I’ve always been a little prone to daydreaming during my down time. Nothing is more therapeutic than sitting on the couch, staring at my bookshelves, and imagining fun things. As a reader, I find that a lot of my daydreams have to do with books. (In fact, I came up with the idea of writing this post when daydreaming about bookish situations on the subway…) So, I thought I’d share some of my bookish daydreams — I’m sure I’m not alone.
1. Running into an author on the subway… while reading their book.
As I mentioned above, this thought came to me while I was on the subway. I was minding my own business when a Margaret Atwood lookalike stepped into my train! My heart got that brief panicky feeling until I realized it wasn’t actually her. (Does Margaret Atwood take public transit?) I then proceeded to daydream about meeting an author on transit while coincidentally holding their book. That would be SO COOL.
2. Being able to work with books all day.
Growing up, I didn’t really know what I wanted to do when I was older. When I got to university, I quickly realized that I didn’t want to study anything but English. (I compromised and minored in Economics.) Then, when it came to really thinking about a career, I didn’t see anything but books in my future. How would I ever get bored while working with books?
3. Having unlimited books a my disposal and having unlimited shelf space to keep them.
It’s the ultimate bookworm struggle: wanting more books while simultaneously running out of bookshelf space! So, until I move into a place where I can house my own personal library, having all the books and all the bookshelves will have to remain a daydream.
4. Catching someone reading the same book as you in public, and then bonding over how much you’re enjoying said book.
I once had a woman tap on my shoulder as I was reading Heather O’Neill’s Lullabies for Little Criminals on the bus to tell me how much she loved the book. Unfortunately, I hadn’t read enough of it to have a good discussion about it with her at the time, but since then I’ve hoped and prayed that I could 1. see someone reading one of my favourite books on transit and 2. have the courage to start talking to them about it. Spontaneous book club!
5. Being able to remember all the details in all the books I’ve read.
Sometimes reading so voraciously has its downfalls: I find it so hard to keep track of certain things, especially names. I can hardly remember the names of the secondary characters in the book I just finished a few days ago! This is not necessarily a problem, but it definitely makes things difficult when you’re reading a book in a series and you can’t remember what happened in the book before. #booknerdproblems
So there you go! Just a few of my bookish daydreams. (I’m sure the list could have gone on forever.) Do you have any bookish daydreams? Do we share any of the same dreams?