10 Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. Each week I will make a list of 10 books, authors or other bookish things surrounding a certain topic. Today, we’re talking books we really enjoyed but can’t really remember much of.

I’m not going to lie, this is a frequently occurring problem for me with series. I read the first book and end up loving it. Then I wait a while before picking up the next book and before I know it, 2 years have passed and I’ve forgotten everything that happened in the first book. That doesn’t mean it’s a forgettable book at all. I just happen to have a terrible memory -and I read quite a lot. 


The Name of the Wind (Kingkiller Chronicles #1) by Patrick Rothfuss // I want to kick myself for this one. It’s been so long since I read the first book that I can barely remember anything that happens. I only remember the big storylines (vaguely, at that). I just remember really enjoying it. So I’ll have to re-read it before moving on to the sequel. But these books are SO LONG! Re-reading this thing will take up so much of my time. 

A Game of Thrones (ASOIAF #1) by George R.R. Martin // HAHAHAHA, help me. I actually remember the first books pretty well because I’ve read them multiple times. Don’t ask me what happened in book 4 and 5. The mix of TV show and books got me so confused, and it’s been about 6 years since I’ve read them. I’ll have to re-read them before the next book comes out. Then again, that may not be in the next decade. 

Dreamer’s Pool (Blackthorn & Grim #1) by Juliet Marillier // Another book I really loved! I actually wanted to continue the series immediately but didn’t own the sequel -and didn’t want to buy books at the time. I’ve just purchased it and now I definitely need to continue. Will probably have to re-read this one too. 

City of Stairs (The Divine Cities #1) by Robert Jackson Bennett // Anyone see a trend here? I read so much and SO MUCH happens in these epic fantasy books that I tend to just erase the details from my mind months/years later. Not a problem at all, unless they’re part of a series and you really want to read the sequels too. 

Paladin (Paladin #1) by Sally Slater // I feel really bad about this one. I got this for review from the author, and ended up really loving it. Now every time I want to rave about it, I feel slightly guilty because I’ve forgotten so much? I feel like I can only recommend this after re-reading it, for some reason. It’s kind of ridiculous because I shouldn’t have to justify my recommendation -and especially not to myself. I enjoyed it when I read it. Shouldn’t that be enough?


Sunbolt (Sunbolt Chronicles #1) by Intisar Khanani // I read this one almost 3 years ago, so I hope you can forgive me for being hazy on the details. I do remember absolutely adoring this book -and the sequel, for that matter. Will definitely re-read in the future. 

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers // I read this trilogy when I just got back into reading in 2013. 4 years ago! Can you believe that?? I’m so excited to hear Robin LaFevers will continue the series, but I think I’ll have to re-read these first.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth // This was already on my need-to-re-read list for 2018 because it’s being adapted into a movie. I adored this book when I read it years ago, even though a lot of people said it was too slow for them. I remember the main points of the story, but not the details or side characters.

The Spirit Thief (Legend of Eli Monpress #1) by Rachel Aaron // I think I’ve forgotten so much of this series because I binge-read all 5 books in only a little over a week. They were just so addictive! 

The Dark Mirror (Bridei Chronicles #1) by Juliet Marillier // Finally, one I actually feel justified putting on the list. I think I read this when I was like 13 or 14. Which was 9 or 10 years ago. I just freaked myself out when I wrote that sentence. Anyway,  I can’t be expected to remember intricate details of a story I read 10 years ago. I barely remember anything from 10 years ago.

Have you read any of these?
I’m definitely planning on re-reading all of these at some point in the (near) future.
Which books do you love, even though you barely remember anything from them?

31 thoughts on “10 Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

  1. Oooh, so many of my favourite authors are on this list! I’m so excited to see that you liked The Dark Mirror (even if you can’t remember it, haha) because it’s one of the few Marillier books I’ve heard nothing about!


  2. I remember loving The Miseducation of Cameron Post but I can’t remember anything about it. And I think I need to reread the Grave Mercy series because I remember completely adoring that series but I only remember parts here and there. And don’t even ask me to recall the details of Game of Thrones. I’d probably spout off TV show details. lol


  3. OMG no one better ask me what really happens in a song of ice and fire hahaha I don’t know what happens in which book and I get utterly confused about tv events and book events. It’s a loooot to remember. I only know that they renamed Osha from the book Yara on TV, because there was already an Asha and that became too confusing for people.


  4. I totally feel you about ASOIAF. I read them not too long ago, less than 3 years ago, but the entire series was definitely a blur, especially the two books that had only half of the characters’ point of views. However I don’t think I will be rereading them when the new one comes out. It’ll just take too long! 😀


  5. Great list! You’re definitely not the only one, I’m terrible at continuing/finishing series, too – I still haven’t finished Mortal Heart but now that there are new books coming out in the series I think I might reread Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph first anyway. I remember speeding through them and really enjoying them, and I want to get back into rereading to be honest. I’ve heard wonderful things about The Name of the Wind – it’s just so huge!


  6. I think I would have the same problem with The Name Of The Wind if I could get all the way through it. I’ve only managed half so far, it’s not that I’m not enjoying it it’s just quite a commitment for me!


  7. You should check out the Name of the Wind audiobook! I love, love, love the narrator! I personally listen to most audiobooks at 1.5x or 2x speed (I think it sounds more natural), which can make the listen that much shorter. I remember the first 2 books fairly well, but I’ll probably do a re-read if Rothfuss ever finished the 3rd book!


  8. I completely get ASOIAF. Same really with the last two. Things got so much more confusing story wise. But hey, maybe you can reread a book a year and maybe the sixth book will be out by then. 😉

    I’ll probably reread the 2 Sunbolt books before the third one comes out.


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