Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.
So I’ve finally decided to do a Top Ten Tuesday! I’ve been trying to decide whether to participate or not as there are sometimes topics where I can’t even think of 10 things, this topic being one of them! However, I want to post more and post consistently and this is a great way to do just that!
I can’t promise I’ll be participating every week but I’d like to start getting involved with Top Ten Tuesday more.
This is a fairly difficult topic because I can’t actually think of that many things that I’ve done that are exactly out of the ordinary.
1. Travelled to London just for V. E. Schwab’s Forbidden Planet signing.
I’ve travelled to Birmingham and Cheltenham before to see authors and for signings but I have never travelled to London for a book signing (we don’t count YALC because that’s an actual event that lasts longer than a day). Victoria wasn’t coming to Birmingham on her tour this time so with the Forbidden Planet signing being free, I made my way to London specifically for that.
2. Waited 3 hours to see Holly Black and Cassandra Clare
This is the longest I have ever waited for a book signing. I know plenty of other people have waited the same or longer but this is really not something I am used to. But I was committed to getting my books signed so I was staying in that queue no matter what.
3. Collecting editions of books – Caraval series and Harry Potter
Not exactly outrageous but I do have multiple editions of some books such as Harry Potter, the Caraval series and some of Victoria Schwab’s books
4. Special edition book boxes
Again, not outrageous or crazy but perhaps uncharacteristic for me. I do love a book box but I just can’t bring myself to splurge on the special edition boxes. Well, that changed last month because guess who bought their first special edition book box? Hint: it’s me.
5. Ran for books
I have a tendency to be very excitable about books and this is taken to new extremes when I’m at YALC. I didn’t so much last year, but in 2017, I was literally sprinting for books left, right and centre.
6. Pulled a beastly face for a chance to win a proof
At YALC 2017, Hodder was giving away proofs if you pulled your best beast face. It paid off because I did get a proof but that was definitely a different way to get a book!
7. Stayed up until 3am to read a book.
I know this is common for a lot of people to do but I am constantly tired and have to be up at 6am so I just can’t stay up at this time very often.
8. Reorganising my shelves for one book.
I have a tendency to let new books stack up until a rather large pile has stacked up in some bit of space in my room. However, sometimes I shall reorganise a shelf just so that I can fit one book on. In fact, I have already removed a book from my one shelf to accommodate Finale (which is released in a month!).
9. Reorganised my room for extra shelves
It’s true. I had a desk in my room for about 15 years until 2017, which is when I finished university. I decided that I didn’t need that desk anymore and so got rid of that in favour of more shelf space. I mean, totally worth it but I still need more shelf space!
10. Bought a bag based on the fact I can fit books in it
Not exactly crazy but I have bought bags based on how many books I can fit in them. I’ve even tried to see the smallest bag I can get whilst also being able to fit a book in it!
What are some of the craziest/outrageous/uncharacteristic things you’ve ever done for books?