(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The above image was taken and altered by me for the purpose of this post.)
When I first saw this topic admittedly I was unsure. Not because of the topic itself, but because I really had to think about what books have the strongest memories attached to them. I’ve read a lot, and many books that I have many memories attached to them. It’s hard to narrow it down to just ten books. But I feel like I’ve managed to pick the ones that are the best of the best!
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy – I’ve always considered myself a bigger girl. And I’ve ALWAYS been okay with that. As a reader, I’ve met a lot of main characters. And even though on an emotional level I can easily identify with my favorite characters, physically I don’t see myself. That is until I met Willowdean. I clearly remember I was reading Dumplin’ on a hot summer day, while at the beach, and thinking at that moment that I couldn’t have been prouder to be a plus size girl. I felt that for the first time, I saw myself – not within the sidekick, or the object of bullying – but within someone who is center stage. Because of this, Dumplin’ will ALWAYS hold a very special place in my heart.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – After reading author Rowell’s debut, Eleanor & Park, I quickly because obsessed with her writing and was full-fledged fan from that moment on. So a few years ago when it was announced that she’d be at Book Expo America (which I would be attending) and signing a limited amount of advanced copies I knew I had to get my hands on one. Well the day came and it was absolute chaos. Lines were formed, masses assembled, and when the tickets were finally given out it was a sea of people. I swore that I would NOT get one of these tickets. But I had an advantage over a lot of other people: I’m short. I somehow managed to make my way up to the front (sorry to all those people I probably cut!) and score a ticket! Because of this memory, Fangirl is still one of my favorite books!
Beautiful Broken Hearts by Kami Garcia – After last year’s Book Expo, fellow blogger and in real life bff Miss Print made me her plus one to the Fierce Reads Cocktail Party. I seriously cannot thank her enough for this! Even though I’m not much of a party kind of gal (let’s be honest, I do prefer to stay home or hang out with a very small group of friends) I was excited. Well, to say the least I felt a bit out of my element. And very awkward. So when one of the very lovely publicists asked me which author I’d like to meet, I blurted out Kami Garcia. Well she brought Kami over and we talked easily the whole event. We mainly talked about books (obviously) but specifically we talked about her (then) upcoming book, Beautiful Broken Hearts. She told me about the research she did, the writing process, and why she was writing this book. When I recently read it I instantly flashed back to that moment, and it made my reading experience so much better.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – Before I say anything, let me say this: when I finally read this book it quickly became a favorite. With that said … when I first started reading Miss Peregrine’s I was in the midst of a mini road trip with my two best friends. We decided to pass time we’d listen to this on audio. The point of this story isn’t that I didn’t enjoy the audio version, but that this book will always remind me of my two best friends and how much fun we had on that trip.
Falling in Love With English Boys by Melissa Jenson – This book reminds me of my first overseas trip to London. London has always been a place I’ve dreamed of going. So when I made that a reality, to get even more excited about my upcoming trip, I decided to read a book that was set in London. I randomly picked this one. I really enjoyed this book as a whole, but I love the fact that it reminds me of my trip to London.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins – I came to the Hunger Games series much later than most of the fans. Or at least it feels that way. I read the first book a few months before the last book in this trilogy was released. When I first read The Hunger Games I was instantly hooked. I connected with the book on a different level, and I can’t necessarily explain why. But that first book doesn’t hold as many memories for me as the last one – Mockingjay – does. You see, the reason why Mockingjay is so special to me is because I went to a midnight release with Miss Print and even though it was a very long night, it was a really great one. Not only did I get the book handed to me, but I also had the chance to hear author Suzanne Collins read the first chapter. It was truly a great memory.
Tithe by Holly Black – When I first decided to become a librarian, specifically a youth services librarian, I went to my (semi) local library and I scoped out the budding YA section. One of the first books I pulled from the shelve was Tithe. I didn’t know anything about it or the person who wrote it. Honestly, I pulled it off the shelf simply because I liked the cover. I took it home and when I finally picked it up and gobbled this book up. I loved it. And from that moment on I was a Holly Black fan through and through!
Ruby by Francesca Lia Block – Besides Tithe, Ruby was another book I pulled off the YA shelf at the library when I first decided that I wanted to be a librarian. Before this, I previously read one other Francesca Lia Block, Violet & Claire, and I loved it (so much so I’ve re-read it several times). Even though I didn’t love this one as much, I remember that day in the library. I remember pulling it off the shelf. And I remember wondering what it would be like to be the librarian who hands someone his or her next favorite book.
Possess by Gretchen McNeil – There’s a whole lot I love about this book. I love that it’s a YA book about demonic possession. I love that the main character, a strong female teen, has the ability to exorcise demons out of those who are possessed. These are just a few of the reasons why this book is special to me. But another reason why it’s special to me and holds a memory is because it was the first advanced copy I ever received as a book blogger.
Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando – When this book was first published Miss Print suggested that we go to the signing. I went not knowing much besides it sounded like a book I would want to read. I read it soon after and to this very day I consider it to be one of my favorite books. This book captured everything and more I wanted in a book. One of the memories I have is when a friend and I were driving around I was telling her all about this book, and how excited I was about it. When I think of Dreamland Social Club I still get so excited. Not too many books have that power.