Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Jobs I Would Love to Have


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 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.  Top Ten Tuesday has been one of my favorite memes ever since I started blogging, so huge thanks to Jana for taking over the hosting duties!

This week’s TTT topic is Bookish Jobs I Would Do For Free (Real or Imaginary).  I tweaked the topic just a bit since I don’t see myself doing much for free these days, haha. Instead, I’ve broken the jobs down into what I consider to be somewhat realistic options if I were to ever decide to make a career change versus jobs I would love to do if such jobs even existed and if I have the skill/creativity to do them.

Bookish Jobs I Would Love to Have


Semi-Realistic Ones Based on My Actual Skill Set:

1. Any job in publishing –  If I could go back in time and plot a different career path for myself, I definitely would have loved to go into publishing and relocate to New York.

2. Librarian – Another option I would love since it would mean interacting with readers all day and helping them find books I hope they will love.

3. Book Shop Owner, ideally the owner of a shop that is part bookstore, part wine bar or bakery – Same as number 2, but with the added bonus of food and/or wine.

4. Literary Agent – What a thrill it would be to discover and represent new authors!

5. Elementary School Reading Teacher – While I was a teacher many years ago, I was a high school English teacher. If I could go back and do things differently, I think I would have loved teaching young children the joys of reading.


Dream Jobs If They Actually Exist and/or I Actually Had the Skill to Do Them:

6. Professional Bookworm – Who wouldn’t want to get paid to just read all day?

7. Book Cover Designer – If I had any artistic ability, this would be such an amazing job.

8. Book Club Coordinator – This doesn’t really exist but I think it would be so much fun to help people who are looking for book clubs to find one that is perfect for them.

9. Designer of Bookish Merchandise – There’s just something about bookish merch that brings me so much joy so I really wish I had the artistic talent to design and sell merch of my own.

10. College Professor who specializes in teaching Contemporary Romance – I think this one springs from both my love of contemporary romance novels and my desire to defend the genre against those who always belittle it.

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Question:  What would be your dream bookish job?

17 replies
  1. Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books)
    Susan (Bloggin' 'bout Books) says:

    Ever since I came up with this TTT prompt, I’ve been thinking of ways I could have worded it better. Top Ten Bookish Dream Jobs would have been perfect! Oh well. I love your list. The college I went to got rid of its library science program not long before I started as a freshman. If it had still been available, I definitely would have pursued that career. Professional reader sounds like the best job ever, though. Sign me up for that!

    Happy TTT!


  2. Lark
    Lark says:

    I wish Professional Bookworm was a real job! I’d love to do that full time. I actually work as an elementary school reading teacher, and getting to introduce books to children is great; but the rest of it is not always fun. Kids can be a lot of work, especially when they don’t want to read, or listen, or do anything you ask them to do.

  3. Sam@WLABB
    Sam@WLABB says:

    I mean, there are coursed on Taylor Swift, there must be contemporary romance courses at some school. I wish I had studied library science. I wasted 4 years getting an engineering degree I never used, and here I am, reading like a boss. If I were artistic, a book cover designer would be awesome too

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Yeah, if I had could go back and start over, library science is what I would have chosen as well. I think I would have been happier long term with that choice.

  4. Angela @ Literary Wanderer
    Angela @ Literary Wanderer says:

    Sign me up for any of these! I have a dream of owning my own bookstore. Every time we pass an empty storefront, I’m like, that would make a great shop!

  5. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    I would love to work in a library. Even if I was just stacking books all day. Just being in a library brings me joy 🙂

    • Suzanne
      Suzanne says:

      Same here! I actually keep telling Ian he should volunteer at our local library, but it’s mainly just to give me an excuse to visit there more often, haha.

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