Five Favourite Things About Being a Blogger/Reader
I was tempted to skip this week, partly because my blog has been review-light lately and I feel like I’m doing all the memes (I’m reading the entire Noughts and Crosses series and doing an overall review when I’m done) and partly because I haven’t been blogging for very long to experience all these great blogger things, at the minute I’m still kind of just putting my voice out there on the inter-webby-waves and hoping someone enjoys reading them! This post started as a comment over on Book Badger, but I thought I’d share my Top Five Favourite Things About Being a Book Geek here.
1. The SMELL – it seems only true book lovers are proper “book sniffers”. We all do it don’t we? You get a new book, you crack it open and sniff. School books, notebooks, novels, non-fiction – we don’t discriminate.
2. The Escapism – I’m big into psychology and wonder if there are any common denominators in people who love to read, what makes one person love reading, and makes another hate it? I don’t dislike people who don’t like to read, but I struggle to understand it. I can pick up a book and spend a few hours with different people, in a different place. What’s not to love?
3. The Maturity/Wisdom Factor(?!) – I don’t know if this is actually a thing, but I feel like reading stories about cancer survivors, a fictional future world, wizards, right and wrong, good and evil, heartbreak, divorce etc. gives me a new perspective on life and shapes me every time I read a new story. I’m exposed to all of these situations in a way that I possibly wouldn’t be in my normal lifetime. I feel for these characters and I think I learn about life through their stories.
4. The Feels! Book boyfriends, book best friends, book love triangles, book goodbyes. It’s kind of nice to know in our digital, fast-paced, “I want it now and I want all the tech” age that we can still get all the feels, there’s hope for the world yet… I have a bookshelf full of people I admire, adore and despise (
Voldemort Dolores Umbridge, anyone?) and walking into a beautiful smelling bookstore (there’s the sniffer in me again!), meeting an author, getting a delivery of books etc. still makes me feel something similar to innocent child-like excitement.
5. All The Movies. Let’s get serious for a minute. As a great big book geek, I’m also a great big movie geek and if it wasn’t for all the great books out there, we wouldn’t have so many of our amazing movies – Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Green Mile, Fight Club, James Bond, Harry Potter, The Bourne Identity, Mary Poppins, I could go on, and on. Yes, a lot of the time us book lovers will whinge that the movie adaptation isn’t as good, but some come pretty close, and they are still enjoyable in their own right. Basically…