Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly event hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.
In no particular order . . .
1. Going to the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling. That’s me on the right at the release party at Borders. Notice the “Trust Snape” sticker on my arm! Also, I had a temporary tattoo of a lightning bolt on my forehead, but you can’t see it because of my bangs. I had to cut out the person on the left side of the photo because we aren’t friends anymore, and I didn’t think it would be nice to put her photo up on the Internet without her permission (in case you are wondering why the photo looks a little odd).
2. Attending my first author event since I started blogging – Libba Bray and Gwenda Bond at Oblong Books. So much fun!
4. My “How I Discovered Harry Potter” Story! You know I’m going to tell you right?
I was a sophomore in high school way back in 2000 (yeah, I am totally dating myself here 🙂 ) and it was the week before February break. I was in the mood to read while on break, and I mentioned this to my friend. She said “you know, I just read this really interesting book called Happy Potter. It’s a kid’s book, but it is really good.” Unfortunately I was a bit skeptical, and I didn’t rush out and get that book. Keep in mind, this is WAY before HP became popular.
Anyway, a few days later I am at Ames (do you guys remember that store?) with my mom. She had to pick up some stuff, so I moseyed on over to the book section. Now, just in case you aren’t familiar with Ames, it was basically like a Kmart, and the book section consisted of a a few romances (not that there is anything wrong with romances!). So, when I get over to the book area (2 whole bookshelves), I saw all these Harry Potter books. I mean, there were tons! And it maked me think, huh, that’s weird that Ames would have so many copies of one book.
The next day I am in the school library during study hall, and what three books are on display? That’s right, HP1, HP2, HP3 (only the first three were released at the time). I couldn’t pass it up, so I borrowed the first one. And the rest, they say, is history. I even did a presentation in my AP English class senior year about mythological creatures in the Harry Potter books. I’m a dork, I know, but I’m proud of it 🙂
5. Talking to a teen patron at the library where I work about books. I am proud to say I have helped developed a love of Pride and Prejudice and The Scarlet Pimpernel in her. My job there is done. No, I’m joking. 🙂 It’s so great to talk to someone so passionate about books! She grabs a stool, plops down next to my desk, sends her boyfriend to sit at a table across the room, and talks to me about the books she’s read. Mainly about the boys in the books she reads. It’s awesome.
6. My mom reading the American Girl books to me when I was a kid. I was definitely old enough to read on my own, but we would snuggle in bed together, and she would read me the Molly books. It was great!
7. Going to the Central Library as a kid and checking out tons and tons of fairytales!
8. Reading Fear Street books by R.L. Stine. My neighbor and I would read these books like crazy when we were kids, and then swap books. I’m still friends with this neighbor too! Actually, we are more like sisters now.
9. The first time I read One for the Money by Janet Evanovich. This book, and the whole series, showed me how much I love books that make me laugh. Funny books are almost always my favorite!
Hmm . . . okay, I can only think of nine. I’m sure I have tons more, though, I just can’t seem to think of them. What are your favorite bookish memories?