Top 10 Tuesday is a book meme hosted by the creative girls from The Broke and the Bookish. Yesterday's theme was Top 10 Bookish Memories.
At first, I thought I wasn't going to be able to pull this one off because I never met a famous author, or waited in line to buy a book. (Apparently a great number of bloggers waited in line at midnight to buy Harry Potter. When you only read classics, you don't get a chance to experience this sort of thing).
Surprisingly, I ended up with a list of 15 Bookish Memories. Here are the 10 best ones:
1. He lives!
I remember sighing with relief when I discovered that Frodo doesn't die at the end of The Lord of the Rings. My cousin had told me he did just to mess with me. (So evil.)
2. Embarrassed poet
Once I wanted to buy a dictionary of rhymes. Yes, a dictionary of rhymes. Let's leave it at that. Anyway, I went to a used book store and happily said: "Good morning, do you have a dictionary of rhymes?”. The salesman laughed and I blushed. This sentence actually rhymes in Portuguese.
3. Nutty librarian
I briefly worked as a hospital librarian. One day a woman who worked at the hospital came to the library, and asked if we had any books by Nostradamus. I said no, but if she liked prophecies, I recommend Aldous Huxley's Brave New World. She took the book out.
4. Mr. Darcy's is waiting
I read Pride and Prejudice for the first time mostly in buses during my commute. I had just arrived at my bus stop during the story's climax - Mr. Darcy's letter to Elizabeth. I rushed home and dismissed a neighbor I saw on the street just so I could read his letter.
5. Chez Balzac
I love visiting writer's houses. I guess it's the closest thing to meeting them in person. I've been to Balzac's and Poe's houses. I'd love to go to Jane Austen's and Flaubert's house someday.
6. Hospital follies
Once I went to hospital, can't remember why, must have been an asthma attack or something. But it wasn't anything serious. After seeing the doctor, I had to wait for the results of the exams which would take a long time. I didn't want to just sit there doing nothing. So, I sneaked out of the hospital and went to a bookstore. I ended up buying the book I was reading at the time, Brothers Karamazov. When I went back, my exams had long been ready and that's why I have two copies of Brothers Karamazov.
7. Scouting for treasures
Over the years I've found so many incredible books in used bookstores. You can see I was particularly happy to find a cheap collection of art books with one of my favorite paintings:
I'm also a big fan of libraries. Even during school and college I took out books from local libraries and I still have my first library card.
9. Stealing memories
I never met any famous author but I really wished I had met David Foster Wallace. Since that's no longer a possibility, I'll just borrow other people's memories then. Here's Ben Casnocha's and Evan Fleischer's.
10. Vintage mementos
One of the best things about used books is that you never know what you'll find inside them. I always keep whatever comes in them. Inside my copy of Life of Christ (just finding this book is a special memory) I found many this images of Saint Joseph and many others. Recently, I bought A Patriotic History of the United States and found this inside it :
While I'm writing I am encouraged to start leaving beautiful pictures and mysterious notes inside my books, so that one day a person will find them and have their own memories.
Well, these are some of my memories. I'd love to hear yours!
2 The Bowler Press (watch out, the letter contains spoilers!)