Do you ever find that books haunt you? Books that you've never heard of before but aren't new releases, and all of a sudden they keep popping up everywhere until you feel compelled to read them just so that they will leave you alone? It happened to me with Rebecca - until a year or so ago, I'd never heard of it, and then suddenly it was coming at me from every direction. Fortunately, one of those directions was a library book sale, so I was able to get it and read it and put it to rest. Oh, and I also really liked it.
It's happening to me again. This time, the ghostie is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh. Two weeks ago, I'd never heard of it and suddenly it's everywhere - on blogs, on lists, on lists on blogs. It's kind of making me crazy. I know nothing about it but I desperately want to read it (which is why advertising works so well, though I'm usually not such a sucker).
Does this ever happen to you or am I just paranoid that classics from the first half of the 20th century are following me around?