Musing About Things: Forgetting Things Between Books


Hi guys, welcome to Book Munchies’ Musing about Things: A Discussion (Post). Inspired by memes such as Should Be Reading‘s Musing Monday & Caffeinated Book Reviewer‘s Caffeinated Confessions (etc.), this is a Book Munchies discussion post, where I’ll be rambling about (mostly) book-related things and hopefully you guys will join in on the fun too (:

So today’s topic is: Forgetting things between books

Nothing sucks more than having to wait for the next book in the series I’m talking about you, The Winner’s Trilogy, Marie Rutkoski. But what happens when the wait is super long and you can’t remember what happens in the previous book?!



I’m talking about you Seraphina and Shadow Scale (by Rachel Hartman). So I read Seraphina when it first came out 2012, and very recently Shadow Scale just came out March 2015. So that’s over two years in between and I for the life of me can’t remember a lot of details in Seraphina. So the big question is: do you re-read before starting the new book?

I’ve been told Shadow Scales does a pretty good job of re-capping, so I think I’ll just wing it, but seriously the the risk of forgetting stuff while waiting between books is real!



Seraphina series is not the only series that I probably, maybe, need to re-read (re-read a recap – that’s a plan!). Libba Bray’s The Diviners was a book I totally loved, it came out in 2012, and book 2 is released August 2015. I don’t remember a lot of detail. I read a lot of book in between, it can’t be helped…



Okay, if I’m super truthful, I sometimes forget things between books series even when they’re only released the normal amount of approximately a year in between. I usually just try to quickly re-skim or read reviews so I can get a re-cap but most of the time I don’t have the time. I think my general strategy is to hope for the best, ha.

Anyway, do you guys have problems about forgetting plot points etc. while waiting between books in a series? Or are you pretty good at remembering?

What do you do to try to do to counteract that? Re-read? Re-cap? Just wing it?

What are some book series that can be problematic for you? I kind of that issue with A Song of Ice and Fire series too, because it takes me forever to read the books…

Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Musing About Things: Forgetting Things Between Books”

  1. Ah yes! I know your plight! Luckily, Shadow Scale has a segment before the book actually starts that gives a run down of Seraphina, so I think you will be just fine, but as for other books, I totally know the feeling. I end up rereading books before I pick up the sequel because I’ve read so many other books since then. I actually just reread the Queen of the Tearling so I could read The Invasion of the Tearling.

    1. Yay! That’ll definitely make life easier!
      I need to find those blog that recap things for me, haha. I’ve heard that was a pretty good! I should check it out sometime.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I have such a problem with this! I tried to read Alligent a couple of months ago, and had no idea what was going on, so now I have to re-read Insurgent 😐 which isn’t that big of a deal, but I was complaining to my brain, like, how could you have forgotten this book!?! Glad I am not the only one with this issue 🙂

    1. That’s why I haven’t finished Alligent 🙁 Because I kept telling myself I need to re-read Insurgent, haha. No, it’s definitely not just you! It’s tough when we read so many books 😉

  3. I hate it when there is a big wait for the next book in the series. I don’t re-read and usually as I get into the new book things come back to me.

    1. That’s why I usually end up doing but I’m pretty terrible at remembering things, haha.

  4. Oh, yes, I do have that issue at times…and then I might have read many OTHER books in between, as well, which clouds everything even more.

    I recently read a book by an author I enjoy, and only realized as I got into it that she was revisiting the same setting I had read about several books ago…so I went back and reread my reviews of the other books. That helped!

    Thanks for sharing…and here are my BLUE MONDAYS MUSINGS

    1. Right?! It’s a problem, haha. Having reviews definitely help!

  5. Usually I’m pretty good with remember details between books, but sometimes I do forget a little bit about what happened, especially if it took years for the next book to come out.

    1. Ah, that’s definitely helpful, I’m terrible at remembering, haha. Yeah, years in between can be problematic.

  6. Oh this drives me crazy! Especially if I remember bits and pieces but not enough to really understand what’s going on. I tend to come into a series late and hoard them all so I can read them fairly close together but otherwise I try to go back and read reviews of the previous books in hopes that that will jog my memory!

    1. Yes, this! It’s so nice to horde and binge read series. I really should do that more! Reviews are definitely helpful!

  7. Yes! I have this problem all the time. I jumped into Shadow Scale and I was lost there for a bit. I did see that the FC has a recap thingy at the start but the ARC did not. It took me a bit to get back into the world. I’m so impatient and my reading schedule is so full I can’t ever squeeze a reread in…even when I want to. I tend to jump in and hope for the best. This back-fires for sure. I need to take advantage of those recap sites but I ALWAYS forget! I think I have a memory problem O.O

    1. Oh, yeah, I can see that being problematic! I usually just end up jumping too, and hoping for the best, haha. It’s definitely tough squeezing in re-reads with so many new books to start, I need to find those recap blogs, too!

  8. Yes! I have the similar problem, sometimes I try to re-read it other times I just wing it. It just depends if I have the time then I’ll definitely re-read so that I can remember the details but if I don’t I’ll just go ahead and wing-it.

    Musing Mondays

    1. I end up only re-reading the series I really love, otherwise I just wing it, too.

  9. YES you described my exact problem I have when we have to wait too long for a sequel! Because I’m constantly reading, sometimes I just can’t remember a thing about certain books I’ve read. Especially when I pick up sequels, I’m like WHAT I can’t believe that happened! I’ve been recommended recaptains which came in handy for The Winner’s Crime. Give it a go!

    1. It’s such a struggle right? haha. Oh, thanks for the rec, will have to check that out!

  10. Oh I know exactly how you feel! I am the same way. I rarely have time to reread a series though. Most of the time I just wing it. Or I google the series so I can skim the major plot points.

    1. Googling is a good plan! It definitely helps to have a quick recap!

  11. I just wing it, but ohhhh this is a HUGE PROBLEM for me. Like I literally forget things between books even when I’m binge reading a series. -_- And when there’s over a year between them?! IT’S WORSE. That’s the reason I haven’t even attempted Shadow Scale, though, because it’s been soooo long and I forget nearly ALL of Seraphina, but I don’t really feel like rereading it at this point. WAH. Your gifs are so hilariously perfect. XD

    1. I’m a bit better when I binge read, but if there’s others books in between or time, nope, can’t remember stuff. I heard at Shadow Scale has a recap at the being of the book! So that should hopefully help us out, haha.
      Thanks Cait!

  12. I always like to think I have a relatively good memory, but I still forget a lot of details between books. I remember the big lines, but lots of tiny details or even worse characters I forget and it can be so confusing when starting the next book, but on the other hand I really don’t want to re-read the previous book in a series every time there’s a new release, so I usually just wing it. I had a lot of trouble with this when reading Insurgent, I had forgotten who was who and there was hardly any recap. I hate it when that happens. On the other hand I am now reading the 5th book in the series and the author does enough recap that I felt like I knew what happened after only one chapter. I think it’s great when authors recap important details, although it can be annoying when reading books back to back. Great post!

    1. That’s actually a big reason why I haven’t read Alligant, because I can’t remember anything from Insurgent, haha. Author recaps are definitely helpful, since hopefully they’ll give us just enough back information to keep us going 😉 Thanks!

  13. I have this problem also. Depending on what I can remember, I just wing it. If I hear about a book that is the first in a trilogy, but the others haven’t come out, I put it on my goodreads TBR and wait until at least 2 are out. The same things happens with TV shows, but I go back and watch the last few episodes of the previous season on demand.
    You may want to check out the 2015 Discussion Challenge, they take sign ups all year long.

    1. That’s a good plan, I usually have no will power to wait for series I want to start, haha. I like the tv shows that do those recap episodes between seasons!
      Thanks for the link up!

    2. Thanks for recommending the discussion challenge, Elizabeth! The more the merrier!!

  14. I second Jeann’s recommendation of The Recaptains – it’s the best!!

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