I’m taking part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl again. This is such a fun way to take a look at my reading habits and preferences!
This week’s topic is:
Outrageous/Crazy/Uncharacteristic Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books
- Refused to buy a book I wanted to read until I found the right edition. You all know I love Daphne du Maurier, right? (I only mention it every other post) Well, I love the Virago modern classic editions, and I am determined to find a copy of each of du Maurier’s books in this edition. Much as I love that they’re redesigning and re-releasing her work for new audiences, I just want my du Maurier collection to be uniform. So I basically search the shelves of every bookshop I find for them.
- Wrap books in carrier bags before putting them in my proper bag – this is only for certain books (pretty covers, favourite authors, and the like) but it’s a necessary step for preserving books from damage. Water bottle leaks, sudden bad weather, or creases and knocks from being in my bag – all can be protected against with the humble carrier bag. And as I have about 50 of them just lying around, I may as well put them to use.
- Bumped into someone/tripped over because I’m so engrossed in reading a book when walking somewhere. Thankfully, this hasn’t happened a lot.
- Stayed up far later than I should on many work nights to finish reading a book (does anyone else have a personal ‘limit’ of pages, where it feels impossible not to read to the end? Mine is 30 pages from the end of a book – I honestly have to force myself to stop reading if it’s too late)
- Bought someone a book as a gift, read the blurb, read the book, then had to re-buy the book again so the original recipient gets a brand new copy.
- This one may not seem as unusual to you all, being part of the wonderful book-loving community, but if my suitcase is over the weight limit, I have definitely taken out some clothes instead of the extra book that I may (but probably won’t) have time to read on holiday. I mean there’s barely much worse that finishing a book and realising you can’t start another one immediately!
- Not that that is likely to happen, as in addition to the paperbacks I bring, I make sure I have at least 2 e-books and 2 audiobooks as well. You can never have enough books to read.
- Messaged everyone in my contacts list to see if I had leant them Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban because it was missing off my shelf. I hadn’t re-read them for a while, and so hadn’t really paid much attention to them – where else would they be as I’m unlikely to just leave them lying around the house. So imagine my surprise when I scanned my bookshelf and noticed there was a space in my Harry Potter collection. None of my family would be interested, and they’d know to tell me if they were borrowing it, surely. In my panic, I just sent a general message to everyone saying something along the lines of “Please tell me I lent you this book”. Then I hear laughing from my sister’s room. I walk in…and there she is, reading the book. She’d started reading the series ebooks, but wanted a break from her phone screen so had taken the book while I was asleep. Needless to say, she knows to ask me first now before taking a Harry Potter book from my shelf.
- Taken 20 photos of a book showing different angles a) for bookstagram and b) to preserve its image pre-reading (in case I accidentally crease the cover/pages)
- Brought a book to a family wedding. It was a really good book and I knew there would be at least an hour between leaving the ceremony and starting the reception that I could fill with reading. Who needs to talk with friends and family anyway?
What kind of outrageous things has your love of books lead you to do?
Thanks for reading!!