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

The BFG

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

Coraline

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

Geekerella

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!

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Geekerella

Geekerella

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad’s old costume, Elle’s determined to win – unless her stepsisters get there first.

Teen actor Darien Freeman used to live for cons – before he was famous. Now they’re nothing but autographs and awkward meet-and-greets. Playing Carmindor is all he has ever wanted, but Starfield fandom has written him off as just another dumb heartthrob. As ExcelsiCon draws near, Darien feels more and more like a fake – until he meets a girl who shows him otherwise. But when she disappears at midnight, will he ever be able to find her again?

Part-romance, part-love letter to nerd culture, and all totally adorbs, Geekerella is a fairy tale for anyone who believes in the magic of fandom.

Thoughts:

I think I’m in the minority with this book. I was expecting to love it and rave over it like so many other bloggers are doing, but for me, Geekerella was a decent read but not one that I’ll revisit or rave about in the future. That hype monster well and truly got me. Don’t get me wrong, it was an easy to read, cute story. I just didn’t get it as much as others have done.

Geekerella is a literally its title. It’s a geeky retelling of Cinderella. It’s a modern retelling of the fairy tale. It centres around Elle who is treated pretty badly by her stepmother and stepsisters. They find her strange because she’s absolutely obsessed with the sci-fi show Starfield. Elle connects with the show so much because she spent many an hour with her father discussing/watching/doing anything to do with the show. Elle loves being part of the fandom as she feels like it’s where she belongs. It’s who she is. We also hear from the point of view of Darien Freeman who has just been cast as Carmindor in the movie remake of Starfield. Hardcore fans are sceptical about Darien, including Elle who writes a rather harsh blog post about his casting. Darien struggles with fame, fandom and everything that goes with having a major part in a much loved show.

I think my main problem with this book was that I wasn’t overly fussed on Starfield. I liked references to other fandoms because I knew about them and they were familiar to me. I totally get that this was the point of the story- to relate it all back to Starfield, I guess I just felt disconnected to it.

The characters, however, were amazing. I absolutely loved Elle and her journey to find out who she really was instead of being told by her stepfamily who to be. I loved that she embraced her geekiness. I also thought Darien was a fabulous character. He seemed like he was incredibly confident taking on this massive role at a young age, but really he was insecure and worried about how he was going to be perceived. He wanted it to go well and to prove himself.

I do think there’s so much to be enjoyed for many readers in this book. It just didn’t blow me away as much as I wanted it to and that’s okay!

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

An enjoyable read! It may not be for me, but many others will really love it!

Annual End Of Year Survey- 2017

Best books of 2017

I absolutely love taking part in Jamie’s End Of Year Book Survey. It can be a little time consuming, but I adore  thinking about my reading in the year.

Number Of Books You Read: 110 (thus far… writing on 21st December!)
Number of Re-Reads: 5
Genre You Read The Most From: Young adult

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1. Best Book You Read In 2017?

Tough one. I think if I had to pick one it would be Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence for adult fiction and Letters To The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

Geekerella by Ashley Poston. I think the hype got me!

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

As I Descended by Robin Talley. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did!

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I’m still pushing that one!

 5. Best series you started in 2017? Best Sequel of 2017? Best Series Ender of 2017?

I loved Charlotte Says from Alex Bell. A wonderful prequel to Frozen Charlotte.

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2017?

Ali Land! I loved Good Me, Bad Me!

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I can’t say I’ve read a book from a genre I don’t typically read this year. I must change that this year.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Loved that book.

 9. Book You Read In 2017 That You Are Most Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I’m not a massive re-reader. I think I’ll probably reread a children’s book like George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl to my new class (when I get them!)

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2017?

The Scarecrow Queen (The Sin Eater’s Daughter, #3)

11. Most memorable character of 2017?

Lucy from The Names They Gave Us

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2017?

Tough one. Really tough one this year as I’ve read some beautiful books. The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord touched my heart.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2017?

I Have No Secrets by Penny Joelson. A book about a girl with cerebal palsy that can’t talk and hears about a horrible crime.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2017 to finally read? 

Awful Auntie by David Walliams. It was fabulous!

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2017?

“You can be okay again. Just a different kind of okay than before.” – Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2017?

Hortense and the Shadow– Natalie O’Hara- 32 pages  (picture book)

Habibi– Craig Thompson- 672 pages (graphic novel)

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris. It was so dark and twisted!

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Lucy and Jones!- The Names They Gave Us

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Jemma and Sarah from I Have No Secrets.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2017 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Letters From The Lighthouse by Emma Carroll

21. Best Book You Read In 2017 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure:

I Have No Secrets

This might not be a shock, since I keep mentioning it, but definitely this one!

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2017?

I don’t have one this year! Shocking!

23. Best 2017 debut you read?

Good Me, Bad Me by Ali Land.

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

The Invention Of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Such an intriguing, engrossing reading experience.

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

Noggin by John Corey Whaley for its pure weirdness.

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2017?

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Indigo Donut by Patrice Lawrence. I absolutely loved this one and I highly recommend it.

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera.

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2017?

Has to be either Noggin or The Invention Of Hugo Cabret.

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel I couldn’t work out whether I liked it or not and the characters drove me mad!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2017?

Geybie’s Book Blog

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2017?

Indigo Donut– by Patrice Lawrence

3. Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

This is kind of a review, but a review as a discussion with my sister. Good Me, Bad Me

4. Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

I didn’t participate in much this year. It’s been an incredibly busy one for me!

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2017?

Going over 100,000 views very early on in the year. Very proud of that!

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

I’ve had some periods of not posting on the blog. One period was a stomach bug and the other was me being in hospital mid December! (I’m on the mend!)

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

Banned Books #32 The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Chrissi Chat- Consistency– I thought people would have a lot to say about this. I did love the interaction I did get though.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

No new ones this year!

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

  • Banned Books- another 12 books are about to be complete (delay on book 12 due to my illness last week!)
  • Beth and Chrissi Do Kid-Lit- another 12 books will be complete by the end of December!
  • Goodreads challenge- It was 100 books (I knew my year was busy!) and I set it to 115. I’m currently on 110 and I’m sure I’ll make the extended challenge.
  • British Books Challenge- 12 books as the challenge- 61 read… challenge smashed!

 

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Click on book images to get to the Goodreads page!

1. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2017 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2018?

 

A List of Cages

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2018 (non-debut)?

Leah on the Offbeat

3. 2018 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

People Like Us

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2018?

I’m looking forward to Restore Me from Tahereh Mafi.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2018?

Catch up on some 2017 debuts! I failed miserably on that one this year!

6. A 2018 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

I haven’t this time! I am looking forward to reading Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed which I’m reading soon!

So that’s my bookish year! 🙂 What’s yours been like? If you have completed this survey please link yours because I’m super nosey and love to read about your reading years!

This Week In Books #91

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Geekerella Holes (Holes, #1) Wait for Me

NOWGeekerellaAshley Poston– I have heard so many wonderful things about this book, so I’m excited to read it.

THENHolesLouis Sachar– I was really impressed by this book! I was told to read it by the Year 6 children in my school! Hopefully a review will be out sometime next week!

NEXTWait For Me- Caroline Leech– This book has been on my TBR forever, so I’m excited to finally get around to it.

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

 

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR (2017)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list is a TBR list. I love these lists because they give me encouragement to read a book at a certain time! I don’t always keep to them, but on my Autumn/Fall list I managed to read them all! 🙂  These books aren’t necessarily seasonal, just books I want to get around to this Winter.

Click on the book image to get to the Goodreads page for the book! 🙂

The Names They Gave Us- Emery Lord

The Names They Gave Us

I have loved everything that Emery Lord has written so far, but for some reason hadn’t got around to this book yet! That must be rectified!

Girl In Pieces- Kathleen Glasgow

Girl in Pieces

I’ve heard amazing things about this book too. I need to read it this winter.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder- Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I enjoy Sara Barnard’s writing!

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

I have heard wonderful things about this book seeing it raved about all over the blogosphere.

Wait For Me- Caroline Leech

Wait for Me

I’m intrigued by this book!

Watching Edie- Camilla Way

Watching Edie

I had to have a thriller in there somewhere. If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll know I really like them!

Windfall- Jennifer E. Smith

Windfall

I haven’t read Jennifer E. Smith in a while, so I’m intrigued to see if I still enjoy her writing.

All That She Can See- Carrie Hope Fletcher

All That She Can See

I hear that this is a little magical. I like magical reads.

Literally- Lucy Keating

Literally

Not one I know a lot about, but I’m intrigued!

The Girlfriend- Michelle Francis

The Girlfriend

Another thriller. I like to mix genres in a TBR list.

What are you hoping to read this Winter? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

Stacking The Shelves #174

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Birthday gifts:

Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher

Thirteen Reasons Why

I have read this book before, but I needed a copy as I’m reviewing it as part of a Banned Books feature that I do with my sister Beth.

A Quiet Kind Of Thunder- Sara Barnard

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

I enjoyed Sara’s previous book, so I’m intrigued to see what this one is like!

Because You Love To Hate Me

Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy

I am so intrigued by this collection of stories!

Literally- Lucy Keating

Literally

Love the cover of this one! Hoping for good things.

Geekerella- Ashley Poston

Geekerella

This looks super cute!

Dear Bully

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories

I’m interested to read this collection of tales.

The Girlfriend- Michelle Francis

The Girlfriend

I’ve seen this book everywhere. I’m intrigued!

The Madman’s Daughter- Megan Shepherd

The Madman’s Daughter (The Madman’s Daughter, #1)

I am so excited about this one!

Finnikin Of The Rock- Melina Marchetta

Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles, #1)

I’ve finally got myself a copy of this one!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by later!