Monday Miscellany

The Millions : Good Luck, Memory

Michael H. Rowe laments that he often has trouble remembering details about books he has read.

There isn’t any inherent reason to worry about forgetfulness, of course. Reading is reading; what you remember can seem a gift and what you forget just one of many things that, slipping away, never did you any harm.

I have tried to get around this problem by keeping a database of books read. Ideally, writing some notes about the book should help cement its most significant elements in my memory.

But even that often doesn’t help. This is especially true for the mystery series I routinely follow. What happened in John Sandford’s Winter Prey, as opposed to in Sudden Prey? In which Michael Connelly mystery did detective Harry Bosch first meet FBI agent Rachel Walling?

So I choose to take comfort in one of the comments on this page: “forgetting can be a good thing, because when you re-read a book, it will be almost as if you’re discovering it again.”

Top Facebook Pages for Book Lovers 

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Famous for the wrong book

Recommendations for better books by the likes of Joseph Heller, Kurt Vonnegut, Evelyn Waugh, Kazuo Ishiguro, Salman Rushdie, and William Golding.

Bad Classics: Classic Books We Think Are Overrated

Ever read a classic and asked yourself, “What’s the big deal?” There are thousands of books the world considers classics, from Shakespeare to Salinger. But while some classics deserve their esteemed place in literary history, others might have left you wondering what all the hype was about. Here are some of the classics you might want to skip out on reading.