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Should You Finish Reading Books You Don’t Like?

September 12, 2017

I’ve started reading a bunch of books over the last few months, but I haven’t finished many of them. It’s not that all of the books were bad. Only a couple of them were stinkers, but between my job and my family and my other hobbies, it’s tough to find the time to finish every book I begin.

But I wasn’t always like this.

Dysfunctional Literacy

As far as my American Lit professor was concerned, I finished Moby Dick, the book, not the comic. (image via Wikimedia) This was as close as I got to finishing Moby Dick. (image via Wikimedia)

When I first started reading, I took pride in finishing every book I started.  In elementary school, I finished Harold and the Purple Crayon, even though Harold was getting out of control.  In middle school, I finished The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, even though I was being mocked for carrying big books around the school (they were WAR books, I explained… luckily, I had a copy of Massage Parlor II that kept me from getting beat up).  In high school, I finished Noble House, despite having to read a bunch of Willa Cather books in my English class.  In college, I finished reading The Mists of Avalon, even after my girlfriend broke up with me for calling it a “woman’s book.”

But somewhere along the way, I lost my passion…

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  1. TRA permalink

    If I feel like being really committed or interested, I’ll read a few parts of the book.
    If I feel interested in the book, I’ll read: the first 20-40 pages, then [I’ll read 20-40 pages in the middle], then I’ll read the last 20 pages of the book.

    I guess I do that to give the book- a change to be fun. 😀

    • TRA permalink

      I meant to say:

      “I guess I do that to give the book- a chance to be fun.”

      Darn my spellchecker.

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