Do you ever abandon a book? Stop reading because it hasn't hooked you? Is there a set amount of pages you allot to read before you give up and move on?
I know abandoning books is controversial among readers, but I'm not one of them. If I'm not enjoying a book, I set it down and pick up another from the always growing pile. Do I ever return to it? Rarely. Do I feel bad? Usually not.
Sometimes when I see other people raving about the same book I've cast aside, I wonder what I missed and why I didn't feel the same way about the book.
Then I remember and remind myself what I tell my students: not all books fit everyone the same way (yes, I make a clothes analogy). It may be past experiences or present experiences that effect how we feel about a book or just plain personal preferences. Not enjoying a book that others love doesn't make us less of a reader. It could fit us later on in life and not just at this time. Or never.
And that's okay.
Life is short and there are so many books to read! Find one that fits and enjoy it. Read with abandon and don't be afraid to abandon books that don't fit.
Today, I'm giving myself permission to return Code Name Verity to the library. I tried it. 88 pages. I set it aside. Over a week later and I'm still not curious or intrigued enough to continue. I know this is super controversial and that this is THE book so many have raved about this past year. It may very well be the Printz award winner this year. If so, perhaps I'll revisit it...
But maybe not.
And that's okay too.
What book have you abandoned that others love? I'd love to hear about it in the comments.