What makes a book unforgettable? My guest today is LM Brown

Welcome LM. Your topic today intrigues me. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. How did this come up for you?

As a fairly new author who is still trying to find her place in the market, I have been thinking recently about what makes a book unforgettable.  Like many authors, I am also an avid reader, and I have my favourite books just like anyone else.  But what is about some books that make them stick with you long after you have read the last page?


I decided to take a look at some of my favourites and see what it is I remember about them that makes me want to read them over and over again.


With some of them it’s the humour.  When I am feeling down and in need of cheering up I know exactly which books to reach for to make me forget whatever is on my mind and make me laugh out loud.


With others it can be the opposite, and that they made me cry.  I am not the type to cry over movies and books, and can count on the fingers of one hand the number of books that have caused me to shed tears.  The ones that achieve this are definitely remembered, so that next time I pick them up I have the tissues handy.


Still, there seems to be another quality in some books that make them unforgettable for me.  The book make not have made me laugh or cry, but something about it has touched me.  These are the books where when the hero is racing towards his love, you are right there with him, your heart pounding along with his as he fears he might be too late.  They are the books where you connect with a character right from the start and aren’t just reading about their journey, you’re right there with them.
For me, a story can be unforgettable for a number of reasons, even if I can’t quite put my finger on what makes some stories stay with me more than others.  I can’t even put it down to a specific writer.  For every unforgettable book I have read by an author, I will have read another one by the same author that wasn’t.  Nor is it the genre, since my tastes vary widely and the rare unforgettable books cover a variety of genres, settings and storylines.


I guess, in the end, it all comes down to the individual.  Some books will speak to one reader and not others.  As a writer, all I can do is hope that out there, there is someone who finds that one of my stories lingers with them after the end.





Can a wrong number lead to Mr Right? Nick Davis’s life takes an unexpected turn when a stranger starts leaving messages on his answer machine. Is there hope Nick can become more to Connor Hayes than just a wrong number?




Nick Davis stumbled from his bedroom into the kitchen, cringing at the bright sunlight of the January morning. He snapped the blinds down, causing him to simultaneously sigh with relief at the more subdued light and groan at the sound, which echoed far too loudly for his liking. Every step he took was careful and measured, so as not to make his aching head pound any more than necessary. He spared a glance at the blinking red light on the answering machine: a new message. Suspecting it to be a slightly belated Happy New Year greeting, and probably a loud one, Nick left it for the moment. He headed for the fridge and a hangover cure in the form of hair of the dog, also known as a nice cold beer.


Damn, what did I do last night? He remembered meeting his mates at The Red Lion for a night out on the town. They’d had a few drinks there before moving on to The Royal Oak. Then they’d headed out to the city, where things started to get a little hazy. He did recall Marc screaming Happy New Year down the phone at least an hour early, but midnight itself was a complete blank. He supposed he should be thankful he’d made it home in one piece, and hadn’t woken up to find a strange man in his bed this morning.


After nursing his hangover until mid-afternoon Nick finally remembered the message and hit the play button.


“Hey, baby! Happy New Year! Missing you already. I can’t wait to see you again. Give me a call to let me know you got back safely. Love you.”


Nick frowned at the answer machine. He didn’t recognise the voice of the soft-spoken man on the other end of the phone. Chalking it up to someone too inebriated to dial correctly, he deleted the message and promptly forgot about it.



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5 Responses to What makes a book unforgettable? My guest today is LM Brown

  1. L.M. Brown says:

    Just wanted to say thank you for having me here today.


  2. L.M. Brown says:

    To answer your question about how this came up for me… it is just something I was thinking about when chatting about books online. Different people remember different books and there doesn’t seem to be a set pattern on what makes a particular person remember a book when another person can forget about it almost immediately. I am curious to know what other readers think about why some books stay with you for years after reading them.

  3. I agree that the unforgettable-ness of a book depends on the reader. For me, sometimes it’s an eternal theme, like meeting a challenge or surviving a loss. Always there’s great characterization. And the writing has to be compelling, not hackneyed. However, unlike LM Brown, I find that an author whose work I like frequently attracts me in subsequent work.

    Bonnie McCune
    Author, “A Saint Comes Stumbling In”

    • rcbonitz says:

      I agree regarding authors who attract me. I think I’ve read every one of Jennifer Crusie’s books because she makes me laugh. But- I also like Nicholas Sparks and he can moce me to tears. Guess it’s emotion in a book that gets me. RC

    • L.M. Brown says:

      Hi Bonnie

      Thanks for stopping by and for commenting.

      I do read other books from the same authors, least when they have written more, but perhaps it is my high expectations that make the others enjoyable, but not unforgettable to the same extent.


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