Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Sensory Memories

Top Ten Tuesdays (TTT) is a weekly event now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week's TTT is: Books with Sensory Memories. 
There are quite a few books that have very specific times and places attached to them. All fond memories I have of reading these books in certain places.  

In high school..

These two books I read in high school. I remember the day I picked up Twilight while browsing Walmart. Coming from a small town and relating to something so much was a huge hit for me. I loved this series and devoured it.
Blood and Chocolate was a book borrowed to me by one of my friends in high school. I read this book on a Saturday, the whole day. I stayed in my room the whole and just read this book. I finished it and loved it as well.

A book I found on a whim while browsing the library.. 

There was a period in my life where I would make trips to the library and pick out books off the shelves that sounded interesting. I didn't look at reviews, or blogs, I just picked what I thought I wanted to read. That is how I found Clockword Angel. I fell head over heels for it and this series. I remember picking it up, reading it and being utterly desperate to read the next one that I went to another library out of the way to get it because I couldn't wait for the hold (or I didn't know how to do that yet, lol).

The books I read around the time I had my first child..

The Snow Child was a book I read just a month before I had my son. It was the dead of winter and the couple in the book long for a child and when the snow child they appear seems to come alive, the story takes off. I absolutely loved this book. I loved the characters and the story and reading it in the winter with my own child on the way was something I'll always remember.
White Horse was a book I read shortly after I had my son. It follows a pregnant woman trying to navigate around an apocalyptic time. Having just had my baby, I was fully invested and wondering what I would do if I were in the same situation. It added a level to the story that I didn't expect.

The books I read throughout summers..

I read The Summer I Turned Pretty when I was desperately searching for a book to completely suck me in. This one and the rest of the series did just that. I will remember how I bought the e-books because I needed the next book right away. And how the aesthetic of these books fit my feeling for the summer.
The Gracekeepers is a book I read on a particularly unusual trip up to a family cabin. It was the middle of summer and the days spent there were cold, dreary and rainy. I read a few books on that trip and this was one that felt so atmospheric in a way that it was kind-of similar to the atmosphere of that cabin trip.
On the Island was read a few weeks ago. It has been years since I last saw the ocean and just last month, I got to return. I sat on the beach and read On the Island all day long. It was a perfect reading experience and one of my favorite reading memories.

The books I read during fall..

In a Dark, Dark Wood takes place in a cabin surrounded by woods.. so what did I do? I read this one in a cabin surrounded by woods. It's a mystery/thriller, so being in a place similar to the one described in the book was pretty cool and a little terrifying at the same time.
Daughter of the Forest took my by complete surprise and has become one of my favorite books of all time. I read this one in the fall with beautiful leaves falling from the trees and that lovely fall feeling that felt emphasized by the book's fairytale-ish feel.


  1. What a wonderful memory with The Snow Child. I love that book! My TTT

  2. OOh nice!! I remember reading Blood and Chocolate in either middle school or high school myself. I remember just loooooving it! There were intense feelings attached to this book! It makes me want to re-read it again!

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  3. On the Island looks like it would be perfect for a beach! And Daughter of the Forest seems like it would go really well with autumn as well.

  4. The only thing I remember reading when I was pregnant with my first was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. She's a total Potterhead now, too. Ah, I have found so many amazing books by just wandering through the shelves at the library.

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  5. Twilight could have gotten onmylist too but for some reason I didn't put t there, don't ask me why.
    Ohh, I loved On the island,it is such a beautiful story.


  6. I love these stories. Especially the one about the Snow Child.

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  7. I loved Juliet Marrilier. I think I've read everything by her!
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  8. I used to love going to the library and pulling random books off the shelves that sounded interesting. It was lovely!

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  9. I loved Blood and Chocolate- I was so disappointed by that movie adaptation. :)

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  10. It’s cool that you remember which season you read the books in. I read Twilight right after high school. I saw it in a grocery store and picked it up without knowing anything about it. I didn’t like it, but I’ve somehow managed to read most of the series over the years.

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