Top Ten (Ahem… Fifteen) Books I Liked But Can’t Remember

Posted January 22, 2018 by Jana in Top Ten Tuesday / 67 Comments

This week’s topic is about the books you loved or really liked, but can’t remember much about. This is a big problem for me, especially where series books are concerned. I love reading a really amazing series, but sometimes I get caught up in so many series at a time that I get really overwhelmed. I end up forgetting the important things from the first/second books and not having the time to re-read them (or the desire because I didn’t LOVE it enough to read it again), but still wanting to finish the series! It’s so frustrating. Luckily I have the Recaptains to help me remember the important stuff, but not always! I’m going to highlight those series books I read but don’t remember, which has sadly prevented me from finishing the series.


1. Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
2. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
3. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
4. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
5. Forbidden (Forbidden #1) by Kimberly Griffiths Little
6. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
7. Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
9. Thorns (The Frost Chronicles #2) by Kate Avery Ellison
10. Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden
11. The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1) by Maggie Hall
12. Of Sea and Stone (Secrets of Itlantis #1) by Kate Avery Ellison
13. Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
14. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
15. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

Obviously I need some help here! Which books are worth re-reading so I can finish the series? Which were meh? Which should I give up on completely?

Have you ever had this problem I’m dealing with? What do I do?

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67 responses to “Top Ten (Ahem… Fifteen) Books I Liked But Can’t Remember

  1. I’ve heard Maria’s ‘Poison’ books are really good, and have been curious about Lauren’s. Also, at some point I *REALLY* want to read Ally’s Heist Society books. They’re generally well liked from all I’ve read and as I did enjoy “All Fall Down,” I’m curious to read more of her books. :)

    Oh, and Marie’s trilogy has been on my shelf for far too long.
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    • Jana

      I did really like Poison Study and Delirium, so I feel like I owe it to them to complete their respective series. lol. The Heist Society books are wonderful! I really have no idea why I haven’t continued on. They are so much fun. I want to read All Fall Down as well.

    • Jana

      I really liked the first two HS books, so I don’t really have an excuse for not having read the third except for the fact that I had a million other books to choose from. lol

    • Jana

      I keep hearing that! And I liked Shatter Me. I remember enough that I knew I was intrigued and excited to continue, so I do think this series deserve more love. lol

    • Jana

      Yeah, picking a few series to really focus on is what I should have done. lol. I’m getting better at this now as I have so many more books to manage. I can imagine it would be really tricky with mystery series!

  2. I’ve read Grave Mercy, Poison Study and The Winner’s Curse too. And I also can’t remember that much about them.😂 I do remember Daughter of Smoke and Bone well though.

    Thanks for hosting Top Ten Tuesday!🙌

    • Jana

      lol. I don’t know what it is that makes me decide to read a book and then forget about it! lol. I remember enough to know I liked them, but that’s it! bahaha.

    • Jana

      See, that’s how I feel about that series as well. I really enjoyed the first one, I own the whole trilogy, and the covers give me heart eyes. lol

  3. Oh so many of these I really enjoyed! I would say Throne of Glass for sure that series is supposed to end this year and I am in LOVE with it! I also can’t wait to finish out Rebel of the Sands. Daughter of Smoke and Bone was great for me but I did find i enjoyed the audiobooks better than reading on that one. I hope you dive back into some of these!

    • Jana

      I loved Throne of Glass, but Crown of Midnight felt tedious to me. Maybe it was just my mood. I do want to continue that one because I love SJM. Ditto to Rebel of the Sands. I loved that book as well, and even have book #2 and pre-ordered #3. I just need to get on it! Good idea about audiobooking DoSaB. I’ll have to sample them to see how I like the narrator.

  4. Haha, I think about half of these are on my TBR, but the only one I’ve read is Shatter Me (which wasn’t my cup of tea). Reviewing books helps me a lot to remember them (the ones I’ve forgotten are mostly from my pre-review days), but some unlucky books just fall into hectic parts of our lives and we just don’t retain them, even if they’re amazing!
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    • Jana

      See, I think that’s what happened to me! I’ll love the first book and then the 2nd or 3rd will be released around the time of a bunch of other books I’m dying to read and it falls between the cracks. By the time I remember I wanted to continue, I’ve forgotten too much of it. It’s a horrible thing to have happen. lol. It’s really too bad that so many YA books are trilogies or series. I get why pubs do it, but it’s really hard on readers to juggle SO MANY!

    • Jana

      At the time, I remember thinking that The Winner’s Curse was pretty slow. I don’t remember being grabbed hard by it, and it took me a while to get through. I gather you didn’t feel that way since you finished the trilogy, so what was it that makes it feel unmemorable to you?

    • Jana

      Yay, I’m glad I’ve given you so many recommendations! Or… sorry? lol. Shatter Me was kind of meh for me, although I was always planning to continue because people love it so much. DoSaB was kind of out there for me. A little too wacky, but I liked pushing myself out of my comfort zone. I don’t know if I’ll ever really get back to that series just because it was hard enough reading the first book the first time. lol

  5. I’m so glad that I’m not the only one who has this problem – ha! Thanks so much for hosting this topic, Jana! It was fun to go back and look at some older books that I know I enjoyed…for what I can remember…and revisit them. Hope you’re having a great week!

    • Jana

      You’re not alone! hehe. I’m glad you had fun with this topic! It’s always nice to go back and remember the oldies. :) Hope you enjoy your upcoming week! I can’t believe it’s already that time again. lol

  6. I love the Study series by Maria V Snyder! The middle series not so much but I read them in the wrong order. The third series is great too but I’m going to need to re-read 1 and 2 before I finish 3…
    I also enjoyed The Winners Curse series, Rebel of the Sands and Grave Mercy – though I don’t really remember this one much now.

    I often read the blurbs of the other books to see if I want to continue with the series, it really helps!

    • Jana

      I think I’ve decided I do need to re-read Poison Study so I can continue with the series. :)

      I do the same thing you do with reading blurbs to see if the next book(s) head in a direction I’m happy with.

  7. For me it’s Empire of Storms! In fact, what happened in the whole Throne of Glass series again?! 😂
    Haven’t read any of the other books you mentioned, but loved this topic!

  8. I love the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series (if you like audiobooks at all, it’s read by one of my favorite audiobook narrators, Khristine Hvam). I also need to re-read and re-start both of Sarah Maas’s series! And I while I do remember Shatter Me and the sequel pretty well, I still haven’t read book 3. It is tough to keep it all in my head when I read so much!

  9. From what I liked, you should re-read Daughter of Smoke and Bone and mayyybe A Thousand Pieces of You (this one isn’t as good of quality, but it’s a fun idea). I would skip the Delirium/Pandemonium books by Lauren Oliver. I remember reading Pandemonium and thinking how terrible it was compared to the first book and then someone who read the whole series said it doesn’t get better. :|

    Happy reading with whatever you decide!

  10. I must admit I love the His Fair Assassin books but I’m terrible at finishing series and still haven’t read Mortal Heart and to be honest I probably should reread Grave Mercy and Dark Triumph – especially as Robin LaFevers is bringing more books in the series out! I remember absolutely loving Dark Triumph so I definitely recommend continuing with the His Fair Assassin series.
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  11. I loved the His Fair Assassin series! Each book features a different main character, so it would be very easy to pick up with Dark Triumph even if you didn’t re-read Grave Mercy first. There is a bit of an overarching plot that gets carried through all three, but I think you’d be able to figure it out just fine.

  12. Brandon Harbeke

    I’ve read the whole Firebirds trilogy by Claudia Gray. The first two books are great, and the third is just okay. I’d say read the trilogy if you had a strong connection to the characters in the first book; otherwise, leave book one as a nice standalone memory.

  13. I think you should read Winners Curse again! And Crown of Midnight! Did you start the ToG series with The Assassin’s Blade? If not, you should go back and start there 😊

  14. You’ve read so many books that I’ve had on my TBR list in forever. As for which book I would recommend you reread, that would definitely be Shatter Me. I love that series and the fourth book Restore Me is going to be released soon. =)

  15. I haven’t read Rebel of the Sands yet. I hope I don’t feel the same way. I’m lowkey looking forward to it. Some days. :) I also want to read all of Ally Carter’s books at some point. I don’t even know how many books and series there are now.

  16. I say give The Winner’s Curse another go! I read the first book the year it came out, and just read the second and third books in December. I didn’t even reread or look at spoilery reviews for the first book, and I never got confused! It’s also been way too long since I’ve read Forbidden and The Conspiracy of Us. I know I really enjoyed the books, but like you, I don’t remember much.
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  17. By the point, I’ve finished “Crown of Midnight” it was my favorite book of the series even after “Heir of Fire”, but now 2 years later I remember almost nothing. Awkward. Still, one of my favorites covers tho. I’ve read “Poison study” last year and I can recall some moments of it right now, but don’t ask me for any deeper descriptions. I can’t do it. :D For “Rebel of the Sands” – it was a big adventure for me by the time I was reading it. Just that. That’s why I’m planning on rereading it before getting my hands on the 2nd one. :)
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