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Top Ten Things That Make Bookworms Happy
- Turning someone on to reading. This is unbelievably rewarding. One of my co-workers was in her fifties and no one had ever made an attempt to introduce her to reading for fun. I turned her on to it, and every day when I see her with her nose buried in a book, I go all mushy with happiness on the inside. It’s never too late to introduce someone to reading. You just have to be patient and bounce around genres to find something they like.
- Stories with your Bookworm Mini-Me. There is almost nothing so awesome as laying in bed beside your Bookworm Mini-Me as you share story-time together. The look in their eyes when they’re fully engaged in what you’re reading, the shared giggles over silly parts, the mutual cheering when something good happens. A good book (Miss L and I absolutely recommend House of Robots: Robots Go Wild as a prime example) doesn’t only give you a good experience in the moment, but when it also associates something positive with that book, and every time you or your child pick it up in the future, a smile will grace your lips and light your eyes.
- Worshipping in the Bookworm’s Holiest of Holies. I made an off-the-cuff remark a while back that libraries were like churches for BookWorms. You’re expected to speak quietly, look at fiction, and if you do socialize, you’re sharing rapturous experiences with like-minded people. Tongue removed from cheek, I actually think that’s fairly accurate. Our Sunday library trips in the Sci-Fi & Scary household are treated with all the reverence that church trips are for religious people. We talk about books on the way there, we fiddle around for at least an hour, generally, making sure we’ve picked out the perfect books to take home, we talk books with other people, and then we gather up our goodies and talk books on the way home. It always lifts our spirits, and gives us time well-spent together.
- When a book makes a bad day fade away. Sometimes when I’m having a horrible day, I head straight for a specific book as soon as I can. I grab it, achieve some level of comfortably undressed, curl up with it and immerse myself in a happy ending. Yes, even lovers of science-fiction and horror need happy endings sometimes.
- Bookworm B*tch Sessions. You know what I’m talking about. When you and another bookworm get together just to gripe about a certain book or author. There’s just something fun about doing that. You’re both well aware of the fact that you’re steaming mad over something fictional, and yet you can go on full on rants that almost inevitably end in laughter as you realize how ridiculous you’re being.
- Fanfiction. Fan. Fiction. Fanfiction is an awesome thing, and I seriously think one of the best things J.K. Rowling ever did was allow people to play in her sandbox. Maybe you like to write, but just aren’t comfortable creating your own worlds. Maybe you just get so bloody mad at how something went that you want to change it. Regardless, fanfics can be incredibly rewarding or incredibly disturbing but it’s always fun or even therapeutic. (There was this one with Dobby, and Hagrid…and dear god that should have never seen the light of day. Who would write something like that?!)
- Being wrong about how a book ends. I think most Bookworms can attest to the fact that after you’ve read a ton of books, it gets to the point where endings rarely surprise you. So when I’m wrong about how a book ends, it generally has me jumping up and down in sheer excitement. The author managed to do the unexpected, and that is almost always completely awesome! Even if I don’t agree with how the author ended the book, the fact that I didn’t predict the ending is enough to make me bounce off the walls in delight.
- Writing book reviews, and having people actually pay attention to them. When I started this site, I had no idea it would be something I’ve invested as much time in as I have, but I absolutely love it, and love talking with people about the books I’ve reviewed. Whether they agree or disagree with what I’ve written.
- Arguing over book to movie adaptations. It’s just fun. Whether you liked it or didn’t like it, you can almost always find someone with the opposite viewpoint. As soon as you do, it’s a case of “Let the debate begin!” I love it!
- Bookish Bubble Baths. An almost scalding-hot bubble bath, a beer as cold as the water is hot, music in the background, and a book in your hands. What could be better?