Hello everyone, and happy World Book Day! It’s amazing how books can be like time capsules, holding memories of a specific part of your life – wouldn’t you agree? In that vain, I thought I’d write a quick post, sharing 3 special memories of 3 special books of mine. (Of course, I could pick WAY more but I decided to limit myself)!
1. Kingdom Hearts Manga
This was one of the first book series that absorbed me to the point where I forgot what was happening around me. I remember reading it a lot under the desks in school (if you’re a bookworm, you know exactly what I mean). One time I was called on to answer a question and I had that very typical bookworm-film-moment where my friend had to nudge me so I’d stop reading.
2. Date & Time by Phil Kaye
‘Beginning, Middle and End’ was the first poem I ever performed and is what started my poetry journey. Needless to say, when I was lucky enough to meet him after his and Sarah Kay’s first-ever London show, I was so nervous and shaky. But meeting him really helped me humanise my idol, and comforted me in a time where I was unsure if I was going to continue trying to be a poet. He was kind enough to sign ‘Beginning Middle and End’ for me, and so, this collection is one of my most prized possessions.
3. 100 Prized Poems: 25 Years of the Forward Books
This anthology was a prize I won back in 2017 when I came joint first in my first ever slam. The slam was at my then-uni, and I felt so nervous performing since I think it was only my 3rd time performing my own work. It was a nice companion to my first year of university, in a time where I was just starting to discover myself and fully grow into my new identity away from secondary school.
Do you guys have any special book memories? Let me know! ☺️
And Happy World Book Day, wherever you are, whatever you’re reading 🌍💗