Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Bookish Memories Of My Life
My stepmom used to take me to the library each week as a child and we’d each wander in our respective spaces. The library was built in the late 1800’s, I believe as huge home, and I just remember how HUGE it seemed. I would wander and wander and just pull out the most random books and then explore the other parts of the library as if I was in this huge castle. It’s funny seeing the library now (above) and seeing how it really isn’t as big as I remember it being but I just love to remember all the times I was there and it seemed like this huge and magical place…which magical it still is.
Oh my goodness. EMBARRASSING. I finally get to meet John Green. Like bucket list must meet before I die author! And what do I do? Use my 10 seconds to babble incessently about how I used some quotes from his books in part of our wedding centerpieces. I was trying to think of something witty to say but that’s all that came out. He DID (as evidenced in the picture) look up at me and say, “That’s really cool!” So really I WIN. Oh and look at my hair action there.
Obviously BEA in of itself is a book nerd’s DREAM — all the books and book talk and convergence of bloggers. I enjoyed myself at parties I was kindly invited to with publishers and loved meeting authors and bloggers. But the best parts of BEA have ALWAYS ALWAYS been finally meeting all my friends and the most random things we did from Pinkberry trips to bar hopping to cocktail panels to calm down from the crazy energy of the BEA floor. So many laughs and great conversation. Also: book people know how to do cocktails.
Best weekend ever!!! I went out to Chicago to stay and be reunited with Anna and Tara and FINALLY FINALLY FINALLY meet my blogging bff Jen! It was the most perfect weekend ever with constant laughs, good food, WINE and TONS OF BOOK TALK! Just wish ALL of my blogging besties could have been there but this honestly was one of the most fun weekends I had all of last year!
You KNOW I love Stephanie Perkins (cue gushing over Anna and the French Kiss & Lola and the Boy Next Door…plus how her acknowledgements are the sweetest). So I FINALLY got to meet her and like all of my blogging friends get the “oh I love your blog!” a lot from authors but my most shining moment? Stephanie Perkins saying she LOVED my outfit. I was all flustered because have you SEEN Stephanie Perkins?? One of the cutest, most stylish people ever!
This is a VERY recent memory! As in last month! I have been DYING for a book club that meets up locally filled with people who like YA books and who are just, in general, super cool people. And FINALLY I have a book club and it is AWESOME. It’s so nice, even after only a few weeks, to text about books and meet up for book events (book club field trip to see Gayle Forman) and go to see movies together! I love my book club!!
Every time I meet Gayle Forman it’s just another great memory! Her books make me BAWL LIKE A BABY. Always. They also make me think. The VERY first time I met Gayle Forman she read from If I Stay and she read the HEADPHONES PART and I started crying. In front of people. The second and third time I met her was recently for the release of Just One Day and they were smaller events and we got to chat with her and learn more about her travels and just about her. She’s one of those authors I’d want to be friends with…when I eventually learn how to stop flailing when I talk to her. I know authors are just humans but Gayle Forman is the Slayer of my Heart.
It’s a good thing I don’t have a picture documenting this memory because all you would see is a red and puffy eyed Jamie. Not a pretty look. Especially because it was 4am. In the history of my LIFE, I have never cried in that raw and unhinged way I did while reading this book. It’s such a vivid memory because I had really just started reading again and I had forgotten how incredibly powerful books could be to make feel something so deeply in my soul.
Whew I’m getting a little emotional with this one. As many of my long time readers know my mom passed away from brain cancer in 2006. One of my most prized possessions I have from her are a few early edition Nancy Drew books she passed on to me when I was younger. I love these books. Many of you also know I got married this past August and I had a subtly bookish reception and we had stack of 3 vintage books as part of the centerpieces. Well, in the hunt to find vintage books, I decided to check out the attic. I was super stressed and just feeling like we were never going to get enough books for twenty something tables. I pull out this box of books and see some really amazing and PERFECT books and realize they were my moms and flipping through them she even had written her name on the inside cover. I sat there and bawled because I had been having such a hard time dealing with the fact my mom wasn’t here for my wedding and all the usual stress and, in that moment, I felt like it was this little reminder of her and this little connection I needed to have at that moment. I used those books in my wedding and it felt really special to integrate that into the celebration.
Ok back off potential haters and mockers. We are not super crazy Twilight fans but my sister and I, who at the time they came out BARELY got along, totally bonded over the Twilight movies and went to every single midnight showing together — no matter if we had work the next day, if she was super pregnant or even when we stopped living right around the corner from each other. ALWAYS. We dropped whatever we had going on and made it a point to do this. My sister and I are infinitely closer these days (like she’s my bff) and I won’t say that Twilight brought us together but I’ll say that us keeping that date night helped. Even if she was that old grumpy lady that told all the kids who wouldn’t stop giggling to shut up….as if..you know we weren’t like in a movie that was really targeted to teens. We still have good laughs over this. Especially her ragey pregnancy hormones.
So tell me…what are some of YOUR favorite bookish memories? Reading with a special family member? Meeting an author? Standing out in line for your favorite book? Teaching someone to read? Let me know!