As a lifelong book lover, I’ve read so many books that many of the books I read now remind me of books I’ve read before. Today I’ll be talking about all the books The Memory Collectors by Kim Neville remind me of.
1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen. It’s the magical realism mostly. My mom somehow ended up with an ARC of this book when it came out and she thought I’d like it, too. I did and still do. It’s still one of my favorite books, and is probably the first magical realism book I’ve ever read. In this book, Claire has influence over the way people feel through her food. The Memory Collectors reminded me of this because Ev and Harriet can feel the emotions contained in objects. Not exactly the same thing, but the magical realism and the emotions part are parallels I couldn’t help drawing.
2. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender. Okay, I didn’t exactly like this one. I was intrigued by the idea of a girl who could taste emotions, but felt like it was mostly about a girl’s obsession with her older brother turning into furniture. It was also weird in a way I couldn’t figure out. But reading everything about Ev and Harriet feeling the emotions kept making me think of all the emotions Rose could taste. Rose trying to fight against it and avoid it reminded me a lot of Ev.
3. House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski. I don’t want to spoil it too much, but there’s a house in The Memory Collectors that seems to come to life, which kept making me think about House of Leaves. Just less horror. Still really freaky, though.
4. Stand in the Wind by Jean Little. This might be a stretch as it’s about two sets of sisters who are stuck in the same cottage together and learn to deal with each other, but I picked it up at an airport in Canada, so every book I read that’s set in Canada always makes me think of this book.
The description for this book mentions it’s great for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan. I actually have this sitting on my shelf (we’ll not contemplate how long), but have not yet read it. Since I thought I’d like it enough to buy it, I couldn’t resist requesting The Memory Collectors from NetGalley when I saw what it was being compared to. Maybe one day I’ll finally sit down and read The Keeper of Lost Things and will maybe update this list.
Thanks for reading!