• Introduction •
A few weeks ago Akilah at The Englishist wrote a post titled, “Top Ten Books I Have No Recollection of Reading.” Her point, which is excellent, is that we all read lots of books, but not all the books stick with us.
We forget about some books entirely– and only remember odd tidbits in other ones.
Inspired by Akilah I decided to figure out what books I’ve read, enjoyed enough to keep a copy around here, but now can’t tell you much of anything about the characters, the plot, the setting.
• My Top Five Books That I Have [Almost] No Recollection Of Reading •
1. And Only To Deceive by Tasha Alexander
I know that I read this book when it was cold outside because I remember looking at the cover and thinking how much warmer I’d be if I had on that red dress. As for the story, couldn’t tell you a thing about it, but that dress…
2. Dangled Carat by Hilary Grossman
Someone on Twitter suggested this book so I got a copy of it and read it. My impression is that I thought the story was cute. The only specific I remember is that there was something about grilling steaks [?] in it. Must have been hungry when I read it.
3. Then Again by Diane Keaton
I’ve enjoyed Diane Keaton’s work as an actress, so I bought this book hoping to learn about what makes her tick. Apparently that didn’t happen because all I can tell you is that Diane’s mother was seriously ill. There might have been more insight, but I’ll be darned if I know what it was.
4. The Buddha Walks Into A Bar: A Guide To Life by Lodro Rinzler
I bought this book at Anthropologie thinking that I could use some self-improvement, and with a title like this one, I’d find the meaning of life within the pages of this book. No idea what this book was about, but the cover is cute. So there’s that.
5. Four Souls by Louise Erdich
A few friends recommended this book to me. There was a character with a French first name, and I remember thinking that there was a lot of history going on in this story. Guess I forgot all the facts, just like I used to do immediately after taking any history test.
• Some Fun Bookish Things To Do •
Want to laugh about books you don’t want to read? Go to Awful Library Books.
Want to learn about books you will want to read? Go to What Should I Read Next with Anne Bogel.
Want to read like an incoming freshman at Harvard? Go to Malia Obama’s Essential College Reading List.
Want to get a book reading list customized for you? Go to whichbook.
Want to keep up with books that aren’t popular? Go to The Neglected Books Page.
• Question of the Day •
What are you reading now?
Is it something that you think you’ll always remember reading? Or is it a filler book, good in the moment, but destined to be on your very own Books I Have No Recollection of Reading List?