Giving up on Books

24 05 2011

I have been doing a lot of reading lately, actually, who am I kidding, I always read a lot.  My point being I read a lot, and I hate giving up on books, I would rather read them one at a time from start to finish (not in one sitting). 

I have a problem with leaving books unfinished, I just don’t like doing it.  I would rather an unsatisfactory ending than just stopping half way through, but there are just some that I have to.

I can think of 3 in particular Captain Corelli’s Mandolin by Louis De Berniere, Moby Dick by Herman Melville and On the Road by Jack Kerouac.  Both books that appear in must read lists, but both that I have had to give up on because they have just bored me senseless.  I spent a month on “On the Road”, getting half way through where I realised that I had wasted my time, I wasn’t enjoying the book and never would.  It is full of people making strange noises, mind you, that is just one of my bug-bears with the book.

I like lots of different types of book, and have read plenty of classics in my time, so don’t think I have an aversion to them, but I do feel guilt about not finishing these books, but should I?  I guess that is the question.  Shall I stay happy with my decision to give up on these books, or shall I leave the Book marks in and go back to them?



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