Top 10 Books With Sensory Memories

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling

  • Age: 14
  • Memory: Like every dedicated Harry Potter fan, I went to the release party at the bookstore to get my copy of this book. After, I went home and tried to stay up all night to finish it. Anyway, my mom came into my room just as my favorite character was killed. I seriously have never cried so much.  I think she thought something was seriously the matter because she made me go to Sam’s with her “to get me out of the house”. That shopping trip was torture because I was so upset. When we got home, I went straight back into my room to finish the book. I’ve been in denial ever since.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

  • Age: 21
  • Memory:   I was in my last year of college when I read this (and yes,  I was a little late to the game).  It was actually a Friday night, and my phone was buzzing because my friends were going out. Girls were getting ready in our bathroom to go out to some party (I lived in a sorority house), and I was usually down to party. But I actually turned off my phone, ignored my friends, and read the book straight through. The next day I bought the remaining books in the trilogy and stayed in all weekend.




A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket

  • Age: 13
  • Memory: I don’t remember which book in the series this was because I read them multiple times, but I want to say it was probably The Reptile Room. I just remember reading it by the pool after I had spent some time at the beach (we were in Cabo San Lucas). There had been a riptide that day, so you couldn’t go in the water, and I wanted to swim, so I went back to the resort. Anyway, I had gotten sand in my copy and it was damp, so the pages smelled like the beach.

The Girl with  the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larson

  • Age: 26
  • Memory:  I was staying at my in-law’s cabin out on their land. It’s pretty isolated out where they are. It was late at night, and I think I was half-way into the book at this point. My husband was in the kitchen, cleaning up after dinner, and I was on a bed pushed against the window. It was pretty dark outside, and the moon was full. I just remember it being unusually quiet because we were with his family and his family is quite large and loud. It was a pretty peaceful moment.




Unwind by Neal Shusterman

  • Age: 24
  • Memory:  I read this in the summer at the pool. The book smelled like chlorine because I got the corners wet on that day. I had gotten to the pool earlier and no one was there, so it was nice and quiet, until a bunch of kids came along and were incredibly noisy. It was a little annoying because their parents weren’t with them, and there had to be an adult present if children were using the pool and I sure as heck am not watching other people’s kids (I don’t really like children).

Gathering blue by Lois Lowry

  • Age: 11
  • Memory: I remember sitting on the carpet to read it, and it was really sunny, so I didn’t need to turn on the light. Anyway, I must have spilled some of my bath and body work’s body spray (I think I was using Japanese Cherry Blossom), and my carpet smelled mostly of that.



The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

  • Age: 12
  • Memory: I checked this out from the library on a whim. Anyway, I just remember it storming (I live in a very storm prone area) and it was SUPER windy. I just remember having an uneasy feeling because our family den was really creepy, so I turned on the TV for background noise.

Witch Child by Celia Rees

  • Age: 14
  • Memory: This probably doesn’t count, but I have a distinct memory of when I bought it. My bookstore had a VERY SMALL young adult section.This was in the early 2000s (there weren’t nearly as many titles as there are today), so there was a small row of book shelves (like maybe five) and they weren’t that tall. I remember it was the last shelf where I found this one. I was into witches at this point, this one was perfect for me.



The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

  • Age: 16
  • Memory: I was reading this book really late at night, like maybe 2 am or so. It was storming (I was living in tornado alley at this point), and the book was starting to get really creepy. I’m pretty sure the power flickered at one point. I don’t think I slept that night.

Sailor Moon 1 by Naoko Takeuchi

  • Age: 11
  • Memory: It’s not a memory really, but I always think about the Lacome Juicy Tube lip gloss (the ones with a little shimmer). It was my go-to gloss back when I was a kid.

2 thoughts on “Top 10 Books With Sensory Memories

  1. FairytaleFeminista says:

    I really love this idea. I remember reading Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet over three days. It was the first time I was sick away from home. I was a freshman in college and the only thing I could find that really soothed me was a book with over 1000 pages. I read and slept, slept then read and I always associate that book with lying in my dorm room bed sipping orange juice.

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