I recently saw a video similar to this on HardbackHoarder’s YouTube channel and decided to document the books I remember little to nothing about. These are books that I read and maybe even enjoyed, but they didn’t leave a lasting impression on me.
I do have to admit that I have a poor memory, so I feel like I’m already at a disadvantage here. However, not all books will blow your mind and have you thinking about them for weeks. So, here is my list of books I don’t remember.
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
I read this book probably a year ago and honestly don’t remember hardly anything about it. I know it takes place during World War II but I have no idea which city. Maybe Paris or London? There’s also a little girl who I believe is deaf. I want to say she is an orphan, but I might be thinking of The Book Thief instead. If you’re looking for a WWII novel, maybe skip this one because there are many more impactful ones out there!
Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri ManiscALco
I definitely love and remember the first book of this series and it has stuck with me for some time! However, I listened to the audiobook for the second book about 2 months ago and have no recollection of anything that happens in this book. I know there’s a mystery, but I couldn’t tell you what that mystery was (although I think there was something to do with a train). I also remember this book does not take place in London, although I couldn’t tell you where it does take place. I also remember a scene with spiders? I think? I’m not sure if I’ll continue this series because even though I loved the first book, this one was a bit of a dud for me.
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
I feel bad this book is on this list because I do remember liking it quite a bit! I know this book takes place in Detroit and it is about a girl who moves there from… Haiti? Maybe? I believe somewhere in the Caribbean. I also know that she moves in with her cousins who are referred to as “The Queens” or something like that. I definitely would want to reread this book at some point because I do remember liking it at the time.
When We Left Cuba by Chanel Cleeton
Like Hunting Prince Dracula, I loved this book’s companion novel, Next Year in Havana. I bought the sequel because the cover is GORGEOUS, and I was craving more of the beautiful Cuban setting. I know this book follows a girl named Beatrice, and I think she joins some sort of resistance against Fidel Castro. That’s literally all I remember. I don’t know what her mission was, if it was successful, or how she became apart of the resistance. Hopefully Cleeton’s next book impacts me a bit more than this one.
The FOuntains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys
This is another book I do remember liking, but it didn’t stick with me for very long. I read it in the beginning of the month for a book club I was supposed to go to about 3 weeks later, but ended up not going because I felt like I didn’t remember anything that happened in this book. This takes place in 1950s Spain, and follows an American boy with Spanish parents. There is also a girl named Ana who is a maid. I also think there is bull-fighting and nuns. That’s pretty much all I could tell you though.
Love From A To Z by S.K. Ali
While I was going through a list of books I read, I had to stop and pause for a minute because I TOTALLY forgot I even read this book! Based on the cover, I assume there is a trip being taken? I do remember I was annoyed with the side characters, and there was a scene at a swimming pool and a zoo. That is all. Obviously this has a romance in it as well, but I don’t remember anything about it or how it came to be. I don’t even remember where it takes place, I just know it’s not in the United States. So, clearly this didn’t have a huge effect on me (despite the beautiful cover WOW).
The Siren by Kiera Cass
The last book on this list in The Siren. Based on the cover and the title, I know this is about a siren and I do remember she gave up her humanity for a very long time- 100 years? 1000 years? I can’t remember. I also remember the ocean talks in this story because it reminded me of Moana. But that’s pretty much it. I’m trash for The Selection series as much as the next girl, but this one did not have the same effect on me.
I’m happy you made it to the end of the list! Are there any books you hardly remember reading?