Monday, April 25, 2016

TTT: Bookworm Joys

This week's Top Ten Tuesday post, as always planned and shared by The Broke and the Bookish, is "Top Ten Bookworm Delights."  Leaving aside the discussion about whether bookworm, book nerd, or Cate's Book Dragon is the preferred term, there is no real way to limit the list to ten.

Things that bring joy to my reader's heart fit into specific categories:


  • Seeing a student who doesn't identify as a reader get sucked into a book, so much so that they are reading it when they don't "have to" be reading it.
  • Reading aloud and having kids hang on every word.
  • Hearing my kids quote from a book we've read.
  • The way my children lean up against me while I read to them.  (Meaning my personal, family-type children, not my students.  Just to clarify.)  
  • This year's seventh graders' enthusiasm for all my wacky book stuff.  I send them a selfie of meeting Margaret Peterson Haddix, and the sub send me back a photo of them squealing and leaping.  I tell them I'm going to participate in a 24 hour read-a-thon, and they want to know if we can do one too, spending 24 hours at school with our books.  My principal buys me a two sided book display, and when the guy who put it together wheels it into class, they erupt with excitement and rush to help me choose what books to put in it.  

  • Wandering a bookstore looking at the pretty covers and jotting down notes taking photos of books I might want to get.
  • Sneaking in a library or bookstore visit on my way home from school.
  • Themed book displays at the library.  
  • Just--the feeling of walking into my library.  
  • Getting books as gifts.  Or gift cards for bookstores.
  • Also, all the other cute stuff they sell in bookstores these days.  Yes, I wrote a post about it all being too commercial, but still.  I love my book t-shirts.  And socks.  And jewelry.  And posters.  And mugs.  


  • Reading the right book at the right time.  
  • Reading a terrific book and finding out that it's the first in a series.  
  • Dedications, forwards, and acknowledgements that are sweet and/or funny instead of dull or entirely in-jokes.
  • Someone suggesting a book to me that I haven't heard of, then really liking it.
  • Clever chapter titles.  
  • That realization, as you read the first 1/4 of a complex book, that you are in the hands of someone who knows what they are doing, and that all threads will come together into a beautiful tapestry by the time you are done.  
  • Books that make me laugh or cry so much that people around me become alarmed.  


  1. Aw...I love all your teacher moments with books. I love book loving teachers so much (as a school librarian). I am always shocked when English teachers don't even read. Sigh. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    My TTT Bookworm Delights

    1. I am highly interesting in becoming a school librarian myself. I've been in the classroom for nearly twenty years, although this is my first as a reading teacher.

  2. Brilliant list :-) As a new teacher myself, I can totally relate to your comments about your class!

  3. I love the teacher ones. It’s awesome that the kids get so excited about books.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  4. I'm a grandmother now, and it's a joy to see my grandchildren reading just because they want to. Their mom, my daughter-in-law, has taught them well. :)
    @dino0726 from 
    FictionZeal - Impartial, Straightforward Fiction Book Reviews

  5. Good list! I enjoy many of the same things you do too. I also love receiving gift cards to bookstores.

    Here's a link to my TTT post for this week:

    Happy reading!!

  6. Your teacher/parent section is also applicable to librarians. :)
    Thanks for visiting my blog earlier!

  7. Great list! I love the clever chapter titles one, I wish more authors did that, most authors just seem to number their chapters and that's fine but a little dull!
    My TTT:

  8. Ah yes, reading the right book at the right time is just the absolute best. Isn't it crazy to think though that there could be books we've read and disliked that we might've loved if only we had read it at a different point?

    I love all the parent/teacher ones though! They are so sweet, and I'm glad that both your kids and your students are getting into books :-)

  9. Oh, I love the nightly ritual of reading to my kid, he sits close and leans in and even though he's too little to read along, he seems to be enjoying books as much as I am. I can only hope this continues when he's older.

    And yeah, the FEEL of libraries (and certain bookstores) is magic, I feel at peace when I'm in there, knowing all the stories are at my disposal, I just need to find the right one for me.

    Great list! :)


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