Welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s all about books with sensory memories, meaning I have vivid memories of where I was and what was going on while I was reading them. Sometimes the reading of a book becomes just a vague memory, where you know you read that book but you no longer have any idea when you read it or what was going on while you read it. But sometimes, for some reason, a book still brings back vivid memories of the time you read them. Here are some of mine!
My husband and I got married in September 2015, and I vividly remember reading the Seven Realms series in the days before and after our wedding. Before, they were my way to unwind and destress during all the wedding planning stuff.
In September of 2016 my husband and I went on our belated honeymoon to one of the top placed on my bucket list: the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We stayed in Sorrento and went on trips to Positano, Amalfi and Pompeii among others. I brought my physical copy of The Raven King, which I finished during the first two days and which had me feeling a little book slumpish afterwards so I read The Deal, my first foray into the world of New Adult, afterwards. And it was a perfect choice, because I read this almost every bus trip we took and finished it before the end of our trip.
In 2008, my best friend and I took our first huge trip together and went to California together. We went to LA, Santa Monica and Santa Barbara and did all the touristy stuff. We fell in love with Subway during that trip, but we also went to a Borders bookstore (do they still exist?) I bought the (then still a) trilogy of Eragon – Eldest – Brisingr (because of course it’s a good idea to buy 3 heavy books when you still have to fly across the world with them) and started reading the first book Eragon, right then and there. I ultimately became obsessed with the books and binge-read them all in the days after the trip. (I have since bought but never finished the fourth book, so a re-read is in order).
Aww man, though they are not linked to a specific trip or even a specific time, I have so many good memories connected to these books. I fell absolutely in love with these and have spent several years obsessed with them. I remember reading the first book till way into the night. I remember binge-reading them all and trying not to look up spoilers. I remember sitting on my couch reading Mockingjay and having to put the book down at THAT part in the book because it was just too much. I remember following any news about the movies religiously. I remember re-reading them again and again and again.
In 2008 (seems like this was the year I travelled a lot) I went to Rome for a long weekend with my mother. Rome is one of the cities I am forever in love with, it is absolutely gorgeous and I hope to be able to visit it again someday soon. But a book I will always connect to this trip is New Moon. In 2008 I was in my Twilight phase and I was OBSESSED. I couldn’t imagine waiting a whole weekend before reading more, so I brought my current read with me and read as much as possible during our downtime at the hotel (which wasn’t a lot, because we were in freaking Rome, but I made the most of it)
For my previous job, there was a fair bit of travel involved. On average once a year, I got to go to a big fair or event in another country such as Germany, Italy, Spain or even the US. These trips were pretty exhausting, but I still found a bit of time each evening in my hotel room to read. Though I can’t pinpoint the exact time and location where I read some of these books, I know I read them on these trips. Examples are Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor or Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. But also the Trylle trilogy or Love, Rosie are books that were read during these work trips and they will always remind me of those times.
As you may or may not know, I love to dance and have been a member of a dance club since I was a little kid. In the summer of 2016, our dance club was invited to come and perform at a Belgian theme park called Plopsaland. It’s a theme park specifically for the smaller kids featuring some of the most popular Belgian animation figures. We were invited to dance in small groups and in different costumes thoughout the day in the middle of the park and do one final show at night on the central gazebo. It was a hot, but fun experience. But other than the dancing, I will always link this memory to Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson which I read (and finished) on the 2-hour bus ride there and back again.
Though not a particular exciting or thrilling memory, I do vividly remember reading this book. It was a hot summer day and one of the rare occasions when I read outdoors. I even made an instagram post saying it was a book with a title to fit the weather!
This book is one of my all-time favorites, but unfortunately it will also forever be linked to a somewhat sad memory. In december of 2016 I lost my job of almost 10 years. A job that was a dream job to me in many ways, so you can imagine I took it pretty hard. Somewhat luckily though, we had just arranged the next weekend to take a trip with family to the Belgian Ardennes. I was feeling pretty down, but I was also happy to have the opportunity to get out and do something, and be among people instead of just wallowing on my own at home. It was at this trip that I finally read the sequel to A Darker Shade of Magic and though I liked the first book, I didn’t really fall in massive L.O.V.E. until I read the sequel, A Gathering of Shadows. I still see myself sitting there on the cozy sofa, surrounded by family but still completely immersed in my book. It was a tough time, but this book and the people around me made it so much better.
And then there is the memory that most books hold. The memory of my trusty little couch, the place where I do most of my reading and as such most of the magic happens. I remember cozy winter nights spent there, reading in my onesie and sipping a nice cup of tea. I remember falling in love with so many world on this couch. I read Simon vs the Homo Sapiens agenda there in one day, while my husband was watching tv. I read all the latest Throne of Glass books there. I fell in love with the Red Winter trilogy there. I mean, it’s my spot and it is connected to so many amazing reading memories, I just can’t not mention it.