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?
- Slow moving.
- Difficult to get into.
- Too easy.
- Too difficult.
- Lacking character development.
- Lacking world development.
- Poor writing style.
- The topic is outside your reading interests.
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!