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My Name Is Memory

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  28,667 ratings  ·  4,914 reviews
Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together-and he remembers it all. Daniel has "the memory", the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that ...more
Hardcover, 324 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by Riverhead Hardcover
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Ariana Fernandez Based on what I've read, this book was supposed to be a trilogy but because all of her books were best sellers except for this one, the publishers…moreBased on what I've read, this book was supposed to be a trilogy but because all of her books were best sellers except for this one, the publishers aren't pushing for the sequel to be published.

I guess if we really want the sequel to come then we better share this book to other people and encourage them to read this beautiful story.(less)
Tiffany I read both. They are very similar stories. I read "memory" first and "fallen" just did not compare in my view. The writing and depth to the story was…moreI read both. They are very similar stories. I read "memory" first and "fallen" just did not compare in my view. The writing and depth to the story was so much more in "memory". "Memory" is more about reincarnation while "Fallen" has entirely different supernatural element going on. But "Fallen" left me with so many questions and honestly i did not like the writing at all. I see this question was posted a year ago, but if you have not read either yet my pick would be "Memory". (less)

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Stacia (the 2010 club)
Tonight I lost my book-throwing virginity. Sure, I've been tempted to chuck something across the room before, but have never actually done it until now.

Maybe the book didn't make it all the way across the room, but it was thrust off my lap with a certain amount of ferocity. Why, you ask? Because no book should EVER have the ending that I was just subjected to.

'My Name Is Memory' should have been a 5 star book. It was beautifully written, and I was captivated by the journey of one man traveling t
Oct 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Love who you love while you have them. That's all you can do. Let them go when you must. If you know how to love, you'll never run out.”

“Love demands everything, they say, but my love demands only this: that no matter what happens or how long it takes, you`ll keep faith in me, you`ll remember who we are, and you`ll never feel despair.”

“You have been with me from the very first life. You are my first memory every time, the single thread in all of my lives. It`s you who makes me a pers
Aug 27, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jenny Maloney
Oct 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: girly
Oh, I sure hope this is part of some kind of series because I was totally in love with this book until the end. And the end sooooo irritated me that I literally threw the book down. I don't do that. I love books. I love great stories. And I loved this story -- it's such a unique look at how a relationship functions.

Main character: Daniel, a dude who can remember his past lives. In love with: Sophia/Charlotte/Lucy, who cannot remember her past lives. Struggle: he needs her to remember him. Troub
Elyse Walters
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it

Oh this was trip!!!! Writing an abbreviated review will be a challenge here for me. Logically speaking I shouldn't have like this book....but I did.

"Sense 8", ( the T.V. Series-which I LOVE), meets "Life after Life", by Kate Atkinson, (which I didn't love).
In "Life After Life", Ursula died so many times -ongoing endless repetition deaths - was often like nails-on-a chalkboard irritating.
In "My Name Is Memory", Daniel has died many times also --but he travels through centuries and a
Carrie Chaney
Aug 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction
My Name is Memory is a love story unlike any I have ever known. Ann Brashares unravels her tale a bit at a time and toys with her audience much like a cat bats a ball of yarn. We are tossed to and fro throughout the ages clinging to the memories of Daniel -- a soul who is both blessed and cursed with the incredbile ability to remember all of his many lives as he is reincarnated over centuries.

Daniel's stories pull us into the ancient worlds of Northern Africa and Crete, to the not-so-distant pas
Rachel Kramer
Aug 26, 2011 rated it really liked it

Are you kidding me?!

I'm still expecting Ashton Kutcher to pop out of my closet to declare I've been punk’d.

This could have easily been a 5-star book if not for the ending. I've never been so dissatisfied!

Yes, I still give it 4 stars because it was brilliantly written, romantic, emotionally gripping. I loved the characters and the overall story that was told here...again, up until like the last two pages. Seriously? Would it have hurt Brashares to add, I don't know, thirty more pages to c

there is no gif for these things that i am feeling

This book was EVERYTHING and more.
ill never forget it, its imprinted on my memory, for the rest of my life
It has left my brain stunned at it's utter genious, which is why this review probably wont be very coherent, but who am I kidding? there is no way I could caption this brilliance that is this book anyway.

So I wont say much I will just say this:

From the very first pages I was encaptured by this book - loving the writing, and intrigued by the story. And as the story moved along, spinning pieces together, I just fell in love with it. Madly. Deeply.

Christina - Traveling Sister
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
No big deal, that blubbering heap over there is just me after finishing My Name Is Memory trying to put my heart back together.

I've been on the hunt for a sweet romance to lighten up the thriller / suspense trip I've been on and this couldn't have been a better choice. I won't reiterate the synopsis but Daniel and Lucy's story is a beautifully heart-breaking one. The POVs switch between Daniel and Lucy and follow them throughout all of their many lives. Daniel who is able to remember those live
Trina (Between Chapters)
Jul 23, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
DNF at 35 %.

Not into this at all! Sounded interesting, but I couldn't connect. I've heard this has a non-ending, and I didn't want to stick it out in a story where I wasn't enjoying the beginning or the middle just to get a lackluster ending.

I was listening to the audiobook and for one thing, the narrators sounded much too old for the characters they were portraying. For another, I really did not like how Brashares switched from first person to third person. Daniel would narrate his past lives i
May 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonetta by: Monica
Daniel has the ability to remember each of his past lives as he reincarnates into the next. With each new life, he seeks to find a young woman he is haunted by from his first life, Sophia. However, Sophia, in her reincarnation, doesn't always remember him. Until Lucy.

I listened to this as an audiobook with the most top notch narration I've ever heard. This book is a complicated story, made so by the transitions back and forth between the present day and past lives. Two narrators were used, which
This is a great book that I enjoyed reading a lot.

At first I was taken aback by the similarities with Fallen (storyline and names), not in the sense that they copied on each other, but in the sense "what are the odds to use the same names?". So I've been doing some research on the names (yes, I am that geeky) and haven't found anything relevant so I'm still very curious about it if anyone has an explanation (there is *nothing* like a mystery to keep you up at night - I so don't believe in coinc
What a disappointing companion this book makes! A frightening familiarity hit as I read from page to page, and I realized: it reminds me of Twilight. I don't enjoy tossing Stephenie Meyer's name around every time the topic of poor writing surfaces, but her ability is among the most prominently weak that I've encountered in a crazy spectrum of good and bad writing. Truly, I am surprised Lucy did not convince herself that Daniel is a vampire, but thank the universe that Lucy has a brain. Or maybe ...more
Samantha Oledan
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Rebecca McNutt
My Name Is Memory isn't bad. I liked its originality, its way of connecting various centuries together and its creativity, but I think the romance really took over the story to the point where there was hardy a story left to tell.
Gina *loves sunshine*
Oct 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I'm not sure I loved the ending, but sometimes those kinds of endings are what make a book stick with you - I really enjoyed this whole story!!!
Jun 10, 2010 rated it it was ok
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Ivana S.

Very interesting and well written book.

When I first saw the blurb, I was not interested in reading the whole thing (reincarnation, Daniel, Lucy... it reminded me of another book I did not like so much), but then my friend said some good things about it and I decided to give it a try anyway. I was pleasantly surprised.

Characters are nicely developed and likable.
Daniel is really great. He talks about love so much and still sounds like a man, he is not pathetic or too dramatic like many other mal
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eigen-boekenkast
Ik twijfel een beetje tissen 2 en 3 sterren.. Het verhaal kwam heel langzaam op gang en was sommige momenten gewoon echt saai. Maar tegen het einde vond ik het verhaal wel weer beter, maar toen kwam het einde en dat viel weer heel erg tegen.

Ik had hoge verwachtingen van dit boek, maar helaas!
At first I wasn't sure if I would read it all - the first chapter, while definitely compelling, is pretty intense with the depth of romance and the soul mate connection thing and I wasn't sure if it was a too hard-core love story for my taste...

However, it swiftly moves along in chapters that not only alternate in POV, but also in time periods including ancient settings and exotic and varied locations around the world. While a lot of these chapters recounted the love and history between Daniel a
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tear_jerker, laguna
Do you believe in reincarnation? This book is for those that believe!
When I started reading this book, I had the inexplicable feeling - deja vu. 'Hey, this is something what I was thinking! What the hell am I was in my Walk-lives? "
This is a beautiful story about two souls who are seeking for centuries and can not seem to find. He was her one accidentally killed, but her time so loved that a thousand and a half years looking for and died for it.
At present, they have finally found it, recognized
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Que livro tão lindo!! Uma história de amor e esperança que nos aquece o coração e nos faz sonhar com um amor eterno como o de Daniel e Lucy. Adorei!
Apr 21, 2015 added it
Shelves: dnf, 2015-reads
DNF DNF DNF DNF DNF! Very rarely do I not finish a book, but so far this is a the second book this year. I HATE THIS BOOK. For so many different reasons.

First off, this shit is fucking weird. I've read books about people with past lives before, but this was just WAY TOO WEIRD. Weird. It was just weird.

Within the first 20 pages of the book, the male character, Daniel, grabs Lucy and refuses to let her go, even though she's clearly distressed and asks him to let her go SEVERAL TIMES. Her dress e
Αυτό το βιβλίο γιατί δεν έχει συνέχεια; Θα έπρεπε. Αφήνει πολλά αναπάντητα ερωτήματα.
Jun 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.

I read quite a lot of romance, and I do like most of them, but occasionally I find one that can easily outclass the rest. My Name is Memory is in huge contention for the most romantic book I have ever laid hands on.

The story of Daniel is one that is both fascinating and unnerving. I found the concept of reincarnation common enough, but to carry the memory of it all - both a gift and a curse to our hero - is a fresh albeit as intriguing twist to the idea. The
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Μια υπέροχη ιστορία αγάπης που κυματίζει αδιάκοπα στους αιώνες!
Το βιβλίο δεν ξεκινά ab ovo ,αλλά παίρνει τα γεγονότα ξεκινώντας από το παρόν(που δεν αποτελεί,χρονολογικά,την αρχή της ιστορίας)κάτι που μου διέγειρε,αρχικά,την προσοχή. Φυσικά για να καλύψει τα κενά και να μας τυλίξει στα γεγονότα,η Brashares χρησιμοποίησε την αναδρομική αφήγηση και σε μεγάλο,μάλιστα,βαθμό,όμως δεν με κούρασε καθόλου. Αντίθετα,βυθιζόμουν στις προηγούμενες ζωές του Ντάνιελ κ ανακάλυπτα με ενδιαφέρον την πα
What does it feel knowing the things that happened in your previous life (being reincarnated with Memory)? What will you do to continue living like an ordinary human? Would you consider that having the Memory is a way of redoing things that you regret before? Or would you regret on living with your Memory again? Would you do the same things you did before just to be sure that you’re still the same person in your first life? Would you still search for someone who became your anchor in your past l ...more
Opet mi je teško da ocenim ovu knjigu - od prvog čitanja i prvog obožavanja je prošlo osam godina. Još uvek se vezujem za teme kojima se ona bavi: reinkarnacija i pronalaženje osoba u drugim životima. Smenjuju se dobro napisana i štura poglavlja, a i još uvek čekam nastavak, jer ga kraj u mojoj glavi prilično nagoveštava. Oh well...
Athira (Reading on a Rainy Day)
Daniel has been looking for the same girl for centuries. He first saw her in 541 AD. Since then, he has come across her in several of their future lives. He remembers her; she doesn't. In their current lives, Daniel and the girl, Lucy, attend the same high school. She is smitten by him but they do not get a chance to talk until prom night, when an incident at school puts the two of them in the same room. That night when they kiss, Lucy is frightened both by the images that come to her mind and b ...more
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
"I read Fallen by Lauren Kate, then I read this one later that week. The similarities are striking. First, there is the unrequited love thing going where Daniel (same name and everything) loves Lucy (in fallen, it was Luce) for thousands of years. He remembers, she doesn't. That in itself is interesting. Luckily, the similarities end there, as I really did not like Fallen, if I could have given it negative stars I would have. However, I would give My Name is Memory 4. There were a few notable d ...more
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Ann Brashares grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland, with three brothers and attended a Quaker school in the D.C. area called Sidwell Friends. She studied Philosophy at Barnard College, part of Columbia University in New York City. Expecting to continue studying philosophy in graduate school, Ann took a year off after college to work as an editor, hoping to save money for school. Loving her job, she ne ...more
“Love who you love while you have them. That's all you can do. Let them go when you must. If you know how to love, you'll never run out.” 454 likes
“Love demands everything, they say, but my love demands only this: that no matter what happens or how long it takes, you`ll keep faith in me, you`ll remember who we are, and you`ll never feel despair.” 355 likes
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