Perks of being a bookworm

Well, I really don’t think there are any downsides to being a bookworm apart from how easy it is to stay inside and be antisocial all day because you found an awesome book buuuut I thought it would be fun to list off a few of my favourite bookish delights.

1. That new book smell. Nothing quite compares to the smell of a brand spanking new book just off the shelf, it’s undeniably beautiful.

2. On the contrary, that old book smell. It’s almost like you can smell the stories it holds as well as the story it contains. I personally prefer to buy my books in charity shops and the like, not just because it’s massively cheaper, but also because the book itself has its own story. Sometimes you find cute little messages on the first page wishes so-and-so a happy 21st, or a sweet get well message and that just makes me really smiley (as well as a little ticked off that they defaced a masterpiece but oh well).

3. Recommending a book to someone, and they love it. It’s always a little nerve wrecking when you recommend someone a book because they might hate it and then in turn hate you (worst case scenario and a little over dramatic, I know). But when they come back to you and just fan girl all over the place because you’ve opened their eyes to a whole new literary world, that’s the shit right there.

4. Coming across a book or a series and falling in love instantly. Where have you been all my life?!

5. Finding a book that no one has heard about or read yet, and it’s crazy good. It’s like you and the book have your own little secret, and you’re so happy that you’ve almost discovered an amazing author and no one knows about them yet. I read it before it was cool.

6. Finding a bargain! Ah, there’s no feeling quite like it. Ages ago, me and Jamie discovered a place called ‘The Book Barn’, now I’m sure I’ve posted about this place a dozen or more times but I honestly can’t rave about it enough. The barn is huge and houses over a million books, all different genres from cookbooks to fiction to how to build a canal boat. Like, if the book you are looking for is not in the Book Barn then you don’t need it. But the best bit about this place is that every book in there is ยฃ1. One pound?!?!. I know, crazy.

7. Seeing that an author you’ve loved for years is finally getting the recognition and praise they deserve. It makes me so beyond happy when I find out that they’ve won an award or have sold out on their newest release. Inside I’m like ‘Yes!! I knew you could do it!!’, proud reader moment!

8. This one goes against everything I have ever been taught. Pretty book covers. Now, this sounds worse than it is. I know, I know, don’t judge a book by its cover, blah blah. But what I mean by this is that when I find a book that then becomes my life and love it with every part of me, I look all over the place for different editions of it, with fancy swirly covers and ens up have 5 versions of the same book because the cover art was beautiful. However, I will admit that the cover of a book does play a massive part on whether I choose to buy it or not. I know, I’m shallow and judgemental – I’m sorry!

Okay, so I’m going to have to stop there otherwise there would be no stopping me whatsoever and the list would be endless. Let me know what your favourite parts of being a bookworm are?

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