Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Bookish memories...

This week's theme for TOP TEN TUESDAY, which is a fun weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, is about favorite bookish memories. As a lifelong reader, I have many. So it was kind of hard to choose which ones to highlight here. But I settled on these five: 



Author Jane Yolen


1.  Having lunch with Jane Yolen! I was attending a writer's conference in Chautauqua, and she was one of the speakers, and I got to eat lunch with her the next day. She's very personable and down-to-earth, and she tells some great stories. 











2.  Getting to visit the bookstore Shakespeare & Company when I was in Paris years ago. It was awesome! Both because it's a great bookstore, and because it's in Paris.












3. Meeting Nobel Prize Winner Kip Thorne 3½ years ago, and getting him to sign my copy of his book, Black Holes & Time Warps. It's an incredibly interesting book, and a bookish moment I will never forget.







4.  Reading Agatha Christie's Death on the Nile while I was actually in Egypt sailing down the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. It was an amazing trip, and made me love the book even more!

The Nile ... as seen from our boat. 





5. Learning to read with this old copy of Fun With Dick and Jane with my Dad the summer before I started to school. (He was a schoolteacher, so he always had the summers off.) Thanks for teaching me to read, Dad...and for so much more!!!






Happy Reading!



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  1. Oh my, the Fun with Dick and Jane brings back memories. That Shakespeare and Company bookstore is enviable...I wish I could say I've been there.

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    1. Here's hoping you get a chance to visit Paris someday! It's definitely worth it. :D

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  2. I would love to go to Shakespear and Co! So cool!

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    1. It's awesome. I hope you get to go there someday. :)

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  3. They are all great memories! Reading Death on the Nile while on the Nile must have been an amazing experience.

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    1. It was awesome! I absolutely loved my trip to Egypt. :D

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  4. Reading Death on the Nile while sailing down the Nile is a pretty incredible bookish moment. And probably not one that many people can say they've done!

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    1. It was so cool! I kept looking out the window at the scenery passing by and having to pinch myself to make sure it was real and I wasn't dreaming. :D

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  5. I agree that reading Death on the Nile while sailing on that river is awesome! I also relate to the Dick and Jane memory - my Mom taught me before I went to school. And I've loved meeting lots of authors at conferences. Such fun! Great memories, Lark!

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    1. It was an unexpected moment at that writer's conference, and so fun! I have good memories of that day. :D

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  7. floating down the Nile with Agatha... wow! i'm envious of your visit to Shakspeare and Co. i've read a lot of references to that place...

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    1. It was one of the places I knew I had to visit when I went to Paris. And it was so fun! I'd love to go back someday.

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  8. Oh boy, you have some great memories. I forgot about the Dick and Jane books! So great that your Dad taught you to read before school started!

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    1. It was a lot of fun. My Dad is so great. :)

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  9. Very nice. Sailing down the Nile with Agatha, Shakespeare & Co, and probably the best for last!

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    1. I've definitely been blessed in my life when it comes to experiences like these. :)

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  10. Wow, great memories!! Here is a link to my TTT post: https://captivatedreader.blogspot.com/2021/11/top-ten-tuesday-bookish-memories.html?showComment=1638300604919#c840820581276886090

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    1. Paris is always a good idea. I hope you get there someday.

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  12. Such fun memories! I passed Shakespeare & Company while in Paris last month, but there was a big line out of the front and we didn't have time to stop. Bummer. At least I walked by the outside, right?

    Happy TTT!

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    1. I'm going to say being outside of Shakespeare & Company in Paris counts!

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  13. What awesome memories. I would love to meet Jane Yolen. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog today.

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    1. Jane Yolen is a very fun person to talk with!

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  14. Thanks for sharing your great bookish memories. Glad to hear as well that when you met Jane Yolen and Kip Thorne they were such nice people. In my life I have occasionally written to writers including a favorite writer of mine, Vivian Gornick, and Vivian and the other writers took the time to write back and it made me feel good.

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    1. That's so cool that all those authors wrote back! :D

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  15. Reading Death on the Nile while sailing down the Nile??? Oh. My. Gosh.

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    1. It was the best. And it made me absurdly happy for the whole trip. :D

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  16. These are great memories, I have nothing that good. I did visited a Shakespeare and co book store but it was in new york and not all that dissimilar to any book stores. Perhaps if I have gone to one in Paris, it might be a slightly better experience.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. The Paris one is definitely worth visiting! Just for the history of it. :)

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  17. Such beautiful memories! Thanks for sharing!

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  18. These are great memories! I need to go to more book signings. :)

    My post is here— https://fiftytwo.blog/2021/11/30/ttt-bookish-confessions/

    Happy TTT!
    Lori
    https://fiftytwo.blog

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  19. Reading Death on the Nile while on the Nile sounds perfect! I've had the experience of tying my reading to the location I'm visiting, and it always makes the experience so special. What a great list!

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    1. Whenever I go on vacation somewhere I try to find something to read that's connected to the place. Because it does make the experience more special. :)

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  20. These memories are pretty special! :D
    Thanks for visiting my TTT list.

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  21. Having lunch with Jane Yolen! That's neat! And I look forward to visiting Shakespeare & Co. someday...

    Reading Death on the Nile ON the Nile... that's awesome!

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    1. All three were definitely high moments in my life! :)

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  22. Your bookish memories sound amazing! Wow! I read Dick and Jane with my dad too when I was learning to read. Fun times!

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    1. Just thinking about those moments makes me smile! :D

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  23. I love that you have had so many great memory-making experiences via your reading. Your enthusiasm about the experiences says a lot about you...all good. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Sam! Books have been a huge part of my life, that's for sure. :)

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  24. What wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing them, Lark! :)

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  25. Reading Death on the Nile, while on the Nile....that's reader goals!

    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!
    https://readbakecreate.com/unusual-books-i-read-in-high-school/

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    1. It's one of my most favorite bookish memories. :)

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  26. What amazing bookish memories! Love that you shared these with us, Lark :)

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  27. What great memories. Some great ones.

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  28. Oh wow, reading Death on the Nile while being on the Nile sounds wild!

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  29. I wish I would've visited The Shakespeare Bookstore when I was in Paris! Now who knows when I'll be back. Cool to read Death on the Nile while cruising down the Nile! My dad was a big part of why I love to read as well, although my mom and grandma were also avid readers too. Great bookish memories, Lark!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel. I'm beginning to think I'll never make it back to Paris either. Which is sad. My mom is a huge reader, too. So I guess you could say books run in my family. :D

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  30. Beautiful memories. And so special. What a great post.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT.

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    1. Thanks, Marianne. And thanks for always commenting on my posts. :)

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  31. I really enjoyed your memories, and your post made me compile a mental list of some of my own.

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    1. Memories like this are always fun to remember. I hope you post some of yours sometime.

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  32. I have fond memories of Dick and Jane, too, and who could ever forget lunch with Jane Yolen?!

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  33. Love your bookish memories, wow! I especially wouldn't mind floating down the Nile ... while reading a long ago tale set there.

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    1. It was the best! One of my all-time favorite bookish memories. :D

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  34. Such wonderful memories! And I hope to visit Paris one day!!

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    1. I hope you get to Paris someday, too. It's the best! I really want to go back someday myself. :)

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