These are the books that are linked to very specific memories for you: where you were, what time of year it was, who you were with, what you were eating, what you were feeling, what you were seeing, etc. 


Jurassic Park & The Lost World

Easily one of the most memorable reads in my entire library.  I read both of these during a hot summer in my hometown.  I was an early teenager and my parents’ house didn’t have air conditioning.  I would go down to the basement because it was cool down there and read this on a shag-like burnt red love seat down there to keep cool.  I absolutely love this memory.

The Martian (audio)

Not only is this the audiobook that got me back into audiobooks – but I distinctly remember sitting in my family room, chair moved to the center of the room and being riveted to R.C. Bray’s voice while playing Madden and Forza on my Xbox.


I don’t have a full memory of where I read this, but I remember picking it up at the local library once they opened their new and HUGE location near the water in my hometown. I remember bringing it down to the floor, reading a few pages and deciding that this was the book I wanted to bring home with me.  One of the only library memories I have.


Another Library memory – this one not realizing just who Arthur C. Clarke was or that this was part of a huge series.  This book really sparked my love of Sci-Fi and I’ll never forget finding it on the shelf and it opening an new world (literally) to me.


Death Match & Utopia

I was on a kick listening to The Used – both of these books were ravenously finished while listening to In Love And Death by them – that I cannot hear that album without thinking about parts of these books.


This was has a double sensory memory – first I listened to Nirvana’s Nevermind on repeat while reading it.  AND I remember playing the video game before and after reading it and being amazed that video games could be based on books (I’m still amazed when this happens).


This cover and this book.  The first time I saw this book in the library, I remember thinking – what the hell is this about (and I used to be scared to swear).  I took it home and I think this was the first book I ever stayed up late into the night to read.  I read it everywhere in my parents’ house.  I couldn’t be stopped.


We read Animal Farm in my 10th-grade class.  Now, aside from the fact that my teacher read it and had a monotone voice –  I loved the story and wanted more.  So I stayed after and asked him what I should check out.  He told me 1984 by George Orwell.  I picked it up and read it – I couldn’t wait to talk to him about it.  I stayed after school the one day and sat in his room talking to him about it. I don’t think he realizes this (or would even remember me) but that book suggestion and subsequent discussion about the book (and that freaking ending) shaped me into the reader that I am today.

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