TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Sensory Reading Memories

My last TTT post was in April. Wow.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday the 10 books that are linked to specific moments in your life.

I immediately thought of some titles when I found out the topic for this week. I may have mentioned those in other posts but it’s been a while since I did one of these lists. I’m not a sentimental reader, to be honest. I don’t spew quotes out of nowhere or obsess over a scene. But I do remember when and where I read things. So this topic is perfect for me.


The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien.
I’ve read this multiple times but there was a time in university where I read this twice in a row. It was at my Children’s Lit class. I was already reading The Hobbit and for our semester report, our group was chosen to talk about… The Hobbit. So I finished that and in three days, I read it again.

One Bullet Away by Nathaniel Fick.
One of my favorite books of all time. I read this on the plane to and from Florida. What makes it special because that trip was my first time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Orlando about a week or so after it officially opened. I read half going to Florida and the rest of it going back to Los Angeles.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown.
This was the book that I was reading on the flight to the US when we were moving here for good. That’s all. I don’t think I finished it on the plane but I remember toting around a mass paperback copy of it in my carry on.

Stiff by Mary Roach.
Another travel-related thing. I was reading this when I did a cross-country road trip on a Greyhound some years ago. It was on my ancient first generation Barnes & Noble nook!

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion.
I’ve said this story before but here it is again. When I started to go to Little Tokyo every Friday after work, I didn’t bring any books with me at first. One time, I left the office earlier than usual. So I went to my nearest Goodwill and purchased a book. This was that book.

Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente.
Another Little Tokyo memory. I read a bulk of this at Tom’N’Toms at the Little Tokyo Plaza. That cafe is now closed. Sadness. I loved that citron tea. I didn’t love the book as much but I’m gonna miss that place. It’s going to be a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf now.

Nancy Drew: The Secret of Mirror Bay by Carolyn Keene.
Okay, I don’t remember exactly when and where I read this the first time. But I know for sure that I’ve had strangely vivid dreams about this book. As if I’m living the story, especially the events on the cover of this book. I tend to have those kinds of dreams once in a while but this is the first time it happened. XD

American Prince by Sierra Simone.
I was reading this on the train on my ebook reader. As you know, this is smutty smut smut. It was already awkward for me to read this in public but that feeling multiplied tenfold when I felt the older lady beside me reading over my shoulder. Yep, she didn’t even try to hide it. Do you do this? Please don’t do this.


I know I may have more but there are my most special ones. Some, like The Girl on the Train was simply just me reading it on my own train ride.

Like I said, I have good memory of the circumstances when I read, not so much the material. Is that strange? LOL. Oh well. That’s how my brain works, I guess.

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3 thoughts on “TOP TEN TUESDAYS | Sensory Reading Memories

  1. I think I’ve also read another blogger talk about having an older lady peek over their shoulder while they read smut on a bus! 😀 so funny, but makes me wonder why it is always (relatively) older women who do this.

    My TTT post

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    • I’ve had this happen again when I read Outlander on the train. I had the floppy paperback and this older lady saw it… started talking to me about how Outlander is her whole life and blahblahblah. I was like “Lady, I’m reading.” Needless to say, I wasn’t able to read until she got off the train.

      Whyyyyy…. O___O Haha yeah, it’s always the older ladies. It’s so awkward. I’m just too polite to say no. XD

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