Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together. How it works is that each Tuesday the host assigns a topic and then posts their top ten list that fits the topic. Every blogger can create their own top ten (or 2, 5, 20, etc.) list as well and link to the host’s. The topic for January 30th, 2018 is: Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read. For this prompt, I’m going to be discussing books I can’t remember anything about yet are on my Goodreads ‘Read’ shelf. When I look at the titles I get a sense of familiarity, but other than that I just can’t believe I’ve read them.
1. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
I remember that we had a bookshelf shaped like an actual book with a red door in fourth grade that had a bunch of classics in it, one of them being this book. I used to read it sporadically during the ‘zero period’ and had finished quite a bit of it. And now I’ve promptly forgotten every word. I do know a bit about the plot because it happens to be a very famous book, but I don’t remember anything specific.
2. Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene
I know I liked the stories when I read them and obviously Nancy Drew is an iconic character, but none of the plot points have stayed in my mind. I vaguely remember the cast of characters and something about a convertible. I really feel like revisiting the entire series someday, however, it’s quite low on my priority list.
3. The Faraway Tree series by Enid Blyton
I distinctly remember picking up a book called The Magic Faraway Tree from my school library, reading it (though it confused me a little and at the time I didn’t know it was the second book in a series) and being very taken with the whimsy in the story. Predictably, I can’t even tell you the main character’s name if you asked me now.
4. Inferno by Dan Brown
Even though this is a recent read compared to others on this list, it was so forgettable that my brain decided it had better things to remember than this story. I do know it features Robert Langdon, something about Dante’s work and a beautiful woman whose name or profession has slipped my mind because I didn’t care for this book.
5. Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
I recall the themes in this book and perhaps a character or two, but nothing beyond that. I remember being apprehensive about it at first – it had a funny title and a blurb that didn’t really excite me. It was a present from my cousin and I didn’t want to be ruse, so I decided to give it a shot. I ended up absolutely loving it and my copy has found a new home because I spoke of it highly. Yet it has ended up on this list because it was so very long ago that I can’t recollect any details.
6. The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
This is a weird one because I read the original trilogy in 2014 (or 2013) and didn’t quite enjoy it enough to continue on with the rest of the story. However, in 2017 I persevered (and also read The Infernal Devices series) and finally finished the entire series (because I did remember vague details from the first three books). Now I just want to forget everything I’ve read because it didn’t get any better for me, as was promised. I’m truly sorry if you love this series, but it just wasn’t for me.
7. House of Night series by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
I actually forced my way through the entire series just so I’d know how it ends, and honestly, it wasn’t worth it. This one is more along the lines of I-can’t-believe-I-read-something-so-terrible-and-yet-I-somehow-did. It was a monumental waste of my time and I take the blame entirely. The good news is that I’ve forgotten a major chunk of it already!
8. Graceling Realm series by Kristin Cashore
This is another popular series I couldn’t seem to get into. As expected, I finished the entire trilogy hoping that it’d get better. I remember that I thought Fire, the second book, was a pretty decent read but I hated Katsa, the protagonist in the first book, with all my heart. Overall, I was dissatisfied with the story and I want to forget whatever little I do remember because it’s just a waste of space.
9. Cards on the Table by Agatha Christie
It came highly recommended to me by a good friend and I did pick it up solely on that from the school library when I was in high school. I read it but wasn’t blown away. I think I would rate it 4 stars but alas, that is all I can tell you about this reading experience. I do have a re-read scheduled, of course, because I have liked other books by her and want to complete the entire Hercule Poirot stories.
10. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
It’s actually one of my favourite fantasy series of all time and yet, sadly, here it is on the list and I’m ashamed to admit it. When a friend asked me what it was about, I vaguely remembered the fact that there were daemons, a girl called Lyra, an alethioemeter and some kidnapping storyline. The only reason I do remember all of that is because I read La Belle Sauvage recently (my last read of 2017). I’m definitely going to re-read it and soon, because the next book in The Book of Dust series is upcoming and I need to refresh my memory before it does.
Are you one of those people who remembers everything they read or do you grow forgetful as time passes? Which is the oldest book that you remember significant sections of? Do you re-read favourites if you feel like they’re not fresh in your mind? Let me know in the comments section below.