Today’s Top 5 Wednesday topic is: Forgettable Books.
Now, I read A LOT and I honestly don’t have the best of memories, but I can usually at least remember vague details from books I’ve read, so I thought I’d have some trouble with this topic. Not so. As I scoured my Read list on Goodreads, I came across these 5 books that I KNOW I read (I at least remember that much), but I have NO CLUE what happened in them.
The Black Book of Secrets – Tales from the Sinister City #1 (F.E. Higgins)
Description from Goodreads: When Ludlow Fitch’s parents cruelly betray him, he steals away on the back of a carriage and leaves behind the stinking City. He arrives in the dead of night at a remote village, where he crosses paths with the tall and limping figure of Joe Zabbidou – a pawnbroker with a difference. For Joe trades secrets, not goods, for cash.
Employed as Joe’s assistant, Ludlow records the villagers’ fiendish confessions in an ancient leather-bound volume: The Black Book of Secrets. There’s the gravedigger who has been resurrecting bodies; the butcher who made a mouse-meat pie for his bullying father, with fatal consequences; the wizened bookseller who went to murderous lengths to get her hands on a priceless tome.
Ludlow longs to trust his mysterious master, but he senses Joe has much to hide. But then Ludlow Fitch has his own, very dark, secrets . . .
My Review: Now, I definitely remember liking this book. I even remember forgetting the title, then stumbling across it on Goodreads one day and being super excited because “That’s it! That’s that book!”. But I have no clue what it was about. ::shrugs::
The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Mitch Albom)
Description from Goodreads: Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”
My Review: The only thing I remember about this one is that it was a let down. It was this huge bestseller and was supposed to be all inspiring…but I just found it boring.
Ishmael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit – Ishmael #1 (Daniel Quinn)
Description from Goodreads: TEACHER SEEKS PUPIL.
Must have an earnest desire to
save the world. Apply in person.
It was just a three-line ad in the personals section, but it launched the adventure of a lifetime…
My Review: This one, on the other hand, I remember being blown away by. I think it was one of the first books I’d read that really made me think about my own perception of the world…but it’s been so long, I can’t remember why.
A Separate Peace (John Knowles)
Description from Goodreads: Set at a boys boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
My Review: Now THIS book is supposed to be this wonderful coming-of-age tale, a bestseller for over 30 years…and the only thing I remember from reading it was that I hated it with a fiery passion. No clue why. I think I’ve blocked it from my memory on purpose, the same way I did with Heart of Darkness. 😉
Capt. Hook: The Adventures of a Notorious Youth (J.V. Hart)
Description from Goodreads: With his long black curls, a shadowy family tree, and an affinity for pet spiders, James Matthew bears little resemblance to his starched-collar, blue-blooded peers at Eton. Dubbed King Jas., he stops at nothing to become the most notorious underclassman in the prestigious school’s history. For James, sword fighting, falling in love with an Ottoman Sultana, and challenging the Queen of England are all in a day’s skullduggery. But when he sets sail on a ship with a mysterious mission, King Jas.’ dream of discovering a magical island quickly turns into an unimaginable nightmare.
My Review: I honestly don’t remember this one at all. Not even if I liked it or not. Even reading the description didn’t help. ::shrugs::
How about you? Any books in your Read list that you just don’t remember?