Abandoned books

Goodreads put together an infographic about book abandonment that I found super interesting.

A few months ago I put together a post about all the unfinished books that I have and a goal of finishing them. I haven’t made a lot of headway. For some reason, I haven’t felt like reading that much lately, which isn’t like me. But this weekend I’m reading Life of Pi. I really like what I’ve read so far, but I just need to buckle down and read.

What causes you to put a book down and just not pick it up?


Posted on August 2, 2013, in books and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I saw that graphic. Interesting. If the story doesn’t grab me in the first 20 pages or so, I’ll abandon it. I used to feel that I had to finish every book I picked up, but now give myself permission to abandon a book. Life is too short and there’s too much I want to read.

    • I used to be the same way, Joyce! I definitely now try not to waste time on books I don’t want to read. But I do try to give every book a chance, because if I’m reading it, I saw something in it in the first place.

  2. While I’m not particularly biased towards any particular genre, there are certain elements in a book which tend to put me off and a meagre page or ten later I would have abandoned it and concealed it on the topmost, backend of the shelf.
    … I have little patience for narratives that flip between several narrators or time periods
    … Verbose descriptions, of too many people, of their very, many acts, of their manners and bearings, you get the idea
    … I do not like books that lack depth. It does not have to be serious literature, but characters that are shallow, pretentious and obnoxious, just don’t work for me.

    Most importantly, sometimes all the hype about a book spoils the fun for me. And when I begin to read it just isn’t the same. Certain recipe for abandonment.

    • I totally get what you’re saying about the hype ruining a book. And verbose descriptions too! My thing is descriptions of objects, like 2 pages describing a chestnut tree or a rose bush. I don’t have the patience for that.

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