This week’s TTT is a free pick. I went back through all previous TTT topics to find one that I hadn’t done yet, and I chose this one! I had a lot of fun thinking about bookish memories 🙂
Ten Best Bookish Memories
- Reading Harry Potter for the first time. <3 I still remember this very well. I got the fourth book for Christmas when I was 11 years old. I soon realised it was the fourth book in a series. My mom was a bit worried I wouldn't enjoy them but was sweet enough to take me to the book store and get the first three books. I still can't thank her enough for that! During the first holiday I started reading them and finished all four books in a few days. From there on I still remember every single book being published. By the time book five came out I started reading them in English and I still remember spending my holiday in Slovenia indoors with the book haha.
- Not any specific book, but when I was little I would read well into the night and every time I heard my parents come upstairs I’d quickly turn off my bedside lamp. Of course my parents knew I was reading. “One more chapter, then go to sleep!”
- Attending a panel with Neil Gaiman at the British Library for their Out of this World exhibition back in 2011. For the life of me I can’t remember who else was there, because I was too starstruck by Neil Gaiman.
- Following up on the previous memory: the Out of this World exhibition at the British Library. An exhibition all about science fiction and its origins in literature. To this day this is one of my favourite exhibitions I’ve ever visited. It was really cool!
- Having Carlos Ruiz Zafón sign my books 🙂 I attended the book event where he was being interviewed (wrote a bit about that here) and got two books signed. I’m a huge Zafón fan and he was so nice and the interview was really interesting.
- Digging for medieval manuscript fragments in Rolduc Abbey. This was one of the projects I joined during my master’s degree. I wrote a few posts on it back in the day. We visited the abbey for a few days and examined their three libraries. Many of the 17th and 18th century books were in a bad state, but that gave us an excellent opportunity to find manuscript fragments that are hidden in the bindings.
- Visiting the Deventer book market with my book club. We try to do this every year (although last year fell through) and turn it into a road trip, bring our own lunch and have a mini pick nick. And of course we walk around the book market from early morning until closing time and ahh. So much fun! The Deventer book market is the largest annual book market in Europe (sadly for a mostly Dutch audience with only a small English selection).
- Book club meetings! Because my book club crew is the best. Also there is food. So. Much. Fooooood. We talk a bit about the books we read together, watch movie adaptations, and play literary “Guess who?”
- The Murakami Festival last year. The Dutch literary journal Das Magazin organised a huge book club all around Amsterdam in honour of the publication of Murakami’s Colorless Tsuruku Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. It was a really fun experience that I wrote more about here.
- My visit to Scotland’s book town. It was a cute little town and the book shops were a lot of fun to visit! More about that here 🙂