January 23: Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About
I like to pride myself on my ability to retain information, particularly relating to literature, but on occasion I read a book and it just doesn’t stay with me in the same way that most (thankfully) do. Before writing this list I had never considered as to whether there was a correlation between those particular books, but it transpires that there seems to be one: the more action based, the more likely I am to forget it to an extent.
1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I have an issue with this series in general: I enjoy the adventures at the time, but I have a genuine problem in remembering what occurred in each volume (and I’ve only read the first three). I think this might be because they are so action-packed that I don’t quite take it all in.
2. Divergent by Veronica Roth
Given my love for dystopian YA, it’s unusual that I’m unable to remember this novel in its entirety. Insurgent is even worse, I have absolutely no idea what happened in that book!
3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
I thoroughly enjoyed this book: I can remember it being action packed, with a stellar cast of characters, but after subsequently reading Crown of Midnight and The Assassin’s Blade, I now couldn’t tell you for the life of me what happens in any of the three.
4. City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
Having listened to the audiobook of this first book in the massively hyped The Mortal Instruments series, I struggled with the sheer amount of action and character introductions. If I continue with the series, I’m definitely going to have to physically read the book in order to take it all in.
5. Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
I only read this book because of the massive hype that surrounds both the novel and the movie, and can remember enjoying it at the time (and being slightly haunted by the intensity of it) but I can’t remember its plot.
6. Tripwire by Lee Child
With the exception of Killing Floor, I have an issue with remembering the plots of the Jack Reacher novels. I’ve decided to just read and enjoy them on their own merit from now on, and not concern myself with untangling the details of specific books.
7. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
Probably due to preferring its predecessor, Angels and Demons, I struggle to recall the finer plot points in this particular volume. That being said, I did enjoy it and will simply continue with the series without too much stress.
8. Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James
I can only remember the three primary plot points of the concluding volume of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy, but with the movie coming out next month I’m sure I’ll be reminded of the finer details *wink*
9. How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Lauren Myracle and Sarah Mlynowski
I can remember parts of this novel, but given that it’s told from three different perspectives and that it is so fun-filled and action packed, it’s surprising that I can’t remember it in its entirety (or the conclusion for that matter).
10. Checkmate by Malorie Blackman
Despite the Noughts and Crosses series being one of my all time favourites, I can’t for the life of me remember what happens in the third volume: I will re-read it this year, for sure!
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