TTT: Top 10 books with memories attached

Posted On 24 July 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is:

Ten books that are linked to specific moments in my life:

This is a tough one isn’t it.  For some reason I tend to have more association with songs than with books but there are a few that spring to mind so lets see if any others come to me as I go along:

  1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.  Unsurprisingly I had a ‘thing’ for rereading this around Christmas – so it obviously reminds me of the festive season.  And I now want to watch the Muppet Christmas Carol.
  2. Dressed to Kill – I read this one when on holiday in Cornwall with my family.  It just stuck with me for some reason.  I didn’t even know who’d written it until I went to search for it on Goodreads – apparently Brian DePalma wrote it and I’m not entirely sure whether it was based on the film.  Anyway, it brings to mind that particular holiday specifically because I don’t think we all went away together again after that – my brother was older and started holidaying with friends and my sister moved to Brighton.
  3. Another holiday read was The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons.  This book was at the recommendation of a friend and colleague.  I was glued to the page reading this, practically didn’t talk to my husband or kids for a week.  I did feel a bit rude but I couldn’t help it.
  4. Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind.  I read this when I was about 14/15 and I was going through a massive girly romantic period and had a crush on – wait for it – the boy next door!  For goodness sake.  Anyway, he actually asked me out – probably because I’d been not so surreptitiously spying on him, – I ran a mile.  I was so embarrassed I think it took about a month for me to step outside the house.
  5. The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien – I have reread this more recently but the first time was in English class at school and it was a perfectly horrible experience because we were all made to stand up and read chapters in front of the whole class.  I was mortified – and frankly I didn’t have the first clue what the book was about because I spent the whole time just trying to hide and not be chosen to read next rather than listening to the story.
  6. Firebrand by Gillian Philip was one of the first books that I ever reviewed on my blog and I remember it very clearly.  It was over  the Christmas period – between Boxing Day and New Year’s Day when I read it – and I loved it.  The thing that really stood out was that the author commented on my post and I was so damned pleased that I nearly had a kitten (I also wished that I’d written a much better review but them’s the breaks – who knew that an author might look at my inept scribbles).
  7. The Far Pavillions by MM Kaye – this book has a story attached.  Basically, I was in my second job, it wasn’t well paid, and all the books that I read on the way to work came from either my dad’s or brother’s book shelves – I just used to help myself.  It was a strange and eclectic way of reading, one week Great Expectations by Dickens, the next The Warriors by Sol Yurrick.  Anyhow, I dashed into my brother’s room to grab a book one morning and it was The Far Pavillions – I thought, ‘hello, this doesn’t look like his usual read’ but I liked the look of it so off it went into my bag.  I’d been reading it for a few days and came home from work one evening to my brother and dad having a big old argument.  Basically, my brother bought the book for my dad’s birthday and it’d gone missing out of his room.  Of course I overheard and felt immediately sheepish – especially as it had been living in my bag for almost a week and was a bit beaten up and covered in crumbs by then – whoops, sorry!
  8. Beauty and the Beast – this was one of the tales in a story book that I used to read to my children at night.  I loved reading this one so it was frequently chosen.
  9. In terms of childhood books – I used to have a book that had about 10 stories in it – I have no idea what the book was called or who wrote the stories but I absolutely loved that book and so wish that I knew what it was – strangely enough I can recall the cover.  Anyway, two of the stories that always used to stand out for me in particular was (1) a girl building a sandcastle on the beach.  She falls asleep and dreams that she’s shrunk and is inside the castle, she looks out and the sea is coming in and the walls are crumbling down – I loved that story and the illustrations which I was absolutely fascinated with.  (2) a young child (can’t remember if a girl or boy) – drawing characters in a book but not drawing them very well – the characters came to life right off the page and started arguing with the child because one leg was longer than the other or they only had one eye, etc.  etc, again, I was just transfixed.  Ahh, dear old childhood memories.
  10. ….. left blank for you to tell me your book with attached memories.


17 Responses to “TTT: Top 10 books with memories attached”

  1. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    I love seeing everyone’s posts today. I especially enjoyed the story about reading your Dad’s present – that’s classic! Isn’t it funny that we manage to attach so many memories to books (although like you – I think songs are easier). Even though I didn’t mention it, I was reading a Tim Robbins book when husband and I were dating (Skinny Legs and All) and he asked me about it and I told him about a spoon making a pilgrimage to the Holy Land (I’m not even sure that was what it was about). Anyway, to this day, he still “harasses” me about my weird reading.

  2. Captain's Quarters

    I absolutely love the dad story and I want the book of those fairytales too. They sound awesome. Arrr!
    x The Captain

    • @lynnsbooks

      That ‘dad’ story was funny – or at least it’s funny now. I felt very sheepish at the time. But, who knew.
      Lynn 😀

  3. sjhigbee

    I recall reading Black Beauty when still living in Zambia with my family and crying my eyes out on a hot stuffy afternoon when I got to the sad bit… I was seven years old, because I turned eight in England when I was living with my grandparents. I never lived with my parents again.

    • @lynnsbooks

      That’s a very strong memory then isn’t it. And sounds like you have a very interesting story of your own.
      Lynn 😀

  4. waytoofantasy

    This is a great topic! There are so many books with memories for me but I think my favorite might be The Monster at the End of This Book, because my mom used to read it to my brother and I and did all sorts of sound effects for the different pages. I don’t really come from a family of readers but my mom always bought us books and read to us when we were little and I guess it stuck with me!

    • @lynnsbooks

      Aww, it’s lovely when memories like this stick with you. Mine sensory associations come with music but I found I had more books that I at first expected.
      Lynn 😀

  5. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    Hmm, this is a tough topic week. I guess a lot of the books I have sensory associations with tend to be those I read on vacation. Oh, and when I was pregnant, haha, because all my emotions were whack then! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Oh yes, nothing like a pregnancy to set your emotions on their head. And, yeah, I kind of struggled with this one at first because apart from holiday reads I tend more to have sensory associations connected to music.
      Lynn 😀

  6. bkfrgr

    I loved this post – this is the kind of thing I find super interesting. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

    I have a copy of The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge that still smells like the library I bought it from when I was eleven. That smell triggers memories both of spending time at the library while our Mom went to work when we were kids, and of travelling to and from secondary school on the train in winter (it was a book I read and reread because it made me feel safe). They were still the old manual-door trains with clickety-clackety carriages and pull down windows back then … 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Ahh, what a great memory, I love it that the mind has all these triggers for memories that are sometimes otherwide buried deep.
      Lynn 😀

  7. bkfrgr

    It’s awesome isn’t it?! I love that you can be surprised by a memory just by smelling something, seeing something, reading something again. 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      My memories are usually more likely to be teased out with music but I was surprised at how many little memories I had with some of my books.
      Lynn 😀

      • bkfrgr

        That’s interesting – I get overwhelmed by sound really quickly, so don’t listen to music much … therefore, no memories particularly get stirred up that way. I wonder if we each have a more dominant sense? I guess, if so, mine would be smell. 🙂

  8. jessicabookworm

    Aw Lynn, I am sorry to hear your first experience of The Hobbit was so horrible. Especially when it is the book that has the nicest memories for me, as my dad read it to me when I was a child at bedtime. However he left out the giant spiders and the goblin king getting his head chopped off… so I got a shock when I read it for the first time for myself! 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, school readings were never much fun – and I was one of those girls who could blush for Britain so my cheeks would turn beetroot. I liked it better the second time round – a lot better and I can totally understand your love of the book – being read to at bedtime, those stories are the best. It’s why I’m such a sucker for Beauty and the Beast.
      Lynn 😀

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