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December 7th, 2007

book trance

When I watch "Stardust".. I was pretty sure I had read the book, but I couldn't remember a single thing about it. So the movie was all new to me, and I loved watching it.

I doubted myself.. maybe it was another Gaiman book? But nope, I saw the book sitting on my bookshelf. Since I kept that book it must've been enjoyable. I read a lot, and since I've limited space, I tend to sell or give mediocre books away.

How could I have read a book in the last few years and not remember it at all??

So when I saw trailers for "The Golden Compass", I'm pretty sure I've read that too. I remember having the second book, and then selling/giving them away since I couldn't be bothered to complete the trilogy. But.. again, I don't remember what it was about. The movie trailer did not jog my memory at all. All I know is I read that while living in Tarrytown, which meant within the last 2 years or so.

Today at lunch hour, I was at Barnes and Noble, and I picked up the Golden Compass and started reading it. Nada. No jog of memory. So far, what little I read does not seem familiar. I went ahead and bought the book. Again.

This made me wonder.. what happens when I read? Maybe I go into a book trance.. and what I read goes into memory that I rarely access in mundane life, or maybe I don't even retain it.

It's all very odd. It doesn't happen seem to happen often. I've memories of books I read when I was younger.

Strange.

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