Elizabeth over at Silver’s Reviews asks
How many books have you started, but just couldn’t finish?
I don’t have a number, but I do have some thoughts. In the last few years, I’ve changed how I feel about abandoning books. For most of my career as a reading teacher, I read books so that I could recommend them to my students. This meant that I finished books that I didn’t enjoy because I figured I’d have students who would be interested and I needed to have all of the book knowledge.
When I moved to the next town over (an hour away from the school where I teach) I became more stingy with my time. Part of that stinginess came from getting married and adapting to married life, and the other part came from a desire to use the reading time I had reading things that I enjoyed.
So I didn’t abandon books before, but I do now. I used to feel bad about not wanting to finish a book because someone put so much work into it. But I understand that every book is not going to strike every reader’s fancy, and I can let that apply to me and my reading life as well.