It has taken me many years to get used to (and be okay with) not finishing a book that I’m not enjoying. For so long, I would force myself to slog through pages and chapters of books and stories that, for one reason or another, simply were not resonating with me. So, let me say this to anyone and everyone who sees this blog:
It’s okay to not finish a book you aren’t enjoying!
Not every book is for every reader–can you imagine how dull our world would be if we all enjoyed the same things?! Go ahead and move on to the next book on your to-read list guilt-free!
But, before you do, here’s a quick list of the books I started by did not finish this summer:
- The World Without Us, by Alan Weisman
- Echoes, by Danielle Steel
- Bowling Alone: The Collapse and Revival of American Community, by Robert D. Putnam
- The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones (Note: The only reason I didn’t finish is that I’m waiting for the opportunity to get a copy of my own to keep. It’s excellent; I just know I’ll need significantly more time to read than what borrowing a copy from my library would allow!)
- Woman of Light, by Kali Fajardo-Anstine
Are any of these on your to-read or DNF lists? Does anything spark your interest? Please share in the comments!