When friends give you books…

Four years ago a friend gave me a copy of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. I tried reading it. But I just couldn’t get into it. It was too strange.

That friend is now my husband. Since Hitchhiker’s is one of his favourite books, I decided to give it a second try. I got a lot farther this time. I actually enjoyed it.

It’s quirky. It’s weird. It’s funny.

But it is still strange. And loooong.

cover to The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy bookDouglas Adams describes it as a trilogy in five parts:

1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
2. The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
3. Life, the Universe and Everything
4. So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
5. Mostly Harmless

…and you just can’t get through them

I’m part-way through —— and I’m taking a break from it. Unfortunately, reading it has now become a slog. So I’ll head back in a few weeks and keep trying to make it through the whole work.

Until then, I am proud of myself. I went back to a tough read, tried again, and I think I’ve succeeded. I am now able to enjoy one of my husband’s favourite novels and understand the references constantly made to it in pop culture.

The answer, by the way, is 42.

If you try a book and you don’t like it, wait a while and maybe try it again. If you still don’t like it, that’s totally okay.

Don’t panic. 🙂

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