31 Days of Reading Well: Day 14 – Catch

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I don’t feel like writing today, so I am giving myself five minutes to tie in the BOOK theme with Gypsy Mama’s five-minute friday theme of “catch.”

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The last comment I received in my inbox was from someone who was slightly embarrassed the book they’ve been meaning to read was Water for Elephants. Being that it was popular a few years ago and not right now, I suppose. I feel the same way, often. I did read Water for Elephants a few years ago (pre-movie), but often there are books where I fall behind the times, catching that ball long after it has lost its bounce.

No one is talking about The Kite Runner anymore. Life of Pi, Wicked, My Sister’s Keeper? Even fewer words about them.

(Can I have an extra minute? I just had to go kill a big nasty spider crawling on our ottoman. SHUDDER.)

When it comes to popular fiction, you catch the wave as it comes. Perhaps for those of you like me, you take pride if you catch it at the beginning and can say with airs, “Oh yes. I’ve ALREADY read that one.”

Yes, I am a book snob. It horrified me how long it took me to read The Help and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. AFTER the movies were being made – or even out. The ultimate shame.

This is one thing about myself that is laughable but true. How ridiculous am I, about something so insignificant? I’d never look down at anyone else for being slightly behind the times, and yet I beat myself up about it.

I have a complex.

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4 thoughts on “31 Days of Reading Well: Day 14 – Catch

  1. I admit to reading popular books months and sometimes decades after they came out. People still talk about those books but they just aren't on the best seller lists. Too many books too little time is my constant motto!

  2. It took me forever to even want to read "Water for Elephants". The movie (with that super-lame boy) put me off it. Jen had to convince me to give it a try, and once I got Mr. SparkleVamp out of my head, I loved it.

  3. I hear you Jessie 😀 I'm reading the Time Traveler's Wife these days. And my copy even says …..now a major motion picture…..

    If it's a good book, it will still be good a few years later!!

  4. Great post. I am also a bookish blogger who enjoys doing 5-Minute Friday, so it was nice to find a kindred spirit. Oh, I'm afraid I'm one of those people who would drive you crazy, because I usually read "the latest" about 5 years after it's popular, just because my TBR pile is too high. Besides, I agree with Ingrid–if I stall, I get to see if people are still enthusiastic about it after the hormonal love-at-first-sight phase wears off.
    JNCL
    The Beauty of Eclecticism

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