Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Give Me Nostalgia


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is actually “Books with Sensory Reading Memories”, but once again, I’m changing it! LOL. I’ve decided to share books that have some sort of nostalgia or sentimental attachment for me (so, in a way, I am staying somewhat within this week’s parameters.) Below you’ll find a mix of children’s and YA books. 🙂

Airframe by Michael Crichton: This was the first Crichton book I read and it fueled my interest in aviation. I later went on to study aviation in college. I’m also still obsessed with reading aircraft investigation reports.

Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster: Jen’s memoirs are hilarious and will always hold a special place in my heart. They helped me through some very difficult times the year after I graduated from college.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling: I’m sure HP is on everyone’s lists, but I had to be true to myself and include it! I was 16 when I started reading this series and it was an awesome winter break as I sat home and devoured all four of them. (This was back around the same time Goblet of Fire just came out.)

Goosebumps by R.L. Stein: Hands down, this was the series I binged in my later adolescence and sparked my love for horror movies/stories.

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer: I know… the writing isn’t good and the themes are super problematic. But I give this series credit for getting me out of a massive reading slump and it will always reminds me of the summer I spent reading it.

Horton Hears a Who! by Dr. Seuss: My grandpa gave me this book so I always read it every time I visited him in Thailand. He recently passed away in January and I miss him so much. I’ll always think of my grandpa when I see this book. ❤

Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi: I used to spend my summer in North Carolina with my cousins. We’d stay up late, watching Sailor Moon, and reading the manga. I will forever cherish those summers!

Ranma 1/2 by Rumiko Takahashi: Same reasons as Sailor Moon! I love Ranma 1/2 with my whole heart. It’s hilarious and always reminds me of my summers with my cousins.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz: I always think of my elementary school library and how long the wait list was to get this book! Haha! I know everyone in my school wanted to read it! The illustrations still give me nightmares.

The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner: I didn’t know how to read English until I was in the third grade (I learned Thai first), so my tutor had me practice reading English with The Boxcar Children. I loved this series so much and will always credit it (and my amazing tutor) for helping me learn English. ❤

Do you have a certain book that makes you feel nostalgic? Let me know in the comments! I hope you’re having a great reading month! ❤



11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books that Give Me Nostalgia

  1. You just gave me serious nostalgia — I forgot Twilight was even a thing lol. I think when I read it I was too young to understand what about it was problematic, so I of course devoured it. The Magic Treehouse, Percy Jackson, and Series of Unfortunate Events always make me feel nostalgic. I remember being a kid and reading them instead of doing homework.

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