Happy Tuesday! You know what that means. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post, created by The Broke and the Bookish and now curated by That Artsy Reader Girl. The prompt for this week is to list books that you enjoyed but don’t fully remember. Here goes!
1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I remember the premise of this book – boy and his father wandering post-apocalyptic Earth. I remember the ending. I remember the feelings it gave me. But if prompted, I doubt I’d be able to recall much else. I should probably make plans to re-read this and see if I still love it as much as I did the first time.
2. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
Once I’d let go of the post-Potter expectations I held for this book, I found it to be a fascinating portrait of small town life. Alas, such stories don’t stay with us as long as we’d like. I’m not sure if I’d revisit this novel anytime soon (especially since I haven’t read any of the Corman Strike books yet), but I probably will get around to it eventually.
3. Regeneration by Pat Barker
This novel is the first in a trilogy, set during World War I and centered around mental illness. I read these books for my thesis class during my last semester of college, and they were fabulous. That said, I guess I have to admit that it’s been a while since graduation. And I don’t recall the specifics of this story anymore. Another book to add to the re-reads pile!
4. Shadows of Self and The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson
Okay, I’m cheating a little using both – but they’re part of the same series. I adore everything Sanderson creates, but his second Mistborn series doesn’t quite live up to the first. And it also doesn’t hold the same amount of space in my memory. Considering I read both of these books recently, I expected to remember the sequence of events. But I don’t. I’ll be revisiting these before reading the next one, that’s for sure.
5. A Tragic Kind of Wonderful by Eric Lindstrom
I read A Tragic Kind of Wonderful last year, and while it was a touching tale of mental illness, it was also pretty darned short. Whenever I read short stand-alones, I never seem to retain the details. The character names, the exact series of occurences, etc. – they all just slip my mind.
6. Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
This is another book I read in 2017. Told in verse, it tells the story of two girls living in concentration camps during the Holocaust. I was certain such an important tale would stick with me, but I was disappointed on that count. While it was horrible to read about, it just didn’t go into enough depth for me to remember after one read.
7. Burned by Ellen Hopkins
This one can be entirely attributed to time. I haven’t read Ellen Hopkins’s older books, like Burned, since high school. I’m old. That was a long time ago. Apparently, Burned has a sequel now, though. Perhaps this will join the re-read list as well…
8. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs
I read the first two books in the Peculiar Children series during college, but I remember the first novel significantly better than the second. In fact, the main reason I haven’t picked up Library of Souls yet is because I need to return to Hollow City first.
9. The Infinite Sea and The Last Star by Rick Yancey
Oh look, I’m cheating again. With these two books, it isn’t so much that I don’t remember what happens. But The Infinite Sea was short and transitional, and so the events from both books blur together in my mind. I could probably name a scene or two for you, but I wouldn’t be able to tell you which book it’s from.
10. Twilight at Stephenie Meyer
Can you tell I’m reaching here? I enjoyed Twilight when I read it in high school. There. I admit it. I don’t, however, remember a whole lot about the story.
That’s it! What are some books you enjoyed but no longer remember well? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!