Sometimes I have very specific sensory memories attached to holding certain books.
This usually happens when I have to, like, fight with a spine to stay open or a book arrives wITH THE WRONG COVER (cuel 119 years of screaming) or else I picked up a library book and it had a strange…sticky…substance on the cover.
It’s always blood isn’t it??? I’m sure it is. I need to wash my hands until forever.
Now I usually have a really awful memory, but I’m very sensory sensitive. So while I probably don’t remember someone’s name or even six of the words spoken to me, I’ll remember how a chair felt to sit on, how the food made me feel, how loud it was, or if I shape-shifted into a dragon and ate the sun.
These things all happen equally for sure.
Anyway it’s time to talk about
Top Ten Tuesday: Books with Sensory Reading Memories
1. THE TIME A LIBRARY BOOK COVER WAS STICKY
Look let’s start with the obvious: dubious sticky matters on library covers. Um…ok just wait a second — WHILE I THROW UP. I’m still shuddering and this happened like 3 years ago guhhhhhhhhhhhh.
Anyway least to say I loved My Life Next Door but it very nearly did not get read. It was either some sticky spilt drink oR BLOOD OF ENTOMBED KINGS. I JUST CAN’T.
2. THE TIME A BOOK FELL APART WHEN I PICKED IT UP
So people assume a lot that I’m super rich and buy a ton of books. This bothers me because it’s like sooo not true! Case in point: I get a lot of books from op-shops (thrift stores) and library sales. Hence there was THIS ONE TIME I picked up a copy of The Name of The Wind (which I’d read on audio but like?? oooh! I want to own it too) and it just…
IN MY ARMS.
3. THE TIME THE COVER WASN’T EVEN?!??
THIS BOTHERS ME SO MUCH IT SHOULD BE ILLEGAL.
When I bought Scarlet (which I did because my old blog name “Notebook Sisters” is actually mentioned in the back ahh!!), this was my first time seeing the front cover not being flush with the edges. So you have that strip of red??? For reasons I cannot fathom. Like why, sir, why. My paperback of Caraval is like this too and I am just so so confused. I honestly thought it was a printing error.
4. MY FIRST TIME WITH DECKLED EDGES
Ok but “deckled” is not a real word. Also I don’t get the point of them????
I bought the Lemony Snicket series from a second-hand store when I was about…oh, maybe 14?? I hadn’t met deckled edges before and I AM NOT JOKING — I thought the books were old and wrecked ah hah hah haha. Oh dear.
5. SOFT COVER YOU CAN PET
Which is honestly the opposite of what Locke Lamora even stands for but minor details. So I bought this anniversary edition (which is frankly awful to photograph…#suffering) and I had no idea it would come with this soft sort of textured cover!?? There’s probably a term for it?? I KNOW NOT.
But you can pet it!!!
6. THE TIME I RIPPED THE COVER
The actual trial of library-sale-books is getting the old barcodes off. I was bEING CAREFUL. I’m…sobbing. Anyway I ripped the front of the dust jacket of How To Lead A Life Of Crime, so the book is pretty much dead to me. I only look at the spine to save myself.
And ripped paper is the opposite of a good sensory experience.
I AM A MONSTER.
7. HUMIDITY OUT TO RUIN MY LIFE THO
I LIVE IN TROPICAL FAR NORTH AUSTRALIA AND I HAVE 10000000 REGRETS.
Seriously the humidity wrecks so many books. I actually keep my TBR pile with the covers face down in their stack, so the fronts don’t curl. But otherwise everything freaking curls?! This is is Alice in Zombieland, who has the misfortune of being on top of a pile. She is one of many. My tears, like Alice’s, would make an ocean.
8. RAISED TITLES (ALSO PETTABLE)
You kneeew I would sneak a mention of my Favourite Ever Author™ onto here. And I was legit going to make up some nonsense about the time I picked up The Raven King and the sky opened and rained golden ravens and blue-eyed stags appeared from the mist. BUT. I actually have a real one!! (I mean. The others totally happened too.)
The Scorpio Races has raised font and it is SO PETTABLE (a real word) and shiny!! I may or may not spend time gently tracing the letters while I read. Totally normal. We all would.
9. BUT I CAN’T BREAK THE SPINES????
I actually asked for this deluxe editions of The Hunger Games for Christmas one year specifically so I could reread them. But I don’t know what they bound them with?!? Possibly the strength of aNGRY MEN??? I would very much have to break the spines in order to read them and I caaaaan’t.
NOT STRONG ENOUGH EMOTIONALLY.
But I read these in like 2012? I want to read them aaaaagain. #sobbing
10. WHEN THEY SMELL SO GOOD
There’s pretty much no denying that, at least once, you have sniffed a book. Of course the old ones will kill you with that musty smell if you have allergies but YOLO APPARENTLY. Anyway I’m going to go ahead and nominative Illuminae as really really beautifully smelling.
I think this is because they’re so inky due to all the designs?! Whatever. These books are worthy holding over your face, suffocating, and smelling the good smells of ink and dead tree skin.
(ALSO…the audiobooks are dramatised if you want a doubly sensory experience while reading! I love them so much, but on 2 x the speed because nobody has time to listen to people enunciate. Faster faster, ok, I live life at double speed and this is why I never sleep.)