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Books with Sensory Reading Memories – Top Ten Tuesday #21

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl at the start of this year. This week’s prompt was ‘Books with Sensory Reading Memories’

Reid, T. J - Maybe in Another Life10. Maybe in Another Life by Taylor Jenkins Reid

I read this during betwixtmas last year and the sight of the book just brings to mind Terry’s Chocolate Orange and a ridiculous about of Celebrations. Yum.

9. Deadpool Vol. 1: Secret Invasion by Daniel Way

Way, D - Deadpool Vol. 1I read this on my plane back from Orlando to London last June after my first ‘grown-up’ holiday (without adult-adults) to Universal Orlando Resort with my best friend (you see the irony, no?). It just makes me think of pain, awful awful stomach pain, nausea, stuffy plane air and a nervous American air steward pressing endless little plastic cups of water and apple juice (alternately, not together). I don’t actually get travel sick, I was just poorly, and my best friend? Sound asleep, taking up two seats. Thanks, Beth!

Lacey, J - A Dog Called Grk8. A Dog Called Grk by Joshua Doder

I don’t know how sensory this is but the only thing I really remember clearly about this book is the sensation of being sat cross-legged on a scratchy classroom carpet floor when I was small drinking juice and listening to my Year 4 teacher (I wanna say, Mr Ratcliffe?) read it aloud to us.

7. Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth

Tea, tea, so much tea. I sat and read this series in 3 days in the school holidays – for those three days I sat on the sofa (the sound of a series of depressing lifetime moves on the True Movies Channel my mother was watching in the background) and read until I was done (getting up for the bathroom and to make my tea of course).

Roth, V - Divergent Series

Clare, C - The Mortal Instruments6. The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

Is sleep deprivation a sensory thing? Because this series gave it to me. I discovered the first book  by accident (I have no idea where) and read the first five books on illegally  questionably sourced pdf downloads to my … pft, I wanna say Blackberry? I just couldn’t stop and I didn’t until I’d read them. I was staying at my Nan’s at the time, ‘sleeping’ on the sofa.

5. Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

Riordan, R - The Lightning ThiefI borrowed this from an English classroom trust library and took it on a weekend trip to Leeds with my best friend and her parents. We stayed at the Hilton and I read it lay on my stomach on the bed and the room smelled like hotel soap/linen (unsurprisingly).

4. The Giraffe and the Pelly and Me by Roald Dahl

Dahl, R - The Giraffe and the Pelly and MeMy Nan read this to me and my brother when we were young and it just makes me feel fluffy dressing gowns and fluffy blankets. That’s all, I can really just feel it. You know that sensation when you are wearing a brand new fluffy dressing gown? That.

McEwan, Ian - Atonement3. Atonement by Ian McEwan

UGGGGGGH. Even just seeing the name. Complete boredom and the Lego Dimensions Wizard of Oz music because my boyfriend was playing it on his Xbox while he made me read it for my English Literature class. Gods, I hated this book.

2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling

Rowling, J. K - Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsAnother plane and more juice. This time to Turkey. My mother bought me the first 5 books at the airport (because she must have had extra luggage space? I dunno) and I (stupidly childishly) picked up this one first because it had the flying car on the front and was the only one I could remember from the films. I feel like this was pre Order of the Phoenix movie release, so I was like 7/8.

1. The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Meyer, S - The HostWeirdly, the smell of a high school gymnasium filled with rain-damp adolescents and the sound of them all being general nuisances because the school had the nerve to make it rain their dinner time off. I was reading the part where Wanda has to steal medicine for Jamie and there was this really tense moment when you think she’ll be caught – it doesn’t seem so bad now but at the time I remember feeling as though my head would explode from the suspense of it all.


What sensory memories have books given you? – I found this a weird trip down memory lane, strange that most of mine are from childhood, I feel like my reactions to books aren’t as strong anymore and it makes me sad. Don’t forget to post your Top Ten Tuesday links in the comments!

Until next time!

25 thoughts on “Books with Sensory Reading Memories – Top Ten Tuesday #21

  1. Love this post idea! Whenever I see my copy of the last Mortal Instruments book I get such a strong sense of coffee from the bookshop / Café where I bought and read the majority of it!

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    • Yay, I’m not the only one who listens to earphones while I read! People always tell me it doesn’t make sense and I’m like, “no it does – it both sounds good and blocks out other background noise so I can focus more.”

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  2. I would always read the A Series of Unfortunate Events books on summer nights in my room with my windows open. As pleasant as those memories are, one night my neighbors were outside arguing at 2 AM, so I associate that memory with the books too!

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    • I just started reading the first one of these! I’ve seen the Netflix series and it seems like they got it bang on, I was so crushingly disappointed when I found out there wasn’t an audiobook version of the whole series narrated by Patrick Warburton, you have no idea.

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      • They’re pretty creative, and Lemony Snicket can definitely write, but I DNF’d the series around book 8. I might pick it up again later. And if there were a Patrick Warburton audiobook, you can BET I’d get my hands on it!

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  3. All the Harry Potter books give me serious memories. I don’t know if they are sensory or not though. Maybe I’m just not a very sensory person because I can’t think of any sensory memory books.

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