Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous things I’ve done for the love of books


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl

My outrageous scale might not be calibrated correctly because as a kid my life revolved around books.

I used to sleep with library books in my bed (and woke up with bruises)

On top of being unhygienic, this would lead to many frantic searches before we left for the library.

Picked college classes based on the reading list

I chose to take certain classes because of what we would read, but I also avoided others because they included books I had no interest in.

Disobeyed my parents (me, the kid who hated breaking rules)

I used to play in the field next to my friend’s house and when the other kids would go over the fence with the big yellow construction ”no tresspassing” sign I refused to follow and I would play with them form my side of the fence. That’s how much I loved rules. But I would still borrow books I knew my parents wouldn’t want me to read if they knew what it was about and if they asked about it I would lie. *gasp*

Waking up in the middle of the night to read

My mom always made sure I went to sleep instead of staying up to read so I would fall asleep when I supposed to and when I woke up to go to the bathroom I picked up my book for one more chapter.

I made my family go to book fairs that no one else cared about

Anytime I heard about a book event I would lobby for weeks just for the opportunity to go for 10 minutes. The really outrageous part is that I wanted to go even if it was an academic event with a subject so complex I didn’t understand what it was.

Applied to jobs that would allow me to read at work

Summer walk-in tutoring… Admin… I’ve made big bucks  a fair amount for sitting around and reading.

Had books shipped to summer camp

We’re not talking fun camp where you have 5 hours of free time every morning. I’m talking Cadet Camp where I didn’t have enough time to finish the preface of one of the four books I had shipped there.

Planned family trips around bookstore locations

If there’s a bookstore I want to visit I will find some touristy attraction close by so that my family agrees to go.

What do you think is the most outrageous thing I did and how does it compare to yours?


9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Outrageous things I’ve done for the love of books

  1. Ha, this is a great list! Books are both the best and worst bedmates. I was a big rule-follower, too, and I totally lied about what I read. Not that my parents asked very often, because they were just thrilled that I was reading. xD

    Here’s my TTT post.


  2. Hahahaha this was a funny read! I was one of those “rebellious” bookworms as well. I used to hide the books my parents didn’t want me reading under my mattress. While I don’t plan trips around bookstores, I do make sure to check out local bookstores wherever I go!


    1. I never thought of under the mattress, that’s a good spot. I usually hoped that the book I didn’t want them to know about was hidden enough among all the other books I borrowed.


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