T5W: Forgettable Books

Top 5 Wednesday is a goodreads group created by Lainey (gingerreadslainey) and now hosted by Sam (thoughtsontomes). This week’s topic is  Forgettable Books.

Whether you loved or hated them at the time, these are books that you just don’t really remember…

I read more than 250 books in the last two years. I have found far more than five forgettable books, and most books I don’t like were books I found forgettable (you can find some here). Today, I will talk about the books I liked (while I was reading them) that were ultimately forgettable.

The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer


I think this is one of the most overhyped YA series ever. I read the first three books and liked them, but the moment I finished reading Cress, I realized I didn’t remember anything about the story but its flaws (nonsensical worldbuilding, flat characters, boring pairings…). I tried to reread Cinder this year, and I found it so boring, stereotypical and forgettable I decided to DNF it.

The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow


The trope subversion was great, the main character was not. When I finished the book, I realized I still didn’t know anything about her. The side characters weren’t much better. I read this book in February and the only things I remember were Talis and how bland the whole book was. I liked this while I was reading it, but the more I think about it, the less I like it.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee


I liked this book. I just think it’s not as good as everyone says it is. The main character was what I loved the most about the novel – Monty was a mess, and I appreciated that. The pacing killed the book for me: it was so long, so boring. Apart from the pacing, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with this, but it wasn’t memorable in any way.

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black


I actually really liked this – it’s one of those books I like but never think about. It’s just there, being a good, kind of forgettable book. I liked the creepy forest, the glass coffin plotline, the faeries. But I don’t remember anything about the characters or the writing, and I read it less than a year ago.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Of all the things a book about supervillains could be, “forgettable” was the last one I would have thought. And then.
Again, I really liked this while I was reading it. I loved the main character (…did I want him to be worse? Yes, but still, an interesting MC) but everything else was ok. I didn’t want this to be ok, I wanted it to be great, to be a favorite. But while the premise, the protagonist and the morally grey areas this book deals with were great, this just wasn’t that memorable.

Have you read any of these? What are some popular books you find forgettable?

7 thoughts on “T5W: Forgettable Books

  1. I really enjoyed The Darkest Part of the Forest too, but when I tried to explain to a friend I realized I don’t remember a single thing that happens in it. For some reason I tend to forget endings, especially in YA and SFF books. I have to google what happened in the first book before reading sequels a lot (but that’s maybe also because it takes me years to get to them…)


    1. TDPotF was good, but I forgot everything that happened in it for some reason.
      I forget parts of first books too, but I love rereading, so that’s not a problem. If I’m not interested in rereading, I’m probably not interested in the sequel either.


  2. I agree with the Lunar Chronicles series; I really liked Cress, but I just don’t care to finish the series. I had gotten halfway through Darkest Part of the Forest and the audio book was just really slow so I’m not sure if I’ll get back to it. Great list!

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