Hello, bookworms! The wonderful and amazing Orangutan Librarian recently tagged me for this ‘Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag.’
As I repeatedly mentioned, I’ve been a bookworm in the last couple of years (for English books, that is), but I thought I would take a crack at it 🙂
Who knows? This might unlock some bookish memories that I had stashed deep inside me!
Without further ado, let’s get on with it!
No. 1: The First Book You Ever Read (Or Was Read To You)
Honestly, I have no idea! I remember sneaking into my father’s study and pretending to peruse the books I couldn’t possibly understand when I was a kid, but when asked what my first book was …
Okay, let’s ask my Mom if she still remembers what it was!
(Calling mom on her cell)
Me: Hi, Mom. Is this a good time to chat? Can I ask you something?
Mom: Sure. What is it?
Me: Do you remember what it was the first book I’ve ever read? Or, do you remember the first book you read to me when I was a kid?
Mom: Geeez, the first book??? I don’t quite remember… I know it must have been a Japanese fairy tale or something, but I can’t recall the title.
Although mom said she didn’t remember my first book, she said ‘Omusubi Kororin’ (an onomatopoeia that describes rice balls tumbling off) was the first thing that came to her mind.
Basically, the story goes like this; a benevolent old man was chopping down the branches of a tree in the forest and then he sits down on a tree stump to have lunch that his wife packed for him. But the moment he opens his lunchbox, a rice ball tumbles along the hill and falls into a hole. He peeks into the hole and hears some voice or somewhat of chanting coming out of the hole. Straining to hear more, he inadvertently falls into the hole. When he hits the bottom, he finds a lot of white mice there and they tell the old man that they want to reciprocate the rice ball (they thought the rice ball was a gift from the old man), showing two wicker baskets – a big one and a small one – and telling him to pick either of them.
The humble old man chooses the small one and takes it home. Opening it, he finds that the basket is full of treasure that would suffice to make the humble old couple so wealthy.
His neighbor – a shrewd old man – eavesdrops it and decides to do the same. He intentionally drops a rice ball, cramming himself into the hole (uninvited) and demands the treasure as well. Again, the mice ask him which size of a basket he wants to take. The old man, being all greedy and conniving attempts to take them both by scaring the mice. However, the mice were one step ahead of him – they hit back, biting him all over his body, making him run away empty-handed. A lesson that being greedy never does you good.
Isn’t the cover just so cute? Funny as it may sound, but I ADORE benevolent and humble old men… lol
Anyways, no one actually knows the answer what it was, but according to my mom, this is presumably and most likely the first book my mom read to me.
No. 2: The First Book You Ever Bought With Your Own Money
I do remember what it was! “Alice in Wonderland” Japanese translated edition!
I found that book in a bookstore and fell in love with the whimsical illustrations! Unfortunately, it’s long been out of circulation (you can only get it from used bookstores), thus it took me like forever to find some images of what it looked like, but here it is!
(image from: http://supekuri.shop-pro.jp/?pid=34839947)
Honestly, I wish I kept this book. I loved this book SO MUCH and I remember perusing it whenever I could. Seriously, now that I found where I can get it, I might even buy this one as a keepsake! 🙂
No. 3: A Book You Stayed Up All Night Reading
Sorry to disappoint, I HAVE NEVER, I repeat, NEVER stayed up all night reading. No matter how much I love and adore the book, I always get sleepy and I have never experienced the feeling, “Oh, my gosh. This book is so darn goooood, I gotta finish this!” 😦
So, no book for this question. Sadly.
No. 4: What Book Or Series Will You Never Forget?
The Lunar Chronicles! I adore this series so much. Well, to be more precise, this is the first series that I’ve ever finished since I became a bookworm. The Mistborn Trilogy that I’ve been meaning to read (for more than a year) might supplant this series in the future, but as of today, this Lunar Chronicle Series sits on top of the list.
No. 5: A Book You Frequently Think About
The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson. I think it’s largely because, as I said earlier, I haven’t actually picked this one up even after a full year since I bought the box set. I’m feeling guilty about it, just a little bit. I might even feel a bit intimidated by all the hype surrounding it. But I promise – I’ll definitely pick this one up next month!
No. 6: A Scene That Has Haunted You For Years After Reading It
The fountain of earth scene from All the Lights We Cannot See.
No joke, that scene shattered me to bits – I felt so heart-broken, stunned, I couldn’t even function for a while!! I still remember the feels that I got from that scene – I was literally tearing my hair out, screaming, “Why??? Anthony Doerr, WHY DO YOU DO THIS???!!”
I don’t think I would ever forget the impact that scene had on me – I was almost traumatized.
No. 7: An Unforgettable Character
Now, this is a tough question! There are just so many characters who left a lasting impact on me. I couldn’t possibly narrow them down to only one!
But I would say, Simon from 180 Seconds. Why? Because I simply adore everything about him! That he’s striving to a supportive, compassionate ‘real’ father for Allison! It is really a bonus that he’s kind of cute (I think) 🙂
No. 8: A Book That Changed Your Opinion About Something
This book changed me in a big way. I used to hate jumping on the bandwagon and picking up something simply because everybody else is doing (or reading) it.
I’d heard about this book almost everywhere and anywhere and I was actually sick of hearing everybody rave about this book. I even pledged that I would never, ever, pick up this book until the hype is all died down.
That said though, I did pick this up in October, 2016 and I did a complete 180 about hyped books. I realized that there is definitely something, some value to books that stand the test of time.
Since then, I’ll all up for hyped books. I’m actually curious to see whether they are actually as good as they are billed as!
No. 9: Share Another Random Bookish Memory
I was very precocious when it comes to reading. Being Japanese, I’m talking about Japanese books here, but having a big brother and a sister who are respectively 7 and 5 years older than me, I was pretty eager to catch up with them and striving to get their attention by reading (or trying to understand) their books.
As a result, I was reading books that adults or high-schoolers would pick up at the tender age of 8 or 9, and my precocity was certainly reflected in my writing. I was writing compositions or essays in a very adult-ish manner to the extent my mother felt embarrassed about me being ‘un-childish.’
I don’t know how many of you have already done this tag, so I won’t be tagging anyone here, but if you are interested, feel free to jump in!
I’m all psyched to read your bookish memories 🙂
Thanks for stopping by for this ‘Unforgettable Bookish Memories Tag’ post.
Hope you all have a great reading week and I’ll see you in my next post 😉