You know that moment when someone asks you a bookish question, and your mind goes completely blank? Things like, “What was your favourite moment in the Vampire Academy series?”, “What happened at the end of x book?” and “What was your favourite quote?”. Usually these questions are accompanied by an awkward silence and me slowly inching away, because for an avid book reviewer like me, I just can’t seem to remember specifics about my favourite series.
The truth is, I’m known for my goldfish memory. It prevents me from remembering things people have mentioned to me previously, recalling character names as soon as I’ve finished the book, much less specific scenes or quotes in a particular series. I’m also terrible at remembering secondary characters, minor events, conversations, world building specifics and who some characters are. Which is why confusing or heavily detailed books and I don’t stand a chance (The real reason why I won’t read A Song of Ice and Fire, despite loving the TV Show).
I came to the conclusion that my short term memory loss is because of all the things that I choose to fill my mental capacity with. My daily life is filled with so many hobbies and different circumstances which require me to think and fill my brain – from blogging, reading, gaming, work, reviewing and socialising. There’s only so much brain capacity of things that I can retain.
So how does one overcome the seemingly large obstacle of failing to remember certain things especially for an avid reviewer? That’s actually why I started reviewing books (and movies, and games) so I could go back and refer to my thoughts of it at a certain time, a surefire way to jog my memory. For reviewing, I tend to tab or highlight on a Kindle the passages which I like, and Goodreads helps me remember character names. I also like to have discussions and buddy reads while reading, so I can chat over plot points with other people.
I couldn’t have a discussion about a book that I read over a month ago though, because chances are, I would have filled my brain with other things in the meantime.
Do you have a bad memory when it comes to books? How do you cope with it?