The Top 10 Tuesday from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about books that are linked to very specific memories. Book memories. This could be remembering the time of year, what I was feeling or eating, and much more.
I racked my brain on books I read while on vacation that I still remember reading or that I read in a very special place or that I’ve linked to a certain memory. This wasn’t an easy top 10, but I think I managed to do it.
1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone – JK Rowling
It was the first book that took me by surprise. We had to read a lot of children/teen-books for my university degree and someone suggested this book for our group. I remember reading it on the train and I was instantly hooked. I read it every train ride to and from uni and it made me so happy to be in a unique new world.
2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – JK Rowling
The book I bought on holiday and read in English for the first time. I loved reading it in the sunshine, while my mother had these bowls of cut up fruit for me to have while reading. I blitzed through it in the weeks I was on holiday.
3. Guilty Pleasures – Laurell K Hamilton
The first series I found that I enjoyed reading while I had moved to the UK. At that time I was in a pretty crap relationship and this book was the only thing that made me happy and just brought me into a world I could transport myself to. I loved it so much, I had to continue reading more books in the series.
4. Lord of the Rings – The return of the king – JRR Tolkien
I read this book at night while I was at my parents for Christmas. I remember sleeping in my old room on a camper bed, because my parents were going to leave the country to move to Spain permanently. I remember feeling like a stranger in my old home.
5. Matilda – Roald Dahl
I remember my primary teacher reading this to us. We were all alowed to just chill and even close our eyes if we wanted to listen to the story that way. I loved those reading hours and it was such a gripping story when I was that young.
6. Dead Until Dark – Charlaine Harris
I picked this up when I was in another crappy relationship. Strange how I always go to supernatural romance/detective novels when I’m in a bad relationship…. Anyhow, I got this at the American Bookcentre in Amsterdam and I was just interested in it because of the cover. My ex hated me reading it and totally ignoring him, but I remember reading it in bed, late at night with just my reading light on and I had my 3 cats with me. It was bliss.
7. Shopaholic – Sophie Kinsella
This book made me laugh. My mum had bought it and told me I should read it. At the time I had to deal with a lot of crap in my life and one of those things was financial issues. Reading about someone who was a shopaholic and had a worse life than me, was actually lifting my mood and it actually made me push myself out of my crappy situation. It was as if a lightbulb moment just happened.
8. A Game of Thrones – George R R Martin
I picked this up when I waiting for a bus to go to the airport. It was gloomy weather and I wanted to read something new. I saw that it was hyped and that HBO was going to make a tv series out of it, so why not give it a shot? It grabbed me from the first chapter and I was surprised with the different point of views and the surprising ending. I remember my parents complaining that yet again, I was reading while being on holiday to visit them.
9. The darkest minds – Alexandra Bracken
Again a book I read in Spain, by the sea, but with my current boyfriend. Notice how it’s not a supernatural romance/detective novel? Again, it grabbed me and I can still hear the seagulls and the waves while turning page after page of this book.
10. Spot goes to the farm – Eric Hill
One of the first books that was ever read to me. My mother wasn’t rich and she took me to the library at a very young age, so I could still enjoy books. And I loved it! I would lend the maximum amount of books and I did so until I was at least in my 20’s. After I got my own income that changed and I still find it a shame I don’t go to the library any more. I might have to look into going again.
Anyhow, I remember I was really young and seeing this book. It was being read to a group of children by one of the librarians and seeing her reveal those little images hidden away at first, was just amazing! I think that is how my love for books was born. It has certainly left me with very fond memories of going to a library. I have to give a quick mention to some other books that did this: Dikkie Dik and of course Holland’s pride: Nijntje. I can’t wait to have these books for my future children.