Why do I enjoy books? The real answer to that question is so complex and emotional that I can't express it in words. I just cant. However, I can certainly come up with at LEAST 10 things about books that make me happy, that keep me coming back.
Here are 10 Bookish Delights that make my reading experiences so tremendously enjoyable.
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Top Ten Bookish Delights!
Flow is a psychological phenomenon, a real actual brain thing, that can happen when you get your hands on a good book (or are just really in to something in general). It's the thing that's happening when someone says that they "got lost in a book". The rest of the world fades away from the conscious activity of your mind and the book is all there is. You're 100% engaged.
Funny thing about FLOW.... it doesn't often happen with assigned reading and even more rarely with ACADEMIC reading material. Flow happens most often with books that were hand picked by the individual. Flow happens when several criteria are met including:
Clear Set Goal
Moderate Level of Challenge
Likelihood of Completion
Enjoyment of Activity
So, next time you get "lost" in a book, remember... it's science!
Cover art can be so tremendously gorgeous. It's art on your bookshelves. I've been known to keep books that I didn't like AT ALL because the cover art was too lovely and I didn't want to part with it.
Stories That Stay With You Forever
We all have the stories that stuck with us, that changed us somehow, that we think about and either smile or cringe. "Howl's Moving Castle" is an example of one book that has a permanent position in my happy thoughts. "The Iron Dragon's Daughter" on the other hand, has a home in the "Forever Traumatized" sector of my mind.
Growing up, I was never a celebrity fan. There were celebrities that I liked okay, specifically actors/actresses that I liked enough to see their movies just because they were in them. But, it was never a "MY HEART! YOU OWN A PART OF MY SOUL" experience.
I didn't start having fan twitches until I was in my early 20's - and they were for Authors. Authors are what finally unlocked that giddy-irrational love for people I've never met before. I could never imagine myself hyperventilating over meeting someone like a musician or a movie star but If I had ever had an opportunity to speak with Diana Wynne Jones, I probably would have dissolved from joy. Authors are love.
Characters To Love
Books introduce you to people who become heart-buddies. Despite the fact that they're entirely fictional, they become these real entities that illicit real feelings from you. You feel close to them, like they're a friend, or a sibling, or even a lover.
When an author can create something that feels so real, real enough that it touches a part of your heart reserved for living-breathing humans... you know you've found a keeper.
Quotes To Remember
"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." ~ The Princess Bride by William Goldman
"It does not do to dwell on dreams, and forget to live." ~ Harry Potter And the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. Rowling
"I think we ought to live happily ever after." ~ Howl's Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones
"You don't understand, do you? I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted, just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?" ~ Coraline by Neil Gaiman
Worlds To Explore
Readers are all explorers. Adventurers. Experience seekers. We've seen unfathomable worlds, met unbelievable people, and have been asked to consider events and make decisions that normal individuals would balk at.
We're the Dr. flying through time and space on a Tardis we can hold in our hands. We live thousands of lives. How is that not completely exhilarating to even think about?!
(Some Favorite Worlds: Chronicles of Chrestomanci, Charlie Bone, Enchanted, House of Many Ways)
Lessons To Learn
Some of our reads are fluff. They're fun and entertaining, and even if they DO have a moral, maybe we we just missed it or it wasn't important to us at the time. Other books pack such a punch that we feel like we experienced the lesson-learning ourselves. We made the mistakes, we lost the loves, we told the lie, started the war, regained friends, and discovered that there's more to people than meets the eye.
We've learned a lot, consciously or not.
Words to Mispronounce
Colonel, sciatica, soldering, Hors d'oeuvres, aegis, cache, Hermione, and so on.
Something Special To Blog About
Before I started my book blog, I blogged about regular things. Life things. Adventure things. That was all great, but It wasn't a community. It was really just an online journal. When I started blogging about books I discovered this new world filled with people who had a similar interest to mine. Discovering new books, talking about beloved stories, and enjoying the magic of writing with so many others became such an enjoyable pass time.
Now, when I pick up a book (especially one I end up really loving) I can't wait to share it with others in the book blog community. That's you guys!
What are your Bookish Delights?
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Auggie is the 29 year old whirlwind owner of Auggie-Talk. A bibliobibuli by nature and a (potentially obsessive) lover of Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman. Not so secrety secret: She's been known to consume too much caffeine leading to hyperactive rants about her heinous lack of shelving and the high likelihood that Hermione Granger is her spirit animal.