Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Kept for Sentimental Reasons

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Books with Sensory Reading Memories (where I was, what time of year it was, who I was with, what I was eating, etc.).” This was a tough topic for me, not because I don’t associate certain books with certain memories, but because it doesn’t occur to me that I’ve linked them to a certain time in my life until I am rereading them. This doesn’t happen often. So for this week’s topic, I’m listing books on my shelf that I have kept for sentimental reasons and not necessarily because I intend to reread them. I’ll probably give most of these away at some point, after all the sentimental feelings dissipate. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

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1. Undercover by Beth Kephart

2. Chime by Franny Billingsley

3. The Assassin’s Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke

4. Texas Gothic by Rosemary Clement-Moore

5. Shug by Jenny Han

6. Beauty by Robin McKinley

7. The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley

 8. Savvy by Ingrid Law

9. The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

10. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Have you ever kept a book for sentimental reason? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

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41 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Kept for Sentimental Reasons

  1. Yes, I can definitely say I’ve kept a book for sentimental reasons – some of which I will probably never reread, but some I pick up from time to time – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is one of them (let’s just say my copy has seen better days) and could probably do with replacing, but I still keep my original. 🙂

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  2. The Narnia books will always and forever be a favorite story! Also, I’ve seen “Shug” around, but doubt I’ll ever read it. (But it does look cute.) I still think I’d like to read “Beauty,” though!

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  3. I’ve definitely kept books for sentimental reasons too! I bought a book while on a citytrip to Dublin, and ended up rating it 3/5 stars. Usually, that’s a book I might unhaul because I liked it but won’t ever re-read it. But I just can’t get rid of it because it’s so linked to that trip in my mind.

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  4. Ooh the Narnia books have sentimental value for me too- or at least some of them do. And I forgot about that Cassandra Rose Clarke series- I remember being captivated by those awesome covers and wanting to read those, but I never got to them.

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  5. Good for you that you could do this topic. I couldn’t pin any book to anything specific, other than a time period in my life. Narnia will always remind me of my childhood. I read the books, became obsessed with the cartoon movie, and begged my mother to get me Turkish delight. I recently listened to Shug, and it was a really precious story.

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  6. I absolutely keep books for sentimental reasons! Like you, I don’t always remember the sensory memories for a book until I’m re-reading it, and also like you, I don’t re-read books very often. However, Beauty is my favorite book. I read it for the first time when I was ten (many years ago) and have read it several times since then. I will never give it away, though I might need to get a less battered copy at some point before mine disintegrates. Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

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  7. I do keep books for sentimental reasons, but I also re-read a lot and the ones that I keep for sentimental reasons also tend to be ones I want to re-read. Great spin on the TTT this week!

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      1. I have spent the last couple of years doing very little re-reading, and I miss it (even though some years are the exact opposite). I think next year I’m going to plan to read only books that are on my physical bookshelf by January 1, so there will be lots of time for re-reads then!

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  8. Gaah am I the only one who have no memories attached to books? The only memory I have is of my father bought me my first book, and then I have nothing! But it’s cool that you keep all of this memories!!

    Today’s rec: Fleurie-Breathe. I’m obsessed with this girl!

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        1. The TTT meme can be a lot of work sometimes. It’s why I usually start working on them ahead of schedule, so I’m not stressing to get them done. And in the end, I sometimes let myself off the hook because I got more important things I need to do at the time.

          I’ve spent an absurd amount of time on posts as well. My book haul one from a couple of weeks ago took forever. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

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        2. For the book haul post, it was all the Goodreads links I had to do for the book titles, but for TTT, yes, it’s the book covers. I’m doing a lot of copying and pasting. I’m using a similar template, but it can take a while and then I have all the writing left to do (hence why I let myself off the hook sometimes).

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