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

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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!

Book Tag- Shelfie by Shelfie #1

I was tagged in Beth’s Shelfie by Shelfie book tag. I thought it was a great idea… so here we go!

The idea of the tag is that you share a picture (‘shelfie’) of one of your shelves and then answer some questions about them.

1.) Is there any reason for this shelf being organised the way it is or is it purely random?

It’s my favourite shelf. Meaning every single one of these books is a favourite read of mine. On it is….

  • The Curious Incident of The Dog In The Night-Time
  • The Constant Princess
  • The Other Boleyn Girl
  • The Boleyn Inheritance
  • The Virgin’s Lover
  • The Queen’s Fool
  • Sarah’s Key
  • If You Could See Me Now
  • P.S. I Love You
  • Lord Of The Flies
  • Rebecca
  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • The Last Leaves Falling
  • Cross Your Heart
  • Me Before You
  • The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas
  • The Class That Went Wild
  • Reasons To Stay Alive
  • One
  • Thirteen Reasons Why
  • A Monster Calls
  • Only Ever Yours
  • Simon Vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Good Me Bad Me
  • The Reason I Jump

2.) Tell us a story about one of the books on this shelf that is special to you i.e. how you got it/ a memory associated with it etc.

That’s a tricky one as all of these books are special to me. The Class That Went Wild has a special place in my heart as it is a childhood favourite. I have fond memories of Beth reading it to me when I was younger. I used to love being read to by my big sister!

3.) Which book from this shelf would you ditch if you were forced to and why?

I think perhaps Thirteen Reasons Why. I have a really weird relationship with this book, which I’ll address in a blog post and some point.

4.) Which book from this shelf would you save in an emergency and why?

I hate this question! I would want to save them all, please? No? Hmm… I think it would have to be Me Before You. I push that book so very much that it has to be saved!

5.) Which book has been on this shelf for the longest time?

P.S. I Love You. I read it when it first came out!

6.) Which book is the newest addition to this shelf?

Good Me, Bad Me read this year and promptly added to my favourites!

7.) Which book from this shelf are you most excited to read (or re-read if this is a favourites shelf?)

Me Before You… will it still be a favourite after a re-read?

8.) If there is an object on this shelf apart from books, tell us the story behind it.

Above the shelf are some ornaments that my friend (and wonderful author Alex Bell) got me from a holiday to many different locations. There’s so many cute trinkets from places in Europe. I also have a teaching assistant teddy from a child that reminds me of when life was easier as teaching assistant! 😉 I also have some Tinkerbell stuff from my nephew who knows I love Tinkerbell, I also have a best teacher wine glass. I may not drink, but it was the thought that counts!

9.) What does this shelf tell us about you as a reader?

My favourite books range from chick-lit and historical fiction to psychological thrillers and a few classics!

10.) Choose other bloggers to tag or choose a free question you make up yourself.

There’s so many that I’d like to tag, so I’d just say if you want to do it, please do and leave me a link if you do! 🙂 Please check out Beth’s original post HERE!

Beth and Chrissi do Kid-Lit 2015: The books are revealed…

Beth and I have been completing a Kid-Lit Challenge for 2 years now. This year we thought we’d shake it up a bit and add modern children’s literature to our list! Here is our completed list. My picks are in purple and Beth’s are in red!

JANUARY- Five Children And It- E.Nesbit

FEBRUARY- Pollyanna- Eleanor H.Porter

MARCH- Diary of A Wimpy Kid- Jeff Kinney

APRIL- Flour Babies- Anne Fine 

MAY- The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe- C.S Lewis

JUNE- Velveteen Rabbit- Margery Bianco 

JULY- Gangsta Granny- David Walliams 

AUGUST- The Graveyard Book- Neil Gaiman

SEPTEMBER- Watership Down- Richard Adams

OCTOBER- Goodnight Mister Tom- Michelle Magorian

NOVEMBER- The Class That Went Wild- Ruth Thomas

DECEMBER- Percy Jackson and The Lightning Thief- Rick Riordan

What do you make of our picks? Have you read any of them? Let us know!

Top Ten Tuesday REWIND: Childhood favourites

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the topic is a Top Ten Tuesday rewind. We can blog about previous topics we missed or that we might want to do again. I’ve decided to go for my childhood favourites as I’ve been feeling really nostalgic recently.

I’ve totally cheated with this week’s list, because some of the books I’ve mentioned I’ve loved the series.

In no particular order:

(Click image for Goodread’s page! Some pictures aren’t very good quality, but I wanted to find the covers I read, where I could)

The Class That Went Wild Ruth Thomas

The Demon HeadmasterGillian Cross

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I’ve tried to find the covers that I remember for this list, but it’s proving problematic! I hate it when covers are redesigned. Especially when there was nothing particularly wrong with the cover in the first place! Ah well. I loved the story inside of this book. This book was first published in 1982. I wasn’t born then, but I remember reading it during my childhood and being captivated by the story. Gillian Cross doesn’t mean demon as in scary demons. Just a nasty, nasty head teacher.

MatildaRoald Dahl

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I adored this book growing up. To be honest, I still love it now. I often read it to the children at work and they love it as much as I did. This is the cover that I remember. It might have been my sister’s first. I can’t remember. I know it was incredibly well loved though.

BlubberJudy Blume

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I believe that Judy Blume is another author that my sister got me into. I used to love her books. I remember really liking how Judy Blume explored bullying.

Malory TowersEnid Blyton

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Let’s be honest, I loved anything Enid Blyton. St Clare’s, Secret Seven, Famous Five… I was a total Enid Blyton fangirl.

GoosebumpsR.L Stine

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(Using a series again… such a cheater) I loved all of the Goosebumps books. I used to have them all and they looked like this. The cover was all goosebump-y. Yes, I’ve made that a word. I loved The Haunted Mask. I remember watching a film adaptation and it just wasn’t as good as the book!

Sweet Valley High- Francine Pascal

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Yes, I’m doing it again. Mentioning a series that I loved. I think my sister, once again, got me into this series.

The Babysitters ClubAnn M. Martin

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Ahhh *nostalgic sigh* I adored The Babysitters Club. Debbie from Snuggling On The Sofa recently got the whole series. I’m so jealous. I loved this series and would adore a re-read!

Double ActJacqueline Wilson

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I only read a few of Jacqueline Wilson’s books before I felt much to grown up to read her. Silly me. She’s a fantastic children’s author!

Point Horror– many authors but I particularly liked Caroline B. Cooney’s stories.

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Ahhh, another selection of books that my sister got me into. I loved Point Horror.

What are some of your favourite childhood books? What did you do for the Top Ten Tuesday REWIND? Let me know in the comments below or leave your link and I’ll stop by!

Just one of the reasons why my sister is so special to me

You might think that this is a personal post, which I don’t usually do on the blog. You’re right, it is personal. But it’s also bookish, because that’s something inherently special about my sister and I’s relationship.

My sister is six years older than me and in many ways has influenced many things in my life. She used to go to boarding school, (our father was in the army, we had to move often, and Beth felt more settled at boarding school. I think she also thought boarding school was going to be like an Enid Blyton novel) so I felt like a lot of our growing up happened when we were apart. I always looked up to her though. I still do. When she wasn’t at school, we shared a room, so I tended to like things she did. She’s my big sister. I idolised her a lot.  I know I irritated her so many times with copying things she liked, but I hope she knows now, it’s because I wanted to BE her. I used to HATE it when she went back to school. Especially after the six weeks summer holidays. I think we all found it quite hard when she went back. (We lived in Germany, she was educated in Scotland).

One of my favourite memories of my sister and I’s childhood days is her reading to me. She read so many stories to me before I went to sleep. One of my favourites was Ruth Thomas’ The Class That Went Wild (which Beth tracked down for me recently. See, she’s awesome!) and The Demon Headmaster series by Gillian Cross. I loved having someone read to me. It was so relaxing. She used to tease me with the threat of not reading another chapter after a cliff-hanger. Meanie!

Reading has followed us throughout our lives. From the days our mum taught us to read (forever grateful for that Mumma!) we’ve shared a love of books.  Beth introduced me to Point Horror, Sweet Valley High, The Babysitter’s Club and so many, many more books.

Beth’s always found time to read, but I hit a reading slump for around three years when I was at university. Everything I read was for university. It was philosophical and heavy going. I really didn’t feel like reading anything else. I’m glad I pulled through that and started reading again, because I’m reading more than ever now and more genres than before!

Now present day Beth and Chrissi are both still avid readers, (we went to Malta together, and spent many an hour reading on the beach or in our special reading room, the hotel had a reading room that we gratefully adopted in the evenings…) but we’re also book bloggers. We share books, we buy each other books for every occasion, we read together, we talk books together and we collaborate together on reviews.

Our bookish ways

On our long way to Hay Festival last year.

On our long way to Hay Festival last year.

Beth came to a talk I was interested in, in this pretty room. She knew nothing of the authors, but she knew how much I wanted to go.

Beth came to a talk I was interested in, in this pretty room. She knew nothing of the authors, but she knew how much I wanted to go.

Our Reading Room in Malta. It was actually called a Reading Room. It made us very happy.

Our Reading Room in Malta. It was actually called a Reading Room. It made us very happy.

Cruising to the Blue Lagoon, where we spent the day reading and dipping in the beautiful lagoon.

Cruising to the Blue Lagoon, where we spent the day reading and dipping in the beautiful lagoon.

‘Please… no more book talk, ladies!’

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My sister now lives in London, so I don’t get to see her nearly as much as I would like to.  When we do meet up, you can guarantee that we’ll drink hot chocolate and bookshop. What else is there to do?! 😉

I couldn’t be happier to have a sister like mine. I’m lucky.