Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted at That Artsy Reader Girl. This feature allows us to make lists, which may be one of our favorite things to do!

 Today’s Topic: Ten Books We Liked But Can’t Remember Much About


It felt a bit embarrassing to write this post. I am finding it interesting what I remember about books that I read over twenty years ago. I suppose my brain doesn’t have the space for as many books as I think it does. The funny thing is that I seem to remember much more about the YA books that I read 15 years ago than the canonical texts that I read 15 years ago.

1. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

I read this book dozens of times as a kid, yet all I remember is that there was a girl in the garden.

2. The Boxcar Children Series by Gertrude Chandler Warner

I read every book in this series, and all I remember is that it’s about four (?) kids who are orphaned. They solve mysteries. Apparently, I subconsciously named my sons after the two boys, too. When my older son is a bit older, we will be reading these together!

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

I loved this book, yet all I remember is that there were four daughters living with their mother. I think the dad was at war, and my favorite character was definitely Jo. This is a book that I know I should remember more.

4. As You Like It by William Shakespeare

I remember thinking this was quite funny (it is a comedy, after all). That’s all I remember. I think the culminating scene is a huge deal. But I suppose that’s every Shakespeare play. 😉

5. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

I remember the main characters are Jake and Lady Brett. I remember there was war and that this was about the lost generation. And there was definitely bull-fighting. But this one seems to be conflating with the other Hemingway books that I’ve read.


I went through my 5 stars and picked the 5 that I remember the least about. I do remember that I love them, but if you asked me too many specifics, I wouldn’t be able to remember much. I know a lot of it has to do with time since I’ve read it because all of these were at least 5 years ago.

1. Shadow Children series by Margaret Peterson Haddix

I remember the first book the most because I read it more than once, and I have book talked it to many classes; however, I don’t remember what happened in the rest of the series, and I never finished it!

2. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

All I remember is loving the main character and the tie-in of Audubon.

3. Luka and the Fire of Life by Salman Rushdie

I remember being fascinated with the mythology included in the story and that it fit directly with the Hero’s Journey.

4. Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington

I wish I remembered more about the plot of this story because I remember crying and loving the main character; however, I just have lost the plot…

5. From What I Remember by Stacy Kramer & Valerie Thomas

This book was such a fun book! Why, you may ask? I don’t remember! HA! But I did love reading it, and I could definitely see myself reading it again–it was a really entertaining read.

Which books have you read, liked, and seem to have forgotten specifics about?

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6 Responses to Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Liked But Can’t Remember Much About

  1. Understood Betsy. Her aunt abandons her to a family in the country. That’s all I’ve got! Isn’t it funny what we remember, and what we don’t?

  2. Alan says:

    The Phantom Tollbooth

  3. Linda Baie says:

    My neighbor’s first grader is in love with The Boxcar Children, and I’m not sure I’ve ever read any. Fun post. I must admit there is more than one I don’t remember much about.

  4. Astilbe says:

    Little Women and The Secret Garden are books that I enjoyed even more as an adult reader. I hope you’ll consider giving them another try someday.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

  5. Anna Cuneo says:

    I saw “As You Like It” last year and it was like a traditional Shakespearean show with all guy actors (the ladies did Ceasar and that was SO good!) and it was hilarious! I should try reading it!
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