Remembering What I Read

img_7738One of the people in one of my book clubs commented that she usually doesn’t remember many details from what she reads. It surprised me, because I assumed that everyone was like me and remembered details from the stories. I remember names, places, plots, etc. if I like the book. If I don’t like it, I don’t remember it as well.

Getting perspectives on how other people read is always interesting for me. To me, part of the fun of reading is going back and thinking over parts I loved, thinking about the characters as if they were real people I met for coffee, and maybe flipping through to find sections I loved.

It’s not unusual for me to think about a book, and read an “abridged” version of it, skimming and flipping through to only revisit my favorite parts.

For people who don’t remember details, it seems to be more about the experience of reading. They enjoy going on that journey, and whether they remember every bit of it is irrelevant. They had fun, and that’s all that matters.

For me, it’s not like that. If I can’t remember details from a book I liked, it will frustrate me, and I’ll have to go back and reread. I’ve actually done that when I know someone else is reading a book I like. I’ll reread the book in hopes that we can have a detailed and interesting discussion about it.

Do you remember details of books (or movies) you liked, or do you just remember generalities?

4 comments on “Remembering What I Read

  1. Lea Christensen says:

    Oh my, is this me? LOL I think I remember ones I love better, but still not well…I think the act of reading and disappearing is more what I am after, although I do love the stories too. I always have to refer back when we have discussions because the character names leave my head so quickly! I love that you revisit your happy places so often!

    • doreeweller says:

      *blush* Hope you don’t mind me using a conversation we had. I like that thought, about the act of disappearing. I love that ten people can read the same book and both get different things out of it, but also have different experiences of reading it.

  2. I find that I don’t remember films or books as well as I used to, unless I’ve read the book or seen the movie multiple times. Must be a sign of aging.

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