Sunday, January 4, 2009

A Sentimental Book Meme

I saw this at Out of the Blue and decided to do it too! Eva from A Striped Armchair was the creator of this meme.

The Rules

1. Tag 3-5 people, so the fun keeps going!
2. Leave a comment at the original post at A Striped Armchair, so that Eva can collect everyone’s answers.
3. If you leave a comment and link back to Eva as the meme’s creator, she will enter you in a book giveaway contest! She has a whole shelf devoted to giveaway books that you’ll be able to choose from, or a bookmooch point if you prefer.
4. Remember that this is all about enjoying books as physical objects, so feel free to describe the exact book you’re talking about, down to that warping from being dropped in the bath water…
5. Make the meme more fun with visuals! Covers of the specific edition you’re talking about, photos of your bookshelves, etc.

The book that’s been on your shelves the longest:
I guess my first book was those Ladybird Peter & Jane books. My first chapter book would be the Billy-Bob Tales by Enid Blyton. The others were my fairy tale books also by Ladybird. I had a lot of Ladybirds when I was a kid! That's as much as I can remember so I can't really say which book has stayed the longest on my shelf.

A book that reminds you of something specific in your life (a person, a place, a time, etc.):
Each book has a different story, a different memory. For example, the Twilight book by Stephenie Meyer would remind me that I was in KL (Kuala Lumpur) with my mom in 2007 to visit my grandmother who became ill. I had brought along that book to read when I was alone. When I finished the book, I typed out the review on my aunt's computer!

Another book, Back To St. Clare's by Enid Blyton would remind me of what my father said to me last time. He said that yeah, I can read thick books but I should set aside time for studying or something... It is thick because it's a compilation of three books in the St. Clare's series. I think I just nodded to show my agreement and continued reading!

A book you acquired in some interesting way (gift, serendipity in a used bookstore, prize, etc.):
I won The Gift by Cecelia Ahern in a contest! Had to write a slogan for it too and like I said before, I suck at slogan-writing.

A book that’s been with you to the most places:
I bring different books when I go out so none would qualify as the book that's travelled the most.

The most recent addition to your shelves:
The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.

A bonus book that you want to talk about but doesn’t fit into the other questions:
The True Story of Lilli Stubeck by James Aldridge. Reading that book would always motivate me to spend more time reading and studying. Lilli was under the care of Miss Dalgleish who guided and nurtured her from a rude, grubby girl to become an intelligent and cultured young lady. Inspiration? Sort of. :D

Now who to tag?

1. KittyCat
2. Trisha
3. Beth F


  1. Isn't such a cool meme, isn't it? I really enjoyed reading your answers.

    I have lots of book-associated memories too. It will be hard to pick when I finally get around to doing this!

  2. Thanks for the book or reading tags! Will do this once I get some serious writing done ok?

  3. Currently I'm reading The true story of Lilli Stubeck. And I think it's a bonus reading too. I want to be Miss Dalgleish who owns a library full of books. :)

  4. Wow!! Thanks for the tag! I'll get to this in the next day or so. Looks like a fun one!

  5. Nymeth: Yeah, it is enjoyable. Thanks for reading my answers! :) I look forward to reading your answers too!

    KittyCat: No problem, take your time!

    Cahaya: Oh good! Will you be writing out your thoughts on the book on your blog? If yes, I'd like to read it. :)

  6. Thanks for the tag. What a great meme to start out the New Year with!

  7. I've got my post up. I was afraid if I waited to add photos, I'd never get it done. But it was really fun to do, even if I gave short answers.
    Click here.

  8. Trisha: :) I hope you'll enjoy doing the meme. Looking forward to your answers!

    Beth F: Oh, it's alright! Will check out your answers ASAP. :) Thanks for doing the tag.

  9. I have the Ladybird's Peter and Jane series too! My first books.
    Believe it or not, the series are seen to be quite sexist;

    Btw,congratz on winning The Gift :) I had to buy one..hihihi

  10. Ruz: Sexist? Haha! Yeah, so true. Peter gets to do the 'manly' stuff like help his dad build a tree house and Jane gets to serve them drinks. Was it lemonade or something else?? Did I get the right situation too?

    I hope you enjoyed reading 'The Gift'! Haven't read mine yet.

  11. Ruz: Oh and thanks for the link! I do enjoy reading Daphne Lee's columns too. :)


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