As a frequent reader, I often begin reading books that, for one reason or another, I set aside before finishing and never pick up again. Sometimes I feel guilty for not giving these books a chance, but by abandoning books that don’t immediately hook me in, I have more time to read the ones I end up truly enjoying.
I might not finish a book if:
I’m not connecting with it. Different books will resonate with you at different points in your life. Sometimes it will connect with you because it suits your mood or because you relate to the characters. Personally, if I’m not connecting with a book then I become bored and loose my desire to continue.
The book is too predictable or formulaic. I find this happens most often with thrillers. If I’m guessing the twists before they happen, the book isn’t exciting for me. A lot of science fiction and fantasy books tend to be formulaic and trope-heavy, which can be frustrating to slog through.
The plot is moving too slow. If I’ve read over 100 pages and the plot still hasn’t picked up, there’s little reason for me to want to continue.
I’m not invested in the romance. With books that are heavy on the romantic side, I need to actually like the romance. If it’s dull or forced, I have to stop reading the book or else I might strain my eyes from rolling them too much.
I’m not a fan of the genre. I could probably tell you how many times I’ve tried to read a science fiction novel, but I don’t think I could tell you the last time I actually finished one. I most recently gave up on LIFEL1K3 by Jay Kristoff.
The concept is too abstract. I like books that are weird and different, but sometimes I start reading a book that is too different for my taste. I have a hard time grasping concepts or settings that aren’t relatable or grounded in reality. Examples of books that I’ve abandoned for this reason are Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor and The Library of Mount Char by Scott Hawkins (both of which are much-loved by other readers).
The ending is spoiled for me. Sometimes I discover the ending and manage to enjoy the book anyway. Other times, I find it hard to get invested if I already know how the plot will unfold.
● What are some things that make you stop reading a book?
● Are there any books you’ve recently abandoned?
Let me know in the comments!