That Artsy Reader Girl is Books with Sensory Reading Memories. I'm focusing on books that I vividly remember reading. I usually remember the plot of a book that I've read but not so much the experience or where I was and these books were the exception. I'm trying to stick with books I've read at least 2 years ago to be sure the memory is especially vivid.
1. My Name is Lucy Barton by Elizabeth Strout - I listened to the end of this book while sitting in the car at my son's school waiting to pick him up. It was pouring down rain and the simple yet emotionally complex story really fit the weather perfectly.
2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn - This was the first book I read for a book club and I remember curling up in a chair in the living room and blocking everything out while I tried to figure out just what was going on with the characters.
3. In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware - This was not only my first book by Ruth Ware but it was my first book narrated by Imogen Church and it seriously hooked me. I ended up deep cleaning my kitchen just so I could listen longer and when the climax was approaching I was standing absolutely still just waiting to find out what was going to happen!
4. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes - I resisted reading this book because I heard it was ugly cry inducing and I'm not a fan of the ugly cry. But I gave in and I ended up finishing this in the car while we were heading to vacation. I warned my husband that I was going to cry and I absolutely did.
5. Marley and Me by John Grogan - I read this book in one sitting and finished it at like 2 or 3 am and was sobbing so hard that I woke up my husband and he refused to believe that I was crying that hard over a book.
6. Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden - I read most of this sitting outside on the deck. I live in Alabama and there are approximately 4 days out of the year where the temperature is right, the humidity is low, and the mosquitos haven't come out yet that are absolutely perfect for outdoor reading and I was reading this when one of those days arrived. The fact that I really enjoyed it but didn't expect to made this extra memorable.
7. The Collector by Nora Roberts - I read this one at the beach. I honestly don't remember all that much about the book itself but I do vividly remember sitting on the balcony of the condo after getting crazy sunburned and enjoying this read.
8. Looking for Anne of Green Gables by Irene Gammel - I remember sitting up late struggling through this biography of L.M. Montgomery because I really really disliked it. By the end I disliked both the author and the subject and it took awhile before I could read anything else by Montgomery!
9. Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn - I read this one when I was about ten and I vividly remember sitting out on a swing in the backyard wide eyed and flying through this one. The swing was somewhat hidden from the backdoor so there's the very real possibility that I was hiding from my mother so that I could finish it!
10. Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls by Ann M. Martin - I loved the Babysitter's Club series so much and I loved the mysteries especially I remember being absolutely delighted and spooked by this one. I read this one sitting on the floor of a bookstore while mother talked to a friend!
What books do you remember reading?