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Question

If you haven't read a book in awhile and someone asks about a character or the plot, 
can you recall the details? 

(submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews


Answer

Quite frankly, yes and no.

There are books that I read twenty odd years ago that I can recall, but there are books that I read several months ago that I will fully admit to....


  • Forgetting buying it in the first place
  • Forgetting reading in the first place
  • Have no idea of the plot of the book
  • Have no idea how it ended


I don’t know if it is an age thing or simply the volume of books I read or the book itself?

Some books just stick with you, there are some books I remember because I read them during a certain period in my life.  For example I read Game of Thrones as I went on to Anti-Depressants, I couldn’t sleep and George RR Martin kept me going, you may recall from a couple of weeks back my horrible plane ride with Storm Front, the first book in the Dresden files, I remember the plots of these books reasonably well.

Some books stay with me and some books don’t!  What about you, can you recollect plots and characters gone by?  Let me know!

32 comments

  1. For me it all depends on how much I enjoyed the book!

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    1. That is very true, alternatively a book can be remembered because it was bad!

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  2. I agree, it definitely depends! I think it has to do with volume, sometimes I start mixing books up.

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  3. Hi there! You answers simply deserves a ditto! Same here, some books I'll never forget, but if you ask me all the characters in the book I'm reading right now, I can't even tell you. Doesn't make such a big impact on me.

    Happy weekend and here's my Weekend Book Friends

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    1. I’m the same, I’m reading a book and its good but it’s not made that impact on me yet to remember their names!

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  4. I totally agree - and when you go to buy a book you've already read, well thank goodness I read on a kindle so it won't let me buy it again! But some of them I remember years down the line.

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    1. I know, the amount of times I’ve went to buy a book and I’ve already got it!

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  5. For the most part I do remember plots and characters - and sometimes even names. Sure some stories are kind of forgettable, but those are few for me. I can usually recall specifics about most books I read.

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    1. I think its just my memory! But some books do stick in my mind!

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  6. This brings me back to when I started reading my daughter's book. It had been several years since she had read them, yet she remembered more details than I did, and I had just finished the book. I believe some people simple store different things from each book they experience. I can always tell you how it made me feel and a few things I loved (or hated, it could happen), but details tend to get fuzzy.

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    1. My kids are the same, their memories are far too sharp! That is a good way of putting it, yes you do store different things but memories can be fuzzy.

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  7. It really all depends also how great the book was. Also, if I take notes as I read, I usually remember the book better, even without reading these notes. Though recently, I was so shocked when I found on my blog a review written by ME about 10 years ago (yes,, my blog is turning 10 in September). I have NO memory at all of reading this book and I read this review as if someone else had written it! That is scary

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    1. I’m going through my blog tags which is bringing up reviews I wrote in 2014/2015, I’m the same, I cannot remember reading them!

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  8. I can remember usually I've read a book - but not always sure until I check Goodreads for the ones I really can't remember. Others I know I've loved but apart from a general idea I can't remember but I earmark them as going to be a reread if I have the space!

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    1. A re-read is a good idea, it wouldn’t be the first time Ive read a book not liked it then re-read it and enjoyed it!

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  9. Like you, it depends on the book. Sometimes if I find a book rather unmemorable, even if enjoyable, I can easily forget it the following week. But give me a great book or a great dog in a book and I can remember years - for example, Enzo from The Art of Racing in the Rain.

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  10. The best thing for me is writing a review. If I can look back at a few details about the story, I can remember it.

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    1. I usually have to keep the book within grabbing distance, sometime I doubt my memory with a characters name etc.

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  11. No I am terrible at remembering details. And that is exactly why I started writing reviews. More details, the better.

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    1. Totally, I wish I could get in to the habit of taking notes for each books too, that would help me!

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  12. I guess it depends on the book and how much I liked it. Looking at the title of a book often brings back memories of details within the book but I never remember mediocre books.
    Have a great week!

    Stacy Renee @ LazyDayLit

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  13. I remember clearly many of the books I read years ago, but I think it's because I didn't read that many back then. Now the volume of reading material does keep me from remembering many details. Sometimes I have to double check my reviews to refresh the memories. That doesn't always work, as avoiding spoilers in the reviews means that some details will still elude me. LOL.

    What is the answer? Read less? No, probably not.

    Enjoy your week, and here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

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    1. That is a good point, I reads far more than I did twenty years ago, I read a lot but a book could last a week rather than a couple of days.

      Read less, definitely not!!

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  14. I agree with another commentor. It depends on how much I loved the book. I tend to remember the ones I enjoyed the most. I do read a LOT, well over 20 books a month though.

    Anne - Books of My Heart Here is my Sunday Post   

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    1. I think that is the problem, we read such vast quantities of books.

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  15. I’m currently rereading a series I haven’t read since I was a young teenager. I’m amazed that I remember tiny details but not major plot points. It’s really weird!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  16. Like you said, yes and no. I remember reading books if the plot resonates with me. It's funny, we'll take a trip and I'll read in the car or just while relaxing and if we revisit the same place I'll remember the book I was reading.

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    1. That’s true, I can usually remember what books Ive taken on holiday or if I was in hospital or the likes.

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