Top Ten Books I Love…but Can’t Remember

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, and this week’s theme was marvelously easy for me: Books I Really Liked but Can’t Remember Anything/Much About. It seems like some of the best books I have read were during middle school or high school. That was a long time ago. Most of what I remember about these books are how I reacted to them and the enjoyment I felt while reading them. Other than that, only small snippets come to mind. Below are ten of my favorite books that I don’t remember too well (or, in other words, books I need to reread!).

How Green Was My Valley, by Richard Llewellyn

Loved this one! It takes place in Wales and is about a community of miners. I remember some of the characters, and I remember some tears were shed on my parts, but that’s about all.

Good Night, Mr. Tom, by Michelle Magorian

This is a children’s book that takes place during WWII when several children were evacuated from London to live in the country. There is a movie of this also, that I haven’t seen in a long while, so I remember some of the details from that. It’s a sweet story, but with some rough stuff in it!

A Painted House, by John Grisham

This is the only John Grisham book I have read because it is not one of his typical stories about lawyers and all that. I’m not really into those kinds of reads. A Painted House takes place from the point of view of a young boy who sees way more than he should. That’s about all I can recall!

The Princess and the Goblin, by George MacDonald

If you’ve seen the old cartoon of this, just forget it! The book is less cheesy and more magical. What I remember is Princess Irene, Curdie (a boy who helps her), and some goblins.

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L’Engle

With the new movie coming out, I should probably reread this soon. What I remember about this is the part when the main characters go into the 2-D world and when they go to the land where everyone acts EXACTLY the same as one another.

Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

We all know a little about this story, if not from the books, then from the television show. But the T.V. series, as much as I have enjoyed watching it, does not do the books justice. In fact, for me, it has clouded out what really happened in the books.

The Shepherd’s Castle, by George MacDonald

George MacDonald wrote a lot of romances set in Scotland and England during the 1800s (which was actually present day at the time he wrote them). I read several of these books during high school, but I can only remember a few details about them, as much as I enjoyed them!

Downsiders, by Neal Shusterman

I probably wouldn’t reread this one, but I sure did enjoy it in middle school! All I remember is that a lot of people live underneath the city. They are pale, since they don’t go out into the sun, and they wear watches on their ankles. Strange details to remember, but they’re stuck!

The Witch of Blackbird Pond, by Elizabeth George Speare

This book is about the witch trials and has romance in it. That’s all I remember, which is sad, especially since most of my sisters also enjoyed this read.

My Side of the Mountain, by Jean Craighead George

A boy runs away to live on a mountain. I can’t remember why, but I do remember he lives in a hollowed-out tree, has a pet falcon, and makes acorn pancakes.


I’d really like to reread these books! I’ll have to make some room for them in my to-read list.


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