Goodreads Books I Don’t Remember (Part 2)

I think it’s time to take another detailed look at my Goodreads “Read” Shelf and see what other books are there that I don’t remember. Out of curiosity, have you run into this problem too? Do you have books on your shelf (Goodreads or physical bookshelf) that you know you’ve read but don’t remember reading?

The Lady by Anne McCaffrey

They are the Caradynes, who for over 200 years have bred and trained horses of the finest caliber on Coernanagh. But all is not idyllic at hearth and home. Catriona, the youngest child, longs to ride her family’s big jumpers and show horses. Her father Michael, recognizes her gift, but her mother hates the very idea. All is in a stalemate until Lady Selina Healy enters their lives, and provides for Catriona and her father a stunning example of how the reins of power can be held by a glorious, fearless woman.

This is a book that my parents owned. I’m not sure if they both read this, or just one of them. But I do remember finding it on the family bookshelf and being interested because it was a McCaffrey book and it was about horses. I remember the picking it up part. I remember having read it. But I don’t remember anything about it at all.

Re-read? — maybe. I gave it 3 stars at the time, and I generally like Anne McCaffrey’s work.

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Winter Rose by Patricia McKillip

Sorrow and trouble and bitterness will bound you and yours and the children of yours…

Some said the dying words of Nial Lynn, murdered by his own son, were a wicked curse. To others, it was a winter’s tale spun by firelight on cold, dark nights. But when Corbet Lynn came to rebuild his family estate, memories of his grandfather’s curse were rekindled by young and old – and rumours filled the heavy air of summer.

In the woods that border Lynn Hall, free-spirited Rois Melior roams wild and barefooted in search of healing herbs. She is as hopelessly unbridled – and unsuited for marriage – as her betrothed sister Laurel is domestic. In Corbet’s pale green eyes, Rois senses a desperate longing. In her restless dreams, mixed with the heady warmth of harvest wine, she hears him beckon. And as autumn gold fades, Rois is consumed with Corbet Lynn, obsessed with his secret past – until, across the frozed countryside and in flight from her own imagination, truth and dreams become inseparable.

I know I had this book at one time. I don’t know what happened to it, because it’s not on my bookshelves now. I also don’t remember reading it, though I remember having read it. I didn’t rate it on Goodreads, so I can’t use that as an indication of whether or not I liked it. I remember loving McKillip’s books. However, other than this one, I can’t find a record of any of her books that I have read.

Re-read? — yes. (Though it doesn’t fit in my 2018 Reading Challenge, so probably not until 2019 or later, unless I find a good audio version.)

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The Acorna Series by Anne McCaffrey

She was just a little girl, with a tiny horn in the center of her forehead, funny-looking feet, beautiful silver hair, and several curious powers: the ability to purify air and water, make plants grow, and heal scars and broken bones. A trio of grizzled prospectors found her drifting in an escape pod amid the asteroids, adopted her, and took her to the bandit planet Kezdet, a place where no questions are asked and the girl might grow up free.

But Kezdet has its own dark secret. The prosperity of the planet is based on a hideous trade in child slave labor, administered by “The Piper” — a mystery man with special plans for Acorna and her powers. But free little girls have a way of growing into freedom-loving young women, and Acorna has special plans all her own.

I remember reading the first book in this series (which is what the blurb is from). However, according to Goodreads I’ve read 8 of the 10 books in the series. I don’t remember reading that many of them. I remember that I enjoyed the first one, and it was a nice space fantasy. But as to what happens in the rest of the books, I have no idea.

Re-read? — maybe. I’ll probably re-read the first one again and see if I think it’s worth re-visiting the rest of the series.

This time the list was much more positive than my forgotten books the first time I did this. Still, there are lots of books left on my Read Shelf that I have little or no memory of…