Reader’s Amnesia: Books I Forgot The Contents Of

Hello again honeybees! Today I’m here with a blogpost idea I had while listening to the Book Riot podcast. While in discussion one of the hosts said the term “reader’s amnesia” and I thought of all the books I’ve read and subsequently forgot all the contents of, which surprisingly isn’t a big stack.

Alright, let’s get into it! Here’s the list:

Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

First read: May 2017

So I read this a few years ago and I immediately forgot what happened during this wild ride. Not that it was forgettable, oh no!, this is one of the most unique books I’ve ever read and I remember it dearly, though the memories are a bit hazy.

I know the basic gist but I forgot the details of the overall plot, therefore I cannot continue the series without being a bit confused.

Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber

First read: January/February 2017

This is a tricky one. This was the first book I ever preordered and I loved this book when I first read it, so much so that it’s one of the only books I’ve lent to friends. A friend of mine was gushing about the Legendary, the sequel, and said “I love Dante” making me realize that I have no idea who that person is. Sigh. Now I have to reread but I feel like I won’t enjoy it as much this time around.

Red Queen books 1-3 by Victoria Aveyard

First read: 2015/2016

Reread: 2018

This was my favorite series when I read it and I made all my friends read it with me. I was cool with books 1, 2, and 3 but then War Storm came out and I realized I had forgotten a lot. So I reread Red Queen. After a month of trudging through a former favorite, I decided not to continue on with the series. But looking back on the books, I can’t really remember what happened in any of them? Oops.

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak

First Read: June 2017

This is one of my favorite books and I still recommend it constantly, but… I can’t remember most of it? It’s super fuzzy and I need to reread because this is truly one of the best historical fiction novels I’ve ever read.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

First read: 2014/2015

Another one of my favorites! I just bought the paperback so I can reread it, which is great timing since Wayward Son (Carry On #2) will be out later this year. It’s been a good few years, making it totally understandable that I’ve forgotten a few things.

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

First read: 2013/2014

Unpopular opinion: this series is overrated. There, I said it! I’m probably just blocking out painful memories. But seriously, if it weren’t for the movies I would probably have forgotten everything about it.

Eclipse (Twilight #3) by Stephanie Meyer

First read: 2012/2013

Backstory: I had just finished my third consecutive reread of Harry Potter and I didn’t have anything to read. My sixteen year old aunt had given me Twilight. Okay so I loved (*cough* love) the books. I recently read about half of Twilight and it jogged my memory of some of the series but I can’t, for the life of me, remember what happened in this this book.

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

First read: 2013-2015

I can’t give you a specific book because they kind of blur together, so while I remember some things (the ships, the betrayals, the deaths) but I can’t put them in a timeline or tell you what exactly happened to cause these things. I’m considering a reread but hopefully I don’t hate the series, as these books were my preteen favorites!

What are some books that you’ve completely forgotten the contents of? Do you usually remember every detail or instantly forget a book? Tell me everything in the comments!

Bye for now honeybees.

6 thoughts on “Reader’s Amnesia: Books I Forgot The Contents Of

  1. lydia @ pages of verity says:

    i feel you with the mortal instruments…i read the first two in january and i can’t remember them 🤷🏽‍♀️😂 i’m the type of person that’ll remember basically every little detail or nothing at all! there are so many books i love (or didn’t) that i really can’t remember anything from!

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  2. Kelly | Another Book in the Wall says:

    I read Red Queen years ago and remember disliking it. If you asked me what the story is about now, I likely couldn’t recite more than what’s provided on the book jacket. Hahaha! The Book Thief is my favorite novel of all time, but there are definitely a few parts of the story that are hazy to me now. It’s definitely time for a reread! Lovely post, Destiny! ❤

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  3. mphtheatregirl says:

    Has this happened- you read a book and have no idea why you liked it. Those are books I want to reread and figure it out. For some books, you can forget it contents, for you haven’t read it for a while.


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