Top Ten Tuesday: Best Bookish Memories

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.

I’ve been a bookworm for as long as I can remember, so I have a lot of great memories associated with books. Here are some of my favorites, more or less in chronological order.

1. Winning the Book It! award in the 1st grade for reading 216 books. I kicked that contest’s butt, and I got the personal pan pizza from Pizza Hut to prove it. My best friend Mary Ellen and I actually tied for the win, so we rode our bikes to the Hut and celebrated by eating our pizzas together. Good times.

2. Dressing up like Laura Ingalls Wilder for Pioneer Day at school. I was obsessed with these books as a kid, and I thought I was Laura. My mom made me a dress and bonnet to wear, and I loved that costume so much.

3. Getting a personal letter from a favorite author. I fell in love with the books of Anne Rivers Siddons as an early teen, and I wrote to her to tell her how much I enjoyed her books and that I would love to write something myself one day. She wrote me back the nicest, most encouraging letter–so classy and thoughtful.

4. Receiving a signed copy of Rich in Love by Josphine Humphries as a gift. I’ve talked about how much this book means to me before, and this was such a special gift from my sweet older brother.

5. Becoming friends with a favorite author and meeting my FB girls (ya’ll know who you are!). I read Into the Wilderness by Sara Donati when I was in my 20’s, and I loved the story so much that I joined a group of fans of the author and series. Through this group I was able to get to know Sara (aka Rosina Lippi) and I also met an amazing circle of women with whom I’ve been close for going on to ten years now. We’re more like a support group than a book club, and although we have never met in person I love them dearly!

6. Starting my book blog. I’ve said it before, but starting this blog was such a good move. It completely revamped my reading life and has introduced me to such a great community of people with similar passions.

7. Getting my first real, printed ARC–of Life After Life by Kate Atkinson. I’ve read plenty of galley copies via NetGalley and Edelweiss, but I actually have only received one print ARC in the mail, and it happened only a few months ago. I was so completely thrilled, and it’s another great read by one of my favorite authors. (And psst…my review will be up on the 11th!)

8. Watching my daughter become a bookworm.  I’ll never forget the moment reading really clicked for her, and when she started gulping down chapter books in one sitting. A new bookworm was born! I love talking about books with her, and I hope this is something we’ll always be able to share.

Okay, that’s only eight but they’re eight memorable ones! Now we need to have a chance to write about our Top Ten Bookish Wishes, including bookish places we’d like to visit and authors we’d like to meet. I have plenty of ideas for that one.

What are your favorite bookish memories?


10 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Best Bookish Memories

  1. Julie Merilatt

    I LOVED Book It! Nothing more special than that one night a month when my parents would take us to Pizza Hut for our reward.

    And speaking of dressing as favorite book characters, I remember dressing up as one of the Princesses from The Phantom Tollbooth in 5th grade when we acted out a scene in English class…

  2. therelentlessreader

    I love this post 😀 Book It was the best program! One of my best bookish memories involves my youngest daughter. She won an award from Reading Rainbow for a story she wrote when she was in kindergarten 🙂

  3. Lisa

    Watching your child turn into a reader is one of life’s great pleasures! My grown-up daughter is a total bookworm… still working on my 10-year-old son, but I have hope! Nice list.


  4. A.M.B.

    Great memories! Most of my cherished memories have to do with reading to my children and witnesses their reading breakthroughs. Right now, it’s a bit frustrating that I have to drop everything I’m doing to read to my youngest (she follows me around the house carrying her books), but I will look back on it fondly.


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