Top Ten Tuesday is a meme originated by The Broke and the Bookish now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week the theme is: This week the theme is: Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About
Confession time: I have a terrible mind for details. I like to pretend otherwise, so word to the wise if you want me on your trivia team. All jokes aside, I rely heavily on Goodreads to hold onto bookish details for me. I can’t often recall all the books I read this month, let alone details of the books I read a number of years ago. It’s embarrassing.
This should be an interesting exercise. In case you are curious, here is my game plan for this post: I’m going to start by listing book I know I’ve read and enjoyed, but totally don’t recall details for. Then, I will go through my Goodreads Read shelf by date read, and then by rating, to see what other mysteries are hidden in this silly head of mine.
Without further ado…
All titles below are links to the book’s Goodreads page.
Top 10 Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About
The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
This trilogy was my first serious boyfriend’s favorite collection of books. So, obviously, we read them together. Back in the 90’s. All I recall is Pantalaimon. I know I’d still love it to this day; besides, Evelina read it recently and her gushing reminded me how much I enjoyed my experience!
The Ancient One by T.A. Barron
I AM SO EMBARRASSED ABOUT THIS ONE. The Ancient One is one of the books which got me into reading. I read this with my advanced English 4th-grade class (there were 4 of us) and I fell immediately in love. I didn’t even realize it was the second book in a series until recently. I haven’t read the first one. Yikes.
Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
I read this book many years ago and I remember devouring it. I don’t remember it being written by a white man… but I guess I didn’t pay attention to those things in the 90’s. What I do remember is it kicked off a years-long obsession with reading all Japanese historical fiction and mythology I could get my hands on. Worth it.
The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
I LOVED this series when I was in middle school and high school. The Wheel of Time is still a favorite of mine. But this is the series which turned me into a series binge-reader. I’m not joking. Waiting over a decade for the final book to come out burned me too hard. I had to re-read the whole series three times to remember enough to finish it. O_o
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
In high school, I read quite a few of Bill Bryson’s books. I seem to recall my favorite is A Walk in the Woods. A travelogue, I recall laughing quite a bit sitting in the hall before classes. I remember the strange looks from my peers, but not the content of the text I was reading. Oops.
The Singing Sword by Jack Whyte
The Camulod Chronicles was my first foray into adult historical fiction. The second book, The Singing Sword, I rated the highest of these series books in Goodreads… but I’m not sure why. The seris is a retelling of the Arthurian Legends, focusing on Arthur and Merlin as real human beings. I really want to re-read this now…
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen
My mother gave me this book to read on the flight I took moving away from the town I grew up in, to Madison, Wisconsin. My first foray into magical realism and I was HOOKED. Sadly, I have no idea why I was hooked. This post gets more embarrassing with each book listed.
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
As part of my Great Newbery Quest, I decided to re-read all the Newbery winners I’ve read in the past but don’t remember a darn thing about. Johnny Tremain is one of them. I distinctly remember reading it in 3rd grade when we were studying the Revolutionary War. And that’s about it. One of the many reasons I’m excited to continue this reading challenge!
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Okay, Goodreads, this isn’t funny anymore. I don’t recall reading this book EVER. But, apparently, I read it for the first book club I established after moving to Madison? And I cried? And we had a great book club conversation? I feel like I’m taking CRAZY pills.
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
This one feels a bit like cheating. I KNOW the plot. I KNOW the characters. I KNOW how much I love that each chapter is like a little short story. And yet… I sorta get fuzzy in the middle. There are some ogres, right? 😉
Yikes. This post is certainly more embarrassing than I expected it to be. There are quite a few universally A-rated books on this list, and ALL of them are favorites of mine. I don’t have all the time in the world to read, or I would certainly start the re-reads immediately. I appreciate how this opened my eyes to the ways I remember information now. I know I need to learn through discussion and writing. Time for re-reads for book clubs!
What do you think?
- Did you participate in Top Ten Tuesday? Share your links below!
- Which books from this list have you read? Which ones should I rush to re-read?
- What books have you read and loved you can barely remember? Rose-tinted glasses welcome!