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.


Friday Reads: the #NotAll Books Tag

I found a new (to me) book tag! Yay, these are fun. Recently, Ally posted her answers to the #NotAll Book Tag, and I was highly amused. I was considering doing the tag, and then I saw who Ally tagged.

She tagged everyone who hasn’t done this tag yet, so that means me! Yay! It was created by the Orangutan Librarian, who I am now going to start following because they have a great sense of humor, good taste in books, and a Prachett reference. I mean, really. How could I not?

Yeah, I have a confession to make. This one took me the longest to answer because I rarely pay attention to the original art vs. new art. Yes, I have some books where I like one version over the others, but I rarely pay attention to which one came first. So this took a lot of research. In any case, I recently bought modernized e-copies of the Young Wizards series by Diane Duane, so I looked up the cover for those and found that I like both the 2001 and the 2003 covers better than the original 1983 one. They just look cleaner and less… well, less dated.

Stardust. Hands down. I love a lot of Neil Gaiman books, but not this one. Don’t get me wrong, I am glad for the book because it inspired the movie. But there is no way the mediocre book that is Stardust can compare with the awesome, lovely, funny movie that is Stardust.

I don’t have a cute catchy name for it, but I love having talking cats in mostly regular settings. They can be magical cats, or just cats who can talk. It doesn’t matter. I (usually) love them. (The books still have to be well-written, though. The talking cat isn’t a pass for bad writing.)

I know there have been several, but the one that comes to mind first (because it’s the most recent one I read) is Ned and Verity from To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. They didn’t become a couple right away, but it was instalove for both of them (as you find out immediately for Ned and later for Verity since the book is written from Ned’s POV).

Ugh. Do I hafta?  I’m having a hard time thinking of any that don’t make me cringe. I guess… the only thing that comes to mind right now is both Og and Halliday being in love with Kira in Ready Player One. Does that count? I think it counts. Or at least it would if any of those three were the main character of RPO.

I want to come up with a more unique answer than Mr. & Mrs. Weasley. I really, really, REALLY want to.

I cannot come up with a more unique answer that I like as much as the Weasleys.

There are so many choices here… I could pick Lady Macbeth, or Moriarty (or Irene Adler), or Severus Snape, or Dracula… but no. I’m going to go with Captain Hook. (And now I want to re-read Peter Pan.)

Jan from The Birth of the Firebringer by Meredith Ann Pierce. (Side note: have any of you read or even heard of this book? I have yet to talk to anyone about it who has.) Unicorns are the main characters of this book, and I loved it when I first read it. (And then it took me ages to find it again — it was a library book the first time, and was out of print for a while.) I haven’t re-read it in some time, but I own it now and it’s one I intend to go back to.

For me, the most recent example of this is The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill. It won awards, it was raved about by people I follow, and it was absolutely worth the praise it received.

(Genre here is Paranormal Fantasy — I don’t know that this is currently my favorite genre, because I don’t know if I currently have a favorite genre. This was my favorite genre for a long time, though.)

One book that seemed beloved by the Paranormal Fantasy community but I could not stand was Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn. I tried to like it, I really did. But nope. Kitty was not for me.

(Genre here is Thriller/Suspense)

I read very few thrillers, and most of the ones I do could also be classified as something else. (For example, in my mind Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None is a thriller as well as a mystery, but it’s officially classed as a mystery so we’ll leave it at that.) However, one thriller that I did read and enjoy was City of the Lost by Kelley Armstrong. I enjoyed the second book in the series too, and have the third on my TBR.

That was a lot of fun! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. If you enjoyed it enough to give it a go yourself, let me know so I can have fun seeing your answers!

New books!

Just a random post today, because I had to share the hoarding nature of a BookWyrm.

I went into a bookstore for one book, which was to be a gift. I came out of the bookstore with this:

New (old) books!

The one standing up in the back is the gift. The rest of them are for me.

I’ve read some of them before: Siddhartha, The House of the Seven Gables, and Hunting the Corrigan’s Blood. I can’t find my copy of Siddhartha, never owned a copy of Seven Gables, and didn’t know that Corrigan’s Blood came in a paperback (I had a digital copy).

The other paperbacks are ones I want to read. A Brief History of Time is on my Top TBR list and is part of my Bucket List Books Challenge. The other Hawthorne book has a bunch of short stories of his, some of which I’ve read and enjoyed, and others that are new to me. Since I’ve yet to read a Hawthorne story I didn’t like I decided to pick this one up. And Quatrain appears to contain a story set in the same world as Summers in Castle Auburn. I’ve been wanting more stories in that world ever since the first time I read that book, and while the short story in Quatrain isn’t a full novel, it’s better than nothing. Fingers crossed.

New (old) books!

And that’s not counting the books I ordered on Amazon the same day because I couldn’t find them in store…

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…

The Backlist Reader Challenge 2018 – count me in!

Guess what… I have another Reading Challenge to add to my 2018 goals!

The Backlist Reader Challenge

This is a challenge that is hosted by Lark @ The Bookwyrm’s Hoard. (I first visited her site because of the shared Booywyrm name; I kept going back because I enjoy the content!)

If you want to join, you can find the sign up post here. The rules are simple (I cut and pasted them from the host site):

The Rules

The rules are pretty simple. Only (1) and (2) are mandatory.

(1) To count for the challenge, books have to be published before 2017 AND already be on your TBR list or pile. In other words, you don’t have to own it. If it was on your list to read before you signed up for the challenge, and it came out before 2017, it counts. Library books, books you picked up at a yard sale, books you borrowed from a friend, ebooks, print books, audiobooks—any book counts as long as it fits those two criteria.

(2) Create a goals or sign-up post on your blog or wherever you post your reviews. If you can, please include a link to this post! Then link your sign-up post below, where you see the “Add your link” button. (Please link the actual goals/sign-up post, not your home page.)  You can set your own goal, and you can list the books you want to read this year, or leave it up to your mood at the time—as long as they are already on your TBR list when you sign up! You can sign up through December 1, 2018; after that, the sign-up link will be closed.

(3) Review the books you read, and post the links on the review linky (reachable through the menu bar.) Actually, you can do the challenge without writing reviews, but the review links are your entries for the year-end giveaway (a $10 gift certificate), so if you don’t review, you can’t win.  Reviews don’t have to be long; a few sentences is fine. You can post them on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you don’t have a blog.

(4) On or just after the end of the year, post a wrap-up post to let us know how you did! I’ll create a link-up post for the wrap-up posts, too. Again, this one isn’t absolutely necessary, but I hope you’ll do it anyway, just for the fun of looking back and seeing your accomplishment!

So, for my goals section, I want to read at least 40 books from my backlist. This includes audio and ebooks, and since I want to read 60 books total for my Goodreads challenge, this should be something I can easily do. I will be posting reviews for these books on my site and linking to them both on the review linky and any update posts I write. (ie: probably my end-of-month Sunday Summary post, plus an estimated quarterly challenge update)

Wish me luck! I often intend to read backlog books and instead get sidetracked by shiny new books…

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.

Friday Reads ~ 22 December 2017

And now we’re down to the last of this style Friday Reads post! It’s kind exciting, but also a little sad. It was very reassuring to know that I had a go-to format for these, and that I could plug-and-play and have a post ready in minutes. My Friday Reads posts will be (potentially) more work now. I’m sure I’ll still use this format on occasion, such as when I’m short on time or have a lot of updates, but for now this is the last one of these. At least for a while.


I finished listening to Second Hand Curses by Drew Hays. This was a LOT of fun! It’s not for everyone, sure. It retells fairy tales from the point of view of self-proclaimed scoundrels who help you reach your fairy tale ending… for a fee. They do also have their own agenda, and their own fairy tales, but those aren’t really delved into until about half-way through the book. You get clues in the early chapters, but that’s it. Anyway, I found it highly amusing. Your mileage may vary.


I’m still reading Warcross by Marie Lu. However, I have also started To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. Warcross is amusing, but somehow it seems a bit shallow for this time of year. I don’t know why. Sometimes I’m quite happy with complete fluff reads. Right now, though, I felt a need to mix it up with something more adult.

I started re-listening to Indexing by Seanan McGuire. I got inspired after Second Hand Curses and its talk about The Narrative. That made me think of The Index, and so I decided to re-read this one. I really loved it the first time around, so I’m curious to see if I enjoy it as much the second time.

And I’m still working on Lazette Gifford’s Raventower and Merriweather #1: Secrets on my e-reader. I’m still stuck on the same mobile games that distracted me last week, so e-reading hasn’t happened much. Sigh.


The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid is really next this time. I mean it. Truly. I want to read it before the end of January, so that I can discuss it with the people who gifted it to me for Christmas 2016. This is way overdue.

Okay, and THIS TIME for my next audio book I’ll listen to Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress. Unless, of course, I decide to listen to the sequel to Indexing first.