I don’t know about you but I have a hard time remembering books. Names, authors, characters, covers and the whole plot. Give me two months and my current read will be reduced to three lines in my brain’s storage space.* And I hate this.
There are so many situations in which I’m left mumbling because I DON’T REMEMBER. And I’ll be honest, it’s a little embarrassing. There’s ONE thing I love to do—reading. I have read quite a number of books as well. And I’m not amused when it all becomes mush in my brain.
*Can you see the Computer Science student in me showing?
One of my best friends* came over so I could use her phone to take bookstagram pictures. While I was taking pictures, we had this following conversation which I tweeted about as well**:
*I have three. They’re all very wonderful and I would set aside my book to listen to their day. But because they’re awesome and they know me they wouldn’t disturb me and this is why they’re my best friends.
**Speaking of, follow me on twitter for more such
So this got me thinking: why is this a life problem? I started thinking about the situations in which good memory would help us bookworms. And here we are.
 When someone is reading a book you recommended/ you’ve read and they talk about it
Me to them: UM YEAH I TOTALLY AGREE WOW SO SURPRISING RIGHT
Me in my head: WHAT ARE THEY TALKING ABOUT?? THIS EVEN HAPPENED???
Honestly, though. Other than the fact that I loved so-and-so book I remember nothing? If you came to me and started talking about a book I read last year, I would keep quiet and let you rant until I can gather the plot in my head using whatever you say and THEN I would talk.
 When writing a review/giving an opinion about a book
If it’s been over one month, I’ll remember maybe 50%. Over two months and I’ll be proud of myself if I remember the characters’ NAMES.
I have a tendency to review a bunch of books in one sitting after letting them pile up for a long time and I struggle to remember what they were about! I sometimes make notes so that’s helpful but most times I sit here trying to remember what those books where about.
If only my memory was better. This is why I don’t do good in exams for subjects which require you to remember theory as it is in the textbook. I’d like to protest on behalf of us who have picture memories.
 When in a conversation about a topic you’ve read in a book
For example: Greek Gods. I’ve read about them in Rick Riordan books! I know this! But when I try to think of facts? All I remember is that Hera was jealous Zeus cheated, Poseidon is quite cool and Hades is uber cool because he’s the God of… something dark and sinister? OH WAIT HE’S THE GOD OF DEATH. RIGHT.
See! If I said all of that out loud I would seem so weird and I wouldn’t make friends at all. #fail
 When a friend asks you something because you’re part of that fandom
OKAY SO a friend of mine hasn’t read The Mortal Instruments and about a year back she randomly asked me if any character in it was called “Biscuit” because she saw a fandom textpost and wanted to know who it was.
I said no. I thought there maybe someone who was called “Bucket” but not “Biscuit”.
CLARY, THE MAIN CHARACTER, WAS NICKNAMED BISCUIT.
When she found that out through Google and got back to me I wanted to crawl into a hole and hide forever. Here TMI was—is—my main fandom and I didn’t even know this.
To be fair, I read TMI in 10th grade which was four years back but STILL. I should know, right?! After that I’ve been considering rereading the series but it’s long and I hate the main character so I haven’t.
(I guess Bucket was from a different book series? I still don’t know?) (#fail)
 When writing a bookish meme/tag post
Almost every time I do a tag or a Top Ten Tuesday post I consult my Goodreads. Not kidding.
When asked, my mind blanks about all the books I’ve read and I’m like ???????????
When I do a whole post without consulting Goodreads or my physical shelf, I’m proud of myself. It’s an achievement.
My reviews help. To know what I thought about that book and whether I can talk about it in the post or not. My reviews help me probably more than anyone else. It’s like a record of my thoughts.
 When recommending a book and the person asks what it is about
I have a mini panic attack right there. Shifty wide eyes, nervous hands, playing with hair, lots of “um um um”.
For example: Dan Brown books. I’ve read all of them (except Origin) and I really liked them but I remember NOTHING. Legit nothing. So when I recommend his books to someone and they ask me what it’s about? I open Goodreads. Or I use my go-to reply: “Just read it! I’m not spoiling it for you.”
Nice, eh? I seem like I know everything and intentionally don’t tell you when actually I have no idea. #smart
 When the sequel comes out
This is a universal problem. This is why recap blogs EXIST. Because we remember nothing from the previous book and our only choices are (1) reread the previous book(s) or (2) read the recap.
If I don’t do either of those..
Me: WHO ARE YOU? WHO IS THAT PERSON? WHO ARE ALL THESE PEOPLE?? Okay, I gotta stop over-reacting. They’re probably new.
Main character: “I remember when X and I did this two months back..”
Me: Wait, WHAT?? THIS PERSON EXISTED IN THE LAST BOOK???
I’m basically hopeless. It’s like reading a series from the middle.*
*I hear some people actually do that? Like, how bro? I struggle even when I’ve read the previous books?!
 When someone asks you to recommend a book with so-and-so theme/plot line in it
Okay first of all, HI I’M SUMEDHA AND I REMEMBER NOTHING.
Two, you’re asking me to go backwards? Name a book from the story? That’s like throwing me in an unknown place without telling me which direction will lead me to a known place.
I’ll stay lost.
And expecting me to recommend a good book amongst all those possibilities? Hon, you’ll be lucky if I manage to trudge up one name from my brain even remotely related to what you’re asking for.
 When you’re asked ANY question about your recent reads
“What was the last book you read?” (Okay this isn’t very hard but I still struggle with it, okay?)
“Which was the last book you rated 5 stars?”
“Which was the last book you DNFed?”
And so on.
I will mildly panic for all these as well.
 When someone comes to you on book knowledge
If you read a lot, your friends and people you’re in frequent contact with will know that. So one day if they’re doubtful about what happened in a book or to ask in which book so-and-so plot was, they’ll come to you because OBVIOUSLY you’ll know!
This has happened to me more than once. And guess what? I DON’T know. I knew the basic stuff like “What was GOT’s author’s name?” and “What’s that movie about cancer?” Easy peazy lemon squeezy.
But ask me things like “What was that emotional speech this person said to her friend about?” or “Who was this character’s boyfriend’s name?” and all I’ll be thinking about is how to say I don’t know and yet seem approachable for other book-related questions.
Honorary mention: When you have to do well academically as well
I have a question for everyone who manages to read lots of books, actually remember them and STILL manage to ace tests/exams: HOW.
Sometimes I sit in the exam hall thinking about a book plot rather than the working of ALU in computers. Can you see my dilemma here??
During my math final last month, I was trying and struggling to remember a proof but instead all that was running through my head was the plot of Roomies by Christina Lauren. I was thinking about what I liked/didn’t like and was saddened that I didn’t have any paper to note down my thoughts for the review!
It’ll be a miracle if my result says Pass. In fact, it’s a miracle I’ve managed to pass all my exams until now.
It’s all the potential situations above, and probably more that don’t come to mind right now, that I really wish I could remember better. I want to have that all-knowing book person reputation, okay? Is that too much to ask?
Tell me, do YOU wish you could remember books better? Or do you actually manage to remember everything? Have you ever been in one of the situations I’ve mentioned above? Are there any more situations you could think of? Do you reread books before the sequel comes out or do you read recaps? Tell me everything!