Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature/meme brought to you by the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish (the button also belongs to them). This week’s theme is the Top Ten Best Bookish Memories (waiting in line for a new release, meeting an author, or some sort of great experience with a particular book that was unlike others).
1. Getting my husband to read The Hunger Games books and Sherman Alexie’s works (we’ve been sharing Blasphemy, so it’s got two bookmarks in it right now, lol). He’s not big into fiction, so I love when we can find some books and authors to share.
2. Book fairs in elementary school. Particularly the one where I picked up my first American Girl book, Happy Birthday, Kirsten!. That started my addiction to historical fiction about the frontier which I think led me to take a class on the American frontier in college which landed me in graduate school. Good work, American Girl.
3. Reading Alane Ferguson’s Stardust in one day. Multiple times. I don’t know what it was about this book about a former TV star learning to be true to herself, but I LOVED it as a kid and reread it to death.
4. When I was a child, I had numerous pen pals (this sounds so old-fashioned now). One was the daughter of my mom’s friend who lived in Ohio. She was a couple years older than me and we used to send each other books through the mail. Pretty sure she introduced me to some great books, but the only specific thing I can remember getting is a couple of BSC books from her.
5. In elementary school I was really into biographies and read them about all sorts of people, including Harriet Beecher Stowe. This inspired me to ask the very surprised elementary school librarian if I could check out Uncle Tom’s Cabin. As I remember it, she told me they probably had it at the high school and that it might be a little too advanced for me.
6. When I lived in the dorms in college, I subscribed to get mail-order Harlequin romances. It was the best dorm mail ever, especially since I was carless and the university library didn’t really carry my brand of trash romance.
7. Jane Eyre is one of my all-time favorite books and is probably the book I’ve reread the most times in my life. My obsession with it started in 8th grade when we got to choose between reading it or Treasure Island. I happened to catch an old movie version of Jane Eyre on TV (I think it must have been the Orson Welles one, but I don’t really know for sure) before we made our decisions and was so into the story, I knew I had to read the book!
8. When authors have tweeted me to thank me for my reviews of their books… this has happened three or four times, I think, and it always makes me feel weird and proud at the same time. I’m just glad to know that my reviews are appreciated by the people whose works I’ve spent so much time reading and reviewing.
9. I spent a summer shelving books at a public library. I found tons to read, just by sorting through returned books and by shelving. And I got to assist with story time a couple of times. It was a pretty fun (and bookish) summer job!
10. In elementary school, we used to have a month or week where we’d do DEAR (Drop Everything and Read). We’d carry a book around all day and when they announced it on the loudspeaker, we’d all get to sit down and read for 15 minutes or so. The DEAR time that sticks out most in my memory is when it got called during gym class. I was more than happy to sit and read instead of running around. I wish we could implement DEAR into adult life somehow!
What are some of your most fond bookish memories?