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Conversations: Forgetting Books Is No Big Deal

Sunday, August 21, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

Hello everyone! 
So the topic for this week's Conversation is..
Do you forget books as easily as you read them?

The short answer? Yes

Let's define what forgetting books involves. For me, it involves forgetting minor things, like a minor character's backstory (e.g. who Ernie Macmillan is in Harry Potter) to more major things, like a major plot arc (e.g. Voldemort dies in Harry Potter) or a main character's name (e.g. Harry Potter in Harry Potter). 

There are some books that are more forgettable than others. For me, these are usually contemporary romance novels... >.< They're my favourite genre, but some of them are just so forgettable. Even the good ones are really forgettable to me. If I had to hazard a reason why they're more forgettable for me than most other books, I'd have to say it's because a lot of the same tropes are reused in contemporary romances, such as the 'I-didn't-see-him/her-like-that-until-now" one, the 'best friend' trope, the 'fake boyfriend' trope, etc. Plus, there's also the fact that it's so similar to my life sometimes, I sometimes mix up my life with the book o_O 

Examples of books like these include...
  • The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West - I only read this on Thursday, but I'm beginning to forget major details. I was trying to write a review for it on Goodreads, and I had to look up what the main character's name was. 
  • Anna and the French Kiss - I absolutely love this book...but I've forgotten everything about it. My sister was reading it the other day and fangirling, but I was like '...o_O Who's Bridgette??" 
  • Paper Towns - ??? All I remember is that there's some super cool girl called Margo and she runs away and the main character (IVE FORGOTTEN HIS NAME) tries to find her with clues I think?? Not 100% sure... Same goes with An Abundance of Katherines - all I remember is a guy who's obsessed with girls that are named Katherine, and he eventually ends up with a non-Katherine girl, I think?? NOT SURE xD 
There are some books that are pretty memorable...but I still forget them. This, I attribute to just my poor memory skills, and a lack of rereads. Or binge-reading. And just time in general, to be honest. 
Some books I'm just plain bad at remembering details about are:
  • Percy Jackson series and Heroes of Olympus series - OH MY GOSH, this is the worst offender. I think it's because I binge read these books. But yeah, I reread these books, and I always finish reading the series within two or three days...and five days after that, I go "...wait. What happened in Titan's Curse? Who's Frank again??"
  • Deltora Quest series - I think this is just because I haven't reread it in a while...but I recently reread the first series, so I'm on track now! Just gotta read the second and third ones... 
  • Skulduggery Pleasant series - HAHAHAHA, there are honestly so many books in this series, that I've forgotten everything past the first three books (which I reread incessantly) 
  • The Mortal Instruments - To be honest, after City of Ashes, I'm not 100% sure on what happened. Valentine was defeated, and Sebastian's the new baddy, that's all I know o_O 
  • Evernight series - okay, this one is pretty bad. I used to love this series, so I really should know more. Bianca and Lucas (I THINK THATS THEIR NAMES) are like forbidden lovers or something because Bianca is a vampire and Lucas is a vampire hunter, and...that's all I remember, folks! There's some ghosty/wraithy stuff going on too...IT'S BEEN TOO LONG. 
But to be honest, forgetting books isn't a huge struggle for me. People ask each other all the time, "If you could re-read a book and experience it for the first time (again), what book would it be?". For me, with my weird ability to forget books, I can just reread a book, and definitely experience it for the first time. 

Here's the link-up! 

If you can't link up, let me (or other people, through their posts in the link up above) know what you are like with remembering books? Are you like me, and you can't remember most books from a specific genre? Do you think it's a good thing to forget books? Any tips for remembering books? Start up a Conversation! 

On an unrelated note, I'm going on hiatus again...
I honestly do this too often! :/ I've been very busy with university (overloading and doing five subjects instead of the usual four), giving love to my new puppy (LIBBY! <3 ), and working at my job. 
AHHH :( 
I'll definitely stop by and comment on everyone's blogs when I can - but no guarantees with anything on my blog, with the sole exception of this feature, Conversations! 

Keep reading and loving books!

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