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Top Ten Tuesday: Forgettable books I loved

Top Ten Tuesday: Forgettable books I loved

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish, but was recently relocated to That Artsy Reader Girl

I’m sure you’ve all experienced this. You read a book and absolutely love it, but when you look back a week later you can’t remember any of the characters names. After a couple of months the plot fades completely from your memory, but you still know that you loved the book. You still feel warmth towards it and recommend it to people, but in reality you have no idea what you’re really recommending.

Because I read so many books a year, this happens to me extremely often. It’s one of the reasons I’ve resolved to read less books this year, because I want to be able to actually remember the ones I pick up!

These ten books are ones that I absolutely adored (apparently!), but don’t have the foggiest idea why:

10) Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

Haunting Violet by Alyxandra Harvey

I read this book back in 2013 and gave it four stars. According to Goodreads, Violet’s mother is a fake medium but Violet actually has some kind of supernatural powers. It falls on Violet’s shoulders to solve the murder of the ghost who’s haunting her. This sounds like the kind of book that I’d absolutely love, so it worries me that this one has slipped my mind – I was probably generous with that rating!

9) After Obsession by Carrie Jones

After Obsession by Carrie Jones

Apparently I also gave After Obsession four stars, but I distinctly remember being annoyed when I finished this book. I have no idea why. Perhaps it was because the love interest is called Alan, and that’s the least love-interesty name I’ve encountered in a teen novel! I remember loving Jones’ Need series, but the synopsis is full of instalove combined with cliched paranormal elements, so I definitely won’t be re-reading this one.

8) Evermore by Alyson Noel

Evermore by Alyson Noel

Back in 2011, I gave Evermore five stars and it’s sequel, Blue Moon, four stars. I then purchased the entire series and planned to binge-read it… And they’re still sat on my shelf, unread. I’m not surprised I liked this book, because I used to be a sucker for cringey paranormal romances, and based off of the description that’s exactly what this is.

If I feel the need for a comfort read, I might give these another go, just to see how the rest of the series progresses (even though I can remember NOTHING about the first two. Apart from a crazy ex-girlfriend? Maybe?!).

7) Hate List by Jennifer Brown

Hate List by Jennifer Brown

I read Hate List at the end of 2016 after hearing good things about it for as long as I could remember. I’m fascinated by school shooting stories – I know, it’s morbid, but something about them compels me – but compared to This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp and We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver, Hate List didn’t have much of an impact on me. I still gave it four stars, but other than the Burn Book-esque Hate List, I can’t remember anything about the plot.

6) Fallen by Lauren Kate

I loved Fallen so much that I only remembered they’d adapted it into a film while I was writing this post. Apparently it was dreadful, so at least I didn’t miss out on anything! Although I remember reading Fallen a couple of times – each time in preparation to read the next release in the series – I can’t remember anything about it apart from it being set in a boarding school. I know it was angsty as heck and stuffed to the brim with fallen angels, and I used to love those kind of books… Not sure how much I’d like it if I read it again now, but at the time I gave it five stars.

5) Eve by Anna Carey

Eve by Anna Carey

Eve is part of the minority, because it’s the first book in a trilogy that I ACTUALLY FINISHED! I know it was a dystopian revolving around gender – girls being used as breeding machines because a virus wiped out most of the population – and that the titular Eve escaped and went on the run… But other than that, nada.

I was gripped, read it very quickly and shipped the main couple (but I can’t remember his name at all!). I’d like to reread this series, but because it was one of the first dystopians I ever read if I do revisit it I’ll probably find it very cliched.

4) You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here by Cori McCarthy

You Were Here was one of the best books that I read in 2016, but it’s also one of the only ones that I can hardly remember. I have vague flashes of memory: a girl’s brother died, there were multiple points of view and one of them was told solely through graphic novels… But other than that, I haven’t got a clue. This is definitely a book that I need to rediscover.

3) City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’ve read the first five books in The Mortal Instruments series, and I can’t really remember anything about any of them. Jace, Clary, Simon, Isabelle, Alec, Magnus… I know the characters names, and I know what they look like, but other than that I have no memories of what actually happens in the books.

These are definitely going to get revisited at some point, because I read five of them – I obviously liked them enough to get that far in! – and I’d like to get through the sixth book and then read the other novels in the Shadowhunters world.

2) Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood

Wild Swans was another book that I read in 2016 that I absolutely loved but have completely forgotten. What happened in 2016 that caused my brain to delete all of these books from my memory?! I enjoyed Jessica Spotswood’s Cahill Witch Chronicles but hadn’t expected to like this contemporary as much, so I was surprised when I fell head over heels for the story and the characters and had to give it a five star rating.

Unfortunately, I can only remember something about an ancestor drowning, a mixed-race love interest and Ivy feeling like the only untalented person in her entire family. All of those aspects make me want to read this book again, though, and I’m sure I’ll love it just as much the second time around.

1) The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

The Darkest Part of the Forest might be a strange book to put in my number one slot, because I only gave it three stars when I read it in 2016. However, whenever I think back to it I feel an overwhelming rush of affection and the desperate need to reread it.

That feeling got a lot worse after I read The Cruel Prince, because it was flawless. For some reason all of Black’s other books have slipped out of my mind mere days after I’ve finished reading them, but people have recommended that lovers of The Cruel Prince read The Darkest Part of the Forest, so maybe I’ll be in a better mindset and actually remember it this time around.


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I hope you enjoyed this Top Ten Tuesday! Have you completely forgotten any of your favourite books, or am I the only one with a brain like Swiss cheese?




  • I haven’t read any of these but they look quite interesting. I guess we have limited brain storage to remember all the bookish information 😛

    I hope you get to re-read a few of them soon 😛

    My TTT :

    • If I do reread them, hopefully I’ll be able to remember them second time around, but who knows?!

  • debnance

    It’s a phenomenon, this dis-remembering, and I wish it didn’t occur. It’s very annoying for us readers, isn’t it? Almost like a reader flu?

    • It really is! So frustrating, especially when it comes to series – there’s never enough time to reread all of the installments before the next one hits the shelves.

  • Greg Hill

    The Darkest Part of the Forest is actually on my TBR (as is Cruel Prince actually) as I’ve heard so many good things about Holly Black! Looking forward to those. Curious about Eve too, as I liked Anna Carey’s Blackbird series.

    • I’ve been hoping to read more of Anna Carey’s work, but I wanted to reread the Eve trilogy first. Perhaps moving on to one of her others and revisiting Eve afterwards would be more effective!

      • Greg Hill

        I know some people didn’t like the Blackbird books because of the 2nd person POV, but I liked it. A good girl-on-the-run story. 🙂

  • We are twinning for The Darkest Part of the Forest and City of Bones!! I’d say HI FIVE but I guess we’re both crying in shame right now ahahaha.😂😂 Omg why is it so hard to remember books?! I seriously have no idea about what I read a few weeks later (let alone years) and agh this remind same that I “loved” the Hate List but now have no idea what it was like or about.😂 If only we had more hours to reread…


    • (THE CRUEL PRINCE WAS THE GREATEST THING! Why so long until book two?!)

      I like to think it’s hard to remember them because a lot of books are similar and you can get confused that way, but I’m the kind of person that normally takes the love interest from a contemporary and stuffs them into a fantasy in my mind, then gets really confused when no one knows what book I’m talking about…

  • Barb(Boxermommyreads)

    Haunting Violet sounds like something I would pick up and I’m pretty sure I’ve read some other things by that author and liked them but guess what – I don’t remember what they were! Thanks for sharing this list.

    • Haha! I know I read some of her vampire books, but then the series spiralled out of control and it felt as though there were hundreds of them. I’ll definitely need to try rereading some of her books… Eventually!

  • Jo Elliott

    Oh Hate List! I loved that book (if you need a refresher, I have a review on my blog)!
    My TTT:

    • Ooh, thank you! I looked back over my review before I decided to put it in this post, and apparently I decided to be as vague as possible that day.

  • Ah, City of Bones.. I remember it but I have the same issue with series, I remember the story just not where the books end/begin.

    • I always find that difficult with installments from series, which is annoying if I know I liked one book more than all of the others!

  • I would concur. Evermore is very forgettable. Too bad, too, since I met the author and it still didn’t stick. My TTT Books I Don’t Remember well

    • Oh no! I’ve been lucky, in that (so far) every author I’ve met has had extremely memorable books. I’m sure that’ll change soon enough, though.

  • I’ve not read any of those books, heard of a few of them and love some of those covers!

    • The covers are gorgeous, which makes it even more sad that I can’t remember what went on inside them!

  • The Mortal Instruments books were my childhood, but I’ve felt myself forgetting them now too. At the time it wasn’t so much of a problem because I read almost all of them back-to-back. It’s so annoying when you forget what happens in a good book, especially if it’s a series! I hope you get to revisit all of these again to remember why you loved them so much!

    • It might be time for both of us to do a reread! 😛

  • I remember seeing “Wild Swans” around, and the cover making me want to read more about it. Beyond this, I know ZERO about the book or the author for that matter. That said, it looks like a book I might want to take a closer look at. 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting Finding Wonderland.

    • It is a very beautiful cover. Because I’d read Jessica’s other novels, I almost didn’t believe it was the same author – compared to the covers for her witchy series, this one is so different!