Bookish Memory Check

Bookish Memory Check 2

  1. Go to your Goodreads ‘read’ shelf
  2. Sort by random
  3. Test your memory on the top five books

I did this only once before and the conclusion was that my memory sucks. Right now I have 1538 books on my ‘read’ shelf and I’m going to pick 5. Let’s see if I do better this time.

The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer

What I remember:

I don’t really remember much from this book, but I remember why I read it. I’m a huge fan of Heyer’s incredible book These Old Shades and the main male character in that book is written as an alternative version of the bad guy in this book. His name is changed and his character is not as bad but the bad reputation is very much still there – it’s one of my favorite historical romances. So when I found out he was based on an actual villain I had to read The Black Moth and I was disappointed. It was pretty badly written – I think it’s one of Heyer’s first novels. I have almost no recollection of the plot but I think at some point he kidnaps the main female character. Then again, that happens a lot in historical romances, so maybe I’m mistaking it for some other book.

After the blurb:

So a guy was accused of cheating at cards so he left the country (?!?), now he’s back and the girl he loves is almost abducted by the Duke of Andover – that’s the guy from These Old Shades! The only person I remember! Oh well, it was a pretty bad book, even though I gave it two stars for some reason.

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible by A.J. Jacobs

What I remember:

In this case it’s easy to remember what the book is about because it’s all in the title – the author spent a year following the Bible to the letter. First he read a few different translations and compiled a list of all the rules, I think there were about 700 altogether. Some of it was serious, some of it was hilarious (there were parts where I was crying laughing). I read it a long time ago, maybe 10 years ago? But it’s was a very good book and a very interesting experiment.

After the blurb:

Yeah, that’s basically it.

Death Comes As The End by Agatha Christie

What I remember:

Nothing. Maybe it takes place in Egypt? I know I once read a book by Agatha Christie that takes place in Egypt.

After the blurb:

It does take place in Egypt! Incredible memory right here. I’m simply amazed at myself.

So the story is: a rich guy gets a new mistress and someone kills her. His kids are suspects. I gave it 4 stars so I guess I really enjoyed it back in 2012 but I don’t remember it.

My Regelence Rake (Sci-Regency #3) by J.L. Langley

What I remember:

It’s the third book in the series, and if I read a series of books in a short amount of time I will never know exactly what happened in which book. But the series was about a planet that’s basically gay regency. A very important guy who might have been the leader of the planet, has 5 or so sons and because of traditions, it’s very important for the sons to stay virgins until they get married. But they really don’t want to. Stay virgins, that is. I think one of them hooks up with some older guy with bad reputation and one goes to another planet that’s more liberal. I don’t know what happens to other sons, I think the third book was the last one that I read so I’ll have to see if there are any more. They were a lot of fun.

After the blurb:

So it about the royal family, and the third book is about one of the princes and his bodyguard who have to get married because of rumors that could ruin the prince’s reputation. Ooooh. And there are 5 books in the series so I might check out the last two.

Breakdown (Remnants #6) by Katherine Applegate

What I remember:

Again, if it’s a series, I don’t know exactly what happens in which book. But I love this series and I’m planning to read it again. In the first book, the world is ending and the last chance for a least some humans to be saved is an experimental spaceship that’s going to travel in some random direction and stop when it find a planet that humans could live on. There were 14 books in the series and every book was about a 100 pages and the story got weirder and weirder with every book.

After the blurb:

Reading the blurb just confused me – these books are really weird, that’s all I can say.


That went much better than my first attempt. I might start doing this regularly, it’s a lot of fun.

8 thoughts on “Bookish Memory Check 2”

  1. Oh this is fun! Can I borrow this idea with credit to you? I have about ~500 books on my goodreads and I wonder what will come up 😀

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