It's never too late
Many readers I know will choose only the newest books on the bestseller lists or something recommended by some current self-styled reading guru, such as Oprah. I am always trailing behind -- often I lag years and years before I get around to reading what everyone else (it seems) has already dismissed as 'old hat'.
However, I have developed a philosophy that books getting the most hype are usually not worth the effort for me to rush to read them. Occasionally, though, I am sorry that I didn't pay more attention to the ballyhoo. Are there books you discovered late and wish you had read earlier? I would love to know which books they are. What were your circumstances that delayed your reading?
A truly good book, I think, doesn't have a date expiration window. But maybe some do. What do you think?