My name is Andrea and I don’t finish every book I start.
This may come as a surprise to some people, but I am a real advocate for only reading what brings you joy. Now of course there are exceptions when you have to read something for class or work, but when you are reading a book for fun it should be just that, fun.
One of the reasons that I can read as many books as I do is that I enjoy each and every one of them. If I start to get seriously bored of a book or find myself avoiding it I stop reading it, easy as that. Maybe one day I will go back to that book, maybe I won’t, but I don’t feel like I need to complete all the books that I read.
There are many reasons why I may stop reading a book, from strongly disagreeing with how the characters/situations are being written, to just being uninterested in anything that is going on in the story. I can often tell that I should abandon a book if I have very little interest in reading anything because I don’t want to go back to the book that I am avoiding.
I even have a specific bookshelf on Goodreads dedicated to abandoned books which you can find here. It has at the time of writing this 68 books on it, ranging from bestsellers to smaller YA novels, but all of these books are ones that I felt didn’t deserve the time it would take to finish it.
To really succeed at abandoning books I had to set aside the feeling like there were certain books that I had to read. Whether those are famous classics that are still taught everywhere now, or the famous books that everyone is talking about, movie adaptions are being made, and they take up the front spots at the bookstore. I am not any sort of lesser person because I decide the a certain book isn’t for me. The author didn’t write the book specifically for me and I don’t have to read it specifically for them.
Here are some of the books on my Abandoned shelf:
- The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo by Stieg Larsson
- The Shack by William Paul Young
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
- Life of Pi by Yann Martel
- The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson
- The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
- Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
Some of these books have authors with other books that I have loved, others are ones that I have never finished a book from, but the main focus is that they are abandoned.
Now tell me about you. Do you stop reading books partway through? Have you read and loved any of these books that I stopped and should I give them another chance?