Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Bookish Memories

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. Each week we talk about our top ten with a different topic provided by Jana. This week’s topic is my ten favorite bookish memories.

Antonia and I becoming best friends.
She was sleeping over my house (but with my step-sister, and I didn’t really know her at the time). When she saw my bookshelves and saw me reading Twilight, she asked about it and we ended up stay up all night reading Twilight together. We’ve been besties ever since.

My Sixteenth Birthday
For my sweet sixteen, my dad gifted me a new bed and he and I built bookshelves on my wall. I really miss those shelves. We cut the wood, painted it, and attached them to my walls together. It was totally a sweet bonding thing. The night of my actual birthday, Antonia slept over and we spent the night being ridiculous and putting all my books on the shelves while my dad popped his head in my room every ten minutes to joke around and mess with us.

Brigid Kemmerer’s A Curse So Dark and Lonely Signing
Kemmerer is a local to me author and I made friends online with Katryna. We realized we were both close to the event and went to meet each other and see the book launch.

John Green’s Turtles All the Way Down Book Tour
This was…not an ideal experience. When I lived in San Diego, CA, I went with my husband and a friend to Los Angeles to the book tour event for Turtles All the Way Down. Because it’s LA, it took three hours to get there. We missed half the event. I still had a great time and I loved getting to see John and Hank do their thing.

High School Lunch
I can’t help but look back fondly and laugh at the antics of the boys Antonia and I went to high school with (including my husband). They used to read sex scenes from the romance novels we read (I vividly remember a scene from a Lynsay Sands book being read aloud and being so embarrassed.) I think it’s hilarious now.

Looking for Alaska by John Green
My best friend in high school, who is currently my husband, let me borrow Looking for Alaska when we were in high school. This book honestly saved my life and I will forever be grateful to him for giving me his copy (which I still have on my shelves).

Looking for Alaska – the Hulu adaptation
I remember the anticipation of waiting for my husband to come home from work so that we could finally watch the Hulu adaptation of the book he got me hooked on in high school. While it wasn’t identical to the book, we both loved it so much. Watching the adaptation together will always be a fond memory for me.

Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly book tour
Another book tour that I went to, but this one was while I was on vacation visiting my home town. I’d read another of Donnelly’s books (a favorite of my friend, Colleen) and she had a tour stop in the town that Colleen lived in at the time. So, I drove an hour to pick her up and we got to see Donnelly talk about her newest book (Stepsister) and Colleen got one of her favorite books signed.

Story Time
A newer memory that I have is taking my daughter to our local library. We’ve started going to the weekly storytime they host now that they’re hosting events again. She really loves it and it warms my heart to see her have such fun in a library.

Brooks Free Library
This is my childhood library. I spent so many afternoons here after school in middle school that I could never pick just one memory. I would come here to read, hang out with my friends, do homework, or use their computers. There are so many great series and books that I’ve read because I had the chance to borrow them from this library.

What memories did you share this week?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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