My Reading Location Book Tag Launch!

Dear Reader,

I have been thinking about this topic for quite some time now; the experience of reading a book in a particularly memorable location, and how that embellishes your memory of the book.

I wanted to write a post about a couple of my most memorable experiences of this, but once I put it into words, I found it didn’t seem that interesting… Just a rather impersonal account of the places I had been and the books I had read. Yet, to me, the memories are vibrant and precious and I began to wonder whether others had experienced this too?

I’ve been watching the book tag scene since I started my blog, and wondering how people have come up with them and whether I would be able to create one too…? It wasn’t until the other week that I suddenly realised I could put two and two together!

I haven’t come across a book tag related to the location you read a book in (please forgive me if there already is), so today I’m introducing my own Reading Location Book Tag!

I have a handful of particularly memorable location reads however I thought I’d launch this tag with my most favourite…

  • Chosen Book: We’ll Meet Again by Lily Baxter
  • Location of Reading: Tinside Lido, Plymouth Hoe

Spontaneous holiday reading, I found this book in the second hand bookshop of a National Trust property in Plymouth while staying there with my Grandparents a couple of years ago. If you are a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that I am an avid fan of historical fiction and particularly love anything set in the 1940’s…! It was the title that caught my eye, named after the song of the same, made famous by Vera Lynn during the Second World War. The majority of the book is set on the Channel Island of Guernsey during the German occupation. It follows the adolescence of Meg Colivet, a fictional girl, and is a story of growing up, love, loss and survival in the face of fear and uncertainty. Although fictional, and with plenty of artistic licence, much of the story was inspired by the real experiences of the time.

And the main character shares my name – bonus!

My second hand copy of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ by Lily Baxter

Perfect summer reading, I devoured most of this book while sprawled on a plastic sun lounger, squinting at the tiny print, in the rare warmth of an English summer… punctuated by freezing dips in the Lido! For me, the book conjures memories of the taste of the pool water (a mix of natural salty seawater and chlorine), the sun baking down on the concrete poolside, the nostalgia of the 1930’s Art Deco architecture and the sight of channel ferries steaming out of Plymouth harbour towards the horizon, the wake waves lapping against the side of the pool…

One of my favourite things about Plymouth Lido is its evening playlist. For about the last half hour of the day they play classic tunes from the 1930’s/40’s/50’s. The music crackles out of the poolside speakers, cloaking the scene in a veil of nostalgia and drifting out across the sparking water. The final song to play is always Vera Lynn’s We’ll Meet Again.

The romantic combination of book and location was as rose tinted in the moment as it is in my memory.

If you’ve not heard of, or been to Plymouth Lido then definitely check it out! It has a fascinating history and is an incredible experience. My thoughts have been with them this challenging summer. What with Covid and the summer storm, its been a tough time. Heartbroken I didn’t make it there this year but keeping all my fingers crossed for next.

I would love you to join in with this tag and share any memorable reading location experiences. If you do take part, my only request is that you reference me as the creator of the tag, Meg Readz, and provide the link to my blog – oh and that you have fun with it 🙂 Feel free to use the tag logo I have created in your post too.

If you’d like to take part but are a little unsure of where to start I’ve come up with three prompt questions to get you started:

  1. What is your most vivid memory of a location you were reading in? It can be absolutely anywhere – the train, a waiting room, your bed, abroad, a holiday, day trip, family home, audiobook while walking… the list is endless!
  2. What was the book you were reading in this location? Share a little about the book and what you most remember about it.
  3. How did the book and the location combine in your memory to make it stand out? For example, did the story add to the place of reading, or the location of reading influence your experience of the story?

Look forward to hearing about your location reading memories!

Meg Readz xx

A fascinating history in pictures of Tinside Lido, on Plymouth Hoe, from it’s opening in 1935 right up to Lockdown 2020, can be seen here.

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