Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, bloggers get a topic which entails listing ten things based on the topic.
Today’s topic is Bookworm Delights.
Okay, so I love books. I think it’s pretty obvious that I do. However, I hardly receive book gifts. I really don’t get it. I thought my hints were clear but I always get non-book gifts. Honestly, I don’t get it.lol. End of rant. Bottom line though,book gifts are awesome though.
New books are always a delight. I guess that is why many readers struggle with adhering to book buying bans.
Great Deals on Books
This is always a great excuse/justification for book buying.Lucky for me,Nairobi has so many books street vendors who offer great deals on second-hand books.
The smell of books
Especially new books. Or old ones. Any books really.
Bookstores and Books Street Vendors
I get my books from street vendors who I absolutely adore. Interestingly, most street vendors in Nairobi are not readers but they still know the best books.For instance; On Saturday, my favorite vendor saw me going through the pile of books and quietly passed me a Sophie Kinsella from his stash.”Madam, all the women usually buy this one, I promise…its really nice. These books sell like hotcakes.” That is how I ended up with a second copy of Undomesticated Goddess. I think that the second-hand books from street vendors also tell stories of their previous owners.
One of the most renowned books Street vendors is Philani Dladla, the homeless South African books street vendor. I loved his story about how he reads all the books that he sells and explains the synopsis of each book to the prospective buyers.I read an interview in which Dladla explains Jodi Picoult’s book; My Sister’s Keeper as follows:
“You know, when you got a car. But this car, it always gives you problems. Now, you go maybe buy a second-hand car just to take some parts from that and fix this one. This lady, she was suffering from leukemia. So her parents decided to give birth to another sister, so she’s gonna be like a donor,” he explained wisely.
Here is a video of Philani.
Beautiful and well stocked libraries
Is there anything more enchanting that a well stocked library? The excitement of walking between rows and rows of books. The endless possibilities offered by the libraries. You can read about my favorite library here.
Coffee plus Books
Ever walked into a coffee house where some nice Jazz is playing and so you find a table(preferably at the corner) and settle with your book and a cup of coffee? The simple pleasures of life.
I love traveling long distance by bus. The farthest I have traveled by bus is from Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam (12 hours). I am usually on the road every other weekend plus daily commutes during the week to and from work/school. However, I think I have one of those faces. The chatty, friendly ones. I often end up next to strangers who want to talk. Nevertheless, there are other times when I get to enjoy the view and just read. This is pure bliss.
Finding a new favorite book
I can’t tell you how many times I get a new favorite book. My favorite book in March was The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Right now it’s The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd although Pretty Baby by Mark Kubica is a close second. I don’t have an all time favorite book so finding new ones is always such a delight.
Meeting other readers so that we can talk books
I guess this is why I love the book blogging community and my book club. It is always nice to meet other readers and talk about books.
So what are your bookworm delights? Do you often receive book gifts? Do you have books street vendors in your country?Share your TTT links in the comment section. I would love to hear about the book-related things/experiences that delight you.
Credit for the featured image. If you are in Kenya and would like to donate books, you can do that through Storymoja’s Start a Library Campaign. Enjoy your delights and if you ca,spread the cheer by donating books to those who cannot afford to buy them.