How often do you forget things?
As a reader, I feel like I have this weird ability to remember strange points in books, while simultaneously forgetting tons of information. And that all seems to change from book to book.
I almost never remember character names, but if you tell me a title and author, I can remember how I felt about that book. I can probably even tell you a generic sweep of the outline of the book.
I’m always fascinated by how people react differently to the same book. I joined a few buddy reads last year, and when we would get together and discuss the book, there was always an assortment of thoughts. Books impact us based on where we are in life, our own experiences, and how we view the world. That could explain why I’m such a mood reader and will spend months reading about redemption because I’m at a place in my life where I need that reminder that God is right there.
Books have always been a go-to for me, whether it was middle-grade books about horses as a kid or Christian romance as an adult. Lately, I’ve found myself drawn to second chances (not because I’m in need of one romantically but because I love the story behind learning to forgive).
You’ve probably heard the old adage, “Forgive and forget.” along with, “I’ll forgive you, but I’ll never forget what you did.”
Forgiving is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do, and I find the redemption and second chance stories showing me how to move forward in many ways.
I guess forgetting is almost as hard as forgiving in certain situations.
But I didn’t intend for this post to ramble into that territory, so back to the fun part.
Have you ever forgotten that you’ve already read a story? What about forgetting that you own a book? I’ll be honest, my to-be-read stack is so massive that I’ve bought multiple copies of the same book, then found them later. I keep telling my husband it’s a good problem to have…I’m not sure he believes me.