It’s Friday and this time, I am overly excited to take part in the weekly meme hosted by J.R. @ Eternity Books because I suggested the topic – yayy! It’s something I’ve been struggling with my whole bookish life, so I’m super excited to share my thoughts and read your responses!
#1 Reading should be fun
Reading, for me, is a hobby. I read because I enjoy to dive into different worlds and plot lines. It gives me the space and time I need to recover from the everyday stress I believe everyone is just all too familiar with. And if I then feel obligated to finish books even though they might stress me, discomfort me, bore me or even decrease the fun and excitement I usually feel when I’m about to read – that would spoil the fun.
#2 Time is too precious
Life is short, people. I am only a teenager and I can already feel it. If it isn’t school or work that takes up most of your energy, it is family & friends, your health and if it isn’t that, it almost always is something else you have to worry about. And therefore, why waste time on bad books if you are only given so little?
#3 There are so many good books out there
Why should I struggle with reading bad books when there are so many brilliant ideas, authors and stories out there that are just waiting to be discovered. I am sure many of you have huge TBR piles with books you are dying to read but never really get around to because life gets in the way – without the pressure of having to finish a book, you have one more chance to read a great book.
Wait: but should we give the books a chance?
Yes. I usually give the book fifty pages and then make the cut. My dad always says: If you like the first page of a book, buy it and if you don’t, leave it. And so there I have a pretty solid pre-selection and can be (only) a little certain I’ll enjoy the book. But once bought, I usually give it 50 pages, sometimes 100 if I feel like it might develop a little more. But I never force myself and I’m happy about that!
I guess it’s everybody’s personal choice and so I’d stick to the phrase: do what makes you happy! But I would definitely advocate that not finishing a book isn’t something you should feel bad or guilty about! Enjoy your weekend and happy reading!