Super Sad True Blog Story

19 Oct

Sometimes, the longer you procrastinate, the easier it is to keep procrastinating. You’re reading this, I don’t need to explain it to you. That’s how it’s been for updating this blog. And in a way, for keeping up on my reading project as well.

July started off so well. I plowed through Douglas Coupland’s Worst. Person. Ever. and had so much fun reading it. Maybe it helps that I love reality TV and its plot has a reality TV background, but the main character is really a horrible person that you can’t help but like. At least for a while.

Right after that I read Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, which was recommended to me by a friend who enjoys young adult literature. I found a cheap copy at a library sale in Portland, Oregon, and had it on the shelf for a few years. Truth be told, I found it to be OK. Sure, I’m way outside the target age range for this book, but I really wondered if I’d like it if I was 12. I wasn’t captivated enough–nor was my inner 12-year-old captivated enough to pursue reading the rest of this series.

And then, in the height of summer, I fell into a drought. I really don’t know what happened. July and August are prime summer reading–I try not to read summer reading previews because they inevitably inform me about a dozen books I really want to read, and I can’t justify reading them when I have shelves full of unread books.

So instead, I pulled an unread book off the shelf. Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart, which surprisingly took me a long time to read. It’s set in the future, and America is falling apart–everyone’s attached to their screens, yet the country is not the superpower it once was. The love story bit is about a middle-aged Russian immigrant and a young woman that he somehow woes into a relationship, which eventually falls apart. While I enjoyed the writing style and the commentary on our society being too engrossed in being connected and produced lackluster commentary at all times, I didn’t buy into the love story. How come a schlubby middle-aged guy who really doesn’t have much going for him, gets the hot young girl?

Even though I enjoyed the writing style and the societal commentary, that factor really made it hard for me to get through the story in a timely manner. By the time I got done with it, we were hitting September, and I thought it was high time I read the 9/11 Commission Report, another book that’s been on my to read list for years. The beginning is riveting–the description of the events of the day, it’s all fascinating. And I say that having lived through it.

However, partway through reading it, I needed to travel to some roller derby tournaments, and let’s face it, the 9/11 report is probably not exactly the best book to bring on a plane. Especially an American Airlines flight that leaves from Boston Logan airport.

Traveling always brings the temptation of an airport bookstore, and I traveled through a couple of airports that sold used books. I couldn’t stop myself from picking up a cheap copy of Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada, the not-so-great follow up to The Devil Wears Prada. It was disappointing, so now I’m looking for the next good book. Somewhere on my shelves, I hope I find it. At least by the end of this month.

 

4 Responses to “Super Sad True Blog Story”

  1. Wendy November 14, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    Just finished “Revenge Wears Prada” and thought it was Lauren Weisberger’s best since the original–which isn’t saying much, since her other three weren’t any great shakes. I thought it was weird that it was in the third person, since she WAS Andy Sachs in the original. Also thought Andy came across as particularly unlikeable in this one.

    I too have the 9/11 Commission Report on the shelf. Worth reading, other than the riveting beginning?

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  2. DavID November 14, 2016 at 12:25 am #

    “You’re reading this, I don’t need to explain it to you. ”

    Touche madam!

    But as long as I resist the temptation to comment know one will …. DOH!

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    • DavID November 14, 2016 at 12:51 am #

      (I meant “no one will no” – know,;- thats knot write either! I hope ewe no watt eye mean two right!

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  3. DavID November 14, 2016 at 12:39 am #

    “How come a schlubby middle-aged guy who really doesn’t have much going for him, gets the hot young girl?”

    As you said, he woes her into it. Like many romantics/masochists she probably had a Florence Nightingale complex and yearned or felt obliged to make this stereotypically miserable “soulful” Russian happy!

    I often suspect relationship porn is as least as harmful as most sex porn. Neither gives the frequent consumer realistic expectations.

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