10 Books I Love But Can’t Remember Anything About


this post is part of the Top Ten Tuesday feature at Artsy Reader Girl

[dropcap]I[/dropcap]f you’ve read this blog for a while you too would think this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic was made for me. I have the worst memory for remembering what happens in a book or movie or tv show. Even when I love them. Even when I read them only a few months ago. It doesn’t happen with all books, but apart from the influence of repetitive readings, remembering or forgetting a book for me is seemingly arbitrary.

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?!)

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10 Books I Love But Can’t Remember Anything About

Empire of Storms, Neaderthal Seeks Human, Lolita

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??

[spacer height=”40px”] The Unbearable Lightness of Being, East of Eden, Pride and Prejudice

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.

[spacer height=”40px”] The Secret History, Wuthering Heights, The Shadow of The Wind, Misery

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.

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If you too suffer from this predicament please let me know, and if so, share your own forgotten favourites in the comments!
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  1. January 23, 2018 / 12:59 PM

    East of Eden!!!!!! Such an important book to me <3 I ADORE Charles Trask <3 Did you love him too? I think he's so misunderstood!

    • January 23, 2018 / 1:32 PM

      Dear Malanie I don’t remember, that’s the whole point! ? No but yeah, I liked him a lot, too. He was the misunderstood brother, definitely. Like Cal!

  2. January 23, 2018 / 4:54 PM

    I remember Empire of Storms, or at least, I remember where all the characters are at this point. And even if I don’t remember their names, I do remember most of there character arcs. Big Maas fan as I am! 😀

    That Penny Reid book, disliked it a lot.. After picking up the second book of that one, I even hated it. Horrible relationship.

    Oh and The Secret History, I read it AGES ago as well and I do remember some certain moments in the book, but I plan to reread it soon. In English this time.

    Nice idea for a post, Might borrow it for my FF. 😀

    • January 23, 2018 / 5:35 PM

      I really have no idea! I think I read the Throne of Glass series too fast so now it’s all mixed ? I am too such a fan thanks to you!

      Oh I know, that makes me sad. Hopefully you’ll like some other books. You know in Beauty in the Moustache Drew is the sweetest guy ever. I mean he gets corny with all the poetry but I wouldn’t mind him for a husband ? So read that! Pretty sure all the other books have sweet guys too… yeah. Quinn was the only one where she used the bad guy trope if I’m not mistaken. Maybe because it was her first.

      Not mine to give though! Like I said, it’s part of Top Ten Tuesday, but do it! If you go through their index page you’ll find years and years of topics, it’s great. Before this Artsy Girl blog it was on The Broke and the Bookish, so look there!

    • January 24, 2018 / 12:13 AM

      Yes there is, and I definitely will have to do that, haha!

  3. January 23, 2018 / 7:03 PM

    I also can barely remember Wuthering Heights (I feel like I remember thinking it was going to be all about Heathcliff and Cathy and then it was actually mostly about their kids? Or something?) and Unbearable Lightness (which I only remember had a love triangle)

    • January 24, 2018 / 12:15 AM

      You’re probably right – I know I was expecting a sweeping tortured romance but… I don’t think I got that, exactly. Must read it again!

  4. January 24, 2018 / 1:33 AM

    I really want to finish reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being – I started it two years ago, but I don’t remember much from what I’ve read. Misery did make me want to watch the film adaptation!

    • January 24, 2018 / 4:41 PM

      Ooh I haven’t seen Misery’s film, but I’ve heard super great things about it.

  5. Sonia (A Film A Day)
    January 24, 2018 / 9:01 PM

    I kinda feel the same about The Shadow of the Wind. I loved it, I really did, but I can barely remember the plot.

    • January 27, 2018 / 8:09 PM

      Same here, Rosie! I’ll have to reread and then read Tower of Dawn. Looking forward to that one, though 🙂

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