I have to admit that I have a really cruddy memory. I’m that person that smiles and nods as you ask, “Remember when…?” Because chances are I’m barely remembering what happened. But I can usually remember how I felt while we did whatever it was we did together.
I’m the same way with books. When I sit down to write a review immediately after finishing a book – I have to look up the main character’s name. Sheesh! Before Goodreads, I re-read books all the time. And I wouldn’t figure it out until I was about a 1/3 of the way in the second time around. Wow! It isn’t a slight on any of the fine authors out there. I just don’t remember the details. Or some of the high level stuff, for that matter.
It’s great when a book is made into a movie though, because I don’t have to worry about getting all angsty when they stray from the book. And in the case of a series, I eventually remember enough detail of the earlier books as I read on.
But as I mentioned, I have feelings about books I’ve read and that tells me more than anything else how well I enjoyed it. If I have a warm fuzzy or a thrilling buzz when I think of the book, then I know I enjoyed it. But if you say, “Oh my gosh! When Katniss shot the arrow into the ceiling of the arena, wasn’t that amazing?” Chances are I’ll smile and nod while desperately trying to pull up the memory.
Are you a high level person? Or a detail person? How does you memory work – or not?