Top 10 Tuesday – 30/11/21

Hello bookworms and welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is: Bookish Memories (Share stories of your reading life as a child, events you’ve gone to, books that made an impression on you, noteworthy experiences with books, authors you’ve met, etc. Reminisce with me!))

This is such a lovely topic. I love hearing about other people’s memories and mine will certainly be a mixture of childhood ones and adult experiences.

1. Letters from Lucy Daniel’s

As a child I loved reading Lucy Daniel’s Animal Ark books. I decided one day to write a letter to her to tell her how much I loved her books. I was absolutely shocked when not only did I get a reply but she also sent me one of her books too. I did respond to her letter to say thank you and sent her one of my own drawings of her book. She kindly responded to say whilst she loved hearing from me she should probably concentrate on writing her next book haha!

2. Writing to authors

After my success with Lucy Daniel’s I decided to write to some more authors to let them know how much I loved their books. Next on my list was Enid Blyton. Unfortunately I never got a reply as at the time I didn’t realise she was dead!

3. Noughts and Crosses

I was 14 years old when I went to my school library for our weekly visit and spotted Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman on the shelf. I don’t know what drew me to it but before I knew it I was absorbed in the story. I checked it out and devoured it very quickly.

4. Matilda

I can not tell you how many times I have read Matilda. It is one of my all time favourites that never gets old. I loved it so much when I was younger that I also listened to it on audio. Although I never made it to the end without falling asleep.

5. Borders

I have many fond memories of visiting Borders with my dad and us both sitting there reading books, whilst drinking cups of tea and coffee. My dad is a bookworm like me and we could easily sit and talk about books anytime of day. I loved our visits to Borders and was heartbroken when they closed down.

6. Taking my boys to the library

I couldn’t wait to take my boys to the library and before COVID hit it was one of our weekly visits. Luckily the bookworm bug has rubbed off on my two and they love sitting and reading books.

7. Story book

A week or two ago my eldest, aged 5, came up to me and said “Mum I want to write my own number block story”. My heart immediately melted with pride and so we sat there drawing pictures and writing what he wanted the story to be about. The imagination of my son amazes me at times and I hope he doesn’t ever lose that.

8. My nan

My nan was another who loved reading and after my grandad passed away she decided to write their story. After being together for over 50 years she certainly had a lot of material! She sadly passed away before she could finish it but I was honoured to be one of the only people in the family she allowed to read her work. Her unfinished novel is sat in my desk waiting for me to finish it and I hope I will one day to make my nan proud.

9. Fan Girl Moments

Since blogging I have found that my reading has changed so much and I am reading more now then I ever used to. I’ve always loved books but blogging as a hobby has opened a whole new world to me. Despite blogging for 4 years I still get all giddy and excited when an author retweets or comments on a blog post that I have done. I feel like they are giving me a big pat on the back and it makes it seem more worth while.

10. Winning a giveaway

Now I am not usually a very lucky person. I don’t win at raffles or competitions so when I started entering some book giveaways on Twitter I did so thinking I would never stand a chance. I was so surprised when my name got chosen on a random giveaway last year and if I’m going to win anything then I’m pleased that it was a book. My copy of The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett arrived and I was ecstatic! Since then I’ve gone on to win a couple more giveaways and I’ve hosted my own. There’s no better feeling then giving back and I’m planning hold another giveaway very soon.

What are some of your favourite book memories?


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