Monday, November 15, 2010

Finishing Books

Hey all,

I know I have been doing just a lot of editorial type posts lately, but I have had a lot on my mind, and not much reading under my belt... I am thinking about finishing books. I wonder, do you always finish a book when you pick it up? Or do you put them down?

I think the reason why not so much reading has been getting done (besides my crazy busy life right now, I mean really who doesn't have an insane life for the holidays?) is that I started a book, was liking it, but didn't have time to finish it, so I had to take it back to the library before I could finish.

Now I don't really want to get the same book again, but I can't seem to get myself to move on and get into something else either (even though I have a TON of books on my shelf that I have been waiting for!).

I am usually a start it and finish it type person. Usually if I stick with a book even if I find the beginning slow or uninteresting, or even just not to my liking there is at least SOMETHING I can find about the book that I like in the end, that makes me happy that I read it.

How about you? Do you finish every book you start? If you don't finish a book does it bug you? Cause that is where I am at right now.


Anita said...

I used to be obsessed with finishing a book, but the quote of Henry David Thoreau kept nagging at me.
He said, "Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all."
Soooo...I still give every book my best shot, but if it slows down and begins to severely bore me, I move on to one of "my best books," something that I will appreciate.

Shari said...

I used to make myself finish them, but I don't anymore. I figure that I have a lot of things to do and if it isn't something I can learn from or enjoy, then my time is better spent doing something else, like finishing MY book!

Randi said...

I finish them. There have only been 2 books that I have read and then put down and started again years later. But I guess I have never had the misfortune of reading a book that I absolutely didn't like. :)

Leigh said...

Yeah! I know how you feel. I have a couple of books on the go at once. One in the car, one in my handbag, one on my bedstand. All great but none finished. Time is the enemy. I guess I should focus on just one, but then you forget it and have nothing to read when you need it! Aghhh and buy another and so the cycle continues.

LindZ said...

So, I finish a book only if I want in it's a "i can't put it down" type of read. I can usually find good reasons to finish books. However, if the book hasn't grabbed me after the first few chapters...I have a hard time keeping it on the "must read" priority list. And if I run out of time, I skim to the middle, then read the last few chapters or so. I don't think there is anything wrong with not finishing a book that wasn't a "to die for" must read.