Top Ten Tuesday #30

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

This week’s actual prompt is “Hilarious Book Titles,” which didn’t really interest me. I don’t really read comedic books. I’m not opposed to them or anything; I just choose to read other things.

I’ve decided to do an old prompt I didn’t have the chance to participate in. It’s “Top Ten Books Linked to Specific Memories or Moments in My Life.” Each of these books have special meaning to me. My top ten includes:

Books My Dad Read to Me as a Child

Books My Parents Gave Me as a Child

The First Book I Remember Reading on My Own

Books I Read in High School

The First Book I Read While Living Away from Home

The TWO Books that Ignited My Love of Reading

What about you? Which books are linked to specific memories or moments in your life? Do we have any in common?

P.S. I’ll finally be responding to all the comments on my previous posts and this post today. I’ll also start commenting on other blogs again today.

I learned in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) that life is full of dialectics, or two opposing truths. In this case, the two opposing truths are: 1) I don’t agree with JKR’s stance regarding trans people, and 2) I still love Harry Potter.

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Hi, I'm Jenni. I’m an eclectic reader. I mostly read fiction and I favor fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery, thrillers, and romance. The more kissing in a book the better!
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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Oh, wow! I’ve never read Homer’s Odyssey. I remember talking about it in high school, but I didn’t actually read it. (I did everything I could to not read the books I was supposed to.)

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  1. Louise Hallett
    Louise Hallett says:

    I adored The Secret Garden as a child, I also remember reading Alice in Wonderland and The Famous Five. I can remember my dad reading Roald Dahl and Doctor Seuss books to me.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I actually didn’t read The Secret Garden until a few years ago. I’ve never read The Famous Five. I’ll have to check it out. I’ve also never read Roald Dahl. I know I need to.

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  2. Dini @ dinipandareads
    Dini @ dinipandareads says:

    Fun change of topic! Sometimes I think I would struggle to come up with a list for a prompt like this but as I was scrolling through your list, I thought I could definitely come up with some titles too. I remember reading Number the Stars when I was in middle school and of course, discovering HP and Twilight, both at very different times in my life 😂 Great list!

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      How fun that your dad would do all the voices. I can’t remember if my dad did that or not. I just remember being read to. I love those memories, though. 😀

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  3. Margaret
    Margaret says:

    I remember being obsessed with Nancy Drew and Anne of Green Gables. I read the original Little Mermaid where she dies and turns into sea foam. It was beautiful but disturbing since I hadn’t yet encountered death. There wasn’t really YA lit in my era; we read classics like Little Women and Little House on the Prairie.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’ve never read Nancy Drew and I only read Anne of Green Gables a couple of years ago. I loved Anne and I love the movies with Megan Follows. I think it would be fun to read the original fairy tales whether they be Grimms’ or Hans Christian Anderson’s. 😀

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      • Margaret
        Margaret says:

        The original fairy tales are dark and frightening. They were mostly cautionary tales for kids and not entertaining at all. I loved the Anne series with Megan Follows too!!

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  4. Greg
    Greg says:

    This is a nice topic. In fact it would make a good official topic! That Secret garden is so compelling… and I love the Dune cover also.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Greg! 😀 It would be fun to do it again with everyone since it was done four years ago. I love this Dune cover too, and The Secret Garden is very compelling.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Rae! 😀 I think Harry Potter and Twilight got a lot of people reading. Say what you will about them now, but they’ve both made a huge impact on reading.

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  5. Lark
    Lark says:

    I love this! What a good idea for a post…I might have to steal it sometime. And how fun that you can link certain books to certain times in your life. I still remember books that my dad read with me. 🙂

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  6. Marie
    Marie says:

    I remember reading Number the Stars in grade school, I think it was around 3rd or 4th grade. We read it as a class. That was in the ’90s, and I still remember how it made me feel.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      The cover is lovely, isn’t it? I’ve always loved it. When I was younger, I did think it was weird that there was a lion on the cover instead of a dragon, though. LOL. 😀

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  7. Marianne @ Let's Read
    Marianne @ Let's Read says:

    What a wonderful day of reminiscing what was important in your life so far, at least what literature. I can tell by the books you chose that you are at least one generation below me. LOL

    Thanks for visiting my TTT this week.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      It was fun reminiscing about the books that mean a lot to me. 😀 And, that’s cool that I’m a generation behind you. I’m a generation behind most of my siblings too. (I’m 23 years younger than my oldest sister.)

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  8. lissa
    lissa says:

    Sadly, I have no book memories aside from visiting the public library and picking up books to read.

    I love The Secret Garden & Harry Potter.

    Thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Have a lovely day.

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      I’m sorry you don’t have any book memories other than visiting the public library. I hope that’s because you read so much that you couldn’t possibly keep track of all that you read as a kid. 😀

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    • Jenni Elyse
      Jenni Elyse says:

      Thanks, Lindsey! 😀 It was a lot of fun to do. I’ve discovered through this post that a lot of people owe Harry Potter and Twilight their love of reading. That’s just so cool to me.

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