Top Ten Tuesday | Turns 10!

Hello my fellow bookworms. Today, I am taking part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday! A weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, who each week assigns a new topic to inspires us to create a top ten list based on it. This week, to celebrate Top Ten Tuesday’s tenth birthday, we have a choice of two topics:

Top Ten Tuesday Turns 10! Option 1: pick a past TTT topic you’ve done and re-do/update it. Option 2: pick a past TTT topic you wish you’d done, but didn’t get a chance to do.

I have decided to go for a past TTT topic I didn’t have a chance to do before which is: “Books That Are Linked to Specific Memories/Moments In Your Life”. So here are ten books that have a special place in my memory, under the headings of the milestone stages I was at in my life, when I first got to experience them:

– Bedtime –

1. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien – This children’s fantasy classic is my favourite childhood book and that has a lot to do with the wonderful memories I have of my dad reading this to me at bedtime. It wasn’t till I read it for myself a few years later that I realised he’d cleverly skipped over the giant spiders to help me sleep!

2. Village School by Miss Read – While I escaped into a magical world with my dad at bedtime, my mum read this charming tale of a small, rural village and its school during one crisp, glistening autumn. I have fond memories of the gentle teacher; colourful children; the grazed knees; lost mittens; golden leaves; pegs and boots lined up; and a crackling fire.

– School –

3. Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce – Similarly, to my bedtime memories, I fondly remember my favourite, primary school teacher, Mr Lord reading this children’s fantasy novel to us, as we sat silently enthralled. We used to look forward to this time all day! I really must get myself a copy of this!

4. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – As I grew and became a stronger reader this classic, fantasy series is the first I remember reading for myself all the way through. I eagerly awaited my mum and I trip’s into town, where I could go to the library and get the next book out!

– Teens –

5. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – Though I had read it previously, it was in my early teens that I truly appreciated and fell in love with this epic fantasy trilogy, as I re-read them to be ready for the, then, upcoming film adaptations.

6. An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley – Of all my reading for my GCSE examinations – which also included Of Mice and Men, Romeo & Juliet and To Kill a Mockingbird – it was this society drama and mystery that has stuck with me the most. In fact, it is still one of my favourite plays.

7. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith – Being of a similar age to Cassandra, I lapped up her funny and poignant tales of her eccentric and penniless family, as they move into a run-down castle. Sadly I don’t know where my copy of this went – I think I will need to get another one.

– University –

8. Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – As I studied theatre and so didn’t have the set novels to read as I had at school, I finally got to read the classics I wanted to. The first being this gothic and wild tale of Catherine and Heathcliff, that went on to inspire one of my own adapted play/performance.

9. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen – During this time, I also read my first Austen novel and it was to be just the start of a long-standing passion for Austen’s wonderful, witty, and romantic Regency novels. If only I could be an Austen heroine and find my own Austen hero… I think this is why I am single, because where are the real Mr Darcys and Mr Knightleys?!

10. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley – Finally, I also read this gothic horror that enthralled me with its beautiful writing and its challenging thoughts on science, morality and humanity. This also went on to inspire the same adapted play/performance as Wuthering Heights.


Now over to you: Have you read any of these? What books do you have fond memories of? Or what books had a big impact on you at a specific stage in your life?

Also if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic, too, then please leave a link for your post in the comments below, so I come check it out.

38 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday | Turns 10!

  1. What a lovely idea for a post, Jessica. Many of my own favorite books have become so because of the special memories attached to them, and it shows that there is so much more to the reading experience than simply the words on a page. Thank you for sharing your own book and memory journey.

    1. Thank you so much, Alyson and I am so pleased you enjoyed my bookish memories – I couldn’t agree ore that reading is more than just the words on the page. 😊

  2. I considered this topic choice, too! I still need to read I Capture the Castle. It was on my tbr for this year, but I still haven’t gotten to it. Hopefully soon! 🙂

  3. I didn’t read the Chronicles of Narnia until I was in University! I have vivid memories, all these decades later, of reading them while passing time, sitting in the basement of the building that housed most of my classes.

  4. What a beautiful list! I read Frankenstein in college as well, and though I haven’t read it since, I remember being totally blown away by it! I also read LOTR in my early teens and then re-read them before the movies came out! Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. The Chronicles of Narnia always reminds me of traveling for work when I was in my early 20s. I basically brought the biggest book I had on hand to keep me busy while spending hours on buses and planes.

    1. Hey LitCounsellor, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Always lovely to hear from a new face 😊 I am guessing you had a book with all seven Chronicles of Narnia books in one then – Wow that must have been a beast of a book?! 😁

      1. It was absolutely huge! Lots of people asked what I was reading because of the size. Of course, when they saw it was a “kids book” they would brush it off but I was always like “do you see the size of this thing? It’s still A LOT to read!”

  6. A Superb List! I loved The Village School–I didn’t make it through ALL of the Miss Read books, but more than half of them. So many other great titles here. I Capture the Castle is so wonderful. All the University section are ones I love as well.

    1. Thank you so much – I am so pleased you like my list so much! 😊 I also haven’t read many of the other Miss Read books either – There was just something special about my mum reading the first one, that isn’t the same reading the other ones, but my mum has read lots of them.

    1. It was very sweet of him, Jess, although as you can imagine I got quite a shock when I read it for myself for the first time! 😅 I hope you will enjoy I Capture the Castle when you have chance to read it. 🙂

    1. Haha yes, Lydia, he is a smart guy and seamlessly read it so you wouldn’t know he had missed anything out. But you can imagine my shock when I read it for myself! 😅

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