I was tagged by The Orangutan Librarian to do the Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag, and I thought it would be kind of fun since it’s been a while since I did a book tag. A lot of my memories revolve around books or are in some way associated with books, and it was interesting to look back and think about them all.
The First Book You Ever Read (or Was Read to You)
I don’t remember the first book I ever read, but there’s a very good possibility that it was Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Still one of my favorites.
The First Book You Ever Bought With Your Own Money
I’m not sure if it’s the very first book I bought with my own money (I mostly just went book shopping with my parents or grandparents), but the first book I bought on my own that my parents most likely wouldn’t have approved of is The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Looking back, I probably shouldn’t have been reading this at twelve, but it’s too late now. (To be fair, my parents don’t read and didn’t really pay attention to what I was reading or know enough about which books I shouldn’t be reading, so I got away with reading a lot of things they wouldn’t have liked.)
A Book You Stayed Up All Night Reading
Excluding every single Harry Potter book? I definitely remember staying up until at least 4 am to finish Ready Player One. That book is so addicting. I want to reread it before the movie comes out, but I’ll definitely be starting it on the weekend. I’ve stayed up all night reading more times than I can count.
What Book or Series Will You Never Forget?
I could easily go with Harry Potter for this one, but that feels too easy (and I try to avoid answering every tag question with Harry Potter). Instead, I will go with Red Rising by Pierce Brown. This is easily one of my favorite series. It’s well-written and exciting, and it makes my inner nerd so happy – the characters speak Latin! But it means more to me because the first book in the series was the book that convinced me to go to grad school. Definitely unforgettable.
A Book You Frequently Think About
I don’t talk about this book a lot, but one book that pops into my head often is The Circle by Dave Eggers. This book terrified me, and made me even more cautious about technology than I already was. Because of this book, I get nervous when other people “check me in” on Facebook (the only reason I still have an account is because it’s the best way to communicate with international family members). I hate the idea that anyone can know where I am or watch me at any time. Nope.
A Scene That Has Haunted You for Years After Reading it
Honorable mention (because it hasn’t even been a year since I’ve read it, but I still think about it ALL THE TIME): the final scene of Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir. I think I’ve actually had nightmares about it. (Spoiler warning – though it is a historical fact, so not really?) Anyway, Weir did a ton of research and, as it turns out, it’s very possible that Anne Boleyn was still conscious after being beheaded, and was aware of her head being separated from her body and hitting the ground. (I looked it up, and studies show that the brain is alive for at around four – maybe even up to twelve – seconds after decapitation.) I still can’t get over it. Of course, she died a few seconds later, so she didn’t have to think about it for too long. Unfortunately, I do. Can you imagine being aware that your head is no longer attached to your body? Ugh.
An Unforgettable Character
Well, now I can’t stop thinking about Anne Boleyn, but I guess I should choose someone else.
I guess I’ll go with Amy Dunne from Gone Girl, because I still loathe her. She is brilliant as a character, but such a terrible human being.
A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something
This might be a bit controversial, but it’s the best example I can think of. I was raised very conservative and very Catholic (I even went to Catholic school for twelve years). While I have since formed my own opinions about a lot of things I was raised to believe, it wasn’t until relatively recently, when I read Gloria Steinem’s My Life on the Road, that I really opened my eyes to a lot of women’s issues that I’d been taught to be fairly close-minded about. While I’d been a budding feminist before – I actually got in quite a bit of trouble in sixth grade for arguing that it was sexist and antiquated not to allow women to be priests – I think this book definitely cemented that for me and really changed my perspective on a lot of things. (One thing in particular, but I don’t want to mention it and start a political argument in the comments.)
Share Another Random Bookish Memory
I have a very sensory-oriented memory, and I during one of my many rereads of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, I was reading the book while making french onion soup (stirring with one hand and holding the book with the other). A totally insignificant detail, and one that I wouldn’t remember if it weren’t for the fact that whenever I get to a certain part of the book – I don’t remember which at the moment – I can smell french onion soup. I know smell is the sense most strongly associated with memory (fun fact!), but it’s still pretty bizarre. And it’s happened every single time I’ve reread Harry Potter in the last ten years. I also sometimes have a Harry Potter flashback when I get a whiff of french onion soup.
That’s it for this tag! I hope you enjoyed reading my answers. If you’d like to do this tag, then consider yourself tagged (just be sure to link back to this post so I can read yours).
Now go create some new bookish memories!