Has this ever happened to you?
You’re reading a book – and you’re really enjoying it. It’s going along swimmingly, and you get to the end and feel … satisfied. Maybe not completely blown away, but certainly happy with the outcome. So, you go to sleep (or go on with your day, but this tends to happen to me more often when I finish a book at night … maybe I’m too sleepy?)
The next morning, you wake up and think, “Oh, I need to finish that book!” You go to pick it up, and then slowly, as if you’re in some sort of haze, think, “Wait a minute …” (Several moments go by as you try to slog through your memories of the night before.) “Did I already finish this? How did it end?”
You then rack your brain for a few minutes until the details of the ending come into your mind. You remember you liked it, but everything else is somewhat hard to come up with.
Is this just me?
Seriously, how could I forget a book I just read? I mean, completely forget that I had even finished it? Either my brain is truly turning into swiss cheese in my old age (which is certainly possible) or some books just aren’t all that memorable.
Some books stand out in your mind for days, weeks, months, even years after you’ve read them. You may not remember all of the exact details of the book, but you remember that it was phenomenal (or, sometimes, horrendous). You remember the feelings you had while reading it, or the big reveal, or the romance that had you swooning, or the way it made you smile, or the character that you connected to so incredibly well, or the fact that it had you sobbing, or … you get the idea.
And then some books are great while you read them, but they just sort of fade away …
You’re not left with any real residual feelings or even strong impressions about the book. Does this mean they’re not good books? Not really. I mean, you still enjoy them while you’re reading them, so they’re worthwhile. But they don’t make an impact like certain other books do. I suppose this is just a fact of reading – especially when you read a lot of books. They can’t all stand out in your mind, right? (At least not mine – my brain just doesn’t hold that much!)
Still, I’d like to remember the details of a book for at least a day. That doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right?
Am I the only person this happens to? Have you ever forgotten the details of a book almost as soon as you’ve finished it? What makes a book truly memorable?
Do you think books that aren’t memorable are still worthwhile? I want to know!
This book has been linked up to the 2016 Discussion Challenge.