I find that I sometimes abandon books.
For me the book test is: read from any three pages at random, and if you feel intrigued, pick it up.
Both books passed the test, both are by the same author, both have
great voice. But I left one unfinished and am on my way to finishing the
There are so many books out there, and so many new writers I want to
try out that if I find a book too hard to like, I let it go, and find
something new instead. I’ve noticed that I tend to skip books on e-readers, probably cos making the change is so easy.
There are certain books that I did force my way through, like Shipping News by Annie Proulx, and felt rewarded afterwards. Which is why I feel
guilty sometimes– maybe if I force my way through, I’ll see light? As I
grow older, and realize I’m not immortal, I tend to be more forgiving
of myself in giving up on a book halfway through.
Do you ever not finish a book, and feel guilty afterwards?
As an aside, I’d request you to check out the chat I had with Zukiswa Wanner (Commonwealth Prize shortlister) and Rohini Chowdhury (multi-published, acclaimed author) on the A to Z Blog.