According to GoodReads, I’ve read over 3,000 books. Which seems like a lot until I start to think about all the books I’ve read, enjoyed, and then forgotten to catalog on GoodReads (especially any from the time before I cataloged books in this way).
This week’s edition of Top Ten Tuesday asks you about the books you’ve read, that you recall enjoying but when hard-pressed don’t recall much about them. Here are a few:
- Doctor Who: Conundrum by Steve Lyons: Back in the days before Amazon (kids, there was such a time), finding the on-going New Adventures line of Doctor Who novels was half the fun. Scouring bookstores, hoping for the latest installment. And this one, part of a five-book arc was one that I recall reading rapidly, unable to wait and see what happened on the next page…and twenty plus years later I don’t recall anything else about it.
- Star Trek: Double, Double by Michael Jan Friedman. This category can apply to a lot of the media tie-in novels I read during my formative years. And I could have picked this one or another one by Friedman called Legacy that I recall reading, enjoying them at the time and today I can’t recall much about them beyond the covers.
- The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue. One of the reasons I began cataloging, reviewing and archiving that information on GoodReads (and then this blog) was so I could remind myself of what I’ve read and what I’d like to read. And this one, which I read a decade ago, was enjoyable but I don’t recall much of it.
- Turning Angel by Greg Iles
- His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novak. I read and loved this alternate history complete with a dragon corp. But honestly, I can’t recall much about it other than the name of the dragon and some great battle scenes. And I can’t even be sure that those memories aren’t taken from other installments of the series.
- 2010 by Arthur C. Clarke. Back in 2001, I decided to read the entire 2001 series by Clarke. And while later installments have stuck with me because I recall how insanely out there they go, I do recall reading and liking this installment. But again, details elude me.
- Lost in Roosville by Ray Blackston. Part of a (loosely tied together) series, I have fond memories of enjoying it, but can’t tell you what happened. In fact, there was a time when I had read most of what Blackston wrote, but I haven’t picked up a new book by him in years. And yet, I fondly recall the books that when I look back on my GoodReads catalog, I wonder if he’s written anything new that I should look for at the library.
Even more frustrating than the books that I’ve cataloged over the years and recall reading are the ones that I can recall snippets of reading, but for the life of me I can’t recall a title, author or enough details to find them, even using Google. One in particular is one about a character named Daniel Pitt who turns into a donkey because he utters the phrase (the closest he’s allowed to come to swearing), “Dang blast.”
If you know what this book was, I’d love to know. Just to satisfy my own curiosity if nothing else.