Books With Sensory Reading Memories | Top Ten Tuesday

I really love this topic! Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s topic is books with sensory reading memories.

Twilight (Twilight #1) by Stephenie Meyer // Of course this would be on the list. I remember this so well. I was about 12 when I read this for the first time. I remember lying down on my parents’ couch, holding this book above my head unable to stop reading. I remember holding it while setting the table because I just couldn’t let go. And I remember re-reading it immediately after finishing it.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (HP #7) by J.K. Rowling // I was around 13 when Deathly Hallows came out. When it was released, a friend got it for me immediately and I locked myself in my room because I needed to finish it in one go.

Brisingr (Inheritance Cycle #3) by Christopger Paolini // This was one of my favorite series as a teenager. When Brisingr, the third book in the series, was released I was about 14. I still read books in translation which means that I had read the first two books in my first language, Dutch. But their was no information available on the translation of the third book. So when I was on a trip with my parents and friend to Canterbury, we bought this book in a bookshop there. It was the first big English book I really tried to read, and I can remember seeing it in the bookstore and walking around with it all day.

Red Glove (Curse Workers #2) by Holly Black // A far more recent memory for this one! In 2016, I went on a solo city trip to Dublin. When I go on a trip alone, I frequently have my headphones in while walking around and discovering the city. I listened to the audiobook of Red Glove while walking around the beautiful city of Dublin.

Quiet by Susan Cain // I read this in my student room at university. At the time, I was struggling quite a bit with myself. Reading this made me realize how wonderful being an introvert really is, and it helped me on my journey to self-love. I can still remember reading this in my bed in our apartment.

Leviathan (Leviathan #1) by Scott Westerfeld // I associate this book with summer and Booktube. Why? When I first got back into reading in 2013, I discovered Booktube. That was the summer of the first booktube-a-thon (to my knowledge) and I decided to participate. I can still remember tearing through this trilogy in the readathon, while sitting in my parents’ garden in the sun.

Daughter of the Forest (Sevenwaters #1) by Juliet Marillier // I associate Juliet Marillier with my teenage years and the library. In my early teens, I was a frequent visitor of the library. I loved fantasy, and Juliet Marillier was one of my favorite authors. I lent her books from my local library again and again and again. I can still remember walking up to the ‘M’ shelves and searching for any possible new works.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah // This book… In 2015, I did a 2-week work experience at Pan Macmillan in London. After my weeks were up, I was allowed to choose a few books to take home with me. I remember picking this one out because it seemed so interesting. I also remember reading this in my student room before meeting up with my friends in the evening. I had just finished the book 10 minutes before meeting them, and I was trying so hard not to cry.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller // Another book I read in my student room at university! There was no holding back of tears here. I remember sobbing so hard after finishing this book…

The Secret History by Donna Tartt // I was reading this book when I went on a city trip to Prague. I decided to take it with me because I didn’t want to put it down. I wasn’t massively into it when I left for Prague but I didn’t want to give up on it either. I took it with me and read it in the evenings before going to bed. It became one of my favorite books of all-time. And now I’ll always associate it with the gorgeous city of Prague.

Those are 10 books with sensory reading memories! Have you read any of these? I’ve noticed that quite a lot of these are related to travel/childhood. Do you tend to associate cities and trips with books you read while there too? 

19 thoughts on “Books With Sensory Reading Memories | Top Ten Tuesday

  1. I’m so jealous of your work experience at Pan Mc – how amazing!! (And we won’t talk about how old I was when Deathly Hallows came out but it was over twice your age at the time haha! I’m so old. lol) My TTT

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  2. I read translations of books so I can improve my language skills, but I always read the English version first. I can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to read Brisingr for the first time!


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