Today’s Book Blogger Hop question is: How many books have you started, but just couldn’t finish?
I’ve no idea about the number, but it isn’t very many… I’m a completist, so I will usually stick with a book. I did somewhat famously quit Awaken halfway through because it made me so angry; it was either quit or throw it across the room. Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians, on the other hand, I finished so that I could hate it more comprehensively (and so I’d know what I was talking about at my book club when I criticized it). I sometimes finish a particularly dark book because if I get to the end I can close it in life and in my head, and if I stop halfway it feels more likely to linger.
Lately I’ve been trying to drop books if I just don’t care about them. There have been probably four or five in the past year that I got several chapters into and, while I didn’t hate them, I had no real interest either. I have to remind myself that there are too many books in the world to waste time on ones that I don’t care about, even if I can’t point to any reason I don’t care–sometimes a book (or, frequently, its characters) just won’t grab me. So I’m trying to quit on those.
This new resolve did cause a problem when I was at work, with lunch and a second break ahead of me, and continuing to read the book I had brought felt like it would be nothing but a waste of time. I’ve since started keeping a collection of O. Henry short stories (my go-to for random snatches of reading time) at my office, just in case.
Do you frequently drop books midway, or do you feel compelled to give them a chance?