Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

Well today is pretty unforgettable for me because this my 500th post and I just saw that I reached 2500 followers– so first of all THANK YOU ONE AND ALL for following in the first place, sticking with me for all my ramblings, and for just being your *amazing* selves!

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I was tagged for this a while ago by the wonderful Lisa @A Book Calls, the creator of this tag (and all round blogging brainiac- seriously her discussion pieces are great!), and I just thought it would be a lot of fun to do!

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No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (Or Was Read To You)

Gosh, I’m afraid I don’t remember the first book that was read to me or the first book I ever read. Here’s a selection of picture books I remember liking:

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All highly recommended for little ‘uns.

No. 2: The First Book You Ever Bought With Your Own Money

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Nicola and the Viscount– I bought it cos it said “by the author of PRINCESS DIARIES”- being a barely literate child I thought that meant it was the Princess Diaries (emphasis on the barely literate part). I ended up liking it more than I ever liked Princess Diaries- so I guess that’s a win?

No. 3: A Book You Stayed Up All Night Reading

Every good book ever 😉 But I’ll go with this one:

we were liars

No. 4: What Book Or Series Will You Never Forget?

hitler's canaries

I just checked goodreads and this only has a thousand ratings?! OH MY GOODNESS THIS BOOK IS SO UNDERRATED- WHY?!?! Based on true events, this is one of the best stories of humanity and hope I have ever read. It also comes with some intense *feels*, so get your tissues ready.

No. 5: A Book You Frequently Think About

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Because I think the philosophy espoused is so powerful and positive and it’s just a wonderfully impactful book. It also doesn’t hurt that its philosophy has permeated into a lot of work I admire.

No. 6: A Scene That Has Haunted You For Years After Reading It


The *one* from Jude the Obscure– if you’ve read it, you know the scene. If you haven’t read it if you want to be slightly mentally scarred, I guarantee you’ve never read anything like it.

No. 7: An Unforgettable Character


Rebecca- which is possibly an odd pick cos she’s not really in the book- but we get so much characterisation through third parties that she grows into an enigma that she starts to overshadow the heroine… Gothic genius at its best.

No. 8: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something

I don’t know that I’ve ever read a single book that’s changed my opinion drastically- I feel like books are better at *waking you up* to things you didn’t know and help you fine tune your thoughts. So with that said, I’m going with:

noughts and crosses

I was about 11 when I first read it and this made me aware of things I had no idea about. I was actually discussing with a friend just a couple of days ago what a remarkable book this is- if you want a book about putting yourself in other people’s shoes then this is nothing short of perfect. It’s still one of my favourite books from childhood and something I definitely recommend for people looking for speculative YA.

No. 9: Share Another Random Bookish Memory 

When I first saw this question I had *no clue* what to answer, so I started casting my mind back and back… and I stumbled on a memory of the first time I read the Hobbit. Now, everyone knows I loved that book. It had everything I ever wanted in a book: dragons, adventure, elves, wizards, eagles! Picture me, a young and immature ape of about 9, so enraptured by this magical world that I couldn’t think of anything else. All I wanted to do was jam my head back between the pages of a book and read MORE. My mum, however, didn’t think it was good for me to be cooped up in doors, so she dragged me out of the house to go for a walk and we ended up in a little wood near where I lived. Now, I don’t know if you know this, but Tolkien based a lot of the landscapes on England, so naturally when I was out and about in something resembling a forest… I yelled “OH MY GOD THIS IS MIRKWOOD!” and ran off into the trees. I never came back 😉 (at least my mind didn’t). The end.

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With that- I tag:

Sam, Noriko, Katie, Beth, Nel, Book Beach Bunny, Liis, Mischenko, Step into a Book World, KellyLiterary Weaponry and Stephanie

And anyone else who wants to do it! Do you have any random bookish memories? Let me know in the comments!

129 thoughts on “Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag

  1. OMG, this is the perfect tag for this occasion!!! I am so happy for you ❤ 2500 is an AMAZING milestone. I am positive this puts you square into blogger royalty 😉 and 500 posts is more than solid! Well done, congrats, you deserve it all and more ❤
    Also, I didn't stay up all night for We Were Liars, but I definitely read that whole things in one big swoop because I couldn't stop.

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  2. Wow! Congrats on your 500th post and massive following! Nice job! I loved your random bookish memory. The Hobbit is one that I’ve been reading with my 9-year-old, but its still a little difficult for his reading level. 😊

    Love the tag and hope to get to it soon. You’re answers were very interesting. ❤

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  3. Wow, 2500, congratulations! and 500 post is amazing. 😊

    The only memory I can come up with is buying harry potter and deathly hallows in the afternoon one day and finishing it by next morning. I wanted to know how it all ended so couldn’t keep it down.

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  4. Oh my word: 500 posts and 2500 followers!! That is an insane achievement, really congratulations :this is so awesome 🎉🎉🎉🎉
    Haha, I loved that Mirkwood story, that one really made me laugh 😂😂

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  5. Oh I loved reading The Hobbit when I was younger! And Hitlers Canary sounds awesome😄 Thank you for doing my tag! And as your 500th post!!! I feel honoured💛 Congrats on making 2500! 😁

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  6. Congrats to 500 posts and 2500 followers,wow! 🙂

    Shame on me though – I haven’t read any of the books you mentioned 😀 Apart from the Hobbit..^^ But I am really curious now about THAT scene in ‘Jude the Obscure’ 😀

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  7. OMG Nicola and the Viscount was one of the first books I bought for myself, too! I remember nothing about it, but I liked it. (There was another one, too, but I forgot the title. Caroline something maybe?) I love Meg Cabot.

    Thanks for the tag!

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  8. Congrats on 500 posts and 2500 followers! I want to be you when I grow up 😉 Also, thanks for tagging me and the only bookish memory I can remember in this moment is when Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix came out and I was so devastate cause my mother sent me and my sister off to summer camp and I knew the book was coming but I wouldn’t be home to receive and read it. It was the longest week of camp of my life! Hahahaha

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    1. hehee aww thank you 😉 You’re welcome!! aww that sucks!! And I relate- I remember quite a few times having to wait to read HP cos my brother was older than me and he got to read our copy first- it was *agony* waiting for him to finish!!


  9. Congratulations on your 500th post milestone! And hey, all those followers can’t be wrong!

    A book that kept me up? Anything by Dean Koontz. And the first book I ever bought with my own money? I was but a wee lad of eight years old. It was The Three Musketeers. I was so proud of myself for buying it with my own money. I played out the scenes to my friends, lol.


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  10. Congrats on 500 posts and 2500 followers!! These are some amazing achievements! I love your answers in this tag. I always love your choice of books 🙂 I just added Noughts & Crosses and Hitler’s Canary to my TBR because they sound like such interesting books!

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  11. Congrats on both big milestones! But I just have to ask, does anyone really remember their first book? As bad as my memory can be I don’t think that ever would have been something I really knew. LOL

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  12. Wow congrats on hitting those big numbers! Noughts and Crosses is a book I’d always intended to read but never got round to. Interesting post.

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  13. Wow congratulations, those are incredible milestones to reach and thoroughly deserved! Hahah I love that you barely literate you thought Nicola and the Viscount was The Princess Diaries 🙂 amazing! I loved that book too, I just devoured everything Meg Cabot when I was that age. Would love to re-read all of my favourites! Also, Noughts and Crosses was an amazing book. I think it’s the first book to ever make me cry, it was absolutely gut-wrenching, and so powerful. Definitely made me think differently about the world.

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    1. Thank you so much!! hehehe yes- I can laugh about it now, cos it was rather silly. I just didn’t understand anything about marketing so I remember saying “why would it have that on the cover if it’s not princess diaries” *facepalm*. Ah yes- me too 🙂 Yes it really is- oh gosh yes, that book made me sob (although HP took the title of first book to make me cry I think 😉 ) Yes for sure.

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      1. Haha, aww bless you! Don’t worry, sounds like the kind of thing I easily could have done! And ohh yes, many of the HP books made me cry, but I actually didn’t read 4-7 until I was 17, so I didn’t experience any of the heartbreaking deaths until then!

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  14. Congrats for this awesome milestone! ❤

    You post kind of made think about my first book… and i came up empty. I'm not really sure. I definitely remember a book with animal stories I've read when i was 6 and i think that was the first book i read by myself without any help from my mum. 😀

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  15. Congratulations! Rebecca is such an amazing pick for an unforgettable character because I completely agree, she overshadows the protagonist entirely! Also, I had completely forgotten about Nicola and The Viscount before reading this post, I remember reading that book because my big sister read it and I wanted to be just like her, so thank you for bringing a bookish memory back for me too! 🙂

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  16. Congrats!! What an amazing milestone!! ❤❤ I love your The Hobbit memory! What a fabulous book 💕 Rebecca! She’s one of my favorite characters too. I always wanted to know more about her. I think Nancy Drew was the 1st book I bought with my own money, lol. I would have been about 7. Every week I’d take my allowance to the bookstore at the mall and buy a new book! I wish I knew what happened to them all! Anyway, congrats again!! Soon it will be 3000!! 😉🎉🍾🥂

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  17. Ahhh congratulations on this incredible milestone, I am so happy and proud of you! ❤ ❤
    That was a very fun tag to celebrate this as well. I couldn't remember the first book that was read to me, either, haha. I didn't stay up all night to read We were liars, but I did read it fairly quickly during the day because I couldn't stop, it was so addictive! 😀

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  18. Congratulations on reaching 2500 followers, and posting 500 posts as well. Both are incredible achievements and I can imagine you are so pleased right about now! 🙂 ❤
    I love this tag as well, thanks for tagging me and giving me a change to take part in this one as well. I will say despite some of these being unforgettable bookish memories there are a few I've forgotten (I've brought so many books I can't remember the first one I brought with my own money!) Actually thinking back it was probably something by Meg Cabot for me as well.
    Great answers for this one, and again thanks for tagging me. 🙂 ❤

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  19. Oh my goodness *applause* those stats are insane! Congratulations my lovely! I loved your Mirkwood story, I actually used to work in Birmingham near where JRR Tolkien was rumoured to have found the inspiration for many of the places in Middle Earth. Great answers! 💜💛❤️💚🖤💙

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  20. Awwww, what a sweet story about The Hobbit! I wish I had an equally adorable one, but I read it for required reading in sixth grade. We learned the vocabulary words “waxing” and “waning” in reference to the moon (which I still did not understand until I started teaching elementary science last year), and designed a marketable toy Sting which ACTUALLY lights up when you press a button. Because the movie wasn’t a thing yet and we thought we were geniuses.

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  21. The book that haunted me and also changed me in a way: Marquez’s “One Hundred Years of Solitude.”
    Melquiades, the gypsy, was particularly a character which was a little spooky. Also other ghost characters.
    The book particularly moved me and I thought a lot about it because of the theme it discusses so beautifully: memories.
    After reading this book, life can never be the same. I felt I gained a deeper understanding of looking at life and family.

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  22. And I forgot to congratulate you!
    Way to go! 🙂

    Also, a book that changed my life: The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
    It really moved me. And I could see clearly that one needs to fearless.

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