Top Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit
But here’s the thing – I DON’T quit bookish things.
Almost ever. I have to force myself to DNF, even if I’m really not enjoying a book at all.
That author that wrote a book I hated? But what if I love the next one? I can’t give up on them, after all. They might improve and how unfair would it be for me to judge them on one book … or two … or … Sigh.
That series that bored me to tears? Well, I’m not quitting it, really – I’ll get to it eventually. I mean, how else will I find out how it ends? I can’t just read spoilers – that would be a disgrace!
I’m horrible at quitting!!! So, I’m writing a different list.
Top Five Reasons I Need to Start Quitting
My list (as written to myself):
- There aren’t enough hours in the day. Already you struggle to read everything you actually want to, so why are you spending time finishing a book you’re just not really into? You would have so much more time to read books you love if you would quit on the ones you don’t.
- Why do something you don’t enjoy? If the book is really driving you crazy (or, even worse, boring you), why should you torture yourself by plodding through it?
- You shouldn’t fool yourself. You know you’re not actually going to get back to that series that was making you miserable – even if everyone else loved it (I’m looking at you, Lord of the Rings), you didn’t enjoy it and you’ll just keep putting it off forever. Why leave it on your radar and use up valuable brain cells thinking about it? Nicole, you don’t have that many brain cells to spare!!
- You can’t be nice to everyone. I know, I know, there’s that thought at the back of your mind that you’re somehow letting the author and/or publisher down by not finishing that book you agreed to review. You tell yourself that it could get better or that the writing (or the characters or the plot or …) is really good, so you should be enjoying it. Face it, you can’t make everyone happy. And your review isn’t going to end up glowing no matter what, so why keep reading?
- Everybody’s doing it. Come, on Nicole, everybody else DNF’s. You can do it too. You can … really.
Anyone else have the same issues with quitting that I do? I want to know!