Top Ten Tuesday #257


Hi all! I hope you’ve had a good week since I last did one of these. I’m not going to lie, I’m going ever so slightly stir crazy in lockdown. I have watched some great TV, currently watching the latest series of Outlander, but the fact that I’ve watched almost all of the shows that I missed in South Africa in less than a week, is a little concerning if this lockdown goes on as long as expected!

Anyway, I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week, we’re talking Ten Signs You’re A Book Lover, which should be a really fun one to do, though I would like to point out before I start that these are all things I do, and it’s great if they apply to you to, but really, the only prerequisite for loving books, is well….loving books!

  1. You have many fancy bookmarks specifically designed for the purpose…..but you usually end up marking your books with anything you can find lying around in your house e.g. old receipts, train tickets, random scraps of paper etc

I do usually manage to use my designated bookmarks, but I would be lying if I said I’d never used a scrap of paper or an old receipt or a train ticket to mark my page because I could not find said bookmark!

2. You never leave the house without a book

Literally wherever I am going, I will have a book on me. On the bus to work? Yup, I take a book. Have a doctor’s appointment? The book is there. Going to meet up with friends? Book. Pretty much wherever I go, I have a book in some form on me, whether it be a physical book or an audiobook, because you never know when you might be left waiting and in need of a book.

3. Your family is constantly telling you that you have too many books

This is obviously not true because you can never have too many books. I like options. But yes, many a book lover has heard from many a family member, “Do you really need more books?”, usually when they receive more book post. The answer to the above question is of course always yes.

4. You do not have enough shelf space for all your books

This might not be true for every book lover, not everyone buys all their books, but it is true for me. I honestly can’t remember the last time all my books fitted on my shelves, for years I have had to double stack, and/or had boxes of books under my shelves because they can’t all fit on them!

5. You are constantly talking about the books you are reading

I mean this is kind of a given. I spend hours and hours talking about the books I read, either with my friends, or online with others in the book community. I love reading books of course, but even more than that, I love talking to people about the books I’m reading!

6. When you go on holiday, you always take slightly more books than you think you’re going to need….running out of books would be a disaster

When I came over to Cape Town, I definitely brought more books than I actually thought I was going to read, because there is nothing worse than going on holiday somewhere and finding out before your holiday is over that you have finished all of your reading material. It’s always better to have more books than to have not enough.

7. You have shelves on Goodreads for books that aren’t coming out for several years

This is maybe more a sign of being a book blogger than someone who reads but doesn’t blog, but it’s definitely been true for me, because I find out more about books that are being released, I usually have shelves for books that aren’t coming out for two or more years, or haven’t even had a release date announced yet!

8. You get excited about meeting your favourite authors

I know not everyone does, and you’re certainly not any less of a book lover if you don’t want to meet your favourite authors, but for me, getting to meet my favourite authors is one of my favourite things about being a reader. Yes, I usually say or do something which makes me cringe, but I do love getting to meet the people behind my favourite books.

9. You stay up far longer than you intend to because you want to read “Just One More Chapter” and before you know it, you’ve finished the book

You know that feeling when you’re reading a really good book, and you just can’t find a point where you’re willing to put it down, so before you know it you’ve finished the entire thing? I use staying up late as an example because I tend to read before bed, but it can happen at any time of day.

10. Your friends and family never know what books to get you, because they have no idea what you haven’t read/don’t own

I’ve been told that apparently I’m really tricky to buy books for, even by my friends, who know my reading taste quite well, just because I own so many books that it’s difficult for them to figure out one that I won’t already have bought myself!

So there we go, my Ten Signs You’re A Book Lover. Have you experienced any of these? What do you think are the signs that you’re a book lover? Let me know in the comments!

I will be back next week with another Top Ten Tuesday, which will be slightly different from the scheduled TTT topic as I wrote these when the topics for April were not yet up, I was obviously expecting to be away slightly longer!Β  I’m going to be talking about my Top Ten Least Favourite Books, as I shared my Favourite Books way back when, and I thought it would be quite fun to do a ranty post!

55 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday #257

    • iloveheartlandx 31/03/2020 / 10:36 am

      Thanks! Yeah it kind of undermines my argument that number 3 is not true, when number 4 definitely is!

  1. evelynreads1 31/03/2020 / 10:48 am

    Great list! 4 is always a problem haha!

    My post!

  2. carhicks 31/03/2020 / 1:18 pm

    I could have added these all to my list, in fact some are already on my list. My family have reconciled with the fact that if there is the slightest lull in the conversation, I will start talking about something I have read or am reading. It usually fits in with what we were talking about, or I can make it fit. πŸ˜†πŸ“š

  3. lydiaschoch 31/03/2020 / 2:08 pm

    I never leave the house without a book either. Good one!

    Thanks for saying hello a bit ago.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:11 pm

      Even if I don’t have time to read, I feel so much better if I’ve got a book on me! No problem, thanks for stopping by πŸ™‚

  4. Catherine 31/03/2020 / 3:06 pm

    1 definitely applies to me, I lose all my bookmarks! Borrowing books is a pain because I can’t dog-ear the pages.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:10 pm

      They are so easy to lose! I tend not to borrow books, I’m usually the one who does the lending!

  5. Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 31/03/2020 / 3:28 pm

    Yes to all of these! We just built shelves because I’m running out of room for all my books. Ha! Great list!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:08 pm

      Thanks! Ah I wish, my room is so small, I literally do not have space for anymore shelving (and I already have 3 sets of shelves)!

      • Dedra @ A Book Wanderer 01/04/2020 / 3:34 pm

        I hear you! It’s easy to run out of room fast. I look at every blank wall trying to figure out if there’s room for a shelf. πŸ˜ƒ

  6. Spira-Virgo 31/03/2020 / 4:06 pm

    The number of times my family pestered me about books… Gosh.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:07 pm

      Ugh I know! They really should know they’re fighting a losing battle.

  7. Brooke Lorren (@Brookelorren) 31/03/2020 / 4:37 pm

    Never leaving your house without a book is a popular one. And I definitely look forward to books that are coming out years in advance. I think I started looking forward to Veronica Roth’s Chosen Ones (out April 7th) in 2018. And I pre-ordered Skyhunter (out September 29th) last fall.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:07 pm

      Yeah I feel like it’s one we can all relate too. Oh yeah, I was preordering books for 2020 way back at the beginning of 2019!

  8. Leslie 31/03/2020 / 4:54 pm

    I agree with so many of these! I have so many fancy bookmarks and up using random pieces of things when I’m reading. haha.

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:04 pm

      Ha ha same! I usually just can’t be bothered to find where my bookmarks actually are.

  9. Poinsettia 31/03/2020 / 4:59 pm

    I relate to so many of these! Thank you for visiting Long and Short Reviews. πŸ™‚

  10. Lilyfae 31/03/2020 / 5:31 pm

    This is so true!! And my go to emergency bookmark (a folded sheet of clean toilet roll) is too precious to waste!!! I’ve been using old press releases recently!!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:03 pm

      Ha ha I’ve never heard anyone using toilet roll before. Probably sensible to switch at the moment πŸ™‚

  11. Nicoline Simone 31/03/2020 / 7:52 pm

    My parents don’t comment on the number of books I own but they comment on how fast I read them. Especially, my mum, she thinks it is too expensive. I get her logic but I refuse to see it. Though I am going to buy an e-reader soon πŸ˜‰

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 3:02 pm

      My parents keep trying to convince me to get an e-reader, but I don’t like reading off screens!

      • Nicoline Simone 02/04/2020 / 4:29 pm

        Noo me neither. But I sometimes borrow books from Libby but as I don’t have an e reader I’ll have to read on my phone and that is not something I enjoy. So I gonna my an e reader soon ☺️

      • iloveheartlandx 03/04/2020 / 11:03 am

        Fair enough, I don’t like reading on my phone either!

  12. agreatreviewer 31/03/2020 / 7:54 pm

    Oh yes, to number 10! I mean no one can really buy me books unless I give them a specific title/author! Lol. Book gift cards are always a plus too! Although I will say that I always use one of my pretty bookmarks! I have a very small few in my number that I don’t use because it’s too special!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 2:59 pm

      I’m glad I’m not the only one! I try to, but a lot of the time I can’t find them and end up using whatever is closest to hand.

  13. susanblogginboutbooks 31/03/2020 / 8:32 pm

    I relate to all of these, but #3 made me laugh the hardest. People are always telling me I have too many books. Even I say that, but does it mean I stop acquiring them? Heck, no! Glad I’m not the only one πŸ™‚


    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 2:57 pm

      Oh definitely not! No matter how many people tell me I have too many books, I still keep acquiring more πŸ™‚

  14. Carol 31/03/2020 / 9:29 pm

    I agree πŸ’―πŸ™ŒπŸ™ŒπŸ™Œ your post reminded me of my IRL book club when we’re trying to choose our next read and I’ve read every suggestion! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

  15. Lauren 31/03/2020 / 11:19 pm

    Great list! Back in high school I used to tell my friend things from contemporary books and acted as if it happened to me πŸ˜‚. It got to the point if I was telling her something crazy she’d be like β€˜what book is that from’,

  16. Tiffany @ String of Pages 01/04/2020 / 4:24 am

    i have lots of bookmarks, but the only one i actually use is bookmarks i got from Book Depo πŸ˜‚ And my family and friends have also said that I own too many books, multiple times!

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 2:55 pm

      Ha ha love it, I’ve actually never used those. My friends also love books, so they never tell me that, but my family definitely do πŸ™‚

  17. Kay | Hammock of Books 01/04/2020 / 5:19 am

    Just one more chapter –> reading the whole book until 3AM is meeeee. also having a million bookmarks but NEVER using them and using random junk instead

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 2:55 pm

      Ha ha it’s definitely been me too! I think my personal record was 4 a.m. I think that one is a lot of bookworms.

  18. Great list, very relatable haha. I still remember going to Waterstones and swapping Call Down Hawk because I saw it on your shelves! I don’t have any proper fandom bookmarks, but I do use scraps of anything to mark my places. Although I try and avoid receipts because the ink smudges sometimes and I don’t want the ink on my books! Jacob and I both loving books means I never get asked if I have too many books but we ran out of shelf space a longggg time ago. We have been saving up for a new bookcase for ages haha
    here’s my list:

    • iloveheartlandx 01/04/2020 / 2:46 pm

      I still feel bad about that one! You can still buy me books, I promise I don’t have everything……
      I only have one that’s fandom related, but I do have several other ones, and yet I still use random scraps of anything. I didn’t even think about that one, I’ll have to be more careful in the future. Ha ha, hope you guys get one soon!

  19. lindseyhabets 01/04/2020 / 6:22 pm

    These are all so relatable! I also always have a book with me, even if I know I won’t have time to read, but just in case πŸ™‚

    • iloveheartlandx 03/04/2020 / 11:04 am

      It’s worse to need one and not have one, than have one and not have time to read it.

  20. Keri 02/04/2020 / 6:44 pm

    Yep, definitely related to almost all of these! Especially the bookmark one–while a lot of the bookmarks I own aren’t super fancy, just random ones I’ve picked up here and there, I def have to make an effort to remember to use them! Otherwise I totally resort to random pieces of paper, lol

    • iloveheartlandx 03/04/2020 / 11:02 am

      Mine vary, I have a few that are the fancy leather ones, the rest are largely the cardboard kind you get with bookdepository orders! Ha ha same.

      • Keri 03/04/2020 / 9:22 pm

        Nice! Yeah, mine are mostly those generic ones you get for making a purchase at a bookstore!

  21. Rissi 13/04/2020 / 11:22 pm

    I feel as though I’m perpetually out of shelf space. It’s almost as if, as soon as I go through an unhaul/reorganization, I run out of space.. again! Relate so much to taking a book with me. It’s a must. πŸ™‚

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