I'm a proponent of abandoning books.
Friends, life is too short to try to muddle through books you do not enjoy.
I am a fast reader, so if I find that if a book is not going fast for me, it means that I am not captivated.
Two times I gave a book a week and was just not getting anywhere.
I wasn’t excited to see what happened.
I wasn’t looking for extra fringe minutes to do more reading.
I just was blah about these books.
The first book I abandoned was Moon Over Manifest. I wanted to like it because a friend had recommended it and it had GREAT Amazon reviews. But here’s the thing, just because one person likes a book doesn’t mean that you will. Just because Amazon says you will, doesn't mean you will.
Eventually, I just had to stop.
The other book I abandoned was my first Book of the Month book, Queen of the Night. I loved the cover, the time period and the concept, but frankly the story was redundant and just not stimulating enough. I read more than 200 pages (which is way more than I would normally give a book that I am not loving) before I finally just said, I quit!
I wanted to love it because I am so excited about Book of the Month, but that wasn’t a good reason to keep reading it.
I then picked up Yellow Crocus and it was FABULOUS. I devoured it, finishing it in one day and was SO glad I had decided to let go of Queen of the Night.
Sometimes, I find that guilt plays into not abandoning books. The voice in my head says: I paid for the book. My friend said I would like it and if I don't, she will be disappointed. I should be thankful that I have time to read. I know the person who wrote it. And on and on and on.
Guilt shouldn't be a motivator to read a book. Reading is a gift and should be enjoyed!
So, if you are reading a book and not enjoying it, pick up a different book! Don't squander the time you have to read on a book you don't enjoy. Abandoning books we're not feeling gives us the freedom to find something better.
I’m curious – do you find abandoning books easy or difficult? Do you ever start books again that you put aside? What is your criteria for abandoning a book?