Have you ever read a book and then thinking back, discovered you've forgotten parts of it? Have you ever read a whole book and then promptly forgotten all about it? Because then, congrats! You've got book amnesia.
I consider myself a classic case of recurring book amnesia- many are the times when I've forgotten things about books I've read. It maybe something trivial like the name of a side character to something major, like a huge chunk of the whole story. Or on rare occasions, it may even be... wait for it... a whole freaking book.
I kid you not. I recently decided to pick up Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher again- I had, on a previous occasion, started it, but never got around to actually completing it, so I thought why not read it now? And so I did. I was past the 10% mark, 25%...50%....and I kept remembering reading it all before.
Growing increasingly fidgety, I kept on reading it until I was completely done with the book and I discovered I had actually read the whole thing before!
The whole. freaking. book.
Can you imagine? I remembered everything, everything, right up to the final sentence. It wasn't just a nagging sense of déjà vu, nope, I actually remembered the whole story on reading it again. The whole book! I've read a whole book and then gone on to forget all about it? I'm positively appalled, but would you believe it if I say this is not even the first time I did this? I've done this same thing where I read another book all over again to discover I'd read it before- but I don't even remember the title of the book now. I'm awful.
It's not just forgetting things about books I've read, though- I have experienced a similar, yet not-so-similar other phenomenon, which I'd like to call reverse book amnesia. Hey- people are claiming reverse everything these days, so why not book amnesia, yeah? (And you might want to pay me royalty or something for using this term I've coined. Just saying.)
Anyway, coming back to reverse book amnesia- that's when you distinctly remember reading a book when you actually haven't. Has this ever happened to you? Don't tell me I'm the only one!!! *deep breaths* I'm kind of very embarrassed about this, but I actually really truly remembered reading Anna and the French Kiss until I decided to read it "again" and discovered I haven't. Yep. I actually remembered reading a whole book when I'd never read it at all.
The reasons for reverse book amnesia may be pretty simple. I had the eBook sitting on my shelf for so long that I might have thought I read it at one point or the other and it just stuck on my mind that I actually read it- also, Anna and the French Kiss is extremely popular (for reasons I cannot quite fathom) and I had only come across it in some form or the other, be it on Instagram, Goodreads or elsewhere, so I was actually quite familiar with what the story would be. But reasons for book amnesia? That's a whole 'nother thing altogether.
It could be that the story simply didn't strike a chord with me and so I forgot bits of it. Or my very dismal prowess in rereading books could account for this phenomenon as well. But something so unique as Thirteen Reasons Why? Well, here's the thing: maybe I didn't think it was quite so unique when I first read it after all, and now due to all this newly rekindled hype, I feel it's something that I first thought it was not! Bewildering, isn't it? I suppose this just goes on to show how much we (okay, I) let hype affect our (argh, my) opinion on books...which admittedly makes me question my own damn credibility. Oh well. At least now that I know of my mind's mischievous ways of operating, I can be more careful, right? Right? Right.
So, what about you? Have you ever experienced these strange phenomena? Don't tell me it's only me!
I'd positively hate that.