Today I have a list. About books. This list is courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish, which is a lovely book blog I recently discovered. I love books, I love lists…it’s fate.
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Midnight Release — My best friends from home and I have always been and always will be fans of Harry Potter. I cannot even begin to describe how much the Harry Potter series has influenced my life and my friendships. I graduated high school along with my closest friends on June 13th, 2007. On July 21st of that year, the final Harry Potter book was released. That was the last midnight gathering that my friends and I all participated in. That whole summer is wrought with nostalgia for me, but the fact that two eras of my life were coming to an end that evening made this night especially emotional. To be honest, I can’t remember all too many details about that night, and of course I didn’t take nearly enough photos, but I still get warm and fuzzy and a little bit sad whenever I think about it.
- My first read through of Pride and Prejudice — I saw the 2005 movie before I ever read the novel, and I honestly did not like it. And then I read this glorious book. And I am obsessed. It was such a satisfying feeling to finish this book and finally realize what was so great about the story and the characters. Now I love every adaptation! (Especially The Lizzie Bennet Diaries!)
- The TFiOS Tour — I met John Green. And Hank Green. And Katherine Green. And introduced my boyfriend to Nerdfighteria. ‘Nuff said.
- Reading 1984 in school — My first dystopian novel. The beginning of the end. It freaked me out, bored me, intrigued me, and confused me all at once. I want to read it again soon without having to worry about assignments or trying too hard to read into it.
- Wicked — I grew up obsessed with all things Oz. The books, the movie, anything. So when I heard about this novel about the Wicked Witch of the West I had to get it. Honestly, it was a bit adult for me, but I loved it. I’ve since read it countless times.
- All the years I volunteered at my local library — Honestly, toward the end I really hated it, even though I was the Vice President and then I think President (I don’t even remember, how sad) of something called the Teen Advisory Board. We were a bunch of nerds trying to hold events in the library to get teens into said library. But it got my picture in the paper! It was a valuable experience despite how “over it” I was by the time I graduated high school. I met a lot of great people through it, a few of which I’m still friends with, at least on Facebook. And my favorite cousin was also on the board with me (he was president before me) and we still have lots of inside jokes from it.
- Helping out with my younger cousin’s book fair — That’s right folks. I worked (very briefly) at a SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR. Be jealous book fiends. I was even Clifford the Big Red Dog for a couple hours! Or maybe 20 minutes. It was a long time ago and I was really bad at it. I talked almost immediately.
- My dad trying (and failing) to get me to read the LOTR series — My dad is a nerd. My dad is to LOTR and The Hobbit as I am to Harry Potter. Shortly after the film adaptations of his favorite novels started coming out, he lent me his ancient copies of the books to read, and tried to get me hyped. I couldn’t even get through the first book. I don’t know if I was too young or what, but I hated it. I’m going to try again soon, and I love the movies, and I almost feel guilty for not liking my dad’s favorite book, but I appreciate that he really tried to get me into it. Especially since now that I’m getting older, I’m already planning on how to get my future kids into Harry Potter. I hope they turn out more receptive than I was.
- The constant supply of books from my Aunt Laura — I was very lucky to have the family that I have. I got so many great books from my aunt all the time growing up. I still have a few of them around here. One is so old and worn that it has literally fallen apart. It’s currently in 3 pieces and is rubber banded together. I am just super grateful that she was so invested in my bookish ways, because she really didn’t have to be.
- Making my own bookcase with my dad — Really, my dad made it. I helped apply the pink stain. But I love it. He made it and it has my name on it and it’s pretty and pink and I’ve had it since I was 10 and I’m keeping it forever.