I was thinking about how many books I really enjoy while I’m reading but then, not even a month down the road I can’t recall anything about the book! The characters names, setting, even big plot points slip right out of my mind. I feel like if I’m not actively reading the book I forget everything about it. Does this mean the book wasn’t that great if it is so easy to forget?
I really don’t know the answer to my own question. Though, it seems like my favorite books really stick with me. I might forget some names but I do remember the feeling, atmosphere and the plot fairly clearly. There are some books that I still can bring up details that I read years ago. What does this mean? Really, I don’t suppose it is important because I read to enjoy myself but it really had me thinking about book’s longevity in my brain.
I recently was trying to remember a book that I liked (Midnight Thief) and I couldn’t remember barely anything about the details. Even talking with Kelly who was reading it currently I had issues remembering what she was talking about. It seems like this particular book slipped right out of my brain.
On the flip side, how about those books you really didn’t like but oddly enough you can remember so much about it! The last fantasy book I read that I didn’t love (looking at you The Queen of the Tearling) is still pretty clear in my mind. I’m so curious to see if the details fade away the longer it’s been. Perhaps, in retrospect I’ll like the book more since it stuck with me.
Your turn, do you question if a book is that great if you forget a lot of the details quickly after reading?