In an ideal world, none of us would stop reading a book because we would enjoy every single one. But sadly, this is not the case. There are books we adore and other books we loathe.
But, when do you call it quits and simply decide to not finish the book? It pains me to not finish things I start, but sometimes the torture a book can put me through isn’t worth it.
For me, it usually takes a lot to stop reading a book. I usually decide to quit reading if the following have occurred:
- I’ve flipped several pages without really absorbing the information because I can’t force myself to focus i.e. I’m bored.
- When I sit down to read the book, I think about all the other books I’d rather be reading.
- It’s taken me longer than a week to get halfway through it (provided there are no external reasons/distractions).
- I become easily frustrated with the characters, the setting or any other book dynamic. At this point, I’m probably just looking for a reason to stop reading.
Some books I’ve stopped reading (and I’m not proud of this): The Lord of the Changing Winds and the 5th Anne of Green Gables book (it’s the book where she gets married to Gil and has babies…I’ve tried a bunch of times to get through it, but I can’t). I can’t think of any others, but I’m sure there are some book skeletons in my closet.
What does it take for you to stop reading a book? Is it a hard decision? Or can you drop a book easily and not look back?
If you’re one of those amazing people who’s NEVER quit reading a book, is there a book you wished you had?