Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: What Was That About, Again?


Top Ten Tuesday has moved!  It's now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.  This is my first time participating since the move.  This week's topic is "Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About."  These are all books that I liked enough to buy a copy of and keep on my shelves, intending to reread them one day, but which I really can't remember much about anymore.



Jack and Jill -- Louisa May Alcott  (Read this as a tween, no clue anymore what it was about.)



The Wish Giver -- Bill Brittain (I vaguely remember it involved a carnival?  Read it over and over as a kid, and have the lingering feeling that I Must Keep This Because It Is Awesome.)



Playback -- Raymond Chandler  (I read about one of Chandler's books a year, so it takes me a while to cycle through them, and eventually I kind of forget what they're about.  Which makes them fresh again the next time I reread them.  I like that.)



The Tale of Despereaux -- Kate DiCamillo (I read this in my twenties and I LOVED it.  Laughed so hard over this book.  And yet, I really only remember it's about a mouse.  Time for a reread.)



Calico Bush -- Rachel Field (I have no memory of this book.  But I know I've read it.  Weird.)



The Whipping Boy -- Sid Fleischman (One of my favorite authors, and I gobbled up his books when I was a tween/teen, but I just don't recall what this one was about.)



Friday, the Rabbi Slept Late -- Harry Kemelman  (I want to read the entire series of Rabbi Small mysteries in order, maybe next year, so I'll reread this one eventually, as it's the first.)



The Heather Hills of Stonewycke -- Michael Phillips and Judith Pella  (Actually, of the six Stonewyck books, the only one I remember the plot much for is Shadows Over Stonewycke, which happens to be my favorite.  And is the only one I've read more than once.)



Catriona -- Robert Louis Stevenson  (I know it's the sequel to Kidnapped, and is also sometimes titled David Balfour, but I really don't remember anything else about it.)



In the Best Families -- Rex Stout  (I've read a couple dozen of Stout's mysteries starring Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin, and their plots often disappear from my brain after a while.  This is nice for rereads.)


Well!  That was harder than I'd expected.  I actually remembered the gist of most of the adult books I own, and had to go hunt through my junior fiction to find enough books to fill up this post.

How about you?  Any books you remember liking even though you no longer recall much about them?  Did you do a TTT list this week?

14 comments:

  1. The only one of your books here that I've read (and it was a long, long time ago) is FRIDAY, THE RABBI SLEPT LATE. And I remember nothing about it - nothing. Ha! It ought to be on my list too. Hope you enjoy it again!

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    1. Kay, so funny we've both forgotten that book! My father-in-law recommended that series to me, and I got the first book from the library like fifteen years ago, read it, liked it, have spent 15 years buying the whole series at thrift stores... and I have all but the last book now, so I'm close to being ready to read them!

      (And why did I decide to buy them all at thrift stores before reading the series? No logical reason, I admit.)

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  2. The Tale of Desperaux is one of my sister's favorite books. It's been a while since I read it, too.

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    1. MC, I'm thinking I need to read it aloud to my kids in the near future.

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    2. I loved reading that book! Desperaux is so cute and so brave! <3

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    3. Dandelions, I do recall he was adorable! Definitely going to reread that one before long.

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  3. Calico Bush, that is one of those books it would be hard for me to forget. I tended to obsess over things as a kid, and that book was one, I adored it; the story, the potential couples, the descriptions, the handcrafts and fabrics. Of course I did re-read it recently.

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    1. Livia, I have a lot of books like that, ones I read often in my youth and spent lots of time imagining things about. I can remember those so vividly :-) This just doesn't happen to be one of them.

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  4. I can sometimes barely remember books I like and remember them well let alone books I liked and don't remember much about.

    Sad to see The Broke and The Bookish blog close down. Even though I never followed it, I've followed enough blogs I've loved and was similarly saddened when they came to an end. Glad to see TTT will continue, though.

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    1. George, I know, I have that problem too!

      I agree, it was a fun blog. But even good things come to an end. I guess That Artsy Reader Girl was one of the Broke & Bookish crew, so it makes sense she's carrying on the TTT tradition.

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  5. Not gonna lie...I haven't actually heard of any of these books (except Tales of Despereax, but I haven't read that either). Oops!

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    1. Jennifer, well... now you've heard of them :-)

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  6. I'm reminded by the death of Ursula Le Guin that The Lathe of Heaven is a book I really liked but can't remember much about. I also liked the PBS TV adaptation of it but can't remember much of it either.

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    1. George,I haven't read that one. I definitely need to read more Le Guin.

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