In the past few months, I’ve stopped reading two novels, less than halfway through reading them. These books were both well-rated on GoodReads and were books I’d heard good things about. But from the moment I picked them up, I struggled with poor writing quality and boring plots. This got me wondering whether putting a book down before finishing it is a good thing or not.
Sometimes it’s true that a book or a movie can be amazing, but might start out a little slow, so should we finish every book we start? Or is there a certain point where we’ve been given all the warnings, and we’re choosing to simply continue wasting our time.
I never used to stop reading books partway through, but since my reading time has become more and more precious, I’ve become far more protective of this time. If I get past the first five chapters or so, and I’m still not enjoying the book, I feel a strange resentment towards the author for the time I’ve already invested into reading the book, and I put it down.
Now, this isn’t to say that every book I’ve ever put down has been a terrible book. Not every person is right for every other person, and every book is certainly not right for every person, so I really shouldn’t feel any animosity towards a writer if I didn’t enjoy their book. And, this also brings me back to the question I’ve been considering, could these books be amazing, and I’ve missed out terribly by putting them down?