For the love of a good book

Posted On 9 April 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

The full title was ‘crazy things I’ve done’ – I wouldn’t particularly call these crazy.  This is books. “It’s a dangerous business, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t take a good book there’s no knowing what trouble you might end up in.  Here are a few of the things I’ve done for the love of books:

  1. Ignored people – I know.  I feel guilty but I use public transport a lot and reading a book is almost like magical protection.  When I start reading I’m not going to end up making eye contact with somebody who wants to become my best friend!  I’ve got enough best friends thank you.  And I’m reading.  Stop asking me ‘is it a good book’, ‘what’s it about’, etc, etc.  I’ve started wearing earphones as well just to really deter people.  What is up with me.  Send help
  2. Made up excuses not to socialise so that I can stay in and finish a book.  However, I think this is perfectly normal – I get anxious when I’m near the end of the book.  I don’t want to be social – I want to finish that book.  I need to know how it all ends.  I can go out another time.
  3. Cajoled, begged and bullied all my friends and family into buying vouchers for gifts.  I don’t know why everyone has such a problem with this.  Stop buying me toiletries, socks and knick-knacks.  I have enough already!  Please buy me vouchers.  Vouchers = guilt free book buying.  They’re a real indulgence and they make me feel so happy.  Why don’t people want me to be happy?
  4. Forgotten to sleep.  I am a bit of a sleep monster to be honest so this isn’t good.  I’m an absolute bear with a sore head in the mornings and I have to have two cups of coffee before I even speak to anybody.  Grumpy – pah, I taught that chap everything he knows about being grumpy and he’s still not quite up to my standard.  But, reading has the opposite effect on me to most people.  It doesn’t make me tired – it wakes me up.  And I always take a book to read at night – I’m going wrong somewhere.
  5. Bought more than two copies of the same book.  Now, in my defence, sometimes the book covers change so it’s not like I pick up two of the same version (well, not always).  The last time I sorted through my shelves I found at least three copies of one particular book.  The irony was – I still hadn’t read the book although clearly I adored the blurb enough to buy it every time I picked it up.
  6. Small white lies.  Just iddy biddy little ones.  Yes, I tell fibs if I’ve been book buying.  Some people do the same thing with shoes and clothes – if my other half asks me about a book I say I’ve had it for ages.  Ahem.  I have no regrets.
  7. I have been known to maybe mistreat my books a little.  I don’t tend to dog ear pages but I do carry books in my bag quite often and they get bashed around.  And, I have broken the spine of a book more than once because it was bound so tight I could barely open the pages to read it.  I’ve also spilled wine on a book – sacrilege in more ways than one, and I’ve even dropped a book, or two in the bath.  What can I say, my books have a ‘lived in’ look but then so do I.
  8. Spent a whole day reading when I had so many other things to do.  One of those days where you have the best intentions.  You’ve taken the day off and you have plenty of things that you’ve been thinking about doing.  Then you crack open a new book.  The next thing you know, you realise that the dark night is closing in, you need to switch on the lamps, you’ve not eaten, and the whole day has flown by.
  9. Read the ending.  Okay, I don’t do this anymore.  But I used to.  I would start reading, become invested in the characters and have to read the end.  It’s not something that really worked out well for me because (1) reading the ending of a book can sometimes be misleading (2) if it’s not the ending I wanted then I’d go into a slump (3) it kills the tension of the story.  I don’t do this anymore – I don’t really know why.  I don’t recall making a conscious effort to stop but somewhere along the line I just did.
  10. Having far too many books.  I think at this particular point in time, and even going off a best guess estimate of reading, say, 100 books a year, I don’t think I would need to buy any more books for at least ten years and I still wouldn’t run out.  And yet, I keep collecting more.  I have a problem. I also have no interest in curing that problem.


18 Responses to “For the love of a good book”

  1. Anastasia

    Haha yes same copies of books…do that too. Sometimes on purpose sometimes not 🙈

    • @lynnsbooks

      I usually end up with more than one copy of the same book by accident.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I’ve done quite a few of these as well. I do hate it when they change covers on books and I end up buying them again. Now when I do it intentionally, it’s okay. But when they trick me, it’s make me mad. Great post!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yes, I’m a stickler for covers. I want them matching.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Tammy

    I do most of these too:-) Although one thing I’ve never done is read the ending of a book first. I just can’t bring myself to do that.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, not quite sure why I used to do that – a very bad habit and one I’m glad I grew out of.
      Lynn 😀

  4. evelynreads1

    I always ignore people in public transport haha, sometimes I even act like I don’t see someone I know and hope they don’t see me so I can read 🙈


  5. lydiaschoch

    I read the ending, too! It’s so much nicer knowing that everything is going to be okay in the end if the storyline is a really intense one.

    My post.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I have, for some reason, stopped reading the endings. I think I just grew out of it for some reason – but you’re right, it does sometimes ease the tension.
      Lynn 😀

  6. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    Books are the very BEST protection and companions on public transport, because they make the long journeys fly away and allow you to ignore the elbow-shoving and backpack-swinging humanity surrounding you. So don’t feel bad for ignoring people of hiding your nose in a book: it’s not bad manners, it’s self-preservation! 😀 😀

  7. downrightdystopian

    Great list. I’ve ignored people too but it’s usually not on purpose.
    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  8. Nicole Evans

    Oh, I *definitely* use books as a mechanism of ignore people. I used to use my phone, but people don’t really mind interrupting that. Plus, you get a lot more reading done if you’re waiting for the bus and read for ten minutes during your day, anyway. It drives me up the wall when people try to interrupt and continually interrupt, and then when you get irritated, they are like, “What? You’re *just* reading.”


    Great list, though! 🙂

  9. PerfectlyTolerable

    OMG I have done every single one of these except reading the ending. I do most of these regularly haha like forgetting to sleep and making excuses to stay in and read!

  10. waytoofantasy

    Hahaha. I’ve done ALL of these. I didn’t regularly read the ending but it may have happened once or twice, sorta on accident, whoops!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – accidentally reading the end! I like it. I don’t do it anymore – I obviously grew out of that bad habit.
      Lynn 😀

  11. jessicabookworm

    I have totally done no.8 😛

  12. Carmen

    Oh, Lynn! Some of these reasons crack me up, yet I completely empathize, like the first four, but NEVER, and I mean NEVER have I spilled wine on a book, broken its spine, or defile them in any way. C’mon! They are sacred! 😀

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