This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is about books we’ve read and liked, but cannot remember anything about. As always, this is a weekly tag created by the bloggers from The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.
At first I thought this was a strange prompt, after all, how can you forget a book if you’ve liked it?!? But then I started thinking and scrolling through my Goodreads “read” shelf and boy oh boy!
As it turns out, compulsive readers’ minds work in very funny ways. There are so many great books out there that we tend to pick one up right after we’ve put down another. And sometimes we stay up late when we’re already tired and in a I’m-here-but-I’m-not-actually-here state that we might as well just be reading the same page over and over again. And if it wasn’t enough, people sometimes distract us from our readings which makes us lose track of what’s happening! The audacity…
Keep on reading to see what books I liked when I read them but can’t remember much (or anything) about now.
The Mara Dyer trilogy
Michelle Hodkin’s trilogy following Mara Dyer, a teenager who wakes up in a hospital with no recollection of how she got there, was one of my obsessions in 2014. Fifteen-year-old me finally caved to the hype surrounding this trilogy and apparently loved it to death. Eighteen-year-old me, however, can’t even remember the plot of this book, only a few scenes from the first two (and only books) I finished — and they’re still pretty blurry.
I remember that the book is set in Florida (Miami if I’m not wrong???) and there is so much mystery in every page. I remember some scenes involving Cuban food, voodoo practicing, and a falling roof at a classroom. My memory can’t evoke anything else about this book, so I will let my reviews from 2014 do the talking:
Apparently I really loved this book — and my English wasn’t that good!
This is the book I am the saddest about not remembering anything. The synopsis sounds so good and I have never heard anything that was not positive about Alec Baldwin’s novel.
Giovanni’s Room follows an American living in Paris in the 1950s who is discovering and fighting with his sexuality. After meeting a younger women whom he proposes to, the main character embarks on a lengthy affair with an Italian man. As time goes on, he has to deal with these two people he is connected to, and manage to come to terms with the decision he ultimately makes.
Just reading the synopsis again makes me want to re-read the novel, and this time remember the whole plot! I remember being fascinated by this novel, and how it put me into a reading slump after I finished it. Thankfully I wrote a review on Goodreads as soon as I put it down in March of 2015.
This is one of the many books I plan on re-visiting once I’m older and have more life experience under my metaphorical belt. I hope to love it as much, or even more, than I did at sixteen.
An Abundance of Katherines
I thought that I still remembered a little of this book’s plot today, but after reading the synopsis on Goodreads I realized that my brain is empty. According to Goodreads, Colin Singleton has dated nineteen girls whose names were Katherine. In the book he goes on a road trip with his best friend, has ten thousand dollars in his pocket, and is trying to prove The Theorem of Underlying Katherine Predictability.
When I read this book I remember being let down because I was already a very big fan of John Green, and the review I left on Goodreads reflects that.
Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors. I love her writing, I love the characters she creates, and I love the romantic relationships she develops in her novels. I have read every book she has ever published — both novels and short stories; and I have loved (almost) all of them! Unfortunately, Attachments was one of the books I read, found it okay, and then completely forgot the plot beyond the general outline.
Attachments is an adult-contemporary novel set in an office at the turn of the century. Two female colleagues use the company’s email to chat, and Lincoln O’Neill — the internet-security guy — reads their conversations and falls in love with one of the friends.
When I read this in 2014 I remember thinking it “cute but meh,” and bitching about Lincoln as a character. I was fifteen, I wanted romances set in high school or university! But now, as an eighteen-year-old, I’m becoming more and more interested in novels set in offices and in “mundane” settings. (Is this a sign of growing up??!! Send help!)
This is definitely a book I want to revisit.
Landline is also an adult-contemporary novel written by Rainbow Rowell. I know what you’re thinking! But no, Rainbow Rowell is an amazing writer — I, on the other hand,
am was a terrible reader when it came to adult books.
This one follows Georgie McCool as she tries to fix her marriage that’s in the rocks. She still loves her husband deeply, and he feels the same about her, but so much has happened in their lives that love doesn’t feel like the core problem. As her husband goes back home to Omaha for the holidays, Georgie decides to stay behind in Los Angeles to work. However, the night of her husband’s and children’s departure to Omaha, she finds a way to maybe fix their marriage — and she puts her heart into it.
Besides knowing that I absolutely loved it when I read it, I remember magic objects that come into Georgie’s life (*no spoiler, I promise!*), a lot of snow, and Levi and Cath from Fangirl (my favorite book!) making a cameo! I think the review I left on Goodreads upon finishing the book sums up all the feelings I had at the time.
This is also another book I want to read again soon. So much has changed in my life since I first read it in 2014, and I know I’ll take away much much more out of it this time around.
Dreams of Gods & Monsters
This young-adult fantasy novel is the last in the trilogy Daughter of Smoke & Bone, written by Laini Taylor. I absolutely loved the first book and remember the storyline perfectly, and the second — although not as good — is also semi-present in my mind. This one, however, is completely lost on me. I remember that I took it out of the cruise’s library during my summer holidays (I travelled the Baltic Sea!), but I cannot remember any of the plot.
Daughter of Smoke & Bone is a trilogy that follows a young art student from Prague, Czech Republic, who discovers that the world she knows is composed of many more layers. As black handprints start showing up on doorways all around the world and winged creatures start making appearances on earth, having gotten into this reality through a slit in the sky, Karou will find out the truth about her past and herself.
Laini Taylor’s writing is one of the most beautiful I’ve ever come across, and Daughter of Smoke & Bone (the first installment of the trilogy) is a beautifully crafted novel. I am not one to usually pick up fantasy books, but Lani Taylor got me hooked from the first page.
Unfortunately I never wrote a review for the third book, so I’ll leave down below the ones I posted for the first and second books on Goodreads.
The Yellow Wallpaper
This is quite different from the other ones I’ve mentioned so far. The Yellow Wallpaper is a novella written by Charlotte Perkins Gillman in 1892 and centers around a woman descending into madness after being confined in a room — decorated with yellow wallpaper.
It has been the subject of much studies, analysing the woman’s role in late nineteenth-century society, and I’ve had a lecturer mention this book in class. I can’t remember what happens in the novella, nor can I remember anything about the main character besides the fact that she is a woman. Since I read this when I was sixteen, I am pretty sure I missed the main point of Gillman’s work, which is why I’d like to revisit it in the future. Nonetheless, I am leaving a screenshot of my review on Goodreads below.