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Thanks for the Memories

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  41,129 ratings  ·  2,252 reviews
A compelling and perceptive tale of intimacy, memory and relationships from the No.1 bestselling author.

How can you know someone you’ve never met?

Joyce Conway remembers things she shouldn't. She knows about tiny cobbled streets in Paris, which she has never visited. And every night she dreams about an unknown little girl with blonde hair.

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Paperback, 373 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2008)
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Jodi Henderson I listened to the book on CD along with my 12 yr old daughter. There was a little strong language, but not much. We both enjoyed it a great deal.

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Mansi Sharma
"Sometimes we need all the glue we can get, just to hold ourselves together." This is one book that I just didn't want to have an end. It taught me so much. Specially the things that I knew but couldn't quite come one to. Thanks for the Memories has two parallel stories looking for one common destination. An Irish woman Joyce has just had a tsunami of troubled times in her life. She's going through the loss of her unborn child, a failed marriage and has to face all those sorry faces that she cou ...more
How is it possible to know someone you've never met?

With her marriage already in pieces, Joyce Conway nearly lost everything else. But she survived the terrible accident - and now, inexplicably, she can remember faces she has never seen, cobblestone Parisian streets she's never visited.

Thanks For The Memories is like a bubble gum, it stretches until it bursts. And unfortunately my patience stretched and burst with it and then I wasn't interested in what was to happen next, not at all. I indeed w
Meghan Cooper
Feb 22, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Meghan by: Friend
Shelves: holiday-books
I finished Thanks For The Memories last night at about 10.30. I read a full 300 hundred pages in the evening. Maybe slightly obsessive, but It was a rather addictive story! It’s really hard to judge this book by its cover, it is so pretty and the colours are just lovely!
Thanks For The Memories by Cecelia Ahern is her fifth book to be published and is definitely my favourite so far.

It follows Joyce as she comes to term with the loss of her unborn baby due to an accident falling down the stairs.
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Thanks for the Memories is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by Cecelia Ahern. This book has a bit of magical realism added to it that gave it a pretty unique storyline. Imagine having a blood transfusion and suddenly being linked to the donor and vice versa. Pretty unreal, huh? Overall, I thought Thanks for the Memories was fun, sweet, and creative. But...Ms. Ahern took the slow lane on the highway just to go to the corner store in my opinion. This would have been the perfect plot for ...more
May 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
What a wonderful book!!!! This book was one of those rare books that grabbed me from the first chapter, one that you can't put down, you just have to keep reading to find out what is going to happen to the characters and you read as fast as you possibly can.
This was such a beautifully told story from the first page to the last. I loved the diversity of the characters, the pain, the relationships, I laughed until I nearly cried and then I cried when I felt their pain.
The story is set mainly in Ir
Jul 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Although I started reading this book and got a reading slump I started reading it all over right from the start and I just finished it today and I totally loved it. *happy dancing*  photo yaayy_zpsv3zbussn.gif

It was a very interesting story, something that I never heard of, and I didn't expect this at all. I just loved the way that every chapter kept blowing my mind.  photo whatttt_zpszpwuqgme.gif

It had some little jokes and funny parts that made me smile and laugh,  photo laughing_zps6s5xvjfp.gif

but sometimes it was a bit annoying like the parts when Joyce's dad kept t
FreshGrads .Sg
Jul 25, 2010 rated it did not like it
Thanks for the Memories is the latest book by Cecelia Ahern, acclaimed author of bestseller PS I Love You as well as the youngest daughter of former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern. The 28-year-old seems to have all going well for her: Her third novel, If You Could See Me Now, will be the second novel adaptation hitting the screens soon while her fourth novel, A Place Called Here, is to be made into a US TV series.

After a devastating miscarriage which also spells the last of her fast falling a
Sandra Grauschopf
I picked up this book because of the blurb on the back that said, "Cecelia Ahern is queen of the modern fairytale." I love fairytales, and I thought that a chick lit book with a fairytale feel would be awesome.

But it seems that whoever wrote that blurb has never actually read a fairytale, only knows that they have something to do with magic. Or something. And this book does have one incredibly unlikely magical element, which is already hard to buy into.

So you know that the hero and the heroine
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for the memories is hilarious, moving and sad all at the same time, I've read this book about 4 times now and it never gets old I still find myself giggling when I put it down.
I really do highly recommend this book to anyone who needs a little cry and a fun pick me up 😂
Shaikha Alahmad
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
”He told me that story way back when I sucked my thumb and when he was as big as an oak tree. When mum’s yawns sounded like songs. When we were all together. When I had no idea there would ever come a time when we wouldn’t be. When we used to have chats in the garden, under the weeping willow. Where I always used to hide and where he always found me. When nothing was impossible and when the three of us, together forever, was a given.”


The narrative follows two very different people as th
Susan in Perthshire
I normally enjoy Cecelia Ahern's books. Firstly, she writes with elegance, humour and skill; and her books draw you in to a world that is often strange and whimsical, but nonetheless very real and believable. I liked the sound of this one - the little teasers piqued my interest and I thought 'this sounds good'. It started well, good character development and scene setting so that I was drawn in very quickly. Then ... I just lost interest or perhaps concern about the characters. I just did not ca ...more
Apr 24, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2009, harpercollins
Honestly, I wasn't a huge fan of this book. It took me a while to figure out what the problem was, because it's not that Ahern can't write. The prologue is beautifully written and sets up an intriguing mystery. Who is this woman? How pregnant is she? Has she lost the baby? How did she fall down the stairs? Who was on the phone?

I couldn't wait to get into the book and find out what happened. And then - I just didn't believe it. And I'm not even talking about the plot, as implausible as it is. (B
Dec 26, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If anybody asked me what three things I'd like to take with me on an island, I would say 2 books and a sunscreen lotion. I had two books with me on my trip to Koh Chang (Elephant Island), and one of them was Thanks for the Memories.

The reason I bought this book was P.S. I Love You, the movie. I just loved that movie (I must confess Gerard Butler helped a lot in that regard) and even though I haven’t read the book this movie was based on or any other book by this author for that matter, I decide
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
After a horrible accident, Joyce Conway is trying to put her life back together.

Her life and her marriage are in pieces, but Joyce tries to get back to living a normal life, despite advice from others. But something is stopping her.

She keeps having dreams of a beautiful blond haired girl, of places she has never been. She knows things that she shouldn’t about art, about architecture. She sees a beautiful woman in her dreams.

Joyce sees and knows things she should not know. And it all started aft
Tracey  Gass
Oct 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
A bookclub choice that I was excited about reading after not reading a romantic novel for ages! I read the whole thing but the story was so unbelievable that I actually got so irritated with it but at the same time was being lightly entertained and had to finish it to see what happened in the end. When I was younger I used to devour these kinds of books and read one after the other but maybe my tastes have changed and I'm not such a romantic anymore?! (How sad!) I normally rate books well if I l ...more
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This is a “will they, won’t they” story with a magical twist. After an accident Joyce finds she “knows” things that she had no knowledge of before – she has acquired an expert knowledge of the arts and architecture. She now likes ballet and opera. Heck, she is even eating meat again after years of being a vegetarian! Even more strange is the fact that she is “seeing” someone else’s memories.

On one of his regular work visits to Dublin, Justin bumps into Joyce, the girl he comes to know as the “gi
Emily (Obsessed Reader)
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this, and every time I read a Cecelia Ahern book I am reminded why I love her writing so much. I listened to the audio book of this, and I thought it was excellent. I actually tried to read part of the physical book myself after listening to the audiobook, and I found that I actually preferred listening to the voice of the narrator of the audiobook.
I didn't give the book a full five stars, though, just because it is completely unrealistic and is more fun than believable. Also, I
3.5 stars (but not enough to round up)

This book had its moments… but not enough of them. It was basically “Sleepless in Seattle” with a twist.
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easy, enjoyable read. Fans of Cecelia Ahern would love it.
Samama Reza
Jun 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I wonder where Cecelia Ahern gets all these interesting, creative and magical ideas from. The hint of magic she has in all her contemporary fiction stories is something I always aspire in books.

The leading lady in Thanks for the Memories, after an accident, gets a blood transfusion from a stranger - a stranger who has a lot of knowledge on architecture. And now, Joyce has miraculously been gifted with an amazing amount of knowledge on historical architecture, and an obsession on meat. She can’t
Jan 30, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
I’m allowing this to become my second DNF of the year. I just can’t stand this book. I reached page one hundred something and literally nothing is happening, like the “bizarre action” that is supposed to jumpstart the story is so obvious and silly. I felt this book pushing me into a reading slump, so I just decided to let myself not finish it. Why waste my time when I could be reading something I love?

Such a disappointing start on Ahern’s books.
Voolaa P
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, fiction
3,5/5 stars! It was an easy read and a sweet story, though most of the time it felt like the narration was focused more on the relationship between Joyce and her father than the actual story between the two protagonists, Joyce and Justin. Although the events are kind of surreal and not scientifically proven it's an honorable attempt at pointing out the strong connection that two people, with very little in common, may share for, sometimes, unknown reasons. Cecelia Ahern created this book as if t ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it
This book touches some pretty hardcore themes like losing an unborn child or suicide. The most outstanding part of this book to me was the relationship of the MC with her father because while it's a little over the top sometimes it also paints a pretty realistic picture of what it feels like to see your parent age with all anxieties that brings with it. I'm writing this because I think for a lot of people this will be a very good book, but in the end the pace was just too slow to fully draw me i ...more
Apr 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me right in from the riveting 3 page prologue, powerfully, painfully written. While the premise of the book is pretty out there and far-fetched, it was written so convincingly that I couldn't help but be drawn into the lives of the two main characters and found myself blasting through the book to see how it would end. When the characters' hearts were racing I found my own heart beating faster, too. With each missed connection I groaned and sighed in my mind. Reading this book wa ...more
This will be out in April 2009

Ahern, queen of the "soul mates will find each other" chic lit fairy tales, has another winner on her hands. There's always a bit of magic involved in her tales, but this one has the biggest dose yet. Protagonist Joyce takes a tumble down some stairs, losing her baby (and ultimately her marriage) and needing a blood transfusion. While still in the hospital, she discovers she has all sorts of new knowledge--architectural, artistic, historic, a grasp of languages--tha
Jun 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.75 stars! One of my fav contemporaries ever, so good! I really wish there was a sequel
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of this book- woman receives a blood transfusion and takes upon her donors' personality, dreams, thoughts, and, at times, his conversations. There were times where this premise became too much, and the characters rubbed me the wrong way a few times, but overall it was a really good book! I especially loved the relationship Joyce had with her dad, and I loved seeing her overcome her challenges from the beginning of the book. I would recommend this book to people who are fans o ...more
Prami{reader and dreamer}
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
We all get lost once in a while, sometimes by choice, sometimes due to forces beyond our control. When we learn what it is our soul needs to learn, the path presents itself. Sometimes we see the way out but wander further and deeper despite ourselves; the fear, the anger or the sadness preventing us returning. Sometimes we prefer to be lost and wandering, sometimes it's easier. Sometimes we find our own way out. But regardless, always, we are found.

This book is not as good as I expected but the
Aishwary Mehta (The_Fugitive_Biker)
40th book of 2020 (165 Books read overall)

Quote from the Book I Liked - 'In my day, something just was. none of this analysis a hundred times over. None of these college courses with people graduating with degrees in Whys and Hows and Because. Sometimes, love, you just need to forget all those words and enrol in a little lesson called 'Thank You'.'

Rating - 3.5 Stars

*Important take from the book* - A Good selfless deed is all the world need.

Plot Summary - A compelling
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Cecelia Ahern was born and grew up in Dublin. She is now published in nearly fifty countries, and has sold over twenty-five million copies of her novels worldwide. Two of her books have been adapted as films and she has created several TV series.

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