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Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Really Liked But Don’t Remember Much/Anything About

Hi everyone, and happy Tuesday! Welcome to my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2018. This is an original weekly blog meme that was created at The Broke and the Bookish but is now hosted over at The Artsy Reader Girl. I participate about once a month, but each week there is a new, fun bookish topic for bloggers to create literary lists about. If you’d like to know more about it, check it out here.

Today’s list is kind of funny, in that I’m not sure how much I can say about each book on it – I guess we’ll just have to see! To arrive at the 10 Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Anything/Much About, I culled through my Goodreads, starting at the highest rating and going down. (Reminder: here’s how I rate.)

I’m happy to report that I remembered all of the 5-star books really well, so none of those made the list. I think most, if not all, of the books listed below I gave 4 stars, which must mean I “really liked” them, and that’s how they got here. I also don’t remember a lot about them, for whatever reason, so maybe it’s time to consider a re-read.

Have you read any of the books below? What did you think of them?  

We Are Water by Wally Lamb – I have wanted to read Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True for a long time now and even own a copy, but still haven’t read it. In lieu of that one, I remember picking up this newer (and shorter) one instead to sort of “try him out.” The most significant thing I recall here is that I also had one of my best friends (also) named Meg read it and she didn’t agree with me that is was a 4-star read.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – Of this one I have the gist, but that’s about it. Orphans sent to live with families in the prairie states? I may have read it for book club… I definitely remember my mom recommending it to me, and I might have borrowed her copy. I would be interested in re-reading this one for sure.

The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards by Kristopher Jansma – This was the first and only book I ever won in a Goodreads giveaway. I remember reading it right away because I was so excited, and I mentioned it a lot on social media – even tweeting back-and-forth with the author a bit. It was about a writer, but that’s about all I’ve got.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – I definitely want to give this novel a try again. It’s probably the one on this list I remember the best, but specifics are lost on me. I read this amidst a bunch of dystopian novels about flu pandemics (including part of The Stand, which I eventually had to quit), so perhaps it was just a product of lots of similar storylines getting crossed.

The Girls by Lori Lansens – No, this isn’t the much more popular Emma Cline’s The Girls (my post here). Instead, it’s about a set of conjoined twin sisters and their lives together, and I liked it so much better. I’m fascinated by twins, which is why I must’ve picked this up back in the day. I remember it being surprising and sad, and I took a screenshot of one of the passages about love in the book because I thought it was a beautiful sentiment.

A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty by Joshilyn Jackson – I read this for my Good Reads & Good Eats book club before I was even officially a part of it. Nora told me about it in advance, since I would be in Michigan when they met (I was still living in NYC at the time), and so I read it and joined that month’s meeting. We ate burgers, and I think people liked it. I was pleasantly surprised that I liked it more than I expected it to, but aside from it being in the South, I don’t recall much else about it.

Attachments and Landline by Rainbow Rowell – I read both of these pretty close together and gave both of them 4 stars, but I couldn’t tell you much about them. I assume I really liked her writing since reading one led to me reading the other. (I’ve also read Eleanor & Park by the same author and have little to no memory of it, so I’m not sure what that says about Rainbow… maybe it’s just that I read too many books.)

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares – I think this novel was recommended to me by my sister, and I remember it reminding me of The Time Traveler’s Wife, which is one of my favorites. I don’t have a lot else for you on this one, but fun bonus: this author also wrote the wonderfully delightful Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series!

Did You Ever Have a Family? by Bill Clegg – It’s pretty bad that I don’t remember this one because I even own it and have never even once considered giving it away, which means I like it a lot. (I mean, it did get 4 stars…) Every time I see the book’s spine on my shelf I just have a vague feeling of liking it and being a bit sad.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey – This could not be a more timely addition to this list, since members of my online book club are finally doing a real-life meetup to talk about this next week and I have almost no recollection of the story! (Oops…) My aforementioned friend Meg recommended this one to me, and I have been tempted to do a re-read for this upcoming meetup, but mostly there are just too many new books I’d rather read. Maybe I’ll get a refresher when I finally get to meet all these wonderful Michigan readers in person 🙂

Which of these do you recommend I dive into again? (I promise to remember it better the second time!)

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  • Reply TheReadersBay January 23, 2018 at 10:35 am

    If you’re ever in the mood to read Orphan Train, let’s buddy read that! I have it on my TBR since a pretty long time. Just need someone’s to give me a final push:p

    • Reply Megan January 23, 2018 at 10:36 am

      Sounds good! I’ll let you know – I actually realized that I have a copy, so re-reading it should be easy…when I find the time. 🙂

  • Reply Barb (boxermommyreads) January 23, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    I’ve read all three of the Rainbow Rowell books you mentioned. I remember some of Attachments because I liked it the best but Landline super annoyed me so I’m kind of glad I forgot. Thanks for sharing your list.

    • Reply Megan January 23, 2018 at 1:07 pm

      Ha, well there’s a bright side to everything! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Reply Emily @ Mixed Margins January 23, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    Typically I soak up every single word that Rainbow writes. Part of me feels like I could recite Eleanor & Park and Fangirl. But Landline did not click with me. I read the words but nothing stuck. (I found the day-to-day description very repetitive and very boring.)

    • Reply Megan January 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Hmm… I didn’t even remember that much about it. I know people love Rainbow, and I enjoyed one of her short stories that I read recently. For some reason the longer ones didn’t stick with me.

  • Reply Michelle @ Pink Polka Dot Books January 23, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    I read She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb and meant to read more of his books, but haven’t. Same with Landline and Attachments. I LOVED Fangirl, but haven’t gotten around to her adult books.

    • Reply Megan January 23, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      I loved his writing style and would totally be open to more of his novels. People love him, and he’s written a lot.

  • Reply Christina @ Ruff Day Reviews January 23, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    I love how you shared this! There’s quite a few on here that look like fun reads. I’ve seen the cover for The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards a few times and I just love it. It gets me every time. I’m going to have to get that one in book form instead of kindle, just for the cover. I don’t even know why! I just love it.

    Great list though. I agree it’s hard to create a list that explains the books when we don’t remember them. I did the same, added some high rated books that I vaguely, maybe remember. There’s so many books that really stick in my memory that sometimes even the highly rated books get shoved aside!

    Beautiful blog!

    • Reply Megan January 27, 2018 at 8:07 pm

      Thank you for stopping by and for the kind words, Christina! The cover of Leopards is quite lovely. I’ll have to hop on over to your blog and take a look – I don’t know why but these comments got pushed to spam, so I’m seeing them a bit late.

  • Reply Leslie January 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    Hi! I have an Ann Brashares book on my list, too. I remember hearing about The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards but I never read it. 🙂
    My TTT

  • Reply Heather @ Heather's Reading Hideaway January 24, 2018 at 11:15 am

    I have heard amazing things about Station Eleven but I still haven’t read it!! Funnily enough my memory is a bit fuzzy on both Attachment and Landline too. More Attachments because I really disliked Landline and for some reason sometimes it’s easier to remember a book when you have negative feelings towards it vs positive ones. Awesome list! Thanks again for checking out mine 🙂

  • Reply Jackie B. January 31, 2018 at 11:31 am

    I’ve read three of the books on your list! That’s a record for this TTT, honestly… That said, Rainbow Rowell is one of my all-time favorite authors. Most of her books are really character studies. I find when I am asked to explain what her books are about to others I struggle as there isn’t a lot of plot. It’s just about how a character comes to grips with themselves and who they really are and what is in front of them. Beautiful books. Have you read Carry On or Fangirl yet? Those are both wonderful. If you don’t want to re-read Attachments or Landline, I would recommend starting there.

    Also: Station Eleven. It’s beautiful.

    • Reply Megan January 31, 2018 at 11:49 am

      That’s interesting to know about Rainbow Rowell’s books. I bet that’s why I can’t remember much about them – character studies are hard to explain (and therefore, perhaps hard to remember too!). I did like her writing enough to read 3 of her books. I’ve heard great things about Fangirl, so I’ll plan to check it out 🙂 Thanks!

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