Top Ten Tuesday was hosted for years and years by The Broke and the Bookish. It has recently been moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. I enjoy coming up with '10 items' for this weekly meme. Today's topic is 'Books I Really Liked but Can't Remember Anything/Much About'. Here's my take on that topic:
I've mentioned many times that I've kept track of what I read (for the most part) since 1993. Therefore, if I can take the time to peruse my journals, I can usually come up with books to fit almost any topic - in some measure anyway. The books I've listed here are ones that I remember really liking when I read them. Some were read many years ago, some more recently. I remember liking them and may recall the broad storyline, but specifics are vague. Should I reread them all or just remember them vaguely? Have you read any of these? (They are in no particular order at all.)
1. The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell - I read this one with my mystery book group 3 years ago. Think I liked it better than the group as a whole. I noticed that Suzanne Rindell has a new book coming out this summer - Eagle & Crane. Looks good. Would likely read the new book instead of the older one again.
2. The Liars' Club by Mary Karr - I read this one with a book group too, several years ago. Mary Karr is a Texas author and I liked this memoir of her childhood, tough as it was. Probably won't reread it.
3. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa - I liked this first book in Kagawa's series when I read it in 2011 - can't really remember why - I know I don't really like books about the faeries. Didn't continue reading the series. Should I?
4. Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides - I remember being fascinated with Middlesex while reading it. I had never read anything about this topic and I think this was one of the first books I heard of that dealt with a hermaphrodite. It was about a Greek family and was quite absorbing. I think I definitely need to reread this one to sharpen my memories. It won a Pulitzer in 2003.
5. The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver - I think I read this one with an online group maybe in the late '90's. It's this author's first book and was very different than books I normally read at that time. The story of Taylor and Turtle and Arizona...and that's about all I remember. Might reread it.
6. I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb - This was one of those big, big books that we all read in the late '90's - an Oprah pick. Over 900 pages. The first cover was a little creepy to me with the two babies - twins - this one's OK. I remember it was sad and poignant and about twins. That's about it. Will be unlikely to reread, but one never knows.
7. The Cape Ann by Faith Sullivan - This was another book that I read with online group way, way back. One of the group members loved it and got several of us to pick it up. I remember liking it very much and...almost nothing else. I do plan to read this one again.
8. The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie - I recently read a review of this one on FictionFan's Book Reviews. It is a Poirot book and I've definitely read it, but....I cannot remember the solution. So, yes, I'm planning to read or perhaps listen to this one again. Because, I gotta know, you know?
9. Sahara by Clive Cussler - I used to read some of Clive Cussler's Dirk Pitt series and Sahara is one of them. I recall that I was reading this one when I had some surgery in 1994 - took it to the hospital with me, in fact. It was about the desert and adventure and they made a movie of it with Matthew McConaughey (which wasn't as good as the book - naturally). That's all I've got. Ha! Will not plan to reread.
10. Birdman by Mo Hayder - This is the first book in Mo Hayder's mystery series featuring Jack Caffery. I read it not that many years ago and meant to go on with the series. I'm not sure why I didn't and really can't recall much about this book. In any case, this one is definitely going on my reread list - likely will do audio.
That's all, folks! Join me next week for another 'Top Ten Tuesday'!