Ok, let me take a minute to remind you that I'll read anything. Well, almost anything. I especially love books that get good reviews or who have stood the test of time, even if they sound terribly boring. I think I need to start following my gut and stop reading them just because someone else said they were worth my time. I guess if I have to listen to someone else to convince my something is wroth my energy, I should know better than to think they are right.
I recently read Revolutionary Road, the "critically acclaimed" book that was made into a movie not long ago. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio and considering I've been crushing on him since middle school, I figured I'd read the book and then get the movie through Netflix.
Now, I'm sure there are people out there who disagree but I found that book incredibly boring. Maybe I just don't get it but I thought it was pretty rotten. It had its moments but I had no trouble putting it down for long stretches of time and only finished it because I have a hard time not finishing books once I've started them. I got the Netflix dvd earlier this week and unfortunately I feel the same way about the movie. Actually, I think the movie might be worse. At least the book was well written even if the characters were pretty flat. I turned the movie off half way through. I'll finish it eventually, but considering that it's Netflix so its not due back any time soon, I'll get to it when I get to it.
I'm taking a long weekend this week and I don't want to muck it up with boring movies or books. I'm in the middle of another boring but praised book, Still Alice, and I refuse to even bring it with me. Still Alice has an interesting plot - it's about a world-renowned psychologist who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's - but again, I just knew before I started it that I wouldn't be interested. I understand why I should read it and like I said, the topic is interesting, but the book is just a pile of mud waiting for me to get through and I'm afraid my emotional and psychological waders just can't hold up.
Maybe I should start trusting my gut before I pick up a book. I'm sick of getting muck in my boots. Actually, I'm sick of dealing with muck in my life. Maybe I should trust me gut when it comes to more than boring books.