READING LISTS: Books That Have Sentimental Value

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DSC_0922If you’re anything like me then you probably have an unhealthy attachment to most books. You can’t bear to get rid of them, even though their piled up under your bed, in your cupboard, one literary Jenga game waiting to tumble down and knock you senseless. You would probably still love them even then. But, like with most of the objects we collect, there are certain books that mean something more to me. It might be to do with the writing, the way a book makes me feel, or it might be because it was a gift, or I read it at a certain time. So, what with the dreaded move which involved a look of book lifting and rearranging, I thought now would be the perfect time to revisit some of the books that have a special meaning to me. 

DSC_0885Stephen King on Writing and For Esme with Love and Squalor by J D Salinger

These were my most recent gifts from two very lovely writerly friends as a good luck present for starting my internship and leaving Liverpool. I’ve wanted to read Stephen King’s advice on writing for a while, and to give Salinger another shot, and although I haven’t read them yet they make me think of how encouraging those people have been about my writing and that’s a great confidence boost and a big motivator. They also wrote inside them, and it’s those little personal touches that make a book special.

DSC_0647Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte

My parents bought me a very, very old copy of Emily Bronte’s classic for Christmas last year. It’s older than me, and I’m terrified of touching it most of the time. I like books that have a history and this one definitely does. It also reminds me how supportive my parents have been over the last few years, they’re my fiercest cheerleaders and they’ve always let me go my own way.

DSC_0892Autumn by Ali Smith

My lovely, lovely friend bought me this book a few weeks ago for my birthday as well as some other bookish treats. There’s nothing better than a bookish birthday and although we don’t always get time to see each other because life can be a bit annoying and throw a million and one things at you, we still touch base. This book is a little reminder of her (and a prompt for me to text once in a while, because she knows how rubbish I am at keeping in contact)

DSC_0919The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers

This was a gift from my dad last year, and I was so sad when my drink leaked in my bag and warped the pages. I spent a lot of time making sure that book didn’t get damaged and then the worst happened. But despite its slightly curled pages and wonky spine, it’s still a story my dad wanted to share with me. And what a relief I actually loved it!

DSC_0896Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce

I can really clearly remember my dad reading this to me as a child, and being completely transported into the story. It was magical and moving and it kept me and my brother quite for a while. Its the quality time spent reading that comes to mind whenever I see this book.

DSC_0905Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

I bought this book nearly three years ago when I went up to Liverpool to interview for my MA course. The interview went well, and I went down to Waterstones and bought Mrs Dalloway, a Raymond Carver book and a Jane Austen mug. Two years later, I’ve finished my course, found what I want to do as a career, and interning at a literary agents. It all started the day I bought this book.

DSC_09061The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I bought this book when I was working in Waterstones as a temp. I didn’t really take advantage of that discount enough really, but this was the book that stood out from all the others I bought. Plath’s writing is nothing short of beautiful and she has a way of getting under your skin and staying there. If there was one book I had to read again and again, The Bell Jar would be it.

What books are special to you?

Author: Nicole @whatadifferenceawordmakes

Book-lover, tea enthusiast and MA student

3 thoughts on “READING LISTS: Books That Have Sentimental Value”

  1. This is going to be such a cliche, but the Harry Potter books.
    Those were the first books my parents allowed me to actually buy instead of get from the library.
    [Okay, maybe not the first-first, but they were the first that I picked myself.]

    Those will always have a special meaning to me!

    Another one that’s enormously special to me is the first ever signed-copy I received.
    Duality of Nature by C.E. Clayton. I won it in a giveaway and I was so thrilled when I got it!

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    1. I think that’s the thing I love about the Harry Potter books- it’s something that a lot of people have special memories of and it;s something you can share with others! I’m not sure if there’ll be another book series like it!

      Ahh giveaways, I still haven’t been successful so I imagine if I ever win one that book will be special to me too!

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      1. Yup, true! HP will always have that special place in so many people’s hearts.
        As for another series that I’m falling in love with equally as hard, I’ll have to say Throne of Glass. I can’t believe that I waited this long to pick up the books. Loving every word of it, haha. [Although I have yet to find out whether I’ll end up loving them as much as HP since I haven’t finished reading them all yet, but.. I think it’ll be close!]

        You’ll get there! And you’ll cherish it like it’s your own baby, haha.

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