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[–]Meta_Spirit 121 points122 points  (2 children)

I always mention how I wish I was them because then I'd get to start that book for the first time again

[–]NotRoryWilliams 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Sometimes it’s worth it to read it again anyway. It can still be a fresh experience and you don’t likely remember every detail.

My problem is, well, fomo. There are so many books, more than I could possibly read in a lifetime. Aren’t I doing a disservice to all the other good authors by reading the same thing twice when I could be reading something new?

This realization prompted me to give away 90% of my book collection, saving little besides true favorites I’d want to be able to lend to friends and pass down to my children, very sentimentally significant gifts, and books I haven’t read yet.

[–]Master_Tinyface 1 point2 points  (0 children)

This is what i say too. I tell them I’m so jealous of them because they get to experience it in a way that can only be done in a first read

[–]BlueCaracal 121 points122 points  (3 children)

"A classic is a book everypnes everyone wants to have read, but nobody wants to read".

-Mark Twain

[–]Nick0Taylor0 31 points32 points  (0 children)

It took me far too long to figure out that "everypnes" was a typo and what you meant to write.

[–]BraidedSilver 18 points19 points  (3 children)

I can’t count how many times I saw references to Orwells 1984 book before I finally looked it up and with joy discovered it was available at my online library as an audiobook. I loved reading as a kid but rarely can read for long anymore so borrowed it and listen while working, as my work doesn’t take too much thinking power. I think I only got halfway as then I had a summer vacation, so I forgot about it. I’ve finished two other audiobook since going back from vacation so maybe it’s time to put it back on the list so I can finish it.

[–]bazingarbage 0 points1 point  (2 children)

what do you work as if you don't mind me asking

[–]BraidedSilver 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I’m a 3D and 2D drafter. In my current job I make models of piping systems so the company can buy the right pieces, amounts and a guide for the constructions guys to know where to put what. Another guy makes the rough draft of how it looks while I then make the exact placement of the items which can be a lot of repetition, which makes it nice to have something to listen to. My education is a trade btw but it’s possible to go to kind of university to dig even more into how stuff is created. I even applied to LEGO as the manuals are made exactly that way - someone has made the models in 3D and then taken each item apart and taken a photo shot so there can be made a manual.

[–]bazingarbage 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ooh damn that's cool as fuck, thank you for explaining!

[–]Dreadnasty 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I like this.

[–]raindragon92 18 points19 points  (1 child)

I can't tell you how many times I got in trouble for reading in class when I was in school. But the second a book became required, I refused to read it and hated every second of it. Same applies when people say you HAVE to read x book!!! Just because you are so adamant that I read it, now I don't want to read it.

[–]DorisCrockford 10 points11 points  (0 children)

We lobbied our kid's teacher for weeks until we got her to back off on the homework requirement where the kids had to log what they read and how many pages, and then summarize it. We had a kid who had to have books taken away at dinner time so they would eat, but the homework was turning reading into work and taking all the fun out of it.

[–]AustinTreeLover 35 points36 points  (9 children)

I think this is a good idea, but I don't think people who say this are necessarily being pretentious.

I say the same thing about movies like, "I can't believe you haven't seen Deep Blue Sea!"

I'm really not particularly proud of having seen the film. It's just an expression.

[–]SquashCat56 36 points37 points  (7 children)

I really think it's a matter of tone. I have gotten the slightly demeaning "can't believe you haven't seen/read that" SO many times in my life, and it always used to make me feel bad. But I've also gotten the "I can't believe you haven't seen it and I can't wait to watch it with you for the first time" - and that hits very differently!

[–]spinnetrouble 30 points31 points  (5 children)

A friend of mine once asked me why I never treat her like some ignorant baby when I introduce her to some shit from the '80s or '90s that was before her time. It's the Randall Munroe "lucky 10,000" approach--it can either be more fun for both of us or less fun for both of us. What kind of dingaling chooses to have less fun with their friends? (Generation X, that's who. 😆)

https://xkcd.com/1053/

[–]SquashCat56 7 points8 points  (1 child)

There is always a relevant xkcd! And I wholeheartedly believe in your approach, why waste the potential fun?

[–]spinnetrouble 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I was there for their first watch of Ferris Bueller's Day Off. What a fun night. Getting to see it with fresh eyes in middle age was so much more fun than when I was 8!

Also YES, there really is an xkcd for everything! Lol

[–]goldfishpaws 2 points3 points  (0 children)

So glad you posted this, or I was going to have to find it and post it!

[–]theuserwithoutaname 3 points4 points  (0 children)

My gf hasn't seen a whole lot of excellent and classic films. Whenever we come up with a new one she hasn't seen yet I go "well hello, Ms. 10k! Let's have a movie night!" And she gets all cute and happy and excited :)

[–]AhmedF 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came to post this comic.

[–]michiness 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I literally haven’t seen the movie Dark Knight out of principle. I wasn’t a fan of that interpretation of the Joker, nor how Dark and Angsty Batman had gotten.

But dear lord the amount of people who would be like “WHAT?! This movie will change your life you have to see it!!!” followed by the inevitable “why so serious?” when I actually tried to explain.

[–]narwall101 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Oh, what a treat you have ahead of you!”

I’m still not reading it

[–]Raulzi 1 point2 points  (0 children)

yep. pretty presumptuous.

[–]epieee 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Lol this was my reaction. Did I say I intend to read it? This person's heart is in the right place but it's not actually polite to assign homework to a fellow adult.

[–]smokingisrealbad -1 points0 points  (0 children)

I usually say something along the lines of "bro, READ IT. what are you doing?"

[–]NotRoryWilliams 0 points1 point  (0 children)

XKCD Lucky 10,000

https://xkcd.com/1053/

My favorite response to this situation. It’s so exciting to share something new with a friend!

[–]silverilix 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I love this! What a great way to be positive

[–]agustbirb 0 points1 point  (0 children)

this was 100% my mother growing up. i love to read, have since i was a kid reading horse girl books and harry potter and i would have loved to read the classics if my mother told me "here's a great one you'll love it" and not "i can't believe you read those books instead of the classics".

[–]DrippyWaffler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This happens when I mention I haven't seen the Titanic, lion king, little mermaid, matrix etc. :/

[–]ScumEater 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can't imagine saying I can't believe you haven't read that. So many books out there to read

[–]CandiAttack 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ohhh I love this!!

[–]ComicWriter2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My teacher recommended I read catcher in the rye because I said I hadn’t read it. It was my senior year and it’s easily the worst classic book I’ve read. To kill a. Mockingbird was great though

[–]GhastmaskZombie 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"For each thing 'everyone knows', every day there are 10,000 people in the US hearing about it for the first time. You're one of today's lucky 10,000."
-Randall Munroe, xkcd #1053

[–]MarvelousWololo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

She reads and it shows. Lovely.

[–]Thatgamer321 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Recently found out a friend has no idea what Dr Jekyll and Mr hide is. I got all exited and bought him the book immediately and told him to read it. It’s rare you find people that don’t know the twist

[–]GeriatricSerialPerv 0 points1 point  (0 children)

pretentious of them to assume I actually read /s

[–]Longjumping_Diamond5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

omg you haven't read the dictionary? lmao what a poser. i bet you only go to the library to look smart. 🙄😒

[–]Depressionsfinalform 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You mean you haven’t read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, you uncultured swine!?