UNFORGETTABLE BOOKISH MEMORIES TAG // BOOKS, HIDDEN BOOKSHOPS AND READING BOOKS OUT OF ORDER

I saw this book tag on Kristin @Kristin Kraves Books blog and I just had to do it. This tag was created by Lisa@A Book Calls. Hope you guys enjoy reading this post about all my precious memories related to books.

No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (Or Was Read To You)

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The first book I can remember reading is The Little White Rabbit and Other Stories by Enid Blyton. I read it so many times and it had some fun illustrations in it. I can still remember the story of the white rabbit who fell into a barrel of tar (I think)  and his mom washed him and hung him up to dry. I can’t really remember the other stories but I know there were some about fairies and little kids. This book was a little worn out before I read it because my sisters had read it before me. I have no idea where it is now though.

No. 2: The First Book You Ever Bought With Your Own Money

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As a Kid, I didn’t have an allowance so I disturbed my parents until they finally agreed to give me money to buy a book and guess what book it was. It was The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey. It cost around 300 – 500 naira and I loved the book. It is a funny story about two kids and their dreadful teacher. They mistakenly hypnotize him into thinking he is Captain Underpants, a character in one of their comics. Then things get out of hand and they end up saving the world from an evil baby sized villain. It was so much fun to read and it’s actually the first book in the series but I never got to read the other books. I kept it till I was about to enter university and finally gave it out to a kid. There is also a captain underpants cartoon that was released recently and yes, I watched it and enjoyed it 😊😊

No. 3: A Book You Stayed Up All Night Reading

harry poter correctI’ve stayed up all night reading a lot of books but the first book I stayed up all night reading would be Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I eventually slept off though cause as a kid I could hardly stay awake at night. The book was so huge to me as a kid but it was interesting so I kept reading it till I finished it. Yes, that was the first harry potter book I read before I went on to read the rest years later. I read them out of order (gasp). I don’t know why but I can read books or watch TV series out of order and still enjoy them when I eventually start from the beginning. Since then Ive read it over and over again and it’s still in my bookshelf although it’s missing a lot of pages whenever I see it I smile. I recently put up a picture of it on bookstagram because it holds a lot of memories for me.

 

 

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This is the first Harry Potter book I read. I was a kid then. When I found it there was no cover and some pages were missing but I read it and loved it before going on to read the rest of the series. Yes I read Harry Potter and the goblet of fire first before reading the others. My dad and I used Sellotape to hold the pages together cause I kept disturbing him 😂 😂 and it’s still there in my bookshelf at home. 📚 Most times on bookstagram we see new shiny books but hardly see damaged books or well worn books. This book holds a lot of memories for me. Even if some pages are missing and it’s dog eared and not really bookstagram worthy, I love this book. 📚 QOTD: which book brings back a lot of memories for you? #junebookishgirls – Damaged book #harrypotterandthegobletoffire #bookstagramtogether #damagedbooks #uwadisreads #jkrowling #mybookfeatures

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No. 4: What Book Or Series Will You Never Forget?

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Well, it’s really hard to choose just one book or series so I’m going to be a rebel and chose three.

The Harry Potter series because it really got me into reading and sparked my love for fantasy books, the Binti trilogy because that is the first sci-fi book I read that I could really see myself in it because the main character is an African girl and the Bridgerton series by Julia Quinn because it made me fall in love with historical fiction.

No. 5: A Book You Frequently Think About

I frequently think about a book called Leah. It was about an awkward, quiet teenager starting high school, the friends she makes and the events that take place during her first year. It stayed with me cause I really liked the main character and she was able to discover that the most important thing is to love yourself for who you are. I got the book for free legally on an e-book site and I don’t have it anymore but I think of it often and wonder if the author finally made it big because that book is a gem.

No. 6: A Scene That Has Haunted You For Years After Reading It

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I read Homecoming for Kezzie by Theresa Breslin when I was in primary school. My sisters had this small bag of books and when they weren’t around I used to go through them. It is a book about two sisters who struggle to survive during World War 2. In the book, there is a scene where a bomb lands and explodes in their building while they are trying to escape. It really shocked me because the little sister was buried under a pile of rubble and was only found by chance and several of the characters who were introduced before died in that explosion. Seeing Kezzie and her little sister deal with the grief and the effects of that event and the war really affected me. Maybe it was because I was a little kid and didn’t know much about war but this book touched me and I began to be more grateful for the fact that I’m alive in a place free from war and I have people who care about me. I think you should read this book, I read it over and over as a teen and it’s still on my bookshelf though it’s missing some pages. It is actually the second book in the Kezzie duology.

No. 7: An Unforgettable Character

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Okay, the questions just keep getting harder. How can I choose just one? Sigh.

One character I can’t forget is Kaori Miyazono from the manga Shigatsu wa Kimi no Uso (Your lie in April). She is so full of life and has so much passion for music and playing her violin and tries to bring the other main character out of his shell so he can create music with her. Even though she was sick, she wanted to live life to the fullest. I loved the friendships in the book. I cried when I finished reading this manga. It was also adapted into an anime which I loved as well and the music scenes were amazing. If you love reading manga, then you have to read this one.

No. 8: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something

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I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy growing up but at a point, they were getting boring. They were not really diverse and just the same old ideas every time so I felt there was nothing new in Sci-fi. I wanted to write science fiction set in Africa but I felt they wouldn’t go well together because I had never come across such book.

Then I read Binti by Nnedi Okorafor and everything changed. It is about a Himba girl who travels to an intergalactic university and the struggles she has to face. First up Himba is a real tribe in Namibia and the main character is black. I was so excited when I read it and the world in the books is so different, so unique. The way Binti loves her people and traditions but also wants to do what she loves, I resonated with it so much. A Nigerian girl is even featured in one of the books briefly though. Binti feels real, she is an extremely talented girl who goes through a lot and even deals with PTSD and tries to protect her people. Reading this book showed me that Sci fi can be written by anyone and feature cultures from all over the world and now I want to read more diverse Sci-fi. Just read this book, guys. It’s a trilogy but they are novellas so you can finish them all in one day if you have the time.

No. 9: Share Another Random Bookish Memory 

When I was a little girl, I stumbled upon this little bookshop on my street. I had never noticed it before, so to me it was like finding a secret bookshop. The owner was nice so he allowed me read some of the books provided I didn’t mishandle them. People hardly came to the bookshop so I could read in perfect peace. Every weekend I would go there and that’s where I bought my first book from. Eventually it closed down, I guess he wasn’t making enough sales to keep the place open, I was really sad but he allowed me to take one book as a goodbye gift. I took a book about Pokémon, can’t find it anywhere now though. But I still remember that bookshop and that man, though I can’t fully remember his face. I hope I meet him again one day.

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This was such a fun tag to do, books have always been a part of my life. Writing this post made me remember a lot of childhood memories, I can remember disturbing my dad to buy books for me on his way back from work. I caused so much trouble as a kid though😂😂. I tag Nandini @ Unputdownablebooks and Lara and I tag anyone who is interested.

Chat time! What was the first book you ever read? What bookish memory do you have that you can’t ever forget? Do you read manga? Come let’s chat in the comments.

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16 Comments

  1. That’s such a lovely story about the little bookshop you used to read in, I hope you do meet the owner again one day! I think the Harry Potter books are the only books I’ve stayed up all night for, I’d get them at the midnight release and just read all night.

  2. I have heard of quite a few of these books and authors. Especially Enid Blyton. Her books were a big part of my childhood.

    I remember Captain Underpants xD Especially the flip-o-rama bit. It was so weird xD

    I’m also glad about how you got to read Binti. It’s not often that we get to see black authors writing sci-fi. At least, popular ones are hard to find.

    1. I loved the flip-o-rama part 😂 😂. Yeah we need more black authors writing sci fi and fantasy. We need more black girls in scifi and fantasy. How are you?

      1. I’m okay these days but could be better. I’ve just finished No Longer At Ease by Chinua Achebe. Didn’t like it as much as Things Fall Apart but when I looked it up again on Wikipedia I appreciated the message. I wouldn’t mind if I got to study it in school.

        And how about you?

        1. I’m fine. Back home from University and about to go for industrial training. I’ve read things fall apart, tried to read no longer at ease but I got bored and didn’t finish it 😅.

  3. Enid Blyton was my first read, there were a lot of her books in my school library and I would take out three at a time, I really loved her stories. I can’t remember which one I read first. It took me awhile before I bought my first book. I don’t know if this counts, but my favourite bookish memory is discovering the works of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie via her short stories. She got me hooked on the way she told stories and helped me expand my knowledge on African writers and literature. (btw, I was so excited to see Enid Blyton on this list!)

    1. Yay. Enid Blyton books are great. I recently stumbled upon her Malory towers series and I’m loving them. She wrote so many great children’s books. Aww Chimamanda’s books are great and I’m glad it introduced you to African Literature. We have many great stories to share with the world.

  4. Nice post! The first book I remember reading is The Unicorns of Balinor. My favorite bookish memory is probably going to be a new one where I went to YALLWEST with my mom. We clash a lot but that day was so much fun! Before reading books I read soooo much manga and I still do from time to time.

    1. Yay. What’s your favorite manga? Going to Yallwest sounds like so much fun, we don’t really have book events here. Thanks for stopping by.

      1. Ahh >< I had to drive about 6 hours but still not bad. I have to go with Ouran High School Host Club lol I was so obsessed a few years ago!

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