Let's Chat - Did Not Finishing Books
Let me paint you a picture. It time to pick your next book. You happily stare down your shelves, bouncing around excitedly, thinking which world you’re going to inhabit next. A book blogger might go by their review schedule and pick something that needs to be reviewed soon. Or if you’re not a blogger, you just want to read whatever catches your attention. The point is, after doing the hard work of choosing your next read, you are excited because NEW BOOK. Time to READ. SO EXCITING. You start reading, but hmm…you kind of don’t seem to really to be into it. In fact, you’ve done the rounds of checking Twitter/Instagram/Facebook twice and you’re only in page 17. What does it mean that you would rather check out the hot mess that is your Facebook feed than read? Should you give up? Read a few more pages? And if you do read a few more pages, how many pages should you read until you figure out that it just not the book for you?
Those are the questions I was asking myself just a few weeks ago. I had a picked up a book that was sent to me by the publisher and I was happy to start it. Once I started it, I would read a page, then next thing I knew, I had picked up my phone to do a social media run. I realized I had wasted 20 minutes doing so and went back to my book. Again, my mind and eyes started to stray. I found myself unable to focus on the book because I couldn’t click with the main character and nothing about the book was calling to me. But figured I just hadn’t read enough about the story and pressed on. I read a few more pages but finally had to the closed book, put it back on my shelf, feeling like I didn’t want to read.
Let me clarify, I closed the book feeling like I didn’t want to read that specific book anymore. I wasn’t liking the main character and the story wasn’t pulling me in. So after 17 pages, I went to the back of the book and read the last 3 chapters. Yes, I read the ending. I decided I wasn’t going to read the book anymore because why should I read something that I wasn’t enjoying? It would only result in me having a bad reading experience, anyway. I used to read and finished books even if I wasn’t enjoying them all the time. After having a lot of bad experiences when I had originally wanted to give up on it, I ended up writing a negative review. I’ve had to learn to just let it go and move on to the next book.
So what I’m trying to say is let’s chat about this! At what point do you give up on a book? After a certain amount of chapters? Pages? Or do you just power through it? Tell me down below.