Forgettable Books… Already Forgotten…

The problem with a forgettable books list is I’ve forgotten a lot of the books that I want to put on here. Never fear- goodreads is here! After trawling through some books I read years ago and documented on there, I was able to find at least some books that I don’t remember reading at all.

Wolf Brother– I *wish* I could remember this- I know that I loved it and I have a vague sense of the characters and story- but not enough to continue the series (and I only had one book to go as well!) It’s been driving me nuts that I can’t think of enough of the plot, because I feel like I’d have to reread the rest of the series to finish it and I can’t be bothered to do that.


Across the Nightingale Floor– even reading the synopsis, I don’t remember it at all. It sounds very different and like something I’d enjoy- apparently I did as well.



The Merrybegot– reading the summary I have vague memories of this and apparently I liked it.



Goddess of Yesterday– I seem to recall once reading a loose YA version of the Iliad that was decent… could this be that book?




Unwind– apparently I hated this, so it can’t be such a bad thing that I can’t remember this- apparently time heals some wounds!



Odin’s Voice– I do remember parts of this, but I’ve blotted out huge amounts, cos for ages it was my least favourite book. It starts off as an interesting take on slavery, takes some weird turns (I don’t remember what they were thankfully) and then they go into space for no reason. Yeah this book sucked. It’s no wonder I don’t want to remember it.


Sepulchre– this was part of the series and I liked the first one and can picture some of the scenes, but I cannot for the life of me think what happened here.



The Savage Garden– I actually remember two things about this: really overlong, up itself descriptions of the garden and an awkward sex scene. Kind of explains why I thought of it as pretentious and didn’t like it at all.



The Pledge Series– I can recall that this was really generic and not much else. I know that the girl had powers that made her *super special* and there was *romance*. But yeah, this was the height of the whole dystopian YA phase- I don’t know why I should even be worried that I don’t know what was in it. She saves the world and defeats the baddie. That’s it.

The Testing– one thing I remember from this incredibly mediocre dystopian story is how often we were told the mc was *the smartest smarty pants among all the super smart people!* and how rarely that was actually shown. Other than that it’s a blank slate. I think there was some sort of Hunger Games style contest?


See this whole list is why I do reviews! I don’t think I’d have forgotten nearly as much of these books (a lot of which I apparently liked) if I’d just written something down about my impressions! It’s a little frustrating! Then again, some things are better left forgotten…

Do you know any of these books and can you fill in the gaps for me? And do you have any books that you know you’ve read, but can’t remember? Let me know in the comments!


84 thoughts on “Forgettable Books… Already Forgotten…

  1. sorryless says:

    The Testing is where Divergent and Hunger Games went to die. I didn’t get more than a hundred pages in, maybe, but I couldn’t do any more. I used to have a pile of TBC books that I needed to finish at some point, but no more. And thank God, because I don’t think I could have done it.

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  2. thebookwormdrinketh says:

    Well, I haven’t read ANY of these.. And most sound like it was for a reason! Lol! I do hate when there’s something you enjoyed, but didn’t finish the series and you think you WOULD HAVE. That’s where I like to recruit others to read them and explain them to me so maybe I’ll get enough from that to continue without Re-reading all of them! (I mean, what are friends for??). Also… A book about slavery that somehow winds up in space?? ….now THAT sounds like interesting progression! Lol!

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  3. Bookstooge says:

    I read the whole Tales of the Otori series that starts with Across the Nightingale Floor. Enjoyed them and ended up buying them all in hardcover 🙂

    I read this one back in ’05, so it’s been a little while. Heck, I was looking through my site for it and it doesn’t even have its own post, just part of my 2005 Review post, which has all my reviews of ’05 in one post. Sigh. I wish I had done things differently back then.

    Anyway, do you have any kind of review for it? Or just that you read it?

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  4. Joelendil says:

    I took a required New Testament Survey class in seminary that was so forgettable I had to go in to the registrar’s office and ask whether I had taken it or not…upon being informed that I had, I had a vague memory of reading dozens of journal articles whose content completely escapes me.

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  5. Eva O'Reilly says:

    I remember Sepulchre as being one I gave up on. Not because I didn’t like it, but because I’d just broken up with my French boyfriend and I couldn’t bear to read about a love story involving anyone from Paris 😄

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  6. lucindablogs says:

    Ahahaha I’m so glad it’s not just me. I read Labyrinth by Kate Mosse and can’t remember anything about it except for it being set in France (or at least having lots of French place names in it) and being heavy (I carted it to work and back for weeks) – although I think I was quite disappointed in it.

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  7. fictionologyst says:

    I really have no idea about the books you’ve mentioned above, never even heard of them, what a shame. Well I’m a forgetful person, I even forget about the books that I love so I have to re read them again 😦

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  8. Lancy Kurakar says:

    I haven’t read any of the books on your list. In my case, I can’t remember any of the John Grisham, Agatha Christie, Richard Gordon, Georgette Heyer and Wodehouse that I have read. Except that I terribly enjoyed reading them once upon a time. I would probably reread them as if for the first time. And lol, that has happened often enough.


  9. Carrie says:

    This post makes me feel a little better, thank you. I often wonder if it’s just getting older or what but I find myself forgetting a lot of ones I’d actually liked when I’d read them. But then again there’s some that I can tell you step by step and I’d hated so I guess it has degree of enjoyment has nothing to do with will it stick with you years to come.

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  10. MichaelK says:

    I’ve read Sepulchre (in fact all of the series) and I’d be happy to discuss it with you. I have forgotten so many books I can’t even remember now! It happens when the book is just nice without something special to set it apart from the rest similarly themed books.


  11. Kat Impossible says:

    Hahaha I don’t know ANY of those books, but there are definitely a couple like it on my list as well. For example, I have very few books that I rated with one star on Goodreads, but there is one called Chocolate Run that I gave the one star to and for the life of me, I cannot remember what it was even about. Just that the character at one point maybe contemplated social media stalking of her potential love interest before a date? It’s VERY blurry.

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  12. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I haven’t actually read any of these books myself, and seeing them on your list for this topic isn’t making me want to pick them up either. Although I do have Unwind on my to-read list, and I’ve heard good things about Neal Shusterman so I may give that a go one day still, but I get what you mean about forgettable books. 🙂 If I go far enough back on my Goodreads there are more than a few books I have no memory of picking up at all, and even reading the blurb doesn’t give me any clue as to what the book was about either.
    Makes me wonder if I hallucinated and blacked out while reading it or something. 🙂

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  13. Lois says:

    I can’t say I’ve read any of these books, but I remember looking up the Testing and not being all that impressed with the premise, but that might be because I rarely read dystopia anymore haha.

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  14. Dani @ Perspective of a Writer says:

    Unfortunately too true about Across the Nightingale Floor… I read it too and can’t remember much though I liked it at the time…. Hated The Testing as well… me and the mc did NOT get along. I tend to really forget books so yeah this would be a super hard list …even with goodreads! 😉


  15. Nicole says:

    I tried Across the Nightingale Floor, but couldn’t get through it. It didn’t seem to have much substance at all. So, my apologies, but I can’t be much help on that one…


  16. klkranesya says:

    I feel a little sad for the poor, forgettable books, like they’re little sad orphans or something. 🙂 I need to stop anthropomorphizing books, but I can’t help it. 🙂 I want them all to be loved. If only…

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  17. shai @ cadeunderbooks says:

    I read quite a few Shusterman books when I was younger and I remember liking them but yeah – I cannot remember them! For Unwind, I remember being terrified for one particular scene and thought it was well written, but the premise itself was just so simplistic and contrived. And I read a review that completely changed my mind about a character and his inaction when a female character was being threatened – which I completely forgot about! And that’s just so problematic… I probably won’t pick up one of his books again.

    Fab post! I recently read Bonfire by Krysten Ritter and it was okay and I was thinking as I read it… I’m not gonna remember this, am I? lol (which is a shame, I do really like the actress still and her knitting skillz are great and her pup is adorable, her writing – not so much)


    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      Ah fair enough- it seems to be the only one I’ve read and don’t remember it at all! Ah well that’s good to know!! I guess I didn’t like it for a reason then at least!
      Thank you!! Ah fair enough hehehe! I heard that was pretty forgettable to be fair!! 😉

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  18. Nicola @ Thoughts on Fantasy says:

    Haha I love this list – Goodreads really is great for remembering all the stuff you forgot you read! Unfortunately I haven’t read any of these so can’t fill in any blanks… though some of them sound like they are better left forgotten.

    You’re so right about reviews – I only occasionally write reviews (brief ones) but I often think if I did jot down a few impressions for every book it would help me to remember more. I don’t think I’ll have the time or patience for it though… so I guess I’ll have to rely on Goodreads and other people’s reviews 🙂

    Btw this summary: “really overlong, up itself descriptions of the garden and an awkward sex scene” really made me smile – that sounds like exactly the right description to make me not want to touch a book with a ten foot pole 😂

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    • theorangutanlibrarian says:

      hhehe so true 😉 Ah that’s a shame- but yeah, I’m not too bothered I can’t remember most of these.

      And yeah, I do think that makes such a difference to how I remember books to how I used to remember them.

      hehehehe yeahhh I don’t remember liking that book lol 😂😂

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  19. Karen says:

    I feel the same way about Across the Nightingale Floor and this type of novel is one of my main genres!

    I think I read Sepulcher but not sure lol

    I really appreciate Goodreads for this reason (as a non blogger).


  20. Nel says:

    I haven’t read any of the ones on your list but some books I’ve read that I’ve forgotten are The Winterhaven series by Kristi Cook. I remember hating the last book and being disappointed but I couldn’t tell you why. The Lightworld/Darkworld series by Jennifer Armintrout is another one. I read those forever ago and I remember nothing about them. Lastly, The Immortals series by Allyson Noel. I couldn’t tell you anything at all about these books if I tried, haha.

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