I'm tweaking this weeks topic but only a little... Instead of listing 10 books that make me smile, I'm going for 10 bookish things that make me smile.
(I should add that these are in no particular order.)
Stickers, cups, t-shirts, buttons, badges, bags... You name it, I want it.
(And probably own it.)
Eyeballing Bookstagram pictures.
They're so pretty... How do they make them so pretty?!
All those books. All that merch. All those notebooks and stationary!
Bonus points if they have a coffee shop attached to scent the air with caffeinated goodness!
Buying books for the bookshelf... Just because I like the cover.
I mean, one day I'll get to reading them too but if I just wanted to read them I'd buy them on kindle.
I've met so many awesome people through book blogging... I'm so happy to be a part of this community. It has it's downsides, sure, but I wouldn't still be pottering away at it after almost 8 years if it didn't make me smile.
Mutual Book Love
Right now, I'm talking about that feeling, that happy slightly euphoric feeling, you get when you see someone falling in love with a book, series, or author that you've adored for a long time.
It's that weird blend of joy that they get it and enviousness that they're getting to experience it for the first time followed by the giddiness that you have someone to fangirl with.
Raising A Bookworm
My kid loves books. He gets as excited as me about trips to the book store (and spends even more money!) He loves physical books, he loves graphic novels, he loves comics, he devours audiobooks.
He fanboys over bookish t-shirts, gets irritated at inaccurate movie/tv adaptations... He is awesome and the joy it brings knowing that this love has come from me, that I planted those bookish seeds in his little brain and they've grown and evolved and that is freaking awesome.
There is nothing better than sitting with the kid over breakfast and listening to him talk about the audiobook he was listening to last night or giggling over the extra chapters he "sneaked" rather than going to sleep...
Now, I know these can be a curse and a burden as much as they can be a joy but how big is the smile, how potent the happiness, when you receive a book you are super hyped up for? A book you've been anticipating and stalking and now you finally have within your grasp?!
A New Series From A Beloved Author
I guess this could apply to standalone novels too but I don't tend to get as excited about those.
I DO get insanely excited about a new series set in a favourite world by a favourite author.
Those kinds of announcements get me all in a tizzy.
I absolutely love eyeballing art of my favourite series, characters, scenes etc.
I cannot draw a convincing stick man so I am in awe of those who can draw and when they choose to draw something that perfectly captures a mood or a moment between favourites?
Smiles and bliss.
What bookish things make you smile?