Stealing the TOP TEN idea from yesterday… I haven’t ever participated in the meme but the official sponsor is The Broke and the Bookish.
2. Book Bloggers Convention/BEA – NYC 2010 – YOWZA what a great time that was!
3. The first time another blogger offered to send me a book. Not a giveaway, no strings attached. (Happened to be I’Jaam.) Thanks again Softdrink. You ROCK.
4. Realizing book blogs exist and I can finally make friends who want to talk about books!
5. Having my Fifth Grade teacher read The Hobbit – and realizing that I can finally read BIG books. Oddly, I never even considered reading Lord of the Rings until I heard about the movies being made.
6. Being so bored with reading books I was supposed to read that I turned in a book report for a Danielle Steele (I cannot for the life of me figure out WHICH book) and having my Sophomore Honors English teacher trash it for being ‘trash’ and then taking me aside later and telling me she loves Danielle Steele, too, but it wasn’t appropriate for school.
7. Reading Les Miserables in High School and bawling-sobbing through the last 60 pages. I remember counting to when I started crying to see how many pages it was.
8. Babysitting my niece and driving around Kansas City with her in the backseat reading Harry Potter. She must have been in Second Grade?
9. My first author-meet was Lisa Genova at a book signing for Still Alice. It was held at the Chatham Library and I was the first one there so I sat down to read 84 Charing Cross Road. I still remember laughing out loud and looking up to find the room was packed full of people.
10. I remember exactly where I was and how I felt when I found out that Dewey had died. Dewey was a pillar in our community and was responsible for many online activities that brought us together, such as the Read-A-Thon which has been named in her honor. I held her opinion on books in such high regard and was always thrilled when she would leave comments on my posts. I recall how somber and serious that next Read-A-Thon was. I realized just how much this book blogger stuff is REAL; understanding that I have made some real friendships over the interwebs and I cherish this experience.
Ok, now I’m all sniffly. Thanks for the memories. Let’s make some more fun bookish memories, shall we?