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Books with Sensory Reading Memories

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books with Sensory Reading Memories. I figure this means books that when you think about them, you remember where you were when you read them or when you got them or some other thing outside of the actual reading of the book.

Witching Hour

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice - I think I've talked about this recently, but I read this on a plane, and I remember thinking how ridiculous it was that I was so scared by the book when I was surrounded by people on a plane and not alone in a dark house in the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Happy People

Happy People Read and Drink Coffee by Agnes Martin-Lugand - I just read this this month. I read the entire thing in a hotel room in Syracuse. I could look out the window at the lovely view and put my feet up on the foot stool.

The Old Man and the Sea

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway - I think I was in high school when I got my hands on a copy of this book. I didn't have anything else to do, so I sat in the chair next to the phone in the kitchen and read the entire thing. I didn't care for it much.

Helter Skelter

Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosi - I can't remember if I was in high school or college, but I remember reading it at night in my room. My room was at the opposite end of the house from my parents' room and this book scared the crap out of me. Especially that one picture. If you've read it, you know which one I mean.

Neither Here nor There

Neither Here Nor There by Bill Bryson - This is a travel book about his trip through Europe. It is hilarious. I read it mostly on overnight shifts at my first job out of college working with teens. I mostly just had to stay awake and make sure no one ran away.

Wuthering Heights

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte - I read this book in high school as assigned reading. The twist is that I had mono when it was assigned. Mom brought it home for me with some other assignments and I blew through the whole thing in one day. I loved it. I'm sure that was the mono talking.

How the Irish

How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill - I stole this book from my dad during the first year I was married. I loved it and he and I talked about it after I was done. I am not sure he ever got it back.

Educating Esme

Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell - I loved this book and I made my friend Paige buy it when she was about to start teaching. We were at the bookstore together and I think I bought it for her. I was that serious about it.

The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich - This is the only series I have ever binge read. I got them all from the library and read one a day until I was all caught up. At that time I think there were only ten.

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - I remember being in the car in the back seat. I was about 10. It was my mom's giant '77 Cadillac. I don't remember who was in the passenger seat. Maybe Barbara? Anyway, we had been to a book sale of some kind. I thought it was the Holland Hall book sale, but I could be wrong. Mom handed me the book over the seat. It was To Kill a Mockingbird, library bound. I started reading it immediately. I don't remember anything about it from that first reading, of course, because I was 10, but I still have that copy of the book.

What are some books that give you sensory memories when you think about them?

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