Thursday TBR: Jaws


Dun dun . . . dun dun . . . dun dun dun dun dun dun dun . . . AHH! TBR Thursday is back!

Since I recently saw this summer’s greatest thriller (The Meg) I thought it would be appropriate to kick off TBR Thursdays with another fin-tastic classic: Jaws.

Jaws is easily one of my all-time favourite movies, ever. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve seen it because it’s too many. The first time I watched it was as a child, and instead of being afraid, I became obsessed. Sure, I’m scared of going in the water, but that’s because I was stung by a jellyfish once, not because of sharks.

Naturally, when I saw a copy of Jaws at a used bookshop I had to pick it up. It was only $1.50, so why the hell not? Plus, to be honest, I didn’t know it was a book before it was a movie. The movie is so iconic, I always assumed it was just a straight up kick-ass film. I’m sorry, Peter Benchley, for not knowing any better.

I know better now . . . kind of. Despite owning the book, I’ve yet to read it. It’s been sitting on my bookcase for a number of years, just waiting to be read. I shelved it in my “horror” section, although I don’t know if that is entirely appropriate. Jaws isn’t what I would consider horror, but according to the Google machine, it is. It is also somehow classified as a “comedy,” “thriller,” “adventure,” “suspense,” “drama,” and “mystery.” But I’m going to keep referring to it as “that badass shark movie that can loop forever and ever and no, I will not turn it off.”

So, why haven’t I read it yet? Probably because it’s one of the hundreds of unread books that I own. Other reasons may or may not include:

  • I keep forgetting I own it (I’ve lent it to friends, so it’s not always here, readily available for reading)
  • I have other hobbies that take up a lot of my spare time
  • Honestly, I think I would rather re-watch the movie than read the book . . . (I SAID WHAT I SAID!)

These are all terrible excuses, I know, but you know what? I’m not sorry. I’d like to think that I will read Jaws one day, because I do want to read all the books that I own. But, if I don’t get around to it, that’s fine, because I have loads of amazing memories from watching the movie.

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