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BBH: A Bookish Memory

Today’s question comes to us from Julie @ JadeSky who asks:

What is your favorite memory surrounding books?

I am not sure if it’s my favorite memory, but it’s the one I think about most often.

In my house growing up, my brother and I had bedrooms that were across a VERY short hall from each other. There was maybe 30” that separated our bedroom doors, which was JUST enough room for a small bookcase.

My parents subscribed then to the Reader’s Digest Condensed Books, and this bookcase was where all the books lived.

And I have so many memories of sitting in that tiny hallway, leafing through these books, looking for the perfect thing to read, while my entire family was in the driveway, horn blaring for me to HURRY UP.

I, of course, did not hurry up. Picking the right book for a car trip is serious business, y’all. It can not be rushed.

But after a few minutes…ten, sometimes more…I would find the perfect book, and fly out of the house, grabbing my Walkman on the way. I’d settle into the back seat with my brother, put on some David Bowie or some Duran Duran, and get lost in whatever I had chosen that day.

It was perfection.

As an aside to this bookish memory, I will also add a bonus music memory. This was that Walkman (although, as a Toshiba, not really a Walkman at all…)

We lived an hour away from any kind of electronics store, so my Dad bought this for me from a mail-order catalog called LVT (which we always joked stood for ‘Lenny, Vito and Tony’, a nod to the fact that the prices were so good that they must have ‘fallen off a truck somewhere’). It had two headphone jacks, which meant that I could listen to music with someone else. It was magic.

How about you? Do you have a favorite bookish memory? I’ll take your reminiscences in the comments.

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, Coffee Addicted Writer relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book-related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog

11 thoughts on “BBH: A Bookish Memory

  1. I already shared one of my favourites on Tessa’s blog, but here is another. I read everything we had in our family library, so I moved next door. My friend had a series called the Happy Hollisters. I read all her books and she read mine. We are still friends today.

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  2. When I was in my HS days I would, on occasion with a new book, read it while listening to just one album, over and over and over, till the book was done. To this day anything from Styx’s “Pieces of Eight” will remind of the first in the Foundation saga and images of some Russian sc-fi novel that I forget the title of but remember well the name of the hero, Maxim, come back to me any time I hear Asia’s first album, especially “Heat of the Moment”.

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  3. Can you believe I never had a Walkman??? Right. Reader’s digest Condensed Books- I LOVED those. My grandparents had quite a few of them at their house. In fact a couple months ago I got a wave of nostalgia for those and looked some up, to determine which ones I anted to try and track down. I haven’t done it yet though. 🙂

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    1. There are some that I remember so fondly that I might want to read in a non-abridged form, too. But I am so overwhelmed with other books that I rarely think seriously about that. 🙂

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