Musing Mondays (July 18)
What is the last book you struggled to read through to the end, even though you weren’t really enjoying it? What made you keep reading?
I have learned not to finish books (usually) that I’m not enjoying, because there already isn’t time to read everything I want to read — why waste time with a book I don’t like?
I also feel that, with review books, that policy has to change, somewhat. I have to give the book a really good go. I don’t have to finish it, but I at least have to read past those first 50 pages to really say I “tried”.
The last book I struggled with was “Let God Change Your Life” by Greg Laurie. The book had some good points, and the last few chapters’ titles sounded like they were going to be more interesting… so I tried my best to press on, hoping and hoping that the book would get better. But, no… I was disappointed. I kept falling asleep while reading (or, almost), and I kept putting the book down to go do other things. It was such a chore to keep going! But, I gave it my best effort. And, I made it to four chapters from the end. Then I just couldn’t take it any more. I skimmed the last chapters, but didn’t read every word. I just couldn’t do it. And, then I wrote my review to reflect what I felt.
So, I guess I can’t say I read it through to the end, despite my unenjoyment of it. But, like I said, I don’t normally keep going with books I don’t like, any more. I just can’t do it.
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