Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday! Favorite Bookish Memories

Top Ten Bookish Memories! Hosted by The Broke and The Bookish! Eep! I had so much fun thinking of all these, this was such a good idea! Yay! AND I got to include some more of my pictures from my Europe trip, holla!!

Book Memories

1. Reading My First Chapter Book All By Myself...The Giver--We all know I obsess over The Giver and this is why. My very first book that I read all on my own and it will forever be one of my absolute favorites. This book helped shape my reading habits. Much gratitude.

2. Reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone--Another milestone. Harry Potter means so, so much to me. I can still remember the first time I ever read it. I just adore this series. It teaches us so much and this was the start of it all.

3. Reading The Hunger Games--I can remember exactly where I was when I was reading this first book. In Florida, by the pool, and I was so enthralled by it that I took it to the parks with me and read in line. Legit. There is actually a pic of me sitting on the ground waiting for a show and reading it. Just couldn't put it down. Fills me with happiness just thinking about it...*sigh*

4. Sobbing Through 75% of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows--Again, I can remember exactly where I was when I read this book and that I cried for no reason (well some crying had reason) at random points in the book. I was just overcome by the finality of it all and I would just burst out in tears reading dialogue between Harry, Ron and Hermione knowing there was only so much left to be read. *tear*

Author Memories

5.. Meeting Caragh O'Brien--Her Birthmarked series spoke to me. I've said this a million and one times but meeting and talking with her has been hands down one of the best bookish memories ever. Gaia for President! :)

9. Meeting Kate Morton--I never in my LIFE thought I would get to meet her! Her writing is lovely, her stories are captivating...and she's from Australia...but she came to Wisconsin this yeah and I was so.excited. She is so cool and funny and gah, it was just awesome!

7. Meeting Leigh Bardugo--Dude, Leigh Bardugo is one of the funniest people ever and I wish she was my friend in real life. Seriously. Shadow and Bone is one of my favs and getting to meet the genius behind Alina and Mal and The Darkling...awesome!

Location Memories

8. Visiting The Execution Green at the Tower of London--My love for historical fiction began with reading Philippa Gregory. All my knowledge of this era comes from reading books about it and I just LOVE it. Anne Boleyn is my FAVORITE Queen. Seeing where she lived and was inevitably executed (along with a lot of my other favorite historical women) was just life-changing. I cannot wait to go back and I pray to God it is soon.

9. Touring the Tower That Imprisoned Lady Jane Grey and Seeing the Dudley Family Carvings--Again. I've read about the Dudley family, their imprisonment, and their infamous carvings numerous times...to see it in real life was unreal. So eering and creepy yet totally amazing. Loved it! So lucky!

And last but most certainly not least..... 

10. Going to Hogwarts...The Warner Brothers Studio where they filmed all the Harry Potter films has since been turned into a museum of all the props and sets and what not. I was sooooo lucky to go with my best friend who is also obsessed with Harry Potter and we GEEKED out the whole time. I may or may not have cried about 7 times...no joke. It was awe-inspiring and amazing. They had The Great Hall, Diagon Alley, and Hogwarts. The picture shows the castle and every shot you see in the movies of the grounds was shot using this model. So this is about as close to going to Hogwarts as any of the Muggles are going to get. Best book experience. Ever.

Hope you all enjoyed my favorite memories!! Can't wait to see what yours are!! 

Peace and Love! 


  1. I'm pretty sure I just met my book twin. ALL the Harry Potter, but even more: Philippa Gregory, and Anne Boleyn. I read The Other Boleyn girl and that's really what sparks my passion for Tudor England and my obsession with all things Anne Boleyn. So exciting to meet another fan!

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  2. I'm jealous of your location memories, those places are amazing and high on my list of places to go should I ever reach England. And I must admit meeting Kate Morton would be fun, she always looks so stylish and fun in her interviews (her books are too shabby either).

  3. Fun. Hogwarts. I must take my youngest daughter who is obsessed with the Harry Potter books.

  4. I just about died of jealousy with your #10. Oh my gosh that would have been so incredible.

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  5. Your #4 memory--yeah, that, ditto. I swore I wouldn't cry. Then I read the dedication about the beginning and J.K. Rowling's 7 part dedication "if you have stuck with Harry to the very end." Yeah, sobbing. SOBBING. I don't know if my tears were ever dry while reading that book, and I don't cry at books easily. I can count on one hand the number of books that have made me cry. Also very jealous of your #10--one of my life goals!

  6. oooooooh you went to the studio? that's so on my list of vacations that need to happen for me. ANd I"m so jealous you got to meet Leigh Bardugo, love her!

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  7. I remember reading The Giver in middle school and being completely blown away. I reread it a few years ago and loved it just as much. Great list, and I'm super envious of the studio visit! :)
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  8. Hogwarts! Amazing. I cried through Deathly Hallows as well, even at the not-sad parts, just from knowing it was the last one. Great list!


  9. I can't even recall what my first chapter book was! Guess it wasn't any good? I too SOBBED through Deathly Hallows. I was so depressed when it was over too. It's always hard when you've invested so much time and then it ends. I am so jealous you have been to the Tower of London! I'm obsessed with that period of time in British history. It's better than any soap opera.

  10. Ohhh the hunger games *.* basically also took it wherever I went and remember sitting on the cold kitchen floor and reading because I ha to prepare food...*.*

  11. I'm so glad I'm not the only one who pretty much cried through the whole of HP7! You just knew it was coming to an end, and even before the battle really began you knew people weren't going to make it... I think I cried so much that when I finished reading I had to have a nap, I was exhausted and my eyes hurt so much they wouldn't stay open! SERIOUSLY jealous of you visiting the Warner Brothers Studio and seeing some of the magic for yourself. :D


  12. That's amazing that you were able to go to Hogwarts! I would love to do that. I have been to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which is super fun. But going to Hogwarts . . . yeah, talk about a dream come true.

    I also remember reading HP for the first time. I read the first chapter and KNEW that this book was something special.

  13. So incredibly jealous! I would love to visit Hogwarts.

    Your list is awesome. I haven't had a chance to meet any authors yet, but I hope to. And I cried like crazy during HP7 too.

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  14. All your Harry Potter memories are so cool. I remember reading the first one, and crying over the last one. Oh man, those books. Also, I really like The Giver. I didn't read it until a couple years ago, but I really like it!

    Here's my TTT: http://thebookbanner.blogspot.com/2013/02/top-ten-tuesday-best-bookish-memories.html

  15. New follower!
    Love that at least half of your top ten are Harry Potter related. It's such an influential thing. And I agree with you. I probably cried throughout the majority of Deathly Hallows. Haha :)

    Halee @ Confessions of a Book Addict

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