10 Books Linked to Memories

I was traveling this past Tuesday so I missed That Artsy Reader Girl‘s Top 10 Tuesday meme, but I thought it was an interesting topic so I will do it late.  This week’s topic is 10 books linked to specific memories/moments in your life.

1656001The Host  by: Stephenie Meyer – My mom gave me this book the day after I miscarried my first baby, along with a bouquet of flowers.  It had just come out and I had been wanting to read it, but of course I wasn’t even thinking of it after the trauma of losing a baby.  It was so thoughtful of my mom.  I had a lot of trouble sleeping in the weeks following the loss and I vividly remember laying on the couch in the middle of the night reading this book, which I loved.

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The Blue Sword  by: Robin McKinley – This was the book that got me hooked on fantasy.  My mom recommended it to me and I remember sitting on my bedroom floor reading this for hours.  Looking back I can’t believe I could sit/lay on the floor without being sore after.

 

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Where the Red Fern Grows  by: Wilson Rawls – One of the first traumatic books I ever read.  I was in fifth grade sitting at my desk during silent reading time and was struggling not to cry.

 

 

847947Maniac Magee  by: Jerry Spinelli – I read this when I traveled to Arkansas to visit my grandma all by myself (can you imagine an 11 year old traveling on a plane across the country along nowadays?).  While reading this I noticed I was feeling kind of funny.  That night I had nightmares about Maniac Magee running lost around town and woke up with a raging fever.  I had do delay my flight home because I was so sick.

 

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The Ruins  by: Scott Smith – I read this one the way home from my honeymoon in the Caribbean.  I just remember being on the plane reading this horrifying book.  Haha, not the most romantic honeymoon read. 😉

 

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The Little Book of Baby Names  by: Karen Kaufman Orloff – Here’s a more romantic memory.  Sitting on the deck of a cruise ship on our honeymoon talking about names we liked for a future baby.

 

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The Shining  by: Stephen King – I read this with my “book club” (two best friends).  It always reminds me of them.  I even took it to my friend’s house and we read it at the same time while sitting on her couch.  And then they came over on Halloween and we talked about it.  Fun times!

 

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The Myst series  by: Rand Miller – I read these in high school when I had just started dating the guy who would become my husband.  They give me a warm fuzzy feeling.

 

 

58696David Copperfield  by: Charles Dickens – My dad gave me his childhood copy of this book (that I think may have belonged to his grandmother) when I was in second or third grade.  I started reading it and he was just so proud that I could read it at such a young age.  But it was so boring and I didn’t really understand it, but I didn’t want to stop reading it and disappoint him.  So I just pretended to read most of it.  I still own it and I still haven’t read the whole thing!

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Star Wars: The Crystal Star 
by: Vonda N. McIntyre – I read this in high school and listened to the same song on repeat while reading it.  For years after every time I heard the song I would think of this book.  And now I can’t remember the song!  But I still remember the feeling I had from the music and book combined.


3 thoughts on “10 Books Linked to Memories

  1. Of the books on your list that I’ve read, The Blue Sword is still one of my all time fantasy favs, Where The Red Fern Grows still makes me cry, and The Ruins makes me shudder…mostly because I really didn’t like it. 🙂

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    1. Yeah The Ruins was very disturbing and makes me shudder too. I heard they made a movie of it, but I have no desire to watch it!

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