Anyway, it’s Tuesday, so I have another Top Ten Tuesday for you guys, courtesy of Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is Bookish Memories, so we’re talking all about the memories we have of reading, book events that we’ve been to, authors we’ve met etc. So here we go, some of my favourite bookish memories:
- My dad reading me the James Herriot books when I was little, and doing the Yorkshire accents for all the farmers
My dad reading to me when I was a kid was definitely part of what made me the reader I am today, and whilst he read a lot to me, the most memorable books for me when I was a kid were James Herriot’s books. He would read them to me and my sister and because he is also from Yorkshire, he would do all the voices for the characters, and we absolutely loved it!
2. Going to my first YALC with my friend Hannah
I have so many great book memories with Hannah, but I decided on going to our first YALC as one of the ones I wanted to share here, because it was such a great day and started an annual tradition for the next four years! I may have barely read any of the books I read that first year, and given pretty much all of them to charity shops, but it was still such a fun experience and we learned a lot that first year that made our experiences in future years even better. It was also my first time ever meeting Derek Landy so it was memorable just for that.
3. Seeing Alwyn Hamilton every year at YALC
Another YALC related one, on our very first year at YALC, we met Alwyn Hamilton before she had published her debut novel Rebel of The Sands. She was really lovely and even though we didn’t win the manuscript of Rebel of The Sands that was being given away that first year, we’ve seen her every year since that first year, and she always remembers us and chats quite a bit with us which we really appreciate. We even joined her queue just to get a photo in 2019, when she was there promoting The Notorious Virtues! I hope she’s back in 2022 because seeing her at YALC has always been a highlight of the weekend.
4. VE Schwab liking my As Travars necklace when I went to an event of hers in 2019
Back when live, in-person book events were still a thing (I am going to be even more embarrassing with authors I like when we’re finally able to go to back I swear because it’s been so long since I’ve been to a book event), I went to VE Schwab’s Glasgow event for the re-release of The Near Witch. I wasn’t quite sure what to say to her when I got up to the front, but she noticed that I was wearing a A Darker Shade of Magic themed necklace that I bought and complimented me on it, which I was really touched by because I wasn’t expecting her to notice!
5. Going all the way down from Stirling to London to go to an event with VE Schwab, Samantha Shannon and Neal Shusterman
You know that you’re a book lover when you spend a ridiculous amount of money on train tickets down from Scotland to London just to see three of your favourite authors in a room together, before swiftly getting the train back up! Still it was so worth it, it’s probably one of my favourite book events I’ve ever been to, V, Samantha and Neal were all really great and Samantha even remembered me from this event at one of her own events in Glasgow the next year, which was lovely.
6. Going to my first ever book event with Jodi Picoult
My first ever book event was actually only in 2014 believe it or not, I went to one of Jodi Picoult’s book tour stops for Leaving Time, in Ely. I was definitely super awkward meeting her but I remember her being really sweet, and loving that I’d written some quotes from her books in the inside covers. She’s one of my favourite authors to go to book events for because she’s such an interesting and engaging speaker, and has tons of stories about all the weird and wonderful research she’s done for her books. I definitely held up the queue somewhat because I brought such a huge pile of books (I think I had about five!) but she was super sweet about it!
7. Maggie Stiefvater’s talk at YALC in 2016 (and waiting three hours to get our books signed)
We specifically got tickets for the Sunday in 2016 because I really wanted to meet Maggie, and in a rare move for us, we actually went to her panel (Hannah and I tend not to go to the panels at YALC very often), and it was one of the most hilarious book talks I’ve ever been to. She was so funny and had the whole audience laughing for half an hour straight. We ended up waiting for three hours after her talk to finally get our books signed because the virtual queue was so long and we got fairly far back numbers. We didn’t get to speak to Maggie for long when we did meet her because it was so late, but we did get an incredibly embarrassing picture that will never see the light of day.
8. Going to the midnight release of The Cursed Child
This was obviously long before She Who Must Not Be Named revealed herself to be the world’s biggest transphobe, but the weekend we were at YALC in 2016 also coincided with the release of the script book for Harry Potter and The Cursed Child and as we were both big Harry Potter fans, we decided to stop by a midnight release of the book. Despite everything that’s happened since, it was still a very memorable evening.
9. World Book Day in school
I don’t know how familiar readers from other parts of the world are with World Book Day, but in the UK it’s a really big deal and I remember being so excited to get dressed up as one of my favourite book characters for the day and have an entire day where my favourite hobby was celebrated. I was always so excited to get my £1 book token as it meant a new book and new adventures to be had!
10. My dad taking us to the library every week
I’ve kind of fallen out of using the library in recent years, but when I was a kid, my dad used to walk us to library up the road from us every week and we’d pick out new books, I always used to come back with a stack of books as big as they’d let you take out. I specifically remember the really nice librarian, his name was Giles Harrison and he always used to help me pick out books and order books in for me if they didn’t have them and was always so lovely and happy to see us when we came in on a Saturday. I stopped going to the library as much when I was in secondary school, and had an allowance to buy books, but when we move back to London next year, I will definitely be going back to that library!
So there we go, those are some of my favourite bookish memories from over the years! How about you? What are some of your favourite bookish memories? Do you have any memories of author events that you’ve been to? Let me know in the comments!
Next week’s topic is our last freebie of the year, and as I’ve got quite a few of these, I’m going to talk about Most Anticipated Releases That Are Still On My Shelf, books that I was super excited for and pre-ordered but still haven’t read yet!