characters and how it all ends. It's one of those joys in the world that I cannot fathom, and that only a Book Nerd understands.

I love talking books. I love ranting and raving and fangirling and crying and everything in between. It's great to discuss stories, even if the person hates the book, with someone who has read it and form a practically unbreakable bond. Just talking about something that is important to both of you. And sometimes--okay, eighty percent of the time--I talk to people who have never read the book. I once ranted to my father about the ending of The Darkest Minds for twenty minutes, and he had no idea what they hell I was talking about, but I just needed to talk. No matter the scenario, it's awesome.

Out of all of the objects that are advertised in this world, books are very infrequently seen in the wild. So every time I see a book ad it gives me insurmountable joy. And I'm not talking about an advertisement on the side of my Goodreads webpage. But in the thick of life, like in a random magazine or a billboard in the subway. I love it so much.

This is probably on everyone's list, but it's just a fact: books smell aMAZing. Old, new and in between, I want to smell them all the time.

Let me build the scene: you are on your couch, curled up in your blanket with a cup of juice/coffee/tea/soda next to you. You are reading a hardcover you've been waiting to get to for months. You turn the page and the book slips in your hand--the dust jacket pulled up a few inches. You glance down and oH MY GOD YOUR EYES ARE EXPLODING WITH THE BEAUTY BEFORE THEM. It's a secret design, a rare design, to have a designed or colored board and I love those surprises.

Oh boy, oh boy, do I love collecting and seeing all of the different editions for books. The way they transform from hardcover to paperback, from year to year, from language to language. All the beauties make my world go round.

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  1. Book to Movie Adaptations are great. Especially when they are done right! Nice Top Ten! :)
    My TTT.

    1. Thank you! And there is just something so magical about watching your favorite books become something visual right before your eyeballs.

  2. Talking with others about books is the best -- I honestly don't know how to interact with people who don't read. I also love the smell of books, unless they're used and have been in a home of smokers. But, that's usually not a problem in general. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Good point about the smokers! I used to work at a used bookstore, and I hated when a customer who smoked brought in their books--we always rejected them because of the smell. And yes, if a person doesn't read, I become this awkward fangirl and weird the bejeezus out of them.

  3. Lool, yes! Hardcovers are pretty, but it's even better taking off the dust jacket to see what's beaneath! Some books are just gorgeous inside and out!

    1. Exactly! And yes, I love having a beautiful book inside (it's most important) but I get heart eyes when I see beautiful covers and designed boards.

  4. Great list! I also love movie adaptations, especially the build up with all the trailers and interviews. And I definitely have talked to someone about a book they've never read - I pretty much do this with every other book I read!
    Heres my TTT

    1. Me too! All of my friends IRL don't read as much, or as many new releases. So I'm always like, "OH MY GOD, YOU NEED TO READ THIS," and they just listen to me fangirl.


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