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Aw, such a great topic! I love memory lane, even though I have a rather horrible memory and for some reason the Harry Potter books are sticking rather firmly in my head…. I also can’t remember some of the titles involved, so forgive me!
1. My dad reading to me – My dad loved to read to me (at least I assumed he loved it, I loved it!) when I was a little kid. He read to me when I was sick, or even just not feeling 100%. I got headaches a lot, and it helped me fall asleep when looking at the TV hurt my eyes. He was awesome at doing all the voices of The Hobbit and definitely sparked my love of high fantasy!
2. My mom reading to me while traveling – For a while during my childhood, my mom would have to travel for weeks at a time. We would get two copies of the same children’s book and she would read to me over the phone, telling me when to turn the page and everything, just like on those recordings but so much better ;-). If you can’t tell, my parents were big into the teaching children to love reading thing, and my mom was so awesome for figuring out a way to keep reading to me even when she couldn’t be in the same state!
3. Discovering Harry Potter – I got HP1 as a birthday gift before I knew that it was a thing (possibly before it was a thing), and it sat on my shelf a little while. For some reason I got it in my head that I wanted to read a book in secret, because it’s fun to do things in secret as a kid, even when you know your parents would have no problem with what you are doing (I was weird, what can I say ;-)). So I proceeded to start reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in secret. I only got part of the way through before realizing it was freaking awesome and needing to tell my parents how awesome it was and it was around then that HP became huge I think anyway, haha.
4. Getting HP4 – I was still too young to stay up until midnight when Goblet of Fire was coming out, so I was resigned to getting it the day after or even the weekend after *sigh*. My dad, however, was not willing to let his daughter wait for a book, because we have priorities in this household! So, unbeknownst to me mind you, he went to the midnight release and got me a copy, didn’t read it, and left it on the kitchen table for me to find when I woke up the next morning. My parents were always amazingly patient and waited for me to finish the household copy before reading it, that’s true love ;-).
5. Staying up to finish HP5 – Sirius Black is my favorite character, so needless to say the ending of Order of the Phoenix was a little rough for me. I stayed up quite late for a kid who had to go to school in the morning and then couldn’t stop crying. My dad is a light sleeper, so when I walked downstairs to get some water, he came down and saw my tear-streaked face. I proceeded to explain that I couldn’t tell him why I was upset because I couldn’t spoil the book for him, that just wasn’t done! He said he was really all right with it and he’d rather have his daughter feel better ;-).
6. Midnight release of HP7 – Yes, I did make it to a couple of the midnight releases myself ;-). And let me tell you, the city I lived in went all out! We have a train museum and the local bookstore worked with the train museum to RENT A TRAIN and take us on a ride on the Hogwarts Express that gets attacked by Death Eaters and defended by the trio :D. This was in addition to decorating the entire museum with wizarding shops etc, it was freaking awesome. I’m also proud to say that I know one of the actors that played Ron :D.
7. First review copy – When I first started book blogging, I didn’t actually even realize that authors and publishers sent people books to review. I just wanted to catalogue my book reviews and hopefully meet other people with similar tastes as me to swap book recommendations and stories with. When I was first emailed a book review request, I was warmed that an author actually cared what I thought and thought I would be able to help promote their book. Thank you Peter Darrach for taking a chance on me! :D
All right, that’s actually all I can think of at the moment. I have lots of other general memories, like going to the library and bookstores, but nothing else so specific. I actually haven’t gone to that many midnight releases…. I think that that necessitates a crazy group of friends to drag me along ;-). I am hoping to add book conventions to this list next time I make it though :D. I’m also sure I’ve forgotten something, horrible memory like I said ;-). So, link up your favorite bookish memories and maybe they’ll jog more of mine ;-). And remember to let me know if you are a new follower and I’ll follow you back!
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