Not too long ago many of you responded concerning the first book you truly loved. This time: Tell us about a book that you consider unforgettable, maybe not your most enjoyable read, but a powerful read that has stayed with you. Perhaps it inspired you or even changed how you look at life. You shake your head, read other books and still, it stays in your mind.

Just to get you started thinking here are five titles that you may consider unforgettable:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Night by Elie Wiesel

And among more recent books perhaps one of these strikes you as unforgettable:
Shotgun Lovesongs by Nickolas Butler
The Round House by Louise Erdrich
The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
The Kept by James Scott
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Please reply here or on Facebook with your unforgettable selection and I will post the list in a few days. If you are so inclined, let us know why you thought a particular read was “unforgettable”.

If you want to know more about the books above there is information about many on this website.
“The Book Thief Comes Again” November, 2013 archives
“Shotgun Lovesongs” Reviewed in the May, 2014 archives
The Round House A brief summary in “Five Good Books You May Have Missed This Year” in the December, 2013 archives
The Invention of Wings A brief summary in “Seven New Books You May Not Want to Miss” February, 2014 archives
“Reading The Kept” on the Reading page June 30, 2014
Orphan Train. Sorry, the review of this book is not posted at this time.
“Five Things to Love about The Storied life of A.J. Fikry” June, 2014 archives
The Goldfinch review is not yet posted.

If a book is summarized or commented on in the home page section of the blog, you can access by typing the title in the search box at the top right of the home page.

Please send in the title of a book that was unforgettable for you. Thanks for joining the conversation.


  1. Suki Carter

    Really hard question as I don’t have a lot of time to read so I try to only read unforgettable books. One of the more recent favorites was Hidden in Paris by Corine Gantz because the characters were so bizarre (each in their own way) that I didn’t want the book to end as I knew I would miss spending time with them. This was a first novel & I’m anxiously awaiting a new book by her.

    1. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

      Thanks. Like to hear about a book I haven’t read that sounds so special.

  2. PauletteMitchellLein@comcast.net Post author

    I too especially enjoyed Year of Wonders. Not much response to Unforgettable Reads, maybe most readers are reading “summer books.”


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