“I must finish this book, no matter what! Even if it is bad, I WILL finish this book!”
Have you ever said this? I used to. No matter what, I would finish books. And let me tell you, I have finished some really bad books. Really bad. I didn’t enjoy it, but I did it. Why? Maybe it was my OCD coming through. Maybe it was my need not to give up on things. Maybe it was just that when I gave up on that book, I would need to choose another one, and I didn’t have any on the stack that looked interesting.
As I have gotten older, I think, “There are too many GOOD books to read; why waste my time on these bad ones?” So I have abandoned books. Yep, I have even abandoned books when I was half-way through. And I don’t look back.
But today I wonder if there is something to be gained from persevering and finishing a book no matter what. I am sure there must be something to be gained from those books that aren’t great. Right? There must be a lesson or a point of view I will not learn or gain because I quit reading Cutting for Stone 150 pages in. Or Daughter of Smoke & Bone half-way through.
Check out some of the books I have finished by clicking the Goodreads link on the right sidebar. Enjoy!