Monday, December 27, 2010
It's not you, it's me...really.
I would highly recommend any of the above books. Unfortunately, I have not read any of the above books. Or at least I was unable to finish any of the above books, the latest of which was Juliet, abandoned yesterday in favour of the People magazine Special Stylewatch Edition. There. I've said it. The (seemingly) whole world loved these books-from professional book reviews to average Joes (and Josephenes) voting on Amazon. Except me. Except me? And as much as I tried, I just couldn't do it. Is there something wrong with me? I mean, how can everyone else love these books and not me? Am I missing something? Am I smarter than the rest of the world? Or is it (gasp!) possible that the rest of the world is smarter than me? Nahh....
This isn't the first time I have disliked something the rest of the world is gaga over. And its not just books, its everything: from books to movies to TV shows to food to clothing. I would stare in disbelief of the allure of apple juice and peanut butter and jam sandwich every kid but me enjoyed in the school lunchroom while I ate my plain jam sandwich and sipped grape juice. I could never bring myself to wear the acid wash jeans, clogs, and stirrup pants the rest of the world was wearing when I was in high school (and shockingly have began wearing again!). I have not seen, nor do I have any desire to see Avatar (or The Godfather or Prince of Tides or any of the Shrek movies). I tried to watch Sopranos, Dexter, Parenthood, and ER but found myself flipping back to the Food Network at the first commercial and then not flipping back. And in terms of books? Well, besides not being able to get thought the above, I disliked (and I am going to duck now because I am quite sure you are going to throw things once you see this list): Twilight (The Twilight Saga), The Lord of the Rings, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, and Julie and Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously, even though I did manage to get through them all. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't read them. In fact, perhaps with my track record, you could say that anything I hate, you might like. After all...I am quite sure its me...I think.