And so I recall very little or nothing at all about the following ten books – all of which I liked, some of which are even all time favourites. Wait. Can they be favourites if I can’t remember them? Anyway here they are, in order of whatever came up first in my Goodreads read shelf (because how could I remember something I forgot?!)
10 Books I Love But Can’t Remember Anything About
Empire of Storms, by Sarah J. Maas
My Goodreads rating of four stars tells me I really liked this one. Pretty sure the main character is called Celeana? Caelena…? Something like that. Or is that from the other Maas series??? They’re kind of hard to distinguish, plain warrior teenager, maybe some magical powers… Chaol is in this series, I’m positive of that. Lots of challenges. Someone probably died. I read it January of last year, guys.
Neanderthal Seeks Human, by Penny Reid
The first Penny Reid book I ever read! I know the names of the characters, Quinn and… wait… the amazon woman with all the facts, ugh see?? They’re recurring characters in the following books from the Knitting in the City series, and even that didn’t stop me from forgetting her name. Anyway, he’s the strong silent type, she’s a walking trivia pursuit. There’s a club scene? They fall in love, live happily ever after.
Lolita, by Vladimir Nabokov
So… entering the realm of favourites here. We know Humbert Humbert is lusting over underaged Lolita. I think they have some kind of road trip at some point? It’s pretty funny in a sick way, so you need to be down for that to enjoy it. Very well written. Witty. No idea how it ends, but almost positive it starts with Humbert’s trial, and he’s telling all this to the judge??
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
Oh I loved this book. So there’s… two women, one guy. I did watch the movie, which helps, somewhat. Hat and mirror. There’s a lot of philosophy which 17 year old me liked. I think there’s a war, set somewhere in Europe. Definitely a dog.
East of Eden, by John Steinbeck
I just recently mentioned on instagram how much this book surprised me, and how I specifically remember liking the first half more than the second. Which also surprised me since I only picked this up because of James Dean’s movie and his character only appears in the second half. But what is it about, you ask? Some family in rural America, maybe? Family issues? Yeah.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
Yes I know what happens, and how it ends – in the movie. In the book? Not a clue.
The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
Ah, the talk of the bookstagram. There’s something akin to a murder confession at the start. They’re a bunch of annoying privileged kids in an university, learning latin or greek or something snobbish like that. The main character is not exactly like them, but tries to be? He’s conflicted. In my defense, it’s been almost 10 years, guys.
Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontë
Again, in my defense, the english on this one… is not english. I think I barely understood the book, and having never seen the movie, all I got and remember are feelings. Despair, mostly. Though maybe that was my own at how unintelligible this book was.
The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
In the same post I mentioned The Secret History I also talk about The Shadow of the Wind, so yes, I had to do a bit research there even to give you the basic plot. I know I loved it, I know it. But my mind draws a total and complete blank on anything besides that.
Misery, by Stephen King
I said it on our podcast once or twice – I know the synopsis, kinda: writer is held captive by lunatic reader, right? Everything else, including the ending – which in King’s books are usually very important for the mystery thing – I don’t remember. That said. There is one scene. Where she performs mouth to mouth breathing on him… and the description. Unforgettable.