A couple of weeks ago I came across a blog post by Trang Via Bookidote that discussed this very issue, and after reading it I was relieved to discover that I was not the only one with this kind of mentality towards literature, and for pretty much the same reason!
6 or so years ago when I first set up this blog, I would religiously complete any book that I picked up regardless of whether I enjoyed it or not. This was because I felt it was my duty as a reader to at least finish reading something that someone has painstakingly sat down to write, before I give my full opinion on it. This of course is somewhat an honourable ‘fall on your sword‘ kind of philosophy. Which needless to say, I no longer practice.
The reason I stopped doing this is because eventually there will be one book that will break you. The slog of getting through it to finish it will make you so utterly miserable that it makes you second guess anything else you may pick up from a similar genre. The book in question for me was Uprooted. It was a horrific experience for me to read, it took me nearly 3 weeks to finish it(i really did not want to finish it you guys).
So the question is where do you draw the line on a ‘bad’ book?
I went around the houses for a while on this very question. Eventually I decided that I would give each book 4-5 chapters to grip me, after which if it has failed it goes straight into the “sorry not sorry pile“. Life is far too short to be trudging through even more things you don’t like, especially in today’s climate where escapism is so drastically needed by a lot of people. (myself included)
Have you had a similar experience where you DNF a book? Do you have a different method of dealing with books that you don’t like? if so let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you.
Until next time, read more books