Once I start reading a book, I hate giving up on it before the end.
There’s something about that initial time investment that I hate wasting. Once I start I want to go straight through to the end.
But sometimes, I find myself forcing my way through a story that I am just flat-out not enjoying, and that doesn’t feel great either. You know those books that you just can’t seem to walk away from but you find them a chore to read? Yeah those.
I think a lot of readers are like this actually and I’m not sure why. It’s just a quirk we have I guess.
But, 2018 will be the year that I start abandoning books more often. I’ll give a story a little time, but when it hits the point of no return for me (no enjoyment), I’m just going to let the story go and move on.
I think I will actually read more books this way and be willing to try things that I’m not entirely sure about but look kinda interesting. Currently, picking out a book to read can feel like buying a new car (okay, that might be an exaggeration) – doing research, checking in with my intuition, making sure it’s a good price. All so that I don’t invest an hour or so of my time and decide I don’t like it!
I might even find a new favorite book or author this way. We all judge books by their cover, me included, but I think the old saying is true. Sometimes you do find a gem that didn’t initially look like a gem. You might have to wade through a bad cover or a slow start to find a story that really grabs you. Or maybe it’s in a genre you don’t normally read. Or the author and story is a complete unknown to you or it hasn’t been well-reviewed or reviewed much at all.
So there you go, one of my “goals” for the new year. Maybe I should apply this to TV and movies as well.
Do you hate abandoning books after you’ve started reading them? Or do you toss that book away like a fast food wrapper if you don’t like it? Leave a comment and let us all know.