“Things disappear without your permission, then come back again without your permission.”


Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme where every Tuesday we all look at a particular topic for discussion and use various (or more to the point ten) bookish examples to demonstrate that particular topic.  Top Ten Tuesday (created and hosted by  The Broke and Bookish) is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and future week’s topics can be found here.  This week’s topic is :

Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Much About

Interesting topic.  I think I need to reread a good number of past books not only to reinforce what happened but to see how my feelings stack up if I read a book I previously liked – will I still like it:

  1. Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch – this is a book I enjoyed and a series I’m interested in continuing but before doing so I think a reread will be in order because I definitely would struggle to remember the closing chapters.
  2. The Six Gun Tarot by R S Belcher – another series where I enjoyed the first book and intend to continue but I will definitely need a reread as quite a bit of the detail is hazy now.
  3. The Secret History by Donna Tartt.  I loved this book, the writing, just everything about it – but, I would love a reread as sometimes I’m not totally sure I’m remembering everything well.
  4. Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence – one of those books that I read many years ago.  I genuinely cannot remember much about this book at all.  I don’t think I disliked it but it just didn’t make a lasting impression.
  5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón – it feels like a very long time since I read this book and I would struggle to just give a basic outline of it now – which makes me feel guilty because I did enjoy it.
  6. Atonement by Ian McEwan – I haven’t completely forgotten the storyline for this one, and also watching the film has probably helped in that respect, but it’s not totally solid in my memory.
  7. Many of the Sherlock Holmes stories – don’t get me wrong, I love these stories, and I haven’t forgotten them as such, but I would love to reread them to once again see Holmes thought processes in action.
  8. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon – this was a very intriguing book to read but I actually can’t remember the ending.
  9. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini – this book really packs an emotional punch.  I’ve only ever read it once but I would like to read it again and take my time with it.
  10. Which book do you struggle to remember???

19 Responses to ““Things disappear without your permission, then come back again without your permission.””

  1. Mr and Mrs NW

    6, 8 and 9 – I’ve read all of these but same as you I struggle to remember any details.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really don’t like that happening. It feels all wrong doesn’t it – to like a book but struggle to remember the plot.
      Lynn 😀

  2. Barb (boxermommyreads)

    When I was making my list, I discovered that in order to continue some series I want to finish, I would have to probably reread a book and since I rarely reread, it was a little disheartening. I haven’t read any of the ones on your list and if I had, chances are, I might forget them as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • @lynnsbooks

      I found the very same thing – and it was indeed disheartening.
      Lynn 😀

  3. Lisa (@TenaciousReader)

    OMG, some days I swear I struggle to remember all the books. I think the more I read the more I forget about everything. I decided to skim my Goodreads shelves to see what I might not remember much about. I didn’t even remember that I read Battlemage, much less details, so I guess that counts! It has a mage that battles?

    • @lynnsbooks

      Haha – it’s a bit disheartening isn’t it – and it definitely means rereads for some series.
      Lynn 😀

  4. Tammy

    The Secret History is one of mine for sure (well if i had made a list!) I know I loved it but I read it so long ago I definitely want to read it again.

    • @lynnsbooks

      I really don’t like the way my memory plays tricks on me like that. I will definitely need rereads for some series – such as Rothfuss. Such a long time since the last book I’ll never remember all the little nuances.
      Lynn 😀

  5. DJ (@MyLifeMyBooksMyEscape)

    I LOVED The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime! It was a book they made us readin my junior year of high school, and it became one of my favorites! That it actually a book I buy as a gift very often 🙂 Did you ever read the sequel?

  6. Danya @ Fine Print

    I feel the same way about Rivers of London! While I enjoyed it when I read it a few years ago, I remember basically nothing of the story…a re-read would definitely be in order if I were to carry on with the series.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yep, a reread will definitely be in order for some of these.
      Lynn 😀

  7. Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    In general my memory is terrible, but funny enough I do tend to remember most details from books I love. If the story is a little fuzzy though, then there’s a good chance it wouldn’t be worth reading again anyway, which is probably why I hardly ever do rereads. Of course if I had more time I’d probably be more open to doing them, but ah, that’s my whine for another time 😀

    • @lynnsbooks

      It’s a shame really – for some series I will definitely have to revisit the books – like Rothfuss, such a long time between books that half the finer detail has disappeared.
      Lynn 😀

  8. Cam @ Camillea Reads

    I loved The Secret History! It’s such an amazing book. Since you enjoyed that I’d recommend If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio.

  9. sjhigbee

    What can’t I recall? Select by Marit Wiesenberg, which I know I enjoyed… but I simply can’t remember the story. It’s bound to happen – some books simply don’t anchor themselves, for some reason.

  10. Suzanne (@thebookishlibra)

    Several of these are fuzzy in my brain too, especially Lady Chatterly’s Lover and Atonement.

    • @lynnsbooks

      Yeah, Atonement I can remember a little more about but it’s a bit of a cheat because I saw the film too.
      Lynn 😀

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