April 26, 2016 • Cee • Lists


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where we list our top tens!

This week’s topic is “top ten eight bookworm delights.” Just think: things a bookworm will squeal in delight over. When these bookish things I love happen, my heart soaaarrrrs. I just want to pump my hand in the arm and scream, “yesssssssss.”


  • When I take off the dust jacket, there’s a beautiful surprise underneath.

I love peeling the dust jacket off books so I can see what’s under the cover. Sometimes, you’d get symbols or images imprinted in the cover or foil embossed lettering. When books have that, I want to release a squeal because it is awesome! I love that the publisher gave the book an extra unique touch to its look. Looking under dust jacket in bookstores have become a habit now. (Example: Sleeping Giants, The Rest of Us Just Live Here)

  • Finding gorgeous endpapers.

All books should have this. None of that boring, typical white endpapers. Give me those patterned or illustrated goodness. Just check out these gorgeous endpapers. How can you not want them? There’s Victorian-esque ones, creepy ones, maps, and fabulous illustrations. It’s a perfect added touch to the books.

  • Reading favorite tropes that are written perfectly.

We all have things we love to read in books. I love reading books that has found families, heists, thieves, second chance romances, reincarnation, and so on, but sometimes, they aren’t written well like it’s way too cheesy, needs me to suspend so much of my disbelief, or aren’t hitting me enough with the emotions. However, when a book manages to pull of my tropes perfectly, I’m like HALLELUJAH. (For instance, like Six of Crows and The Star-Touched Queen.)

  • Seeing people read a book I recommended and love it!

My heart wants to burst in joy when this happens! I just want everybody to read the books I love, and when they do and love it, I’m jumping in joy. Like, people reading Radiance, The Wicked + The Divine (comic), or Saga (comic) on my recommendation, I’m just like adsiajdiadoaodiasieweisfsksadm LOVE IT PLEASE. SEE THE AWESOME. SO MUCH JOY DANCES AROUND INSIDE OF ME.

  • When I read books that are weird or make me go ????????.

I find those to be true gems. I’m weirdly fond of books that messes with my head, making me not exactly sure how I’m supposed to feel. Take More Than This. That is one weird book. It’s not within this realm of the world, and everything that happens truly messed with my head. Also, Wink Poppy Midnight. That book made me go ???? because I was feeling extremely conflicted about how I was supposed to feel about a character. I shouldn’t like her, but I am weirdly into it? It’s a back and forth that makes me confused. Usually those books keep me guessing, and I like that.

  • Finding books that have unconventional narrative styles (like mixed media of interviews, journals, illustrations, etc)

These are my favorites. I love the experience of unconventional narrative styles because it’s different ways of telling a story. A high-pitch squeal will emit from my mouth when I see that a book is written entirely in interviews or old radio-documentary (ie. Radiance, Sleeping Giants).

  • When you meet an author, and they say they recognize you!

;KASKDUWQ9UOWAJDAKDNMZCNZCAOIW0EQW0E. It’s such a surreal experience when this happens, but it never fails to make me so happy. I’m secretly going I AM NOT WORTHY.

  • Receiving book mail. 

It’s like Christmas! You’re anticipating, anticipating, anticipating, and then there is what you’ve been waiting for inside your mail box! Lights appear out of nowhere when I open it. It’s so much joy.

Does any of these things warm you heart too? What makes you squeal in joy as a bookworm?


10 Responses to “TOP TEN TUESDAY • Bookworm Delights that Warm My Heart”

  1. Shelf Worn says:

    I’m with you on the weird books – I love finding stuff that is challenging and a bit different. Even if you don’t completely love it, they can leave you thinking about them for a long time… One of the strangest I have read is The Waterproof Bible by Andrew Kaufman. All his books are really off the wall – I totally recommend them if you’re unfamiliar.

  2. isti says:

    some of the things you mentioned are on my list too. Book mail! I love receiving book mail. Always make my day.
    I love your blog’s color scheme btw :)

    TTT @ Kuroneko Book Club

  3. giovanna says:

    I always feel accomplished when someone reads, and LOVES a book I’ve recommended. Great Top Ten!
    My TTT.

  4. Deanna says:

    I love reading weird books that make me go ???, too! They’re so much fun. Great choices!

    My TTT: http://www.anovelglimpse.com/2016/04/26/top-ten-tuesday-top-ten-bookworm-delights/

  5. So many of these are on my list too!! Endpapers and beautiful surprises under the dust jackets are my life, tbh. I also feel so powerful when I recommend a book to someone and they end up loving it!! I also love a mixed media style, like Illuminae! :) great list!
    here’s my TTT!

  6. Roo says:

    I love books that are weird and make me think too. Great list.

  7. Michelle says:

    I so agree with #1 & #2! I always take the dust jacket off when I’m reading a hardcover (so it doesn’t get damaged) and adore when there’s a special surprise underneath! And endpapers… really why not do something fun and gorgeous instead of just white. I love books that have personalities outside of the story.

  8. Jess @ POB! says:

    Ooh, I remember you talking about endpapers! I love the endpapers of the Penguin classics; just as beautiful as the covers. I actually love books that make me cry and give me existential crises… First books that come to mind for me are The Book Thief and Me Before You!

  9. Nori says:

    YESSSSS there are some tropes that honestly just hit the spot for me, and make me googly eyed. Is that weird to admit…? Ah well. We’re all bookworms here. :P Also, YES for people reading books I recommend! That’s basically me whenever someone reads Tamora Pierce and loves it! BOOK MAIL = THE BEST MAIL. OBVIOUSLY!

  10. Alexa S. says:

    All of these things definitely make me feel happy! I absolutely love getting people to read books I’ve loved, and learning that they have fallen head over heels in love with it too <3

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