Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Events I Want to Attend

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.

This week’s prompt is Bookish Events I’d Like to Attend.

There’s only one problem.

I don’t actually want to attend any of them.

No, thank you.

Yes, that’s right. My social anxiety has gotten a lot worse over the years, from just being uncomfortable around people who weren’t all in uniform to feeling like I’m shaking apart when in a big crowd. The sounds pounding at me from all directions. People jostling me. People swarming tables for free stuff. People just doing their thing. People networking and BFFs after one meeting! Me having to pretend to be human instead of three raccoons haphazardly stuffed into business casual.

It all makes me want to curl into a small ball and die a little. Imposter syndrome and social anxiety combined are just *chef’s kiss* a delight.

I did attend a couple library conferences in the past twelves months, and those weren’t bad because I could take a breather during the panels and I learned some pretty cool shit (and NCLA had therapy dogs, so win). But my absolute favorite event that I attended was Library Journal’s Day of Dialogue, which was 100% virtual and it was so well done.

I wished I could have attended ALA and PLA’s virtual conferences, but the price points were a little too much for me (I let my ALA membership lapse a couple years ago, no regrets, I wasn’t getting any bang for the considerable bucks I was forking over and the website is not user friendly).

Two other events that sound fun are BookCon and YALSA (and there’re a couple science fiction conventions I’d love to go to but can’t remember the names of), but again…social anxiety. BookCon sounds like it’s become a lot more hectic and pushy, with everyone scrambling for coveted ARCs and stuff and I um, no.

If, however, these events continue to be virtual and are reasonably priced…I might decide to go.

So um, that’s it for this week?

Supppppperrr upbeat and happy, I know!

Don’t let my crabby self stop you—what bookish events do you dream of going to?

9 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Events I Want to Attend

  1. This is such a great post!!! I think it’s so important to normalise talking about social anxiety. I myself can get overwhelmed by large crowds because they are such a drain on my energy as a chronically ill person and much prefer more intimate gatherings. I’ve really enjoyed the number of literary events that have switched to online this year. I have gotten to listen to so many great bookish discussions and author readings all from the comfort of my sofa in my pjs. I’d love if in future there were always online options for panel / discussion events at literary festivals. So those of us who are either too physically ill or anxious to attend can still participate on our terms. Fab post 💜❤️💚🧡

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    1. Thank you! And we definitely should normalize talking about anxiety! And other mental health illnesses—and the impact chronic health can have in public settings.

      I love virtual gatherings so much! (and also *kinda* love seeing other people’s houses in the displays??) Virtual/online options are an accessibility feature that have been requested for so long (for a number of reasons) that it’s a damn shame that a pandemic is what it took to make these events happen.

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  2. I think you have a very candid, up front, with a twinge of humour—that doesn’t take away what you’re tying to say—style of writing and I think this post needs a LOT of attention. Simply for someone who doesn’t know what it means to have social anxiety to have a glimpse into what it’s like to struggle when there’s this much stimuli of something that’s overwhelming for a few. Lovely post!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words! I doubt that it will reach too many, since my blog is not popular—and that’s okay, because there are a lot of people with much larger platforms that talk about their anxieties. And I have a feeling that more people will experience social anxiety to some extent coming out of this pandemic.


  3. HAha I think I would be both scared and excited to go to a bookish event! Not a fn of big events either, but the fact that it is bookish makes it better!

    My post!

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  4. Yep, I’ve been in a bit of a mood with today’s theme. Bookish events may sound fun to some, but to others like us, it sounds like a claustrophobic nightmare. It’s also impossible for a lot of disabled people, and others may be living in parts of the world where attending a book event is a pipe dream.

    Whoops, sorry for the small rant on your page! One event I would like to attend is Hay On Wye’s literary festival, it’s spaced out over 10 days and completely outside, so I feel like I could cope with the better, and there would be more places to escape to and calm down if needed. Something like YALC though, I could never attend.

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