Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly linkup of book bloggers hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! I've been a little lax on these lately, sometimes the topic just doesn't quite work for me, and a few times I've just run out of time to finish the post. This week, we're talking about our bookish memories. I try really hard to come up with ten things usually, but for this one I couldn't get there so here are five!

The exact layout of the Little Professor bookstore in Brighton: This was the closest local bookstore when I was growing up. I spent hours in there, from childhood on, first in the kids/young adult areas (which were up a little staircase to the right after you came into the store), and then in the full fiction and nonfiction spaces. I bought so many books there, from Goosebumps mysteries to my reading list for AP English when I was a high school senior.

Being dropped off at the library while my mom ran errands: This isn't as bad as it sounds, I was probably 12 or 13 so not a tiny child, and she would usually take my sister with her and they'd both come back and spend time in the library as well after the shopping was done. I would use the computers for the internet, look at so many books in the nonfiction section (especially the astrology books), and pick out some YA to take home.

The excitement of the book order (and the day it would arrive): I can still feel the leap in my heart I felt when the book order forms got passed out. I would go through and circle everything that looked appealing and my mom would tell me that was too many but end up buying me a ton of books anyways. I always had the biggest haul from the book order!

Going to a midnight release party for the final Harry Potter book with my sister: We were big Harry Potter fans and the Borders in Brighton was having a midnight release party. We got there at like 9 or so, I think? It was fun for the first like hour and change and then really boring until the books started getting taken out. But there was some kind of mix-up and it was taking so long to get the books out that several people left and went to the Meijer just down the road and got a copy there.

The satisfaction of finding a Baby-Sitters Club or Animorphs book that I didn't already have at the bookstore: The days before online shopping were rough! You had to go to the store and just...see what they had in stock. And there wasn't a bookstore in my actual small town, so we didn't usually place special orders because my mom was disinclined to have to make a second run in a short period of time, so I had to walk in and hope that the next BSC or Animorphs book just happened to be there at the same time I was. The agony!


  1. You have some great bookish memories! Especially being dropped off at the library while your mom ran errands. I can relate! :)


  2. Yes! I remember being dropped off at the library as well. This was before computers (because I'm a dinosaur), but I loved having all that time to browse the stacks and read in the beanbag chairs they had there. I've never dropped my kids off at the library while I ran errands, incidentally - I always go in with them and browse for my own books while they make their choices. I love libraries! Always have.

    Happy TTT!

  3. There is nothing like spending a day in the library!

    My post is here— https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/11/30/ttt-bookish-confessions/

    Happy TTT!

  4. These were all so fun to read, thanks for sharing. You've perfectly nailed the feeling of book orders/book order arrival day -- even now that I'm an adult and can (technically) order anything I want at any moment, it can't *quite* compare to the thrill of being given a few sheets of tissue-thin paper with your Options to pick from.

  5. I loved The Baby-Sitter's Club!! https://cindysbookcorner.blogspot.com/2021/11/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-memories.html

  6. My mom used to order from Scholastic and I will be existed when the box came and I get to have one of the books.