I so agree with this post on The Guardian website, about how it’s OK not to finish a book you’re not enjoying, that I had to write a quick post and ask what YOU think?
I have to admit, that I probably give up on as many books as I actually read, these days. Life’s too short! And there are too many other books that I will enjoy (if I can just find them!) that I can’t bear to waste time on a book that’s boring or irritating or has characters that I just don’t care two hoots about.
Someone very clever once said that the definition of a good book (or a good short story, for that matter) is when you ‘forget you’re reading’. You’re so ‘into’ that fictional world that, like a dream, if feels real to you. Isn’t that a fabulous, amazing thing? (And makes reading one of the most relaxing things you can do). So why spend time on books that don’t make you feel like that? Books in which, as a writer, you can ‘see the joins’ or (even as a non-writer!) you can guess the ending or confuse the characters so much that you feel like throwing the blasted thing across the room….
I know some people can’t bear to give up on a book. (WHY?!!!). They feel guilty! (WHY???) or like a failure. But actually, if there’s a ‘failure’, then it’s the writer, who didn’t engage you sufficiently. Just say no! Put the book down… slowly.. on the ‘charity shop’ pile.. and pick up something else to read.
I thank you. And have a good weekend, whatever you’re reading!