Today I want to talk to you about something that I hope I’m not alone in. I also hope that you all don’t judge me and end up discarding me from the club – (please don’t, I love it here!). Joking aside, I am here to talk about a very serious problem that I have.
I keep forgetting books.
There are a few things that I mean by this. The first, quite simply, is that I forget the story in the book. I know I’ve read it and I have all these feelings about it but when I really try and think about the story and why I have the feelings, it eludes me. I find this problem is crucial during top tens and when I’m trying to recommend books. I usually have to just say, “Well, I remember that I loved it…” It is sad and worrying but usually applies to books read months or years ago. What I’d like to know is, am I alone in this or do you forget some of the stories you’ve read too?
Secondly, I keep forgetting about books I loved when I do my top ten lists. I usually read what other people listed and feel a lurch in my belly because… how did I forget to add that amazing book to my list? It got so bad at one point that I just didn’t want to do anymore top tens! I’m more picky now but sometimes I still feel sad and silly when I forget books. Does anyone else understand this agonising pain of mine or is it just me and my awful memory?
And finally, I mean I am literally forgetting books I want to read. Mostly ones that I have on my kindle because I don’t see them everyday, but also the ones that I own paper copies of. This happens when deciding my next read and I forget how much I want to read X, Y, and Z. Hence they are left unread for years. Anyone else have this problem?
Honestly, it all worries me as I read to devour stories and to be pulled into a different world. If I start to forget those worlds and wonderful words, does it make me a bad reader? What do you think?