Saturday, July 9, 2011

Must. Finish. BOOK.

There has only been one book, to my knowledge, that I didn't finish because I didn't like... Until last week when I made it two. These books will remain nameless here because I think it would be a little unfair for me to say something 'bad' about a book I haven't finished all the way.

It's not even that the books were bad. They're published so some one's reading them, they have to be doing something right, but they just weren't for me. There were others that I could tell I wasn't really into but I finished anyways. I can tell the signs: Taking longer with it than usual, not taking it everywhere with me, get easily distracted from it, only reading a few pages at a time as oppose to someone telling me I haven't blinked for seven hours...

I hate it when I realize that I'm not totally into a book. As a writer I know how hard it is to finally let someone else see your work, for me anyways, and one of my worries is that no one will like it. But it makes me realize that I can't write a book that every single person will love. Even some of the most popular books have people that don't like them.

While I would love if every book was fantastic and just not be able to put it down, I have to realize that it's unrealistic if I'm reading from a genre or subject that I don't care for. This can also prepare me for when I finally have a book published. Not everyone will like it. I'll just have to come to terms with that and make it the best I can for those who will.

Anyone else still trying to come to terms with this too? How many books have you just put down before?


  1. When I was a child I would stop reading books all the time. Usually, it was because the book was due back to the library before I had a chance to finish, and I figured that if I wasn't enjoying the book, I might as well just return it rather than renew or accrue a fine. As I got into my late teens I began forcing myself to finish books. I'm not sure why. Now, I'm back to stopping a book if it doesn't interest me. With my Good Reads account, though, I can keep track of which books I've started in case I ever want to find them again and give them another shot.

  2. Oooh, fines. I should start returning books when they're due too. Lol. Keeping track of them is a good idea too!