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Often when it comes to talking about why we write reviews people will mention it helps them remember the book better and they can look back at their review to see what they thought about the book and what they did and didn’t liked about it. And for me I think that’s definitely true. While my memory is pretty good, sometimes I find myself reading a review of a book I read and looking up my review of it so I can remember my exact thoughts I had after reading, but also things like what happened in the book. It’s like reading my review can refresh my memory that way and remind me of things I had forgotten about the book and my opinion of it. But there are also books where I don’t have to do that or books where I remember more about what I thought of a book than with other books. Which made me think about how some aspects from a book I easily remember and others not so much. When talking about remembering in this post I mean all the things about the content you remember months or even years later from a book you previously read.
Which books do I remember best?
Overal I remember the most about books that made an impression on me, so often the high rated books, books where something stood out or sometimes books I really disliked. Although I have a feeling that with good books I in general remember more than about books I really disliked. And the longer ago it was that I read a book the more it just tuns into a vague memory of I really didn’t like that one, it was okay, it was good or I loved it. Eventually it turns more into a vague memory or feeling than detailed memories. Then again there is a lot that I do remember and often while reading a review from another person it does make me remember my opinion of the things the reviewer mentions.
What aspects do I remember about a book?
In general I would say that the memorable things and aspects that stood out are those I remember well combined with my overal feel or opinion about the book. The details and character names are the things I forget soonest.
- Overal plot line/ concept. I usualy remember the general direction the plot took or where the story was about, but no details or more specific scenes. Sometimes scenes I really liked will stay clearly or more an image of a scene or snapshots about what happened.
- Plot Twists. Plot twists are memorable, so I usually remember the big plot twists. The smaller twists might not be as easy to remember, I guess it just depends on the plot twist and how much of an impact it left.
- Foreshadowing. While I remember the big plot twists, I usually don’t remember the amount of foreshadowing and all the hints leading up to it. Foreshadowing is one of the reason I like re-reading, as I do remember that big plot twist and I love seeing the build-up more clearly when I know what’s coming. And I didn’t notice that the first time or forgot most of it already.
- Specific scenes. This one really depends on the scenes, some scenes stay very clearly in my head and memory, some scenes I forget all together, others turn into a snapshot or more a vague feeling. Sometimes i have a clear visual in my head of the location of a scene, but might not remember specific details.
- Character Names. I am so bad at remembering names. The weirder the name, the harder it is for me to remember, but even the relatively easy to remember names I might forget. Or I remember the feel of the name and then a dave turns into a David. If I am lucky I might at least remember the first leter of the name. I never am sure that when I remember a name if it’s the right one or not. When writing my review I often have to look up the names in the blurb, to make sure I get it right. So as soon as hours after reading or even during reading already I forget names. In real life it’s better, but in books, names are the first thing I forget. It also makes it hard to remember who is who as I so easily forget names, so reading a name might not always means I remember who that person is.
- Character Personalities. I usually remember character personalities to a certain degree, more a certaan feel for their personalitity, but not the quirks or more specific small details. And then the personalities of the main characters I remember best, but those of side charactes less. Although sometimes specific side characters that I really liked I do remember better.
- Character relationships. I usually do remember the relationships between the characetr or at least the most important side characters. The lesser know side characters I do have some trobule remembering who they are and how they fit into the story or how they relate to others. But who are the friends, lovers etc from the main character I usually remember.
- What I did and didn’t like. I usually remember a few of the things I did and didn’t like about a book, even from books I read years ago I can tell a few of the things I did and didn’t like, not all, but some I do. And this is one of the things where I really appreciate my reviews as those usually help me remember these things.
- World building. I usually remember whether I like dthe world building or not or how things worked, but not the specific things. I usually do keep a decent feel for the world building and the type of world a book had and which rules there were.
- Details. I think it’s pretty logical that the details are the first things you forget, those small details that can make the story come alive are also those I most easily forget. Or I might remember there were a lot of details, but don’t remember the exact details.
- Pace. I usually remember if a book was relaitvely fast or slow paced, but not always. The pace usually doesn’t leave a big impression on my overal opinion of the book, but in some books the pace really stands out and I might remember it in that case.
- Order of events. Usually I do have a relatively okay idea of when what happened, but sometimes my memory of that get’s mixed up a bit. Like I can’t remember if scene A was before scene B or the other way around, but the big lines and order of things I usually do remember.
- When I read a book. I usually have general or specific memories about when I read a book. I talked in details about this in my post a while ago.
So these are general trends of what I remember more and what less, but ofcourse it really depends on the book. There are books where I remember a lot and others that I read recently and I already forgot a lot. So there are definitely big individual differences when it comes to what I remember about a book and which details or scenes stand out.