Top 5 Wednesday: Forgettable Books

This is a Top 5 Wednesday post, from the goodreads group where bloggers come together and address the same topic each week across various platforms. This is my first time doing a pre-determined topic on a set schedule and I’m curious to see how I’ll be able to maintain a semi-consistent post going into exam season. Until then, YAY! Another list! (I’ll get back to reviews soon, I swear.) WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09Summoning

The Summoning (Darkest Powers #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Synopsis via goodreads

My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.

I think I read this sometime back in Middle School-*sighs*-back when school was oh so simple. I don’t remember anything about the plot and even had to pull it up on my kindle to recall the title and author. I do, however, remember really liking it at the time and consuming the trilogy fairly quickly. Maybe I’ll get super curious and give it a reread. *looks at the number of books on her to-read list and shuddersWhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09That Summer

That Summer by Sarah Dessen

Synopsis via goodreads

For fifteen-year-old Haven, life is changing too quickly. She’s nearly six feet tall, her father is getting remarried, and her sister—the always perfect Ashley—is planning a wedding of her own. Haven wishes things could just go back to the way they were. Then an old boyfriend of Ashley’s reenters the picture, and through him, Haven sees the past for what it really was, and comes to grips with the future.

I read this, I know I did. I was recently at my parents’ house and saw it on the shelf and thought, “What the heck was this even about?” I remember the cover and I do recall my extensive pre-teen Sarah Dessen phase, but even the synopsis doesn’t have any bells ringing in my brain. Whoops! WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09The scarlet letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Synopsis via goodreads

In Nathaniel Hawthorne’s dark novel, The Scarlet Lettera single sinful act ruins the lives of three people. None more so than Hester Prynne, a young, beautiful, and dignified woman, who conceived a child out of wedlock and receives the public punishment of having to always wear a scarlet “A” on her clothing.

She refuses to reveal the father of her child, which could lighten her sentence. Her husband, the aptly-named Roger Chillingworth, who Hester thought had died in a shipwreck but was actually being held captive by Native Americans, arrives at the exact moment of her deepest public shaming and vows to get revenge. Her lover, Arthur Dimmesdale, remains safely unidentified but is wracked with guilt.

Now I’m going to make some people mad going into classics, but I had to read this in school and before reading the synopsis, all I could remember is that the A was supposed to end up standing for “Able” instead of its original punishing “Adultery”. I’m not a fan of classics, in general, so getting me to read this was probably pretty similar to pulling teeth.WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Teaser via goodreads

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” So begins Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen’s witty comedy of manners—one of the most popular novels of all time—that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

Sharpen your pitchforks! Amber can’t remember what actually happens in “one of the most popular novels of all time.” I read this book, (we’re seeing a pattern here) in school and I chose it from a long list because I liked the movie so much (I still do). I am unable to separate the book from the movie, and now that I’ve read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, it has become even more difficult to recall the original happenings. Yes, classics are important, but these books being forced upon me when I wasn’t mature enough for them, kind of ruined them (and even reading *gasp*) for me for awhile.WhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09

Evermore

Evermore (The Immortals #1) by Alyson Noël

Synopsis via goodreads

After a horrible accident claims the lives of her family, sixteen-year-old Ever Bloom can see people’s auras, hear their thoughts, and know someone’s entire life story by touching them. Going out of her way to avoid human contact to suppress her abilities, she has been branded a freak at her new high school — but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

Damen is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy. He’s the only one who can silence the noise and random energy in her head – wielding a magic so intense, it’s as though he can peer straight into her soul. As Ever is drawn deeper into his enticing world of secrets and mystery, she’s left with more questions than answers. And she has no idea just who he really is – or what he is. The only thing she knows to be true is that she’s falling deeply and helplessly in love with him.

This might be kind of harsh, but I think I’m glad I can’t remember this book. Middle School Amber strikes again! This is on my kindle along with its sequel, so I have to believe that I did, in fact, read this and did like it to some extent to buy the sequel, but I wouldn’t pick this up again based on the synopsis. I mean, at least there was magic involved, I thinkWhatsApp Image 2017-10-09 at 16.41.09Let me know in the comments what books you can’t remember! Did I name a favorite of yours?

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18 Comments

  1. Biblio-amnesia is the perfect term! I’ve been known to pick up a book, sure I’ve never read it before, and realise a few chapters in that I definitely have, and I definitely don’t remember it!

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