Another week, another Tuesday! This week’s topic on That Artsy Reader Girl is Books with Sensory Reading Memories. I tend to have a very good memory when it comes to what I read and my opinions on them, but looking back at what I’ve read I don’t seem to have as good a memory when it comes to where I was or what I was doing when I read them so this was actually a little bit of a challenge for me!
It shouldn’t surprise anyone but I have some very specific memories surrounding the Harry Potter books, specifically three of them.
♦Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone♦
I was 10 years old when I first read this and while I was definitely a reader before it, this was the first book that I remember staying up in the middle of the night to read by closet light. I would put it under my pillow when I went to bed and wait for my mom’s bedroom door to close for the night and pull it out to read until I fell asleep.
♦Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire♦
A few years after I began my adventure into the Harry Potter books, Goblet of Fire was released in the summer of 2002. While this is not my favorite of the series, it is the most “well-loved” copy that I own. Shortly after it came out, I was reading it in the backseat of my family’s pickup truck and I had one of those disposable bottles of koolaid that I, naturally, spilled on the book. As 16 years have passed since that day, the stain has faded some but you can still see it.
♦Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows♦
The final book in the series came out right after I had moved into an apartment with a friend and we were both enormously obsessed with the series still. I remember after we got back from the midnight release, we stayed up all night and into the next day reading side by side and oooh’ing and aaah’ing and “omg are you at this part yet?!”
This one is not as fun as the Harry Potter ones but for some reason I remember specifically snuggling up under blankets to read this book and my dog coming to lay down on the couch next to me.
♦And I Darken♦
I really debated on whether to include this one because I feel like it is an example of white privilege. But at the same time I find it pretty amusing so with full acknowledgement that this is probably not a story that I would have to tell were my skin a different color, here it goes.
I am really bad about forgetting to pay traffic tickets. So naturally one time it went to warrant and I got pulled over for speeding and taken in. I had a library copy of And I Darken sitting in the passenger seat of my car and the officer that pulled me over asked if I wanted to bring it with me. So my entire jail experience was sitting in a quiet room all by myself reading for several hours while waiting for my husband to pick me up. Other moms out there will know how hard quiet time is to come by so it was quite a bizarre experience!
This was one of the first audio books that I listened to and completely sold me on how amazing they can be. This audio book is told with a full cast and is spectacular. I listened to this a lot at work and there is a little bit of a twist in the epilogue which I was listening to as I was walking down a hallway. When I heard a particular character’s voice, I remember stopping dead in the middle of the hallway just totally enraptured in the narration until someone asked if I was okay.
♦World War Z♦
I am a huge chicken when it comes to all things scary. I enjoy scary things but I am the kind of person that absolutely has to watch something light-hearted afterwards to get my mind off of it and forget trying to watch anything scary before I go to bed.
I wouldn’t say that this book is particularly scary but the way that it was told like a documentary film with one character interviewing survivors of the zombie apocalypse and telling the story of how the disease came about and how it spread and how it was fought was so enrapturing to me that it actually kept me up at night. It didn’t help that I slept right next to our sliding glass backdoor at the time and I could not banish the vision of zombies coming bursting through that door.
♦Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter♦
This series popped up on a Top Ten Tuesday that I did a few weeks ago for series that I will not be finishing. BUT there was once a time that I enjoyed this series and actually binge-read it with the same friend from the Deathly Hallows story! I used to play a lot of World of Warcraft and I remember with this series sitting in raids and reading while waiting for everyone to be ready to go. So naturally I was a reverse-Leroy Jenkins as I did not always hear when it was time to move on and ended up straggling behind everyone else (which is extra bad when you are a healer…)
This one isn’t a super exciting story like many of the others that I have mentioned but I used to have one of the papasan chairs (probably not spelling that right…the big bowl shaped chairs). I don’t have the chair anymore but this is one of the few books that I remember staying up very late reading, in part because the chair was just so dang hard to get out of that it was easier to just stay and keep reading!
Okay, so that was just nine, not ten. But most of the others that I remember are super-boring stories like “I had a really slow job so I read these dozen books while on the clock.” So we are going to call it at 9!
What books do you have specific memories of reading? Let me know in the comments!