You might disagree. Although the last time I thought people might not second my opinion around here, I was gabbing about liverwurst. Who knew I wasn’t alone in my enjoyment of a meat product rich in Vitamin A? I love you guys.
It’s summer. To me, summer means sweat tea, porch sitting, and reading (more) books. Let’s be honest. I’m always reading more books. I don’t need warm temps and a nice breeze to motivate me in the literary direction. Just ask Stockton, he’ll tell you in one, good-natured eye roll how fast I devour books.
I select my books with care. Perhaps I’m listening to an earnest recommendation from a friend. Or noticing a few strong reviews on Goodreads. Or hearing about a book on one of my favorite lit podcasts. I add those titles to my To Be Read list and see if the library has them. Soon, I find the eBook or audiobook on my iPad. (If I’m really desperate, a paperback, read with a magnifier. I won’t let the low vision stop me.) I’m eager to start the story to learn, to be entertained, to be thrilled.
It’s not all pleasant, the books and the reading of them. Sometimes, a book lets me down. And I’m not talking about an unlikable character or a too-neatly-tied-up ending. A few chapters in and I find myself bored or confused or grossed out. It’s not good.
My books, they’re not required reading. This is my time, my energy, my taste. If a book doesn’t intrigue me, entertain me, make me want to turn more pages, it’s over. I break up with it. No guilt.
Even when a book is great, I’m not going to feel bad about skimming pages if I get the point already. Ahem, Mr. McCourt, your childhood was awfully awful, even if your words on the page are magical, I can only take so much pain. Or Ms. Atkinson, who wrote Case Histories which I loved. I couldn’t get into Life After Life. Abandoned that one outright.
Everyone will not like every book. There’s too many great books to waste time slogging through one that doesn’t grab the reader by page 50. I quit a book if it doesn’t work for me. It’s that simple.
Alright, unleash the hounds. Do you finish every book you start? Am I a shameful reader for abandoning books occasionally? Do you feel guilty for quitting on a book? Which books have you quit? Please share.