{Top Ten Tuesday) Books With Reading Sensory Memories

Posted July 24, 2018 by Leah in Memes & Features, Top 10 Tuesday / 6 Comments

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

When I saw the prompt for this week’s Top Ten, I was wondering if I’d be able to remember exact sensory moments. Turns out I actually have a few! Here are some books I associate with a place, a person, or anything else.



Death by Darjeeling by Laura Childs


Where I Was: 2013, on a plane to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This was my first foray into cozy mystery and that my first time in the Great White North.


Warcross by Marie Lu

Where I Was: 2017, on a train going down to San Diego to hang out on the outskirts of Comic-Con.



The Unicorn Alphabet by Marianna Mayer


Who it reminds me of: My aunt, who gave me this book when I made my first Communion in second grade.

The Animorphs series by K.A. Applegate


Who it reminds me of: My sister, because we madly loved this series and would read it together.


A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle


Who it reminds me of: In school, we had a volunteer reader come in once a week. This is one of the books he read to us. He acted out the voices and the parts. When I re-read this recently, I did so with his voice in mind. Thanks, Mr. Mills!



An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

When: Nearing the end of last year’s summer, when the days were getting cooler and crisper.


The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

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When: The summer before my freshman year of high school. I thought I was going to hate it because it was assigned reading–it’s one of my favorite books.


Sense (in which a book elicited a strong emotional response)

Iced by Karen Marie Moning

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I felt: Creeped out. This is definitely not what I was supposed to be feeling while reading, but this book is…yikes.


More Than We Can Tell by Brigid Kemmerer

I felt: Comfort. I read this in the spring while grieving for my uncle and my friend’s mom. It helped me with some of my heartbreak.


Sadie by Courtney Summers

I felt: Rage (so much rage!), grief, heartbreak, sadness. I finished this a week ago and I’m still thinking about it. My review is coming soon.


What are some books that you associate with a time, place, person? 



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6 responses to “{Top Ten Tuesday) Books With Reading Sensory Memories

  1. Sammie

    I may have gotten just a tad bit too excited when I saw Animorphs on there. Man, that brings back some fond memories. xD I love your list! They reminded me a lot of my fond memories of some of these books, too. 😀

    I don’t have a lot of associations with books that I can just pick up on off the bat, but there are some that I have personal connections with. Like your The Unicorn Alphabet, my aunt gave me a copy of Misty of Chincoteague, which was her favorite book as a child, and she wrote a note on the inside cover and everything. As she’s passed on now, it’s one of my favorite books that I own and always reminds me of her. 🙂

    • Leah

      I love that, Sammie. What a beautiful connection. <3

      Yeah, another Animorphs fan! I still have my Animorphs books, too! I've been wanting to go back and read them again but I'm nervous that it might not live up to my memories of it. 🙂 Thanks!

      • Sammie

        I’m in the same boat! xD My daughter’s almost the age where she can start, them, too, and I’m like … we should read them together! Wait, no, what if they’re terrible and I hate them now? That might destroy my childhood.

        One day, I will return to them, I’m sure.

  2. Greg

    I love it when I associate a book with a specific place or time or whatever. It usually means the book had quite an impact! Warcross was fun, and I should read The Outsiders (I’ve seen the movie a few times).

    I need to read Sadie as well.

    • Leah

      I really thought I wasn’t going to have any books for this list. I’m so glad I did! The Outsiders is a quick yet heavy read, but I recommend it.

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