TTT: Books with Sensory Reading Memories

Hi guys! Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is: Books with Sensory Reading Memories.


Girl Goddess #9 by Francesca Lia Block – All of Francesca Lia Block’s books are like time capsules to me and this one always takes me back to where I first read it: sitting in my see-through inflatable chair (with pink feathers inside) in my very pink room, which was lit by the perfect for reading light of three lava lamps, one UFO lamp and a disco-ball. I can nearly smell the body butter from The Body Shop and the H&M lipgloss.

A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit – I have so many memories attached to this book. It’s been everywhere with me – and it shows. It’s pretty beaten up and full of scribbles, but in this house we call that well-loved. I particularly remember reading it while eating the best grilled sardines in Essaouira and on the boat to Spain. It’s the perfect traveling companion.


Secret History by Donna Tartt – My strongest sensory memories are attached to this one. I read it in September 2013, on a very impulsive roadtrip with my husband. We weren’t really going anywhere so we spent a lot of time just driving around and listening to the same CD over and over. So when I think of this book I always think of orange fall trees blurring by the window and The National’s Boxer.

The World of Yesterday by Stefan Zweig – I read this a couple of years ago, mainly on a train-ride to Bergen and in cafés. I was interrupted twice, by men who were very eager to educate me on Stefan Zweig’s life. Which amused me, since one might think Stefan Zweig himself might have more insight on the topic.

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer: I read Borne last summer, on one of many after work park-dates with my husband. It was a perfect lazy summer afternoon, reading about a giant flying bear.


The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky- I’ve read Perks a few times, most recently during my first Dewey’s 24 readathon. It was such a fun experience, cause it made reading a communal event, which was new to me.

2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke – This is the first “proper” sci-fi book I ever read and it made me fall in love with the genre. But it also scared the crap out of me. There’s a scene in this book that’s so scary I had to lock myself in the bathroom to read it. Cause the scary AI can’t get you in the bathtub.

Crush by Richard Siken – I’ve read this one a few times now, but I especially remember re-reading it in the garden last summer, while snacking on raspberries right from the bush.

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Emma by Jane Austen –  I read Emma curled up in bed, with a cup of cocoa and a fuzzy blanket. It was my first Jane Austen and I loved it so much, it was so cute – I was actually giddy. I stayed up reading it till 4 in the morning, cause I just couldn’t put it down.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt – This is another one I read in bed (the best reading spot), but it was lot less cozy. It was midwinter and our power got shut off , so it was freezing cold and completely dark. I was hiding under the covers in my faux-fur reading with a flashlight.

Let’s talk! Have you read any of these books? Do you remember when or where? What books do you have the most sensory memories of reading?

6 thoughts on “TTT: Books with Sensory Reading Memories

  1. Great post and you have some beautiful pictures there! 💗 I always remember books well if I read them during 24 Hr Readathons! (will you be participating in the Summer Dewey’s Readathon?) If a book is emotional I also have a vivid memory attached to it! Like when I read The Book Thief and finished it at 2am, crying in my bed.


  2. The only book from your list that I have read is Emma and I don’t remember where I was or what I was doing when I read it.

    Great list. You have some really great memories 🙂 I can totally picture your pink room! Mine was similar except it was yellow (and I don’t even like yellow?!?) I’ve never done a 24 hour readathon but it sounds fun!


  3. “It was a perfect lazy summer afternoon, reading about a giant flying bear”
    If I hadn’t read Borne already, this would have made me read it immediately.
    I really want to reread it anyway, especially now that I finished Annihilation. About Annihilation, I get the “scary AI can’t get you in the bathub” thing, too, but with the creepy Area X inhabitants (halfway through the book, I had to put it down and take a walk not to panic because really I didn’t expect it to be so creepy).


  4. It’s always nice to be able to pick a book and remember a certain memory from that book. I remember reading The Secret History until over midnight in my bed, not feeling the slightest bit sleepy, even though the next day I have an exam, just because I couldn’t stop reading it.


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