has a powerful connection to memory—a proven fact that is brilliantly explored in the latest Reese Book Club pick, The Scent Keeper. But so does listening. I’m permanently wired to avoid the pothole on Route 280 West that I hit while listening to The Goldfinch in 2013. Even now, years later, every time I get near it I think: watch out for The Goldfinch, and I’ll feel an overwhelming sense of loss for Theo Decker all over again. There are dozens of novels that will forever be emotionally triggering because I happened to be listening to them at the same time as a key life event. It can be upsetting, but also oddly comforting. There’s a unique joy in being able summon the feeling of a certain time period simply by clicking play and hearing a familiar voice.

Do you experience auditory memory triggers? What listens bring you back to the time in your life when you first heard that story? I’d love to hear about it. You can find me at @tricia__ford

Happy remembering, and happy listening!

About the Editor

Tricia listens to discover characters and voices that transport her, not to a fantasy world, but to the heart of what it is to be human in this world. Follow her on Twitter @tricia___ford.

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