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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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