Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted at The Broke and The Bookish, this week we have a freebie. Having the freedom to choose my own topic, I decided on Top Ten Monumental Bookish Moments. These are books that I have linked with a specific spot in my reading career. I have always love reading, but these ten moments really propelled my love of books. In no particular order:
1. Running Out Of Time by: Margaret Peterson Haddix This was the first official book that I remember ever rereading, excluding the Harry Potter Series. I love the story and the main character, Jessie. A creative take that I still look back on as incredible.
2. Mockingjay by: Suzanne Collins I will never forget the week this book came out. It was the end of August and my senior year was just starting up and it was one terrible week. I don’t remember exactly what had gone wrong, just that just about everything had. But I came home and my mom had written a note on top of Mockingjay saying, “Smile! Life is good.” I still have the note sitting on my desk.
3. The Phantom Tollbooth by: Norton Juster I read this in the 7th Grade and was completely captivated by the uniqueness of this book. I would read it under my desk during classes and my Science Teacher made me put it on her desk during her class. I then stared at it the rest of the time, trying to figure out what would happen next. :) Didn’t quite have the effect she was hoping for.
4. The Book Thief by: Markus Zusak My fabulous friend Lauren, who works with me at Barnes and Noble, discovered I had never read The Book Thief and then forced me to buy it. ;) Why I had not thought to buy it before hand, I do not know. But I’m sure glad it has a home on my bookshelf.
5. Flecks of Gold by: Alicia Buck Alicia Buck was the first author I ever met. She was signing Flecks of Gold at a random Barnes and Noble that I had never walked in before. I ended up walking out with a signed copy and a truly amazing book.
6. Eclipse by: Stephenie Meyer I took this book EVERYWHERE with me, including the beach of Bear Lake; which I’m almost positive the sand is still stuck between the pages. I also tried carrying it on a four-wheeler while traveling from our cabin down to the water. It fell off and the corner of the hardback is now broken. :)
7. Requiem by: Lauren Oliver I attended the Pitch Dark Days book tour featuring Requiem, the conclusion to the Delirium Trilogy. The tour also included fellow authors, Dan Wells (Partials Series), Brodi Ashton (Everneath Trilogy), and Debra Driza (Mila 2.0 Series). It was an AMAZING Panel. I went to see the incredible Lauren Oliver and was introduced to many more amazing writers.
8. Everlasting by: Elizabeth Chandler Everlasting was the first book I think I started and then stayed up til 4 a.m. just to finish. I could not quit until I finished the last page. Wow. I was exhausted the next day but had quite the book hangover.
9. Before I Fall by: Lauren Oliver This one had me in hysterics after I finished. I know I’ve posted about it before and I’m sure it will happen again. But I literally could not breathe, I was sobbing so hard. Before this book, I never realized how emotionally invested I get into my books.
10. The Last Song by: Nicholas Sparks I was blown away by Sparks’ ability to make his readers feel just about every emotion possible. The Last Song was the first of his books that I read, and I’m dreading the day I finish all of his books.