A little while ago, the Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl, was about books with sensory memories: books that are linked to very specific memories (where you were, what time of year it was, who you were with, what you were eating, what you were feeling, what you were seeing, etc.). Even though I've read a ton of books in my life, I didn't think I had many specific memories of individual books that really stood out, so I didn't participate that week. However, after reading so many other bloggers' lists and memories, it sparked something in my memory and I was able to come up with a few of my own. So, here's the list I should have had that week!
Behind the Attic Wall: This is one book I distinctly remember reading as a kid, and more than once. I loved it so much I named my pet cat after one of the characters!
Nancy Drew: My aunts read Nancy Drew when they were younger, and my grandmother kept a lot of their old books. When we would visit, she would let my sister and I read them!
The Selection series: I brought this series on vacation with me when we went to Las Vegas last year. I thought it would be a fun, light reread. I didn't get much reading done on our trip, but figured I would get some reading time in on the flight home. Our flight stopped in Denver for what was supposed to be a short time (we weren't even supposed to get off the plane), but something happened, they made us all get off the plane, and we ended up being stuck in the Denver airport for HOURS. I ended up reading quite a lot during that layover!
Anna Karenina: When I went off to college, I didn't bring many books with me, assuming I wouldn't have a lot of time to read for fun, but I brought Anna Karenina, I guess thinking that because it was so long, I wouldn't need any other books. I distinctly remember sitting on the couches in the student center on a Friday night, reading it. Now that I think about it, I was kind of pretentious - I swear, I had friends!
The Almost Archer Sisters: I decided to switch careers in my twenties and attended my local community college at night to get my paralegal certificate. I would often get there really early because the parking situation was so bad, and I would either sit outside or in the library, eating Pop-Tarts for dinner and reading before my class. I didn't have many books at home, so I reread a lot, and I remember reading this book at least twice in one semester.
Playing the Game: Tom and I were in Baltimore for a long weekend, and we browsed for a bit in the Barnes & Noble at the Inner Harbor. I ended up buying this book, but the highlight of the weekend was Tom proposing! Even though I ended up not liking the book very much, I held onto it for years because it brought back a lot of happy memories from that weekend.
What is your favorite bookish memory?