This topic was really hard for me. I am very opinionated, and I don’t often change my mind. I never checked over my work when taking tests in school. Second guessing myself was just not a good idea. My initial instincts were usually right. That sounds conceited, but I don’t mean it that way. I just know what I like and my assessment of things right away.
What has changed for me though as I’ve gotten older, and especially now that I read so many books, is my memory. It sucks! That’s a huge part of why I started using Goodreads to keep track of my reading before I started blogging. So I could remember whether I liked a book or not after I read it in case someone asked me about it. Then I realized that the rating wasn’t always enough to help me remember why I like or didn’t like a book. One of the reasons I started this blog was so that I could write about the books I read, so I’d have the review to help me recall what I thought about the book specifically.
For books that I read before I started using Goodreads, I will mark them as read, but I don’t ever add a rating because I know it won’t be that accurate. I don’t second guess the ratings I’ve given, but I do know that my recollection of a book is usually more positive than my feelings were while I was actually reading it.
So for today’s topic, I am going to share 10 books I read before I started using Goodreads. We can assume that I enjoyed these books somewhat, but perhaps not as much as I remember enjoying them.
Eye Contact by Cammie McGovern
The Myth of You and Me by Leah Stewart
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond
Magic Hour by Kristin Hannah
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards
The Lake of Dead Languages by Carol Goodman
Have you read any of these books? Can you help me recall why I may have liked them? Or maybe why they weren’t as good as I might be remembering?
This weekly meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.