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Sunday Rumination: Abandoning Books

Rumination Sunday

Rumination Sunday is a place to step outside your reviews and talk about different things that affect day to day life, whether it is about books or not. Created by Leticia, Shh I am Reading

Today’s topic is about abandoning books. Whether you’re a couple of pages in or 100 pages in.

As a fellow reader and reviewer, I must put my two cents in for other readers and reviewers: It is okay to give up on books! Really, it is.

There. I said it. Whew!

After days, to nearly an entire week, of being consumed by the idea of giving up on a book that was requested of me to read and review.


As someone who suffers from anxiety, rumination is a dangerous alley-way to go down and promptly get lost in. It has sharp teeth and turns into a bigger monster.

Not every book ever written, no matter how popular, is meant for you as a reader.

I can think of a couple of popular books I gave up reading such as The Host by Stephenie Meyer and I gave up on Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs three times before convincing myself to try to finish it. Many times, I wish that I hadn’t pushed myself to read it because it forced me into a reading slump. Reading slumps suck.

So when is it okay to give up on a book?

  1. Slow moving.
  2. Difficult to get into.
  3. Too easy.
  4. Too difficult.
  5. Lacking character development.
  6. Lacking world development.
  7. Poor writing style.
  8. The topic is outside your reading interests.

And etc…

However, always give a book a chance. Sometimes the first few chapters are a slow build up to something awesome.

Always have a reading rule for yourself too.
I have a 50 page rule. If I can’t get into the book, I will put it down temporarily. I’ll conquer some of my other TBR pile. I’ll give the book another chance if I feel up to it, but eventually I will give it up.

There. I got that off my chest. Hopefully I’m not alone in agreeing that it is okay to give up on books. I’d rather that than to give a poor review!

3 thoughts on “Sunday Rumination: Abandoning Books

  1. I agree with you on so many levels. We once tried reading a book which we could not get into no matter what we did (In our defense the book WAS written very poorly). We also ended up giving it a negative review. Later we realized that we obviously hurt the authors feelings (It was a review request).

    We haven’t taken down the review but now we have decided to just not review a book we greatly dislike. But yes, the idea of abandoning that book gave me a bunch of sleepless nights.

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  2. I completely agree with you! Sometimes there are books that I just can’t enjoy, and rather than forcing myself to read it, I’d put it aside and read something else. I feel so bad for doing this sometimes, especially if it’s a book recommended by a friend who loved it, and because I know the author put so much effort and hard work into writing the novel, but like you said, “Not every book ever written, no matter how popular, is meant for you as a reader”.
    Great post! 😀

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