Thursday, March 7, 2013

{ abandoning books }

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.


But it's okay to abandon a book.

What are some books that you've abandoned in the past?


  1. I feel relieved when I abandon a book I'm not enjoying. I don't have to push through it anymore and I can go read something that I will enjoy.

  2. You didn't liked The Hunger Games? But whyyyy? I liked it a lot! I haven't read the two other books tho, but the movie of Lovely Bones is nice.

    Anyway, for me, I abandoned that Mysterious Benedict Society, The Abundance of Katherines, and that Sarah Dessen I one bought. I like this post coz' it makes me feel that I'm not alone. Hehe.

    xo Kisty

  3. I am a HUGE "book abandoner" If I am not in love in the first chapter, I stop reading and pick something else. The way I look at it...there are too many great books out there to waste time on bad ones.

  4. I feel the same way about abandoning books. I've felt really bad about it in the past, but I'm trying to get better at saying, "OK, this book is not for me. I don't have to finish it. I can try again later if I want, but right now this book is going back on the shelf or back to the library".
    I didn't abandon the Lovely Bones, but if I had this frame of mind now I definitely would have. It just never resonated with me.

  5. I'm glad I'm not the only one who put The Hunger Games as a book I didn't like. I also put The Lovely Bones as a book I didn't like.

  6. I wish I abandoned more, lol. I guess I never realized I was wasting my time. I just always wonder what if!

  7. I only buy or check out excellent books so I never HAVE to abandon! LOL. Nah, I don't mind setting something aside. Sometimes I am just not in the mood for that particular type. Sometimes I pick it back up and sometimes now. There are just too many good ones out there to worry about the bad ones. ;-)


  8. Ah, too bad you're a non-Hunger Games fan! I've realized working in books that about 1/100 people really dislike that particular series, and that's totally fine. We all have to come to terms with the fact that we won't enjoy every book JUST because it seems like everyone else does. I feel that way about many, many popular series!

  9. I know what you're saying about feeling like you SHOULD want to finish a book. I felt that way about Hemmingway. I didn't care for Sun Also Rises but figured I should give him another shot since he's freakin Hemmingway! So I read Farewell to Arms and hated it. And I felt bad about that. I also agree that there's a limited amount of time to read more books than I'll ever get to so I really should abandon books that just aren't doing it for me.

  10. The last one I abandoned was Emily Giffin's latest. It seemed like a lot of books I had read around that time had people having affairs for no reason. Seemed like a lazy premise. Disappointing because I liked her earlier books.


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