Put the Book Down

This isn't a post about reading less.

This is about the fact that I can't ever abandon a book part way through.

It's been a curse and a blessing in a way for my whole life.  If I manage to get past the first real chapter of a book I will finish it.  Always.

It's gotten me to read things I wouldn't typically.  It's pushed me out of my comfort zone.  It's exposed me to a lot of different books.

Lately, it's driving me crazy.

I just finished reading a string of books that were slow and uninteresting.  I hated that I had to slog through them before I felt like I could move on to the next book.  For some of them I had to pick up the audiobook version just so I could finish.  I was that sick of reading the words on the page.  It's not like me to feel mad or upset about finishing a book.  It's a new feeling.

That's why I'm giving myself permission to put a book down, in the middle of reading it, and walk away from it forever.  It's going to be a hard thing to get used to, but at this point I need to do it.  I value my free time and I don't have much at the moment.  I want to enjoy my time with books.

Hopefully this works.  Today I stopped reading a book and mentally put it away forever.  I hope I can continue to do so if I find myself disliking a book while I'm reading it.  I think it will help me enjoy books more overall.


  1. Yeah, I don't have that issue in the slightest. If it is boring, then I walk away. I have powered through on a few books and not been too disappointed, but the vast majority of the time, any long portions of bad greatly hurt the overall experience.


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