Top Ten Tuesday: Forgettable books I loved
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
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
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
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
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 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 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
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 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?