10 books I liked but have no memory of.

I’m usually okay with remembering books. Usually, I’m such a slow reader that I really soak everything up and remember really obscure details. But sometimes, especially with audiobooks, I’ll go through a book too quickly or too slowly and the entire plot fizzles away, even if I really enjoyed it while reading.



Today I’m linking up with That Artsy Reader Girl for a Top Ten Tuesday!

This week’s theme: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About


 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda // Becky Abertalli
I don’t know what happened when I listened to this, but I was loving it so much that I couldn’t put it down, and then I promptly forgot pretty much every single detail once I finished. Seriously, I couldn’t tell you anything about this book other than internet…gay lovers…identity mystery. I watch the trailer and it looks good I guess but I remember exactly 0% of what is shown. But I rated it 5 stars when I finished it??

 

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The Night Circus // Erin Morgenstern
This was a beautifully written book. I remember being awed by it. I also remember being very confused by the time jumps. I listened to this one on audio, spread out over a long time period because it coincided with NaNoWriMo, and a lot of the plot was lost on me. I definitely plan to reread (I finally bought I physical copy a few months ago).

 

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The Handmaid’s Tale // Margaret Atwood
I read this years ago (before it got big from Hulu) and really liked it, but I have no memory of what went down. I remember that we never learn the narrator’s real name and I thought that was really powerful, but other than that I’ve only got bits and pieces. I’d like to see the show someday, but we don’t have Hulu so that will have to wait.

 

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The Bell Jar // Sylvia Plath
Much like every teenager to 20-something female, I’m a huge Sylvia Plath fan. I love her writing.
But for some reason…the Bell Jar didn’t have the same effect on me that her poetry does, and I don’t remember much about it. (I mean, I know the basic story because it’s semi-autobiographical, but I don’t remember how it’s portrayed.)

 

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Flowers for Algernon // Daniel Keyes
This book kind of brought my husband and me together, in a way. I let him borrow it when I went on my Europe trip. While I was gone, he read the whole thing and wrote me notes on Facebook and kind of realized his feelings for me. I read it when I got back home, and I remember it being very moving, but I don’t remember the details.

 

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Nineteen Minutes // Jodi Picoult
I went on a little Jodi Picoult kick in high school and this one was my favorite of those I read. It devastated me and I remember recommending it to a ton of people. I know the basic premise, but I’ve forgotten what happens in the aftermath. Most Picoult books are centered around a court case, and I just don’t remember that part of this book (other than one of the main characters was the judge).

 

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Velocity // Dean Koontz
I also read this book in high school (my first…and so far only…Koontz novel). It was chilling and full of mystery, but all I remember about it is the big revelation the main character has at the end.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles & Heartless // Marissa Meyer
I’ve listened to every Marissa Meyer book on audio (except Renegades). I’ve loved every one of them (except Renegades). But somehow, I’ve forgotten all the details (except Renegades…ugh!). What’s the plot of Cinder? What happened in Heartless? I have no idea. Definitely time for a reread. (I now have physical copies of both!)

 

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Everything Leads to You // Nina LaCour
It hasn’t even been a year since I read this book and I know I loved it because I had to talk myself out of giving it 5 stars when I finished. It was such a pleasant read. But if you asked me what it was about…I’d say something like, movies? a mystery redhead? f/f romance? 

 

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Emmy & Oliver // Robin Benway
Again, I just read this last year, and I know the basic premise is that Oliver was kidnapped as a child and comes back years later. Emmy was his childhood friend. She likes surfing. I’m not sure how these things are connected to each other. 

 

–Emily

 

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What book did you like but can’t remember very well?

16 Comments

  1. Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse
    January 23, 2018

    I don’t remember The Night Circus either. I do kind of remember Emmy & Oliver.

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 23, 2018

      The Night Circus just had so much to unpack. Emmy & Oliver was pretty light by comparison. 🙂 (still, I only read it a year ago so you’d think I’d have retained more.) Thanks for stopping by, Deanna!

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  2. Lauren Carroll
    January 23, 2018

    I have been reading a lot of these posts today and The Night Circus is on so many of them! I wonder why that is? I personally read it and loved it – and can still remember so much of it so vividly that I find it hard to believe that people could forget it. Just goes to show how different we all are haha!

    My TTT: http://laurencarrollreadsandwrites.blogspot.co.uk/2018/01/books-i-cant-remember-much-about.html

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 23, 2018

      I know! I LOVED it, but it took me so long to get through the audio and then I rushed through the ending, so a lot of the details just slipped through. I’m definitely rereading it, though.

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  3. Cait @ Paper Fury
    January 23, 2018

    Ohhh you just reminded me how much I loved Emmy & Oliver! Let us not talk about the details though because I have no idea either. 😂😂 I’m so bad at remembering ANYTHING omg it’s a problem. (Also can I say it’s the cutest thing ever that a book helped bring you and your husband together?!? Awww!!)

    I’m also laughing at your side-eyeing of Renegades there. SAME THO. I’ll be happy if I forget that one, it was so disappointing haha. But I wanted to read Stars Above but feel like I don’t remember the actual Lunar books well enough now. PAIN.
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 23, 2018

      Oh gosh, I completely forgot about Stars Above. Like, totally wasn’t even on my radar. XD It was cute, though. You should check it out even if you don’t remember the main series. 🙂

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  4. Lee @ Rally the Readers
    January 24, 2018

    I loved the concept of The Night Circus, but it’s been so long since I read it, I’ve forgotten a lot of the details. Still love how whimsical that cover is, though. Thanks for stopping by my Top Ten! 🙂

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 24, 2018

      Yeah, I love the look and feel of The Night Circus. The cover of the hand isn’t my favorite (I like the one of the man and woman more), but it still isn’t bad. It still captures the awe of the book. 🙂

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  5. Sarah E. (@sjanee11)
    January 24, 2018

    I don’t remember much about Cinder at all but I want to continue with the series so badly this year.

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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 24, 2018

      I loved the series as a whole (Scarlet was my least favorite, but a lot of people love it). It’s definitely worth reading!

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  6. Oh I feel the same about The Night Circus!! I remember being completely enchanted by the book and I remember the imagery more than anything. What was it about though?? Who knows!! I really loved the Lunar Chronicles, so I remember those, but I don’t blame you for forgetting Heartless. Honestly, I think it’s very forgettable. Like it wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good… Good to know I can skip Renegades though!! Great list!
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 24, 2018

      You’re totally right about Heartless. It was pretty average. Renegades was a letdown, though. 🙁

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  7. I can’t remember a thing about Simon vs., except that it made me smile from ear to ear the whole time. I’m guessing that’s a good feeling? 😛 I also loved Everything Leads To You, but you can’t ask me to name the main characters…. I wouldn’t be able to give these to you. My memory is so bad when it comes to book characters, haha. I often remember how a book made me feel, rather than what it was about in details 😛
    Great post! 🙂
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      January 25, 2018

      I used to be good about remembering character names, but I’m completely awful now. I think the redhead was Ava? Maybe? IDK, it seems like all the books I read lately use the same names (mostly Alex, Ava, and variants).

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  8. Helia @ Rose Quartz Reads
    February 3, 2018

    I’m normally pretty good with remembering what happens in books too, but there are some that for reasons I can’t explain I can’t remember – even if I read it last year!

    Simon vs. Is such a sweet book! If you get to reread it I hope you remember why you loved it so much the first time. I also need to reread The Night Circus. It’s a brilliant book but I read it a long time ago, and like you I only recently got a physical copy. Hopefully soon!

    I hope you get to reread all of these this year, Emily!
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    1. Emily @ Mixed Margins
      February 3, 2018

      Thanks, Helia! 🙂 I’m trying to make rereading a higher priority this year.

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