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 topic is bookish memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!)
I always loved hiding as a child (symptom of being the youngest of a big family), so I’d find a spot and make myself a little nest and just read for hours until someone finally found me.
Hiding our books at school. Amanda and I always had books with us but we’d get in trouble for reading in class so we’d find creative ways to hide them. We even had a code word with a couple of our friends and they’d warn us if a teacher was coming by.
I had an omnibus copy of The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis that I was SO proud of as a kid because it was huge. I distinctly remember bringing it to school and having to keep it on top of my desk because it was too big to fit in the cubby underneath.
Growing up my family had a cottage that we rented out during the summer, and one year I made friends with a girl who stayed there because we were both reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyer. We remained pen pals for years.
The Brewster Ladies Library was a ten minute walk from my childhood home so I was there all the time. Some of my favorite memories are from the yearly book sale they’d have at the end of the summer. People would donate books all year so by the time of the sale the basement would be full of books. Paperbacks were only a dollar so we’d literally leave with milk crates full of books.
We have a picture from 10+ years ago of us at Barnes & Noble. Amanda is on the ground clutching two books she couldn’t decide between, I’m laughing behind my own book and my brother is sitting in the background impatiently waiting for us to finish. It perfectly sums up a typical night for us at the time.
Before we were married, my husband was stationed in Japan for two years and would deploy on a carrier ship for months at a time. I’d send him books for us to read together and we’d talk about them in our daily emails. It helped us connect during a really hard time in our relationship.
My family had an annual camping trip for Memorial day weekend. I brought Amanda one year but we both had books that were released right before the trip that we were really excited about. We ended up spending half the weekend in the cabin reading.
I have a ton of nieces and nephews and one of my favorite things about them growing up has been being able to start sharing some of my favorite books with them. They’ve recently loved all of Rick Riordan’s books. When my niece started The Mark of Athena I told her she had to call me the minute she finished it (it has a huge cliffhanger). She did and we had a ton of fun freaking out about the ending together.
Since Amanda and I moved to different parts of the country and no longer live ten minutes away from each other, blogging has been an amazing way to keep us connected. One of our favorite things is having FaceTime reading dates. We call each other and just read, talking about random things happening in our books.
What are some of your favorite bookish memories?