Tuesday 14 July 2020

TTT: Bookish Things That Make Me Smile

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.) 

Bookish Merch.
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.

Book Blogging
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.

Fan Art
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?


  1. One of the best things about blogging, for me, is connecting with those who share my love of books. Even better when we love the same books. So, I am there for the mutual love. I love ARCs too, because I could never afford my reading habit.

    1. ARCs are a double edged sword for me but I love getting one for an anticipated read.

  2. Bookstores... I miss wandering through bookstores. *sigh* Gushing over a shared love for a book is such a good feeling. Someone who “got it” the same way you did... priceless. That pic of your little guy reading is so cute! :)

    1. We got to do it last week and it was lovely.

  3. I can't lie: buying books with pretty covers also makes me very happy. Even better when it ends up being a five-stars read. :)

    Happy readings!
    Tânia @MyLovelySecret

  4. Nice twist on this week's topic :)
    My TTT: https://jjbookblog.wordpress.com/2020/07/14/top-ten-tuesday-272/

  5. What a lovely list, I’d agree with them all. I’ve been known to keep books with lovely covers on my book case when I haven’t actually like them - its bad I know!!

  6. I love seeing that parents like yourself are raising an army of bookworms in the next generation! I love bookish swag too-I have a ton of Harry Potter and Game of Thrones stuff and I'd love to get more. If I won the lottery I'd be hoovering up a pile of stuff! Socks, book bags, you name it I want it! I also collect bookmarks which are too nice to use in books!

  7. I loved this list! Bravo. :)

    My TTT .

  8. When I like the same book as others and see them enjoying it as much as I did, I love that.

  9. I like how you tweaked the topic this week! Items 1 - 7 on your list definitely make me smile, too!! :) Here's my TTT list this week.

  10. Just reading this made me happy. What wonderful things!

    Anne - Books of My Heart

  11. Golly, yes, all of these make me smile! Thanks for the reminder.

  12. I always wonder that about Instagram- how do people take such nice pics haha? And yes I buy books for the cover all the time! I mean, usually it's books I want to read as well lol, but I totally love a great cover. And bookstores are probably my favorite places to hang out... I hope someday we can go there again without worrying about viruses and such.

    Same with book blogging and raising a bookworm. Great post. :)

  13. I love how you tweaked this week's topic and just reading through your list put a smile on my face. :)

  14. Oh, raising a little bookworm! So cute and I love that he gets miffed when an adaptation doesn't follow the original story. Me too!

    A new book or series by a beloved author? Yes!

    1. The pain is so relatable. I feel sorry for my husband having to listen to the pair of us, lol.

  15. ARCs make me smile so much - especially when they're a sequel to a great book! I like your spin on this weeks topic. Just followed your blog on bloglovin!

    My TTT

  16. Your kid sounds amazing! Did you read to him when he was in the womb - as opposed to make him listen to music? 😉

    I'm not interested in book merch and I'm pretty much cover-blind LOL. I smile broadly when an author I like announces a new book of course, or when an indie author from my small circle asks me if I want to beta-read their new project! And I smile every time a blogger friend mentions one of my posts in theirs, even if I know that their readers won't necessarily come and read it (let's be honest, it almost never happens - not that I know of).

    1. Lol, I did neither! :/
      We started reading to him at about 4 months old and never stopped. Every night until he was about 6yo (and started on audiobooks) we'd read bedtime stories. :)

  17. I agree with pretty much everything on this list! I love bookish merch and book blogging - especially when you connect with like minded bookworms. Great post


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