“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.” – Oscar Wilde.
I love the feeling of finishing a book. Finishing a book makes me feel happy and content and productive. However, sometimes this can prove difficult.
Every now and then I will be faced with a book I am not particularly enjoying, or am just struggling to get into. Everyone around me tells me to just give up and move on. Life’s too short to read a book you’re not enjoying they say. This leaves me torn. I want that feeling of finishing a book, and I always expect a book to get better as in a lot of cases it does. Furthermore, as someone who loves writing book reviews, I feel that I can’t write a proper book review if I am unable to finish a book. Sure, I can say that I didn’t finish it and tell you why I didn’t like it, but it doesn’t feel fair and sometimes I don’t know if it’s just me not putting enough effort in.
At the moment I am struggling to read a book. I am eighty pages into it and considering giving up because I am not enjoying it and I’m finding it confusing in places. However, I’ve seen rather positive reviews and I feel like I’m letting myself down because I always finish books and then I have to consider whether or not it is acceptable to write a review.
What are your thoughts regarding giving up books?
If you don’t like a book will you put it down and move on, or will you persevere?