Friday Reads: Goodreads Books I Don’t Remember (Part 3)

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. I’m taking my GR “read” shelf, sorting it with the oldest books first, and then seeing which ones I don’t remember. (For the record, I may remember having read the books in question, but do I remember anything about them? That’s an entirely different matter.)

The Original Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks

Long ago, wars of ancient Evil ruined the world and forced mankind to compete with many other races – gnomes, trolls, dwarfs, and elves. In peaceful Shady Vale, half-elfin Shea Ohmsford knows little of such troubles until giant, forbidding Allanon, with strange Druidic powers, reveals a supposedly-dead Warlock Lord plots to destroy the world.

I know I read them. I know I enjoyed them. More than that, I can’t tell you.

Re-read? — No, I don’t think so. Many, MANY of the books I read in that era haven’t aged well, so I’d rather remember liking these books and leave it at that.

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Jinx High by Mercedes Lackey

Fay Harper looks like any other teenage girl–any other Queen Bee, that is. She’s blond, and beautiful, and very, very popular–the kind of popular that attracts boys like honey. Fay and her gang take a lot of risks, but so far they’ve managed to get away with everything. It’s as if they are magically protected.
Summoned to Tulsa by an old friend whose son has fallen in with Fay’s crowd, Diana Tregarde, practicing witch and successful romance novelist, quickly finds herself in hot water. The new girl at school, Monica Carlin, has come under sorcerous attack, but Diana cannot identify, or stop, the power-wielder. To make matters worse, there is an ancient being sleeping under Tulsa, a being who might be woken by the magic battles taking place in the city. What will happen then, even Diana cannot predict.

I remember the other two books in the Diana Tregarde series pretty well, and I know I read all three of them, so it’s a little surprising to me that I don’t remember book 3. Was it bad? Was it too similar to the other two? Did I read it too fast to remember the details?

Re-read? — Yes. If it turns out that I don’t remember it because I didn’t like it, I can always DNF it.

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Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR.

Over the course of the year, Bridget loses a total of 72 pounds but gains a total of 74. She remains, however, optimistic. Through it all, Bridget will have you helpless with laughter, and — like millions of readers the world round — you’ll find yourself shouting, “Bridget Jones is me!”

I read this, and I saw the movie (I know I did both) but I don’t remember either of them. Re-reading the blurb now, it’s just not something I care about. I’m sure they were both amusing, but meh. Bridget Jones is not me.

Re-read? — No.

It was a mixed bag this time! I find it interesting to see what books I’ve read in the past which hold no interest for me now.


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…

Goodreads Books I Don’t Remember (Part 1)

I went through my Goodreads “Read” Shelf a short while ago, because I was adding read dates and re-read dates* now that that’s an option. In the process, I noticed that there were lots of books on my Read Shelf that I have no memory of. That thought lingered in the back of my head for a while, but I didn’t do anything about it. And then Ally posted about the books on her Goodreads Read Shelf that she doesn’t remember, and I decided that sounded like a great idea. So here are a few** of the books from my Goodreads Read Shelf that I don’t remember…

Timeless Healing by Herbert Benson

The key to TIMELESS HEALING is what Dr Benson calls ‘remembered wellness’ – a term which may revolutionise the way that health care is practised in the Western world. A Harvard physician who has been immersed in science for thirty years, Dr Benson explains how he became convinced that humans are literally programmed with a need for faith. He reveals that when people call upon faith, they activate neurological pathways for dramatic self-healing.

In this life-changing book, Herbert Benson explores the true connections between medicine and the mystifying power of the human spirit. TIMELESS HEALING reveals how positive beliefs make a critical contribution to our physical health.

I’m not actually sure that I actually read this one. Based on the blurb it could be a book I only read because my ex-husband wanted to buddy read it. However, based on the Goodreads reviews, it looks like this might be a book that was accidentally combined with a book that I did read. So I have no idea whether or not I actually read Timeless Healing.

Re-read? — oh hell no.

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Joust by Mercedes Lackey

National best-selling fantasy author Mercedes Lackey creates a vivid, dynamic fusion of the cultures of ancient Egypt and legendary Atlantis with the most exciting and believable portrayal of dragons ever imagined.  The first book in this thrilling new series introduces us to a young slave who dreams of becoming a jouster-one of the few warriors who can actually ride a flying dragon.  And so, in secret, he begins to raise his own dragon.

This one I remember having the book… but not the actual process of reading it. I gave it a 3 star rating, but I think that was because I liked Lackey’s work a lot at that time. I know that I didn’t ever have any desire to continue with the series, so I’m guessing that I didn’t like the book enough to want to know more. It certainly wasn’t “thrilling” the way the blurb claims.

Re-read? — nah. There are better books.

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Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) by Philip Pullman

Here is the highly anticipated second installment of Philip Pullman’s epic fantasy trilogy, begun with the critically acclaimed The Golden Compass. Lyra and Will, her newfound friend, tumble separately into the strange tropical otherworld of Cittàgazze, “the city of magpies,” where adults are curiously absent and children run wild. Here their lives become inextricably entwined when Lyra’s alethiometer gives her a simple command:  find Will’s father. Their search is plagued with obstacles–some familiar and some horribly new and unfathomable–but it eventually brings them closer to Will’s father and to the Subtle Knife, a deadly, magical, ancient tool that cuts windows between worlds. Through it all, Will and Lyra find themselves hurtling toward the center of a fierce battle against a force so awesome that leagues of mortals, witches, beasts, and spirits from every world are uniting in fear and anger against it. This breathtaking sequel will leave readers eager for the third and final volume of His Dark Materials.

I read the first book of this series, and I remember being disappointed with it. But I have no memory of reading the second book in the series. (I rated it 1 star, so I’m guessing I really didn’t like it. I may have even DNF’d it.)

Re-read? — NO. If I was disappointed by the first book and blocked out having read the second, I don’t need to revisit it.

*I usually had to guess on the re-read dates, but since I’ve been tracking which books I read in which year for some time now, I was at least able to add a year and sometimes a month when I re-read a book. I could also use book review posts as a better idea of when I read a book.

**This is going to be a regular feature on the blog, at least until I run out of books that I don’t remember.