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Just this evening, one of the BookTubers I watch, Ashley @ Climb the Stacks put up a video of her 15 Favourite Bookish Feelings which she had adapted from a similar video by Hank Green. I immediately had to write up my own version. So these are some of my favourite feelings, brought on by the wonders of books! (Note: I kept a few of Ashley’s because they were bang on!)

The Best Bookish Feelings

1. That moment when you are so into a book and you decide that come hell or high water, you will not rest until you finish.
For me, this was definitely Night Film by Marisha Pessl. Good lord that book caught me. I carried it around everywhere with me, couldn’t put it down, couldn’t stop talking about it. It was an all-encompassing experience. And man, do I love it.

2. When you finish a book you’ve meant to read for ages but hadn’t and feel that wonderful sense of accomplishment. 
This was The Secret History by Donna Tartt for me. I had been recommended it so many times, but was terrified by both its literary prowess and its heft. But I finally did read it, and I loved it. It was fantastic.

3. When a book seems to speak to your soul.
Deep, I know. But really. When I read The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe, it was like being hugged. My dad had a vicious, lengthly battle with cancer and the sorrow of watching a loved one go through that, both the strength and vulnerability, is something I will never forget nor could ever describe adequately. I’m so grateful that I still have my dad with me, but I also feel grateful to Will, whose book wrapped it’s arms around me when I needed it the most.

4. When a twist turns the entire book on its head. 
Not very long ago, I read debut author Lesley Parry’s Church of Marvels. I was almost 2/3 of the way through when something happened that changed the ENTIRE book. It was like an unexpected bomb had gone off and I didn’t put that book down until I finished. What a GREAT story.

5. When you find a new author you absolutely love. 
CHERYL STRAYED, PEOPLE! Good lord. How on earth did I ever bypass Strayed’s work? Well, actually, I know. I read Eat, Pray, Love a long time ago and really disliked it. This seemed to have similar themes. Woman hates how her life is going and goes on a quest to re-create herself. But Wild is SOOO much more than that. I’m halfway through now and I am so utterly in love with Cheryl Strayed. I’ve already picked up her collection of columns, Tiny Beautiful Things and my next splurge will no doubt be on her novel, Torch. I just hope she has many more books in her!

6. When someone comments on the books in your home.
I’ve had books in my room ever since I was a kid, but no one ever really saw them. Now I have my own apartment and when people come over, my bookshelves are proudly displayed beside my couch. Those who don’t read will comment on the sheer volume of them, and those that do read will no doubt pick something out that they’ve read and we will chat about it. It is such a pleasure for me.

7. Reading with someone.
One of my friends at work and I have decided that we have very similar taste in books and have begun reading together. We give ourselves chapter goals each night and discuss what we read the night before for 5 minutes every morning. We are on our second book now (Night Shift by Stephen King) and both of us have a feeling this will be a regular occurrence for us. Moving at the exact same pace as someone else is so much fun. I highly recommend giving it a try!

8. When someone reads a book you loved and has the same reaction you did. 
I forced a friend of mine to read A Constellation of Vital Phenomena a few months ago. I had been pushing it on him for ages, and he finally gave in. A few days later, he showed up at my desk and I believe our exchange went something like this:
“WOW.””
“RIGHT?!!”
The best.

9. When someone you love gifts you a book.
My fiancé is an infrequent reader. Though he does get wrapped up in a good book every now and again, he is no where near as book crazy as I am. BUT, he understands me. We had only been dating for a few months when he surprised me by buying a book I was coveting for me, for no reason at all. It may seem like a simple, boyfriendish gesture, but it wasn’t to me. I got him to write a little something in the front flap and whenever I look at that book, I can still remember the exact look of happiness on his face when he handed me something he knew I would love. It means a lot.

10. Gifting a book.
On the flip side, I LOVE giving books as gifts. I love everything from the finding of the perfect book, to the inscription writing, to the perfect wrapping, to the bow I tie around it. Giving a book is like giving an experience, or a sentiment. I just love it.

11. When you learn something new from a book.
Multiple studies have proven that reading increases human’s ability to feel empathy. As readers, we place ourselves in situations we may never actually encounter in real life, by reading. I love the feeling of knowing I’ve learned something new after reading a book. I just recently finished Confessions of a Fairy’s Daughter by Alison Wearing (and loved it). Wearing writes about the gay revolution in the 70’s and 80’s in Toronto (where I live). I had no idea the things that went on during that time and I felt such anger and sorrow for those who were mistreated during those years when raids were happening all the time, and committed relationships were kept underground for fear of being chastised or even arrested. I took so much away from this book.

12. Reading in bed.
My bed is my special place. Reading in bed is pure heaven to me, and climbing into bed after a long day, putting my sore feet up, propping up my pillow and settling in with my book is one of my favourite feelings ever.

Let me know what feelings you love! I’m positive I’ve missed a ton, but this is definitely a good jumping point.

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3 thoughts on “My Favourite Bookish Feelings

  1. I’ve been putting off reading Wild for so long. I thought it would just be about the hike and I was sooooooo not interested in that. I think you might have been my tipping point to get me to finally read this.

    I felt the same as you about Night Film and The Secret History. Donna Tartt knows what’s up.

    I LOVE when people come over and look at my books just like I love going to friends’ places and seeing what new books I can borrow. I had a similar experience with my husband when we were first dating. I was leaving to study abroad, 6 weeks after we met, and he came to the airport and brought me books he thought I would love. Both of them (Marley and Me and The Poisonwood Bible) had me crying my eyes out. Bastard. Obviously you are marrying a good one.

    I don’t love reading in bed. I prefer a really comfy chair. I’m so picky on the chair front that I’ve been searching for the perfect (comfortable and beautiful) for about six years. Until then, I read on the couch.

    • Hahaha, I totally get you! The reason I don’t read on our couch is because it’s my super old couch from when I lived with a friend ages ago. Cheapest one at Ikea and it’s so sunken in and slowly becoming a board instead of a couch. But my fiancé and I can’t agree on a couch, so there has been no progress for two years. Sigh.
      Glad you’re back!

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