Does anyone else remember the Ramona Quimby books by Beverly Cleary? I devoured those books in probably third grade or so…and there’s one part I still remember today. Ramona had to write a book report, only she didn’t really like the book she’d read, so she got up in front of the class and ended up saying, “I can’t believe I read the whole thing.”
Do you ever feel like that?
I used to—because I used to think that if I started a book, I had to finish it. No matter how much I disliked it or how boring I found it or how much I wished I could be reading something else. But I’ve gotten over that! In fact, I recently picked up a book, read the first three pages, and decided I couldn’t get into it. So I set it back down—without feeling guilty! There are so many books out there that I want to read (hello, overflowing TBR!) that I don’t want to waste my time on a book I’m not enjoying.
My husband, on the other hand, recently listened to 53 hours of the audiobook of The Count of Monte Cristo—even though he found it boring and tedious in large sections. I kept asking him why he didn’t just stop listening—to which he said he’d invested so much time in it already that he had to finish it. I didn’t know whether to be impressed by his tenacity, or depressed by the thought of all the other audiobooks he could have been listening to and enjoying in those 53 hours instead. (Don’t worry, after finishing it, he found a new audiobook series that he enjoyed so much he’s already on his second listen to it!)
But our varying book-finishing attitudes has me wondering how you feel about finishing books. And what better way to find out than a survey!
And one more question for the comments: Do you prefer to race through a book and read it in one or two sittings or to savor it over the course of several days? For me, it’s over the course of several days—but that’s mainly because of time constraints. If I had a day to just sit and read, I’d devour books as fast as I could!