Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. “It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.”

I’m thrilled to be a part of TTT again this week when the theme is the Top Ten Books I Really Liked But Can’t Remember Anything or Much About.

This was an interesting topic…and tough…because I’ve read well over 2000 books in my almost 41 years, so I had to scour my Goodreads shelves to see what books that I’ve gotten around to logging on there as read that I’d REALLY liked but didn’t make that much of a long-term impression on me for whatever reason. I decided to narrow it down to books that I really liked (4 and 5 star reads) within the past 5 years..not counting 2017 since I can remember those thank God!

So here is a list I pulled of 10 books that I read between 2012-2016 and liked or even loved but can’t tell you much about, lol! Since I can’t really remember the book, I’m just including the book info and Goodreads synopsis…embarrassingly a few pf these are by favorite authors!

Here they are in order of year read from 2012 to 2016:

Number 10 (read in 2012)

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Published February 16, 2006 by Penguin Viking

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Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned thirty, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She had everything an educated, ambitious American woman was supposed to want—a husband, a house, a successful career. But instead of feeling happy and fulfilled, she was consumed with panic, grief, and confusion. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be.

To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. In order to give herself the time and space to find out who she really was and what she really wanted, she got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world—all alone. Eat, Pray, Love is the absorbing chronicle of that year. Her aim was to visit three places where she could examine one aspect of her own nature set against the backdrop of a culture that has traditionally done that one thing very well. In Rome, she studied the art of pleasure, learning to speak Italian and gaining the twenty-three happiest pounds of her life. India was for the art of devotion, and with the help of a native guru and a surprisingly wise cowboy from Texas, she embarked on four uninterrupted months of spiritual exploration. In Bali, she studied the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence. She became the pupil of an elderly medicine man and also fell in love the best way—unexpectedly.

An intensely articulate and moving memoir of self-discovery, Eat, Pray, Love is about what can happen when you claim responsibility for your own contentment and stop trying to live in imitation of society’s ideals. It is certain to touch anyone who has ever woken up to the unrelenting need for change.

Number 9 (read in 2012)

Another Piece of My Heart by Jane Green

Published May 13, 2013 by St. Martin’s Griffin

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Andi is a woman who has spent much of her adult life looking for the perfect man, and at thirty-seven, she’s finally found him.  Ethan—divorced with two daughters, Emily and Sophia—is a devoted father and even better husband.  Always hoping one day she would be a mother, Andi embraces the girls like they were her own.  But in Emily’s eyes, Andi is an obstacle to her father’s love, and Emily will do whatever it takes to break her down. When the dynamics between the two escalate, they threaten everything Andi believes about love, family, and motherhood—leaving both women standing at a crossroad in their lives and in their hearts.

Another Piece of My Heart is a novel that illuminates the nuances and truths about relationships and is Jane Green at her absolute best.

 

Number 8 (read in 2013)

Ladies’ Night by Mary Kay Andrews

Published June 4, 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

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Take a splash of betrayal, add a few drops of outrage, give a good shake to proper behavior and take a big sip of a cocktail called…Ladies’ Night!

Grace Stanton’s life as a rising media star and beloved lifestyle blogger takes a surprising turn when she catches her husband cheating and torpedoes his pricey sports car straight into the family swimming pool. Grace suddenly finds herself locked out of her palatial home, checking account, and even the blog she has worked so hard to develop in her signature style. Moving in with her widowed mother, who owns and lives above a rundown beach bar called The Sandbox, is less than ideal. So is attending court-mandated weekly “divorce recovery” therapy sessions with three other women and one man for whom betrayal seems to be the only commonality. When their “divorce coach” starts to act suspiciously, they decide to start having their own Wednesday “Ladies’ Night” sessions at The Sandbox, and the unanticipated bonds that develop lead the members of the group to try and find closure in ways they never imagined. Can Grace figure out a new way home and discover how strong she needs to be to get there?

Heartache, humor, and a little bit of mystery come together in a story about life’s unpredictable twists and turns. Mary Kay Andrews’ Ladies’ Night will have you raising a glass and cheering these characters on.

 

Number 7 (read in 2013)

The Time of My Life by Cecelia Ahern

Published October 13, 2011 by HarperCollins

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Lucy Silchester has an appointment with her life – and she’s going to have to keep it.

Lying on Lucy Silchester’s carpet one day when she returns from work is a gold envelope. Inside is an invitation – to a meeting with Life. Her life. It turns out she’s been ignoring it and it needs to meet with her face to face.

It sounds peculiar, but Lucy’s read about this in a magazine. Anyway, she can’t make the date: she’s much too busy despising her job, skipping out on her friends and avoiding her family.

But Lucy’s life isn’t what it seems. Some of the choices she’s made – and stories she’s told – aren’t what they seem either. From the moment she meets the man who introduces himself as her life, her stubborn half-truths are going to be revealed in all their glory – unless Lucy learns to tell the truth about what really matters to her.

 

Number 6 (read in 2014)

Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand

Published June 25, 2013 by Reagan Arthur Books

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A summer wedding stirs up trouble on both sides of the family in this new novel from bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand.
The Carmichaels and Grahams have gathered on Nantucket for a wedding. Plans are being made according to the wishes of the bride’s late mother, who left behind The Notebook: specific instructions for every detail of her youngest daughter’s future nuptials. Everything should be falling into place for the beautiful event–but in reality, things are far from perfect.

While the couple-to-be are quite happy, their loved ones find their own lives crumbling. In the days leading up to the wedding, love will be questioned, scandals will arise, and hearts will be broken and healed. Elin Hilderbrand takes readers on a touching journey in BEAUTIFUL DAY–into the heart of marriage, what it means to be faithful, and how we choose to honor our commitments.

Number 5 (read in 2014)

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Published October 14, 2014 by Ballantine Books

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Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing.

Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother’s journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants.

Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective – and a psychic.

Jenna knows her mother loved her. She knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night. In her most gripping mystery since House Rules, Jodi Picoult brings us a powerful story of a young girl’s determination to uncover the truth, however shocking and life-changing it might be.

Number 4 (read in 2015)

Crash & Burn by Lisa Gardner

Published February 3, 2015 by Dutton

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My name is Nicky Frank. Except, most likely, it isn’t. 

Nicole Frank shouldn’t have been able to survive the car accident, much less crawl up the steep ravine. Not in the dark, not in the rain, not with her injuries. But one thought allows her to defy the odds and flag down help: Vero.

I’m looking for a little girl. I have to save her. Except, most likely, she doesn’t exist. 

Sergeant Wyatt Foster is frustrated when even the search dogs can’t find any trace of the mysterious missing child. Until Nicky’s husband, Thomas, arrives with a host of shattering revelations: Nicole Frank suffers from a rare brain injury and the police shouldn’t trust anything she says.

My husband claims he’ll do anything to save me. Except, most likely, he can’t.

Who is Nicky Frank, and what happened the night her car sailed off the road? Was it a random accident or something more sinister given the woman’s lack of family and no close friends? The deeper Wyatt digs, the more concerned he becomes. Because it turns out, in the past few months, Nicky has suffered from more than one close accident. . . . In fact, it would appear someone very much wants her dead.

This is my life. Except, most likely, it’s not. Now watch me crash and burn.

Number 3 (read in 2015)

Memory Man (Amos Decker #1) by David Baldacci

Published April 21, 2015 by Grand Central Publishing

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Amos Decker’s life changed forever–twice.

The first time was on the gridiron. A big, towering athlete, he was the only person from his hometown of Burlington ever to go pro. But his career ended before it had a chance to begin. On his very first play, a violent helmet-to-helmet collision knocked him off the field for good, and left him with an improbable side effect–he can never forget anything.

The second time was at home nearly two decades later. Now a police detective, Decker returned from a stakeout one evening and entered a nightmare–his wife, young daughter, and brother-in-law had been murdered.

His family destroyed, their killer’s identity as mysterious as the motive behind the crime, and unable to forget a single detail from that horrible night, Decker finds his world collapsing around him. He leaves the police force, loses his home, and winds up on the street, taking piecemeal jobs as a private investigator when he can.

Number 2 (read in 2016)

The Nest by Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney

Published March 22, 2016 by Ecco

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The Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a nineteen-year-old waitress as his passenger. The ensuing accident has endangered the Plumbs joint trust fund, “The Nest,” which they are months away from finally receiving. Meant by their deceased father to be a modest mid-life supplement, the Plumb siblings have watched The Nest’s value soar along with the stock market and have been counting on the money to solve a number of self-inflicted problems.

Melody, a wife and mother in an upscale suburb, has an unwieldy mortgage and looming college tuition for her twin teenage daughters. Jack, an antique dealer, has secretly borrowed against the beach cottage he shares with his husband, Walker, to keep his store open. And Bea, a once-promising short-story writer, just can’t seem to finish her overdue novel. Can Leo rescue his siblings and, by extension, the people they love? Or will everyone need to reimagine the future they’ve envisioned? Brought together as never before, Leo, Melody, Jack, and Beatrice must grapple with old resentments, present-day truths, and the significant emotional and financial toll of the accident, as well as finally acknowledge the choices they have made in their own lives.

This is a story about the power of family, the possibilities of friendship, the ways we depend upon one another and the ways we let one another down. In this tender, entertaining, and deftly written debut, Sweeney brings a remarkable cast of characters to life to illuminate what money does to relationships, what happens to our ambitions over the course of time, and the fraught yet unbreakable ties we share with those we love.

Number 1 (read in 2016)

The Guest Cottage by Nancy Thayer

Published May 12, 2015 by Ballantine Books

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Sensible thirty-six-year-old Sophie Anderson has always known what to do. She knows her role in life: supportive wife of a successful architect and calm, capable mother of two. But on a warm summer night, as the house grows quiet around her and her children fall asleep, she wonders what’s missing from her life. When her husband echoes that lonely question, announcing that he’s leaving her for another woman, Sophie realizes she has no idea what’s next. Impulsively renting a guest cottage on Nantucket from her friend Susie Swenson, Sophie rounds up her kids, Jonah and Lacey, and leaves Boston for a quiet family vacation, minus one.

Also minus one is Trevor Black, a software entrepreneur who has recently lost his wife. Trevor is the last person to imagine himself, age thirty and on his own, raising a little boy like Leo—smart and sweet, but grappling constantly with his mother’s death, growing more and more closed off. Hoping a quiet summer on the Nantucket coast will help him reconnect with Leo, Trevor rents a guest house on the beautiful island from his friend Ivan Swenson.

Best-laid plans run awry when Sophie and Trevor realize they’ve mistakenly rented the same house. Still, determined to make this a summer their kids will always remember, the two agree to share the Swensons’ Nantucket house. But as the summer unfolds and the families grow close, Sophie and Trevor must ask themselves if the guest cottage is all they want to share.

What books have you read that you loved but just don’t remember? I’d love to hear about them!! ❤

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17 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About

  1. Great post Steph! I’ve often wondered what makes a book “stay with you” . Is it shock or message or emotions?? I can thoroughly enjoy a book and then not remember it and then I can not finish one and remember how creepy it made me feel (reason I didn’t finish it)!

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    1. Thank you, Holly! You know, that makes so much sense! I do remember books that I have an emotional tie with or that were very suspenseful and kept me highly entertained, and I remember the ones that were awful almost immediately, but I can finish a book, enjoy it, and then forget about it lol! I could have easily made a list of books that I disliked, lol.

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  2. I haven’t read any of those books so I couldn’t even help tell you what they were about, haha. Man 2000 books??? That’s extraordinary. I wish I knew about Goodreads beforehand to track all the books I’ve read. I think most of my books would probably be books I read in my teens that I know I read but couldn’t tell you what it was about. Great post!

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    1. LOL! 2000 books does seem a lot, but that is counting all the books that I can remember from when I started reading chapter books when I was 5 to now so 36 years of reading. Funny though that I can remember some of them better than the ones I listed here, hahaha!! Most of the books I have listed on Goodreads are from memory and sometimes I’ll see one on a feed or list and go “wait, I read that a long time ago”! So, I know what you mean about wishing I knew they had Goodreads before. I used to keep track of everything I read in notebooks so I wouldn’t end up reading the same book 😉 I need to find those…I’m sure there are books in there I forgot that I read! Yeah, I think there a lot of books I read in my teens that I forgot except the classics. It’d be interesting to figure out what they were! Thanks 🙂

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  3. 2000 BOOKS?! wow! I find that Elin Hilderbrand’s books are easy, fun reads, but not something that particularly sticks with me. Beautiful Day was my most recent read by her and all I remembered was a wedding that wasn’t going smoothly?! The Nest-I remember being miserable and hating everyone in it HA! Great post!

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    1. A lot, huh, lol! That is spread over 36 years though. I agree about Hilderbrand’s books. I can remember her Winter Street series very well and a few others, but some just are jumbles of things. I almost stuck another one of hers on the list, but I wanted to be fair, lol. Jane Green is the same way although I love her books. Oh yes! The Nest was just full of unlikeable people! I do remember that! I immediately read it because of all the hype and then wondered what all the fuss was over, lol.

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      1. I have the Winter Street series but was too overwhelmed to read them before Christmas this year so that might have to wait till next. Agree about Jane Green! I felt the same about The Nest, it took me a week to read it and that’s a week I’ll never get back 🤦🏼‍♀️

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      2. The Winter Street series isn’t all that Christmasy (maybe book 1 more than any and then the others less so) so you could technically read them during the winter if you wanted to…they do have a family Christmas in all, but the plots are focused on other things. I could honestly reread them any time, and I can’t say that about her other books, lol. I do love Jane Green though. I really love her earlier books, and I can remember them, especially Jemima J! They were so fun! The Nest was good at the time, but now I wonder why I ever thought that, lol!

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    1. Haha, that is funny! In hindsight I do wonder why I read it at all. I read it after I watched the movie, and I can say 100% that I liked the movie better (and I can remember it!). It’s one of those that I liked at the time but think if I reread, that I would hate. Thanks for sharing your TTT!

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    1. Lol, yes it is and I’ve probably read more than that I just can’t remember, hahaha! Those are just books I can think of over a 36 yr period…😉 I’ve read all her books but that one just doesn’t stick out. Who knows, lol. Yeah, I had trouble figuring out which books I’d forgotten. Glad Goodreads jogged my memory, but I could have made a top 100 list!

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    1. I’ve enjoyed all of her books, so I definitely recommend them…too bad I can’t remember this one though! Thanks!! 😊 And thank you for sharing your TTT!

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