Top Ten Tuesday: Best Bookshop Qualities

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is supposed to highlight bookstores we’ve always wanted to visit; however, I thought it would be to share ten qualities that make for the best bookshops. In no particular order:

 

What are your favorite bookshop qualities? Do you have a favorite bookshop? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

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Would You Rather? | Book Tag

It’s time for another tag! I always loved playing would you rather as a kid, so I was super excited when I discovered that the Would You Rather Book Tag actually exists. Thanks so much to Bridget @ Bridget & Books for tagging me!!

Rather read only a series or stand-alone books?

When I was younger my answer to this question definitely would have been series, but nowadays I find that the majority of the books I read are stand-alones. (Probably because I read many more classics now, which tend to not be series.)

Rather read a book whose main character is male or female?

To be honest, the gender of the character doesn’t really matter to me so long as the character is well-developed, interesting, and has depth. But for the sake of this question I’ll go with a female main character because I can relate with them more easily.

Rather shop only at Barnes & Noble (or other actual bookstores) or Amazon?

I definitely prefer shopping at physical bookstores than online (although usually online prices are cheaper). You just can’t replicate the experience of leisurely strolling through towering shelves and being able to pick up books and check them out before actually purchasing them.

A rare photo of my brother in front of my favorite local independent bookshop.

Rather all books become movies or TV shows?

Movies! If all books became TV shows I would never have time to watch all of them… I’m so bad with keep up with series like that!

Rather read 5 pages per day or read 5 books per week?

5 books per week, so long as I could find the time to do so. Think of how many books I could read in a year!!

Rather be a professional book reviewer or author?

Oooh, interesting question!! I would rather be a professional author because it has always been my dream to write and publish a book. It would feel absolutely amazing to finally achieve that goal!

Rather only read the same 20 books over and over or get to read a new book every 6 months?

Okay, I think I found a loophole to this question. I would rather read a new book every six months if it meant that I could only reread books in between… that’s allowed, right?!

Rather be a librarian or own a bookstore?

Probably own a bookstore because I think it would be really fun to pick out gorgeous editions of books.

Rather only read your favorite genre or your favorite author?

Favorite genre because that would probably also include my favorite author (in my case, the genre would likely be classic literature)

Rather only read physical books or ebooks?

PHYSICAL!!! I can’t even remember the last time I read an ebook.

What are your answers to these questions? What do you think of mine? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

Top Ten Tuesday: A Bookish Thanksgiving!

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Happy Tuesday!! With Thanksgiving in just two days, the lovely bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish have decided to make this week’s Top Ten Tuesday an open-ended Thanksgiving theme. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday (besides Christmas, of course!) because it’s simple and sweet: friends and family get together to enjoy quality time with each other, eat delicious food, and to take time to remember all that they are thankful for. Whether or not you celebrate Thanksgiving, there’s no better time like the present to give thanks!

On that note, here are the Top Ten Bookish Things I’m Thankful For:

1. That old book smell.

Mmmm…. that smell of yellowed pages, time, and a hint of must.

2. That new book smell.

Mmmm…. that smell of glossy pages, printed ink, and bookstore shelves.

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3. Having access to more than one wonderful library.

My current status as a college student means that I have access to not only the public library in my hometown but the college’s library as well. Between the two libraries and their ILL systems I could probably check out almost any book that I could think of. I love libraries! ❤

4. Beautiful cover designs.

This one goes without explanation. So many gorgeous covers!

5. The pleasing aesthetic of an organized bookshelf.

Is this just a bookworm thing? Do others walk into bookstores or libraries and revel in the glory that is organized shelving? I hope so!

5. When you “lose yourself” in a good book.

All readers surely know the feeling of getting “lost” in a captivating story. In some ways it’s the mark of a truly remarkable book, especially when it enthralls you time and time again. It’s such a fantastic feeling!

6. Bookish discussions.

Though reading can certainly be an independent activity, discussing books with others is one of my favorite aspects of reading. Not only have I gained countless new interpretations of and perspectives on many books, but I have also had a blast doing so! In particular, I am thankful for the fun and fascinating discussions I’ve had in book clubs, libraries, and in classes over the years that have furthered my love of reading even more.

7. Great recommendations.

One of the best feelings is falling in love with a book that someone has recommended to you. I’m so grateful for all of the librarians, teachers, friends, family members, and bloggers who have recommended amazing books to me.

8. The accomplished feeling you get when you finish reading a long or difficult book.

There’s nothing better than flipping that last page and being able to finally check an intimidating tome off of your TBR list. It’s also great motivation for diving into another one!

9. Increasing diversity, awareness, and representation in literature.

Though we have a long ways to go when it comes to properly representing and discussing topics of diversity in works of all genres and forms, we have undoubtedly made some great strides as a community of readers and writers alike. Let’s keep the ball rolling!

10. The bookish community.

I’m always struck by how amazing the bookish community is, both online and offline. Whether I’m talking to librarians and fellow book lovers face-to-face or chatting with bloggers on Twitter or in the comments section of blogs, I can’t help but be grateful that such an enthusiastic and friendly community exists. ❤

What are some bookish things that you’re thankful for? What do you think of the ones that I’ve listed? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY

the value of bookstores.

Recently I went to my local bookstore just to look around. I didn’t have any specific book in mind to buy, and I was simply taking my time browsing the shelves. I came across two books in particular that caught my eye, and eventually I decided to buy them. They are:

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The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Why I Write by George Orwell

I had briefly heard of The Crane Wife before- in a Goodreads post or a Youtube video, I can’t quite remember- but I still didn’t have a clear idea of what it is about. I’ve read More Than This by Patrick Ness and I absolutely loved it, so I leaped at the opportunity to read more of his writing. I had never heard of Why I Write before, although I thought Orwell’s novel 1984 was fantastic. And as someone who adores writing, I am really intrigued to read about the personal reasons behind why this brilliant author writes!

I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I probably would not have taken such an interest in these books if I had not discovered them in my local bookstore. This, I argue, is one of the many values of shopping for books in physical stores rather than online. I find that whenever I shop online I tend to only see the newest, most popular books because that is what the websites emphasize. Unless you specifically know what you’re looking for, it’s more difficult to randomly browse books or discover obscure ones when certain titles come up time and time again. Being able to see a wide variety of books I’ve barely or never heard of before right in front of me on physical shelves is an experience that, for me, online shopping is incapable of replicating.

How do you feel about shopping at bookstores v. shopping online? What are some books that you’ve discovered at bookstores? Let me know in the comments section below!

Yours,

HOLLY