Reading outside over lunch
The weather is finally nice here in Wisconsin, which means that I am back to reading in my car over my lunch break. I usually read in the lunch room at work during the cold weather as well, but reading outside is so much better! We don't have anywhere comfortable to read outside at my office, just some stone tables with stone benches, so I read in my car with the window open. There's something wonderful about this private break in the middle of the day. I love slipping into another world for a while and enjoying the fresh air.
Browsing at bookstores
I think I've said it many times, but I don't often buy books. I prefer using the library. But I do love browsing for books in bookstores. There's something so special about touching the covers, being surrounded by books, and quietly reading the descriptions. I delight in adding new titles to my Goodreads list based on finds in bookstores.
Strangely enough, I never browse at the library. It's just not the same. Perhaps because the books aren't new? Or the displays aren't as inviting. Who knows.
Talking about books IRL
Blogging is wonderful, and I am very much enjoying having an outlet for discussing the books I love. But nothing beats talking about books to friends or family in real life. I have a few bookish people, outside of book club, who enjoy discussing books with me, and I love it.
As you know I am in three book clubs right now: my YA book club, my kindergarten moms book club, and my family book club - which starts in May. Book clubs are the best! I love reading books with other people and discussing them, however briefly. I also love discussing and deciding on the next book club pick. My niece and I had a great time chatting about book ideas at Christopher's family birthday dinner. I think we have about 10 books on the list for our family book club. We're going to be busy for a while!
Movies based on books
Even though they're so often done poorly, I just love movies based on books. I love to be inspired to read books by upcoming movies. And I cannot resist when a favorite book (or even a hated book) is made into a movie. I have to see them.
What Should I Read Next? podcast
I have been reading Modern Mrs. Darcy for several years, so when Anne announced she was starting a podcast, I knew I had to listen even though I don't usually give up audiobook time for podcasts. I am loving this series. It's like listening in on a 2 person book club meeting. I love when they discuss books I have read, and I can kind of validate and comment in my head. And I love when they talk about books I haven't read, and I can add them to my list. It's just fun. This podcast is making my Tuesdays so much better. Are you listening?
I have a couple of book mash up t-shirts, and I love them. It makes me happy to wear the things I love right on my shirt! I have known about movie/video game nerdy t-shirts for a while because my husband has been buying them for years, but I just started getting my own brand of nerdy wear within the last few years. I delight in wearing Harry Potter, Divergent, and The Giving Tree on a regular basis. I need to get more nerd clothes.
Kindle time estimates
I don't know why, but recently I have become obsessed with the time remaining estimates on my Kindle app on my iPhone. Most of the time I keep it set to counting down the minutes in the current chapter, but I also often toggle to the time remaining in the whole book. I think I just like knowing how much time I am investing in a book. I don't know. It's cool. Am I the only one who geeks out over this feature?
Library hold list
I have a lot of books on hold at the library. All. The. Time. And like the Kindle app, I can get kind of obsessive with checking my library hold list. I must visit the library at least once a week to pick up holds, but I log in daily to check the status of my items. I just can't help myself. I love getting new books, even if I already have a mountain of books waiting to be read.
Marking books as complete on Goodreads
Can you guess that I work in IT based on all these technology things on my list? Anyway...when I finish I book, the first thing I do is mark it as finished and add the rating to Goodreads. It brings me such joy to clear books off my currently reading list. I'm weird. I know.
What bookish things delight you? Do you share any of mine?
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