Tuesday, March 31, 2020

TTT: My Bookish Tells


With all this self-isolation, I have completely lost track of the days of the week.  Other than Sunday, when we now hold worship services in our home instead of at the church building, each day is exactly like the other.  Know what I'm talking about?  Penn Holderness does:


Needless to say, I'm very proud of myself for remembering that today is Tuesday!  Yippee!  Time for my favorite weekly meme.  If you're not familiar with Top Ten Tuesday, you can educate yourself by clicking on over to That Artsy Reader Girl, where you can get all the info you need.  Join in the fun by creating your own list, then hopping around the book blogosphere to view other people's lists.  It's an enjoyable way to beat boredom, spread some love, and find more books to read.  I'm averaging a book a day right now, so I'm definitely up for new recommendations!

Today's topic is a fun one—Top Ten Signs You're a Book Lover.  I couldn't think of anything really unique that marks me as a bibliophile, but here goes:


1.  If you don't know me and you've never been to my house, your first clue that I love to read would be my license plate.  Above is my current one, but I've also had:  BOOKISH, NOZNABK, ADDLED ("She has read too many books and it has addled her brain."), etc.


2.  Bookish stuff—Another clue would be my bookish t-shirts (my favorite is for a local indie—it says, "Peace, Love, Books" on the back), mugs, artwork, etc.


3.  My blog—I've been posting reviews on my blog since 2006.  When I publish, links are also posted to my Facebook and Twitter.  I also hand out blog business cards at conferences and bookish events.  So, I'd say most people who know me, even a little bit, are aware that I run a book review blog.


4.  My home library—My house is full of books.  There are overfilled bookcases in our family room, the game room, my bedroom, my husband's office, my daughter's room, etc.  My little office nook is crammed full of them (See above.  I didn't bother tidying up so you could get a real feel for the bookish chaos—you're welcome!)  Several people have told me they've never seen so many books in a building that wasn't a library.  LOL.  What most people don't know is that the closet in my guest room is also stuffed full of review books in file boxes.  Houston, I *may* have a problem!


5.  My Goodreads TBR—I've heard other readers lament that they have several hundred "want to read" books listed on GR.  I have 5,549 and counting.  If that's not a sign that I'm a *little* book crazy, I don't know what is!


6.  I have THREE library cards—I'm lucky to live in a place where I have access to two large library systems, so I have cards to both the city and county libraries.  I also keep my daughter's county card on hand in case I need to check out more than the allowed 50 books.  Yes, it has happened.  More than once.

(my favorite Arizona indie)

7.  I've never met a bookstore I didn't like—Seriously.  Be it bright, clean, and modern or musty, dusty, and chaotic, I love me a bookstore.  Chances are excellent that I'll come out of any bookstore with at least one treasure.


8.  I'm never bored—Unlike most people, I have no problem waiting in airports, doctors' offices, carpool lines, stop-and-go traffic, etc.  As long as I have a book nearby (and you better believe I always do), I'm perfectly happy to hang around.  Even as a kid, I never needed to be entertained.  Having a book in hand means I'm never bored.


9.  I don't watch t.v.—Ask me about the hottest show on the small screen and you'll get a blank stare.  I rarely watch t.v, at least without a book or cross-stitch project on my lap.  The only time you'll really find me paying full attention to the boob tube is when I'm folding laundry and even then, I've started listening to audiobooks instead.


10.  Hermione Granger is my spirit animal—Bookish characters (and real people) are my favorite because I just get them!     

There you go, ten reasons that make it obvious I'm a little book obsessed.  What about you?  What are your tells?  I'd truly love to know.  Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours.

Happy TTT! 

58 comments:

  1. Your license plate is awesome!

    My TTT .

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    2. Thanks! I never thought I'd be the kind of person to want a vanity license plate, but it's been fun to have bookish ones. I've gotten lots of compliments on them over the years.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. I love your list! I relate to many of these. Bookstores are so much fun to explore, especially the independent ones. They all have a different atmosphere. Thanks for visiting Long and Short Reviews!

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    1. I agree! Even Changing Hands, my favorite local indie, has two branches and their vibes are completely different. I love all bookstores, but I definitely prefer the Tempe location of Changing Hands to the Phoenix one.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  3. Wow! A bookish license plate. You are next level. I am more covert, and for me, I show my love of reading via the time I dedicate. (don't tell, but people in other states have shared their numbers with me, so I can borrow from different eLibraries.)

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    1. I'm next level? If you're borrowing other people's library card numbers so you can borrow a wider variety of e-books, YOU'RE next level! LOL. I've never even thought of doing that :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Sam!

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  4. I love your list. I also love your licence plate, that is so awesome. So many similarities, I have over 4000 books on my Goodreads TBR and do not watch much television either. As I read these, I was nodding along with most of them.

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    1. This is my favorite bookish license plate so far, so I've kept it for several years. It's fun to proclaim my literary love this way!

      Sounds like we have lots of bookish habits in common. That's why I love book people. We just get each other :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. Carla, do you have a current blog? I want to make sure I visit it if I haven't already ...

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    3. Hi Susan, yes my blog is still going. You do visit off and on.

      https://carlalovestoread.wordpress.com/

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    4. Silly me, I knew that! Your Google profile leads to carlathelibrarian.blogger.com, not the WordPress blog, so I didn't know where to find you there for a minute! Glad we got that straightened out :)

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  5. Great list! I agree πŸ’―πŸ™ŒπŸ˜πŸ‘ I need to get a bookish license plate ASAP!

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    1. I love literary license plates! It's fun to come up with new ones. I also love seeing other people's on the road.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Oh my gosh, I LOVE your license plate! And oh, wow, you have a serious Goodreads TBR! I thought mine was bad, but now it's like I have permission to add just a few more books, because it can obviously be worse. ;) You also beat me with the library cards, because I only have two lol. Love your list!

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    1. Pretty much anytime I hear about a book I think I would like, I throw it on my Goodreads TBR list. That way, I don't forget about it. It doesn't necessarily mean I'll ever read it, but it's on my list in case I want to check it out. Only about the first 50 books on my TBR are in want-to-read order and I keep changing the order, so my lists are basically always in flux. I don't take them too seriously!

      Thanks for coming by, Sammie!

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  7. Oh my gosh your license plate! It's so cool! When I'm home for the holidays and back with my family, I do that multiple library card thing too. I borrow my mum's, my sister's AND my dad's πŸ˜‚

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    1. Sometimes extra cards come in handy :) Back before my daughter entered high school and started having such a heavy academic load, she would read like crazy - even faster than I did. We needed both cards to keep up with our habits :) These days, she uses her city library card and I keep her county one just in case I need it!

      Thanks for stopping by, Sabrina!

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    2. Do you have a blog, Sabrina? I want to make sure I stop by it if I haven't already!

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  8. Your license plate also makes it easy to find your car! BTW I know about the guest room closet!!! πŸ˜‚

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    1. True! Everybody and their dog has the same kind and color of minivan that I do. I actually do check the license plate before I get into a silver Sienna. I can't tell you how many times I've accidentally tried to get into the wrong one!

      I'm pretty sure I told you that I wasn't responsible for the avalanche that could ensue if you opened the guest room door. If you did so, it was at your own peril :)

      Love you, Pee Wee!

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  9. A house should be full of books! And I love your license plate. So fun. :D

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    1. It absolutely should! Maybe not as full as my house, but still ... if I don't see any books at someone's house, I automatically assume their aliens. What other excuse could there be for having NO BOOKS in the house?

      I'm glad you like the license plate. If you see it out and about in Utah, flag me down. I'd love to meet you :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lark!

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  10. I love that you have personalised registration plates for your car that are bookworm themed! That's next level bookish behaviour. :)

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    1. Ha ha! It makes me smile whenever I see fun plates, especially bookish ones :)

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  11. Great list! Love the license plate!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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    1. Thanks! I'm never going to change it :)

      Thanks for coming by, Evelyn!

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  12. Wow, you do have a big TBR! I'm never bored either, and I barely watch TV.

    I got the day mixed up today too. Then a lightbulb went off... it's Top Ten Tuesday! That's literally how I knew for sure it was Tuesday, LOL.

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    1. Right? Whenever I ask my husband what day it is, he always says, "Does it matter?" And, really, it doesn't! That's how weird our lives are right now :)

      Thanks for stopping by, Brooke!

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  13. Thanks for visiting my TTT earlier.

    Would love to have a number plate that says I'm a reader but that's not possible in Europe, at least not the countries I've lived in (Germany, Belgium, the UK, the Netherlands in that order).
    But my rooms look just like yours. LOL And I nodded to all of your points. Yes, that's also me!

    Happy Reading and talk to you again!

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    1. Vanity license plates must be an American thing. Go figure! Some of them are really clever and fun, others are ambiguous, and still others are super obnoxious. It costs a bit more to have a personalized license plate, but I like mine, plus I paid extra for a plate that supports education with money and exposure. There are a bunch of organizations that offer plates - a portion of the cost is donated to that organization.

      Thanks for coming by, Marianne!

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    2. There are countries here where you can choose part of your plate but, in Germany, for instance, the beginning shows your district and then you have a letter or two and then numbers. Sometimes you can choose your letters.

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  14. I love your office nook! Do you do B&B? LOL

    It's funny, my brother (a non-reader) once said to me, 'You've never been bored in your life have you?' I thought about it for a second and then had to admit that I had not. I feel like that is a blessing to be honest.

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    1. Aw, thanks, Cath. You can come B&B with me anytime - just don't open the guest closet door. I'm not responsible for whatever avalanche might ensue!

      I agree - it is a blessing to be able to entertain yourself and never be bored.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting!

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  15. three library cards oh wow! haha that is dedication!

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    1. Ha ha. Well, mostly it's because I live in a place where I have access to both a city library system and a county. It's nice because between the two of them, I can usually find any book I'm looking for.

      Thanks for coming by!

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  16. Great list! I have a bookish vanity plate, too. :)

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    1. Do you? What's yours?

      Thanks for stopping by, Nicole!

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  17. Your tag and your office are both amazing! I'm missing my library something fierce right now. I do wish I had access to 3 but right now I'd just like to have access to my 1!

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    1. Ha ha. I like my county library (which is about 20 mins. from my house) a lot better than the branch of my city library (which is 5 mins. from my house). I mainly go to the former because it's big, has pretty scenery (it's surrounded by a nature preserve), and I like the way it's organized. It's only when I can't find a book I want at the county library that I go to the city one. I am glad I have access to both (and for free). I agree, though - I'd go to ANY library right now. I miss borrowing books.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Katherine!

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  18. Wow!! I wouldn't ever have thought of a license plate! That's totally awesome. If my renewal wasn't already $60 for the plane one, I'd totally get a neat one!

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    1. Yeah, they're a little spendy! I love mine, though, so it's worth it for me.

      Thanks for coming by, Leslie!

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  19. I love the idea of bookish license plates!
    And I agree, with a book you're never bored :)

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    1. Right? Whenever my kids say they're bored, I tell them to read a book. If they would just get hooked on reading, they would never be bored! Only one of my four is a big bookworm, weirdly enough.

      Thanks for stopping by, Lindsey!

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  20. Susan, that is a seriously impressive home library - I am rather jealous! I am also pleased you are still being able to hold your own church services at home. My church has been live streaming services on Facebook.

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    1. Actually, not even half of my home library is shown in the photo - it's scattered around my house. Believe it or not, my desk bookshelves are full of YA and MG review books ONLY and it was several years ago that I organized them that way. Crazy, huh?

      Interestingly, a couple years ago the prophet/president of my church started a campaign promoting "church-supported, family-centered" worship and study. The Church had been implementing that philosophy slowly and then, WHAM. This happens. Now, each family is encouraged to have their own worship meetings in their homes. We don't invite other people because of the quarantine, but we do meet together as a family and spend about an hour singing hymns, studying scriptures, having Gospel discussions, praying, etc. It's been nice, although we do miss seeing our church family every week.

      I'm glad other churches are making an effort to live stream and broadcast services. Faith is even more important at this crazy time.

      Thanks for coming by, Jessica!

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    2. Oops - I said that wrong. It's "HOME-centered, Church-supported."

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  21. Now that I have seen a couple of posts on this theme I realise I probably could have come up with something but it was just beyond me the other night.

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    1. That's the way it is sometimes! I'm not always feeling the topic either.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Marg!

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  22. Fantastic list! Love all the bookshelves and your license plate. I've only had one personalized plate and it was a Harry Potter reference. Unfortunately, that car got totalled and I didn't transfer the plates to my next car.

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    1. Oooh, an HP plate would be super fun! Bummer that you didn't transfer it. Seeing HP bumper stickers on the road always makes me smile :)

      Thanks, as always, for stopping by and commenting, Helen!

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  23. I also have 3 library cards! It makes me feel so powerful, ya know? lol
    Also, I love your license plate! So cool!

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    1. TOTALLY! Except for not right now. It doesn't matter how many library cards I can't use them to check out a real, live book. Boo hoo hoo :(

      Thanks for coming by, Keri!

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  24. I'm not sure how I would feel if my Goodreads (or any) TBR was quite that long...So many books!

    I absolutely love your license plate, and your home library is something else! I love this list, so impressive!

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    1. My home library is ridiculous, especially the part that is in (SEVENTY) file boxes. Yikes! I never run out of things to read, though. I also donate books to the library after I read them, but there are always more coming in than going out ...

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  25. I love this! I feel like we have so much in common after reading your list. My house is packed with books and I rarely watch tv. The only two that would apply to me is the license plate and I have not read Harry Potter so I don't really know Hermione :)

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    1. We're like reading twins :) Only, you HAVE to read Harry Potter. It's such a fabulous series and Hermione is a character with whom all bookworms can relate. She's unabashed in her love for reading - just like us :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Carole!

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  26. Your home library sounds amazing! You're giving me ideas of turning our home closet into a library! I, honestly, need to always clean out my Goodreads TBR so I don't get overwhelmed.

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