Books I read that I remember nothing about

For me, remembering books falls into three categories. The first are the books I remember well. Usually these are the books I either absolutely loved or I absolutely hated. The second category are the book that, maybe I don’t remember everything about them, but I remember that basics of what its about and what I did or did not like about it. And then there are the books which fall into the third category: books I remember nothing about. Zero. Nil. Nought.

Thus, today I’m going to be sharing with you the books which fit into this last category, which I remember nothing about.

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The first book is The Line That Held Us by David Joy. This was published back in 2018 and I read it just after it came out. I gave it two stars, but I could not tell you now why I gave it that rating or even what it was about.

Looking at Goodreads, it looks like it tells the story of a hunter who accidentally shoots a man thinking he is a deer, and the repercussions to the town after the incident.

I clearly didn’t like it that much, giving it only two stars, but I don’t remember what I did or did not like about it. Characters? Any plot twists? Nope, nothing. But at least with this one I don’t feel quite as bad because I did only give it two stars.

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The second book is The People in the Trees by Hanya Yanagihara. It was published in 2013 and I read it about three years ago. It’s categorized as magical realism (a genre I have pretty mixed feelings about) and I also gave it two stars.

I don’t remember anything about it, but according to Goodreads, it’s about an anthropologist who goes in search of a mysterious lost tribe in the 1950s. Not sure what else happens, but it sounds interesting. I can’t remember anything else about it, unfortunately. What didn’t I like about it? Where does the magical realism come in? I could not tell you.

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The next book is The Tangled Lands by Tobias Buckell and Paolo Bacigalupi (watch my video to listen to me butcher his surname). This book was released in 2018 and I read it just after it was released. The only thing I do remember about it is that it’s a collection of novellas. But besides that, nothing. I gave it two stars as well.

This book tells different stories of people surviving in a crumbling world where magic has been used so much that it has become poisonous to people. I love this premise, so it’s even more disappointing that I didn’t like this book. However, I also remember nothing about this book. What were any of the novellas about? Don’t ask me. Did the world survive or die in the end? No idea.

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The next book is The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch. This book was released in 2017 and I read it just after it came out. I gave it three stars, so I definitely enjoyed it, but I remember nothing about it.

It follows the life of Marina Makarova, a wealthy Russian young woman, on the eve of the Russian Revolution in 1916. It follows her experiences during this time, but unfortunately I remember nothing about this story. Worse yet, it’s over 800 pages long, which makes me even more surprised I remember nothing about this book. Now we’re getting into the books I actually feel bad that I remember nothing about, because these are books I actually enjoyed.

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The next book is the Roadside Picnic by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. This Soviet Russian sci-fi classic was released in 1972. I have also recently learned it inspired the 1980 Soviet film called Stalker and the video game of the same name. I gave this book three stars.

It follows a young man who is a stalker, a rebel who is forced to enter into the Zone to collect mysterious artifacts left by aliens. It sounds awesome, and yet I don’t remember anything about it. This is the main one on this list that I really do want to read again. I also want to get into more classic sci-fi in general, as well as Russian classics. It doesn’t hurt that my favorite author, Fyodor Dostoevsky, is Russian.

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The next book is The Arnifour Affair by Gregory Harris, the first book of the Colin Pendragon mystery series. It came out in 2014 and I gave it four stars, despite it only having an average 3.35 rating on Goodreads. At least I have a good excuse as to why I don’t remember this book, as I have read so many historical murder mysteries that at this point they all blend together a bit.

Set in the last Victorian era, it follows Colin Pendragon as he attempts to solve the vicious murder of Lord Arnifour, unweaving the complex case. Reading the premise, it doesn’t sound all too compelling, but I certainly did enjoy it when I read it. Unfortunately, I don’t remember anything about it now.

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The next book is The Marvels by Brian Selznick, published in 2015. I gave it four stars as well, meaning I really enjoyed it, but I don’t remember anything about it.

It follows a family of actors, from 1766 all the way to the modern day, following mainly three young boys in the family, one in 1766, one in 1900, and one in the modern day as they live and piece together they family history. I must have really enjoyed it, giving it a four star rating, but I remember nothing about it. Worse yet, according to Goodreads this fits into the graphic novel category, making me wonder if parts were in graphic novel format. I don’t remember that at all.

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The next book is The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich (what an unfortunate name…). It was published in 2014 and I gave it four stars as well.

Apparently, it is about a group of intellectual scientists who seek to push the boundaries of the natural world and discover a way to travel through time. As the cover suggests, it sounds very steampunk, a genre I adore! However, I don’t remember anything about this book. It sounds as if it is actually a collection of short stories which all come together into one overarching plot (I don’t remember that at all either). It also has an extremely low average rating of 3.14 on Goodreads, though I gave it four stars. I’m wondering if I would like it that much if I read it again.

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The last book on this list in The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl, the first book of The Dante Club mystery series. Published in 2003, it is the one I feel most bad for not remembering, as I gave it five stars (and I rarely give books five stars).

It is a mystery set in 1865 in both Boston and London. In London, a series of murders occur based on the scenes from Dante’s Infernal and a handful of American Dante scholars (including Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Oliver Wendell Holmes, James Russell Lowell, and J. T. Fields) are called in to help solve the mystery. It sounds great, but unfortunately I remember nothing about it. Like the last two, it has a lower average rating on Goodreads, sitting at 3.40 average stars, though I clearly really enjoyed it. This is the second book on this list which I really want to reread.

I’m curious if you all have trouble remembering certain books you’ve read. Are there any books you’ve read that you remember nothing about? Have you read any of these books? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments, thank you so much for reading, follow my blog for more musings, and, as always,

Best wishes in your life full of adventure,


11 thoughts on “Books I read that I remember nothing about

    1. Usually for me it means the book isn’t memorable, either because its themes are too similar to so many other books and there isn’t much to remember, or because I was distracted when reading it originally so I didn’t absorb it enough. But I think everyone doesn’t remember books for different reasons.


  1. I’m like this too! I tend to remember well the books I hated, unfortunately, but mostly I remember the plot, but not the names of the characters!
    The profile of the head on The Tangled lands always remind me of Snape from Harry Potter, I don’t know why.

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