Booknesia ~ Do you suffer from it?

Posted June 11, 2015 by Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog in Discussions / 41 Comments

Hi! My name is Grace and I have Booknesia.

What is Booknesia you may ask?

wfg32Hmmm. I don’t remember. Oh wait!

Booknesia: Forgetting one or multiple important pieces of information of a book; can happen directly after reading or within a small specified time after.

So my confession is I routinely forget characters names after I read a book.

Like I am talking about an hour after. I’m all writing my notes and what not and I write:

“Tough Chick was so kick ass. And I loved her Swoony Guy. He was so dreamy. And the Annoying Best friend so got on my nerves. But I am glad Fun Friend of Dude helped out”

I then go back to the book to check what the hell the names actually are.

tumblr_lvpz07z5IF1qaliojo1_500For real. I can tell you everything about the character. She had red hair. A green dress. Daddy issues. But WTF was her name!

It boggles my mind how this can happen. I am smart (and modest). I pay attention. I love books.

The only thing I can think of is:

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Also, I should probably mention I am horrible with names in general. If I ever see you IRL and say “Hey you! How have you been?” I don’t remember your name. Don’t feel bad I have been known to screw up my own kid’s names.

In conclusion, since I started blogging this has been a bigger problem than normal, since you know, I should include names in a  review. I have learned that I need to write all names down as I go. I mean it’s a simple solution so whatever. But what I really want to know…..

fYYanMFGeez calm down.

Do you ever get Booknesia? Do you forget names? places?

::WHISPERS:: Please tell me I am not the only one.

Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

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41 responses to “Booknesia ~ Do you suffer from it?

    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      I totally rely on Goodreads for names! Especially on library books that I don’t have anymore – Glad I am not the only one!

  1. I have the same problem when I go to write reviews, even though IRL I am very good with names. My booknesia is actually bigger than just names, I’ll actually forget I’ve read a book, and I go check it out of the library six months later. That’s why I first went to goodreads, to keep track and not end up with piles of re-reads. Even worse, sometimes I forget that I wrote the review already and write another one!
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Oh gosh writing a review once is enough!!I wish I was good with names IRL I always wind up feeling so bad about it.

  2. I have a HORRIBLE case of booknesia. I forget EVERYTHING from names to scenes to places to how the character looks… Yep. Most of the time I forget all these things within the day that I finished reading the book. If the book’s a favorite, then I’ll probably forget it two days later. D: This is why I always have Goodreads pulled up when I write reviews to remember names, and maybe even the main point of the book. o_o
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Oh you make me feel so much better!!! I also reference Goodreads to make sure I haven’t overlooked something major as well when doing reviews!

    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Now with reading even more books I have totally forgotten the name of books on occasion as well!

    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Oh with series I am the worst at remembering what happened in the last book. I totally read a quick summary before diving in.

  3. LOL — I think anyone who reads a lot suffers from this problem at least some of the time. If I wait too long between reading a book and reviewing it, I often have to look up the plot summary to remember what happened in the book, let alone what the characters were named. It’s worse when someone puts me on the spot and I KNOW I’ve read the book in question, but I can’t remember it enough to talk about it intelligently! Ack. Happens to me all. the. time. And it’s not just because I’m going to be 40 this year …
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      If people put me on the spot with anything book related I go blank. I totally can’t handle the pressure.

  4. YES, YES, YES I have HORRIBLE Booknesia! This is why I’m really hesitant to pick up a book that I know is first in a series when it’s just released, cause I know that I’ll read it and love it and then by the time the next book comes out, years later, I will have promptly forgotten everything that happened and then I won’t want to read the next book in the series until I can reread the first book, and then what’s the point of doing that until all the books are released. It’s a struggle haha.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Seriously! Series kill me and I am not a re-reader at all. I totally cheat and find a summary before the next book.

  5. It’s funny because I find I tend to have this problem a lot more with movies than books. I’m a very visual learner though, so I think seeing the name repeated on the page really helps me to remember the character names! I will admit sometimes I do forget the spelling of character names and do my best to always double check before I post a review (since, as someone who constantly has their name misspelled, I know how annoying it is!)
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      I actually just screwed up a name in a review this week. I thankfully caught it early!

  6. Grace your not the only one, I do it alot and I think it maybe also because I read a few books at once or I start a new book straight away. Unless it was really memorable I tend to not recall characters in books, even books that I loved I sometimes don’t recall character names, terrible I know.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Yes I definitely think reading so much makes it all a jumble – and it’s not terrible it’s apparently very normal!

  7. I’m bad with names but good with faces?? Like if a character has a very vivid unique description (and these are usually from fantasy novels) then I can remember the character for a long time and their name tends to stick with me but if their description is just vaguely brown hair, green eyes, freckles, then I’ll probably forget the name even if the description is still in my head. I think that’s the same Booknesia we have here, it can be embarrassing sometimes especially if you really love the character eep.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Authors names are lost in my head all the time too. I am also a procrastinator with reviews – Thank god for Goodreads!

  8. I am terrible with names. I even call my kids by the wrong name and end up just pointing at the one I’m talking to and say “YES I’M TALKING TO YOU”. I realize if the book isn’t that good I completely forget characters names but if I really liked the book I can remember minor details. But like you I definitely have to take notes or they end up like “that girl was awesome her best friend the slutty one was alright, douchebag guy drool worthy”. Thank god for goodreads reminding me of names or I’d be a lost cause.
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      My poor kids – they sometimes get called the dog’s name – Oops!! Goodreads is a lifesaver!

  9. OOOH do I ever! First, blame mom brain. It is totally a thing, and it takes away daily functioning 😉 Also, it is SO HARD when blogging! I cannot tell you how many times I have had to Google like mad just to find some character’s name. The struggle is real! Even in life- I am bad with names, and this is going to sound awful, but it is because most of the time I am not paying attention! It isn’t because I don’t care, I do, but I am nervous and so the name goes right over my head. And forget faces, I can’t remember them either! Basically, if you know me, you probably just want to say hi yourself 😉 LOVE this topic! Glad I am not alone 😀
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    • Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog

      Oh mom brain is SO a thing. I swear with each kid it got worse. I agree the bad name/memory thing isn’t because I don’t care. Love hearing other people are bad with this too!

  10. Yup! I definitely have that. I have to have the book close to me when I write the review or I have to look up the synopsis on GR.
    I forget people’s names IRL as well. I mess up my kids names all the time. I have this strange association with names like if they have the same letter as someone else, i mess them up. I am constantly calling my sister by my oldest daughter’s name and vice versa. It is because they both have an S in them, Kristine/Isabelle. (not even closely sounding but i have been messing up their names for years). My Miguel helps me to remember acquaintance names. I usually need to see a picture to know who he is talking about.
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