A couple of weeks ago I confessed that I give up on books too easily. It was probably no secret since I have a whole feature called Book Breakups but that got me to thinking about about the process of breaking up with a book. I realized that I pretty much do the same thing every time it happens. It’s kind of like the grief process…except not as sad, of course, but I thought I’d share my book breakup process with you guys.
Maybe I’ve read 50 pages or 100, but I find my mind wondering. Maybe watching a movie sounds better than reading…maybe listening to my husband talk about football sounds better (this is when I know that something is wrong). I’m easily distracted. It takes me 2 days to read 100 pages. These are the symptoms of boredom…and how the breakup process begins.
This is the point where I pay Goodreads a visit and see all the delightful 4 and 5 star reviews. I determine that this is a problem with me. The book is obviously fantastic. I’m the screwed up one. This step usually contains a few whiny tweets as well.
After coming to the conclusion that this is all in my head I usually decide that I’M FINISHING THIS BOOK. This doesn’t last long…
Repeat step one. Except with a lot more frustration and a thorough Goodreads search for some not so positive reviews so that I can vindicate myself.
I think I’ll just read something else….No! I will finish it! Maybe…I’ll pick it back up after I read something else. (I never do) Noooo I’m just going to quit….but I’ll leave it on the coffee table in case I change my mind.
Some of these steps may differ a little–sometimes I go back and forth on The Decision for 2 days–but the end result with a breakup is always guilt. I want to love all the books. Every single one of them. So, when I don’t love one it makes me sad. That book will stare at me from the coffee table for days and make me feel guilty every time I see it. I don’t DNF books with a light heart…even if I really didn’t like it. But when I pick up something else and fall in love within a few pages I do feel a bit better. Apparently that book just wasn’t for me.
Do you guys have a process? Is it similar?