This tag was created by Jen Campbell you can check out her video HERE. I stumbled across the tag here on WordPress on The Little Contemporary Corner and loved it. The goal of this tag is to name 10 books that remind you of a certain time and place. I couldn’t wait to do this. This is such a unique and new idea. I always find myself thinking about books in terms of when and where I read them. So, this tag was perfect.
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
This book kind of gave me back my sanity. I read this book in my dorm in law school. I was unhappy with my decision to go to law school. I had determined that law was not the career path for me and I was far away from my family and friends. I was depressed. This book was kind of cathartic (in that it allowed me to cry my eyes out at 2 am) and reinvigorated my love of reading.
Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
How could I not include this book in this list? I read this book in my gifted class in 2nd grade. Honestly, it was a battle for me to get into this book. I didn’t want to like it. However, I fell in love with it.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
I believe what made this reading experience so memorable was the teacher I read it with. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the book. However, Mrs. Cruz my 10th and 12th grade English/ AP Lit teacher truly made this experience wonderful. She was my favorite teacher and her passion really invigorated me.
Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens
This book holds a special place in my heart. I read this book in my first year of my English degree. This was the first book I read in my upper level major classes. It truly was a book I wouldn’t have picked up on my own. I mean it’s very intimidating. But, I read it and enjoyed it. It has made many other books seem much less intimidating now.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
This is a book you would expect I was assigned for school. However, it wasn’t. In fact I tried to read Sense and Sensibility by Austen in 9th grade and hated it. I swore off Austen and would state that I couldn’t stand her writing. Then in the summer after law school I decided to give it another chance. I fell in love with the story Austen crafted. I truly was missing out on some amazing books.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Many of my other choices reference school or stages in my life. This book on the other hand reminds me of my friends. We were all very much anticipating this book. We all got it at the same time and I spent the night at Caitlynn’s house the night it came out. I spent my whole time that night and day finishing the book and talking about it with Eden and Caitlynn. Honestly we should have seen this blog as inevitable based on how often we discussed book together as teens.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Literary analysis can be a scary thing the first time you are assigned to complete it. In 9th grade I had to write an analysis on this book. I was weary but the amount of symbolism and the depth of this novel really made it easy. I loved this book before that assignment. However, I always think about that 9th grade English class and this book and how it made me a much better reader.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
Listen, middle school is hard. No matter who you are it’s a tough time in life. I was assigned this book in 7th grade and I felt understood. I know that sounds crazy. I am no Ponyboy. But, this coming of age tale really got to me. It made me understand that books could be reflections of real life and could still be interesting.
Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
I know the look you’re giving me. I would do the same thing. Yet, I can’t just ignore the role this book played in my adolescence. I was obsessed with this book throughout 9th grade. I read the series repetitively. No, not in a spaced out amount of time. Back to back. I reread the first book so often the covers literally just fell off. It was a series Eden, Caitlynn, and I bonded over immediately. So, really Meyer is to thank for this blog.
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I saved this book for a reason. This book I read over 2 years ago. I learned about it through Booktube and it really got me involved in the bookish community. This was a book that got me talking and bonding with other book bloggers. I remember reading this book at the beginning of the year and becoming inspired to really be an active part of this community. I am so happy that I made that decision because I love the friends I’ve made through this.
What books remind you of a time and place? Complete this tag and make sure to tag us so we can check out your answers!