Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I am lucky enough to have quite a number of favourite bookish memories, so narrowing them down to ten for this week’s list was a struggle. After quite the battle with myself, the dust has settled and these are the ten bookish memories that stand out above the rest:

1. Meeting D.J. MacHale at Book Expo Canada 2006: First of all, not only was I at Book Expo, where the sheer magnitude of the event blew my mind, but I got my copy of Pendragon: The Quillan Games signed AND got to chat with one of my favourite authors. This was the first time I had met an author whose books I absolutely love. This memory is very dear to my heart.

2. The Midnight Release of Breaking Dawn: I was working at Chapters for this release and got to help organize the event. A week before the release we stayed after hours and painted the store windows with the book covers. The release party was a blast and the excitement was intoxicating. The theme was masquerade so everyone was in fancy dresses. One person even wore a wolf costume! I wore this amazing purple dress which I made for the occasion and there were games and punch. When midnight hit, it was absolute chaos but my fellow cashiers and I defied the laws of time and had everyone through the cash line and with their copy within 20 minutes. It was a whirlwind of a night, but a great memory indeed!

Breaking Dawn Release

Snapshots from the Breaking Dawn Midnight Release at Chapters, Guelph. 2008

3. Shaking Hands with John Lithgow: This is definitely one of my squeal-worthy moments. I was interning at HarperCollins and the one and only John Lithgow was in the office to do press for his autobiography. Long story short, I was asked to take him a cranberry juice and he opened the conference room door. Talk about being star-struck! I reeled in my compulsion to gush and instead asked to shake his hand. He was so nice and I still can’t believe I shook hands with the John Lithgow!

4. Accepting an Internship while at Word on the Street: Last year while at Word on the Street in Toronto I told the folks at Fitzhenry & Whiteside that I would love to intern with them (I had already done an interview—this wasn’t like some random proclamation, in case you’re wondering) and Christie was so excited that she knocked over a book display. It was a very feel-good moment.

5. The Hunger Games Book Club Event: For my March book club last year, I organized a Hunger Games event around the same time as the movie release. It was a great turn out and we had an awesome archery contest with amazing prizes.

6. Ontario Blogger Meet-Up 2012: My first blogger event was an incredible experience. I met so many wonderful bloggers and authors, and took home a bag full of books.

7. Meeting Oliver Jeffers:  He is such an entertaining speaker and an amazing author/artist. Getting to meet Oliver Jeffers was so cool.

8. Crying over The Fault in Our Stars: My boyfriend came home just as I was finishing this book and I was a sobbing wreck of tears. I’m pretty sure I gave him quite a fright. It might not sound like it, but crying over a book is a wonderfully cathartic experience, and the books that make me cry like that are definitely not forgotten.

9. My Grade 7 English Class: My teacher in grade 7 would set aside a block of time and read us the first few chapters of a book she was excited about. She’s the one who introduced me to Harry Potter, Lemony Snicket, Kenneth Oppel… I owe her a lot.

10. Getting My First Batch of Books in the Mail for Being a Blogger: I LOVE getting mail. But getting a box of books for free because someone liked my reviews? That was a happy day indeed.

I hope you enjoyed traveling down memory lane with me. What are some of your favourite bookish memories? Share them in comments.

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6 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Memories

  1. Wow that Breaking Dawn event sounds like it was a lot of fun. Such a pretty dress. What a great idea for your teacher to read a bit from all those books. I wish my teacher would have done that.

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