Top Ten Best Bookish Memories (waiting in line for a new release, meeting an author, or some sort of great experience with a particular book that was unlike others)

1) Getting a book signed by my favourite author; Chuck Palahniuk. I got the book as a Christmas present a few years ago from the site St. Helens Bookshop, which has sadly now closed down. Having a personally inscribed book from this author means so much to me, definitely a treasured possession.

2) Twilight. I know, I know and I don't want to hear it! I read these books when I (like Bella Swan) was 17 years old and they were huge to me. I will always remember that feeling I had when reading this series and discussing it with my best friend.

3) Bedtime Stories. My mum used to read to me brother and I every single night before bed. Our favourites were Old Bear and Roald Dahl's Tales Of The Unexpected.

4) Meeting Jacqueline Wilson. If you're about my age or younger and you grew up in the UK, you read this authors books, it's just what you did. Once, she was coming to our local bookshop, and those of us who wanted to go and meet her (I was about 9) got the day off school to do so! I ended up taking all of my hardback Wilson books but unfortunately she was only signing her new release, Vicky Angel....I still have it somewhere.

5) Dying my hair silver so I could be like Daenerys Targaryen. (Seriously, after watching the show, who didn't want to be called "Silver Lady"?!)

6) All of the wonderfully fantastic adaptations that have been released over the years. There's something so special about watching something you've only seen in your head, come to life right in front of you. 

6) It's not necessarily bookish, but he was a poet, so: The first time I heard The Doors music. Jim Morrison's words hit me really powerfully, weather he's speaking or singing and I can remember, about four years ago, the very first time I sat down with my second hand "Best Of The Doors" compilation, bought in a charity shop because my mum thought they were "my kinda thing", and listened to The Crystal Ship. I'm still in a daze for their music.

7) Being Dorothy Gale for the entirety of my childhood.

8) Romeo & Juliet. I'm not sure how I'm construing this as a memory, but it's always struck a chord, plus I can recite the prologue from memory, so...

9) The first time I read Fight Club (At 16 I think). My first ever transgressive novel, or novel of any sort outside of classics and YA really, and boy, did it blow my socks off.

10) Starting this blog!


  1. I'm glad you did included Twilight! We all have (or had) our guilty pleasure reads. I have a good memory of reading those books for the first time too -- I was working a job I absolutely hated and it was such an escape for me -- I read on my lunch hour and dove into it any other chance I could. On top of that, I don't live anywhere near the Pacific Northwest, but we were experiencing the rainiest summer in living memory and it was just the perfect atmosphere!

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