This week's Top Ten from The Broke and the Bookish asks for my Top Ten Best Bookish Memories. I love this list! I have so many great memories connecting with books and authors and I had fun just thinking over all of them.
1) Seeing Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey where so many of my favorite authors are buried!
2) Browsing in the infamous City Lights Bookstore and getting a drink at the Vesuvio Bar where Jack Kerouac and the beats used to hang out.
3) Visiting Shakespeare and Co. bookstore in Paris for the first time.
4) Wandering around the streets of Savannah, GA and seeing all the places mentioned in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.
5) Waiting in line to get my copy of Harry Potter books 5 and 7 at midnight.
6) Visiting Monroeville, AL, the hometown of Harper Lee and the setting of To Kill a Mockingbird. The old courthouse is now an incredible museum devoted to Lee and Truman Capote!
7) Running out of books to read in Budapest, Hungary and finding a little English-language used bookstore and buying a battered copy of A Prayer for Owen Meany.
8) Hearing some of my favorite authors speak and meeting them afterwards to get books sign: Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, David Sedaris, Lois Lowry, John Green, Nicole Krauss and Jhumpa Lahiri.
9) Visiting Edgar Allan Poe’s grave in Baltimore.
10) Going to The Strand bookstore and seeing the Algonquin round table in New York City.
Photo of Vesuvio mural in San Francisco by moi.