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I live on the ocean, write women's fiction, love to read so much that it's an addiction rather than a hobby (I read an average of a book a day). I live on the wet west coast so it's a good thing that I like to walk in the rain.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Being behind - a long, long, long way behind

Funny how this can happen to you - or, I might as well admit it - to me. I'm usually pretty up to date on what's going on in the writing world. I read a book a day which means I mostly do get read the books I want to and/or the books that the reviewers say I should read.

But, here's a perfect example of how that hasn't happened. How many of you have read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini? A whole bunch of you, I'll bet, maybe even most of you. Well, color me behind, a long long long way behind. I just finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I LOVED it, loved every single page and word of it. Duh. I could have read it when it first came out but I didn't. Can't even remember why I didn't. Not only did I not read it, but it wasn't even in my to-be-read pile.

So this book came out in paperback in 2004 - that's almost 4 years ago and I still hadn't read it. It got great reviews from everybody, it even got made into a movie (which I haven't seen either) which got great reviews. In fact, the actor who plays the father in the movie lives in Vancouver - I mean, okay, I know a whole heck of a lot about the book and the movie but I hadn't read it.

I wonder if I thought I HAD read it? Nope. Good excuse, but doesn't work. No, I just didn't read it. I have no excuse and no real reason either. There are books that everyone in the world seems to be reading and I know I don't want to read them - that's different. I wanted to read this book but somehow I missed it.

Based on this book, I'm going to try not to do that again. Because this is an amazing, beautiful, wonderful book - and I'm deeply sorry I didn't read it 4 years ago.


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