Ten Books With Sensory Reading Memories

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s list is all about books that hold a sensory reading memory for us. It could be where we were, what time of year it was, who I was with or what I was eating. In no particular order, here are my choices. Book images go to Goodreads!

The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

The Class That Went Wild

I remember my sister reading me this book multiple times as a young child. I feel so nostalgic when I re-read this one.

The Other Hand (a.k.a Little Bee)- Chris Cleave

The Other Hand

This book gives me throwbacks to Malta. I was on holiday there when I read this book in a special room the hotel had. A reading room! Yes! A reading room!

A Monster Calls- Patrick Ness

A Monster Calls

I remember my sister bought me this book on my birthday. I read it and wept on my birthday.

The BFG- Roald Dahl


I LOVED sharing this book with my class. It brings special memories back from when I was a child and I love seeing their reactions.

Gangsta Granny- David Walliams

Gangsta Granny

There’s a particularly poignant part of this book. When I read this to my class last year, they were silent as I revealed it. Then one girl who had experienced the same thing actually welled up. 😦

The Book With No Pictures

The Book with No Pictures

I adore this book. It’s so funny and ridiculous. Children love it!

The Invention of Hugo Cabret- Brian Selznick

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This definitely brings back sensory reading memories for me. I poured over the pages.

Coraline- Neil Gaiman


At the time of writing this, I’ve only read the graphic novel of this book. The pictures will stay with me for a long time!

Legally Blonde- Amanda Brown

Legally Blonde

I have a weird sensory reading memory with this book. I read it the night before I was admitted to hospital with suspected appendicitis!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston


The same goes for this book. I was reading it when I felt very unwell!

Tell me about the books that hold sensory reading memories for you! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

52 thoughts on “Ten Books With Sensory Reading Memories

  1. Great post. Interesting to see the memories that the different titles bring back. Sharing your favorites reads with your class and seeing the kids get to experience the stories is such a blessing ❤

  2. Oh I loved The Invention of Hugo Cabret! The beautiful artwork definitely enhanced my reading experience of the book, I loved every second of it 🙂

  3. “Geekerella” sounds so cute! Bummer you have bad memories attached to it and “Legally Blonde.” Or maybe since they’re both lighter (or they seem like they’d be) reads, they helped take your mind off the bad. 😀

    Happy Top Ten Tuesday, Chrissi!! 🙂

  4. A hotel with a reading room that you could actually read in! That’s great! I have found a few “reading rooms” or readers lounges over the years but all have featured men on cell phones or little kids to whom Mommy is oblivious as SHE reads! Nice job!

    • This was a very dignified room where we could read in peace. It was amazing. We revisited that hotel a few years later because we were so impressed! (And we’re bookworms!)

  5. I feel like I remember seeing the cover of The Class that Went Wild, but I don’t think I ever read it… there were so many books in my elementary school library with this style of cover though, so it might have been another book.

  6. It is so hard for me to read books when I am not feeling well. I suspect if I could that those books would DEFINITELY get stuck in my brain as “sick” books. Also, I love the ones that tie to your sister!! That’s so special that you guys have reading memories together!!! I have so many with my son and don’t know why I didn’t think to include those on my list!

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