I thought a lot about this week's book chat topic of abandoning books. Up until the last year or so I would have finished reading a book even if it had absolutely lost my attention. Even if I couldn't stand the characters and didn't care what happened to them. I would finish reading the book to the point where it felt like a punishment to have to pick it up and read.
And reading shouldn't feel like a punishment. At all.
So I abandoned my first book. It was library book so it didn't have to think about it sitting around on my shelves and taunting me about my failure. It sounds crazy but I felt bad that I didn't finish it. That I didn't want to finish it. That in a way I owed the author to finish reading because after all they did take the time to write it. I don't think of myself as a quitter and to me at that time abandoning a book was quitting it.
I know realize that some books just aren't me. At this stage in my life the time that I get to spend reading is something that I have to make time for and there is really no sense in making time to do/read something that I don't want to. Not that I make a habit of reading things that I don't want to, but that I am now giving myself permission to quit reading something that doesn't interest me or I'm just not feeling at the time.
And that's not to say that I won't feel like reading it later. There are several books that I've stated to read and then put aside for something else. I have come back to some of them and finished and others I have not. There are far more books that I want to read than I will ever have time for so why should I spend my (limited) time on books that are not so well written or who's story I'm losing interest in. Since I'm usually reading a few books at a time and I don't really realize that I'm abandoning a book. It's more like it gets bumped from the top page of my Kindle and after a few weeks it moves it's way down the page and eventually is only hovering out there in the cloud.
What are some books that you've abandoned in the past?