Suggested by JM:
“Life is too short to read bad books.” I’d always heard that, but I still read books through until the end no matter how bad they were because I had this sense of obligation.
That is, until this week when I tried (really tried) to read a book that is utterly boring and unrealistic. I had to stop reading.
Do you read everything all the way through or do you feel life really is too short to read bad books?
I will confess that I always finish a book. Well, let me amend that. There is only one book that I have not finished in my life – Mein Kampf by Adolph Hitler. I stopped reading it because I was getting ready to move to Germany and could not bring it into the country via my carry-on luggage. By the time we received our household goods two months later, I had moved on to other books and have failed to pick it back up again since then. I do have every intention of doing so though; my bookmark is still holding my place where I left off all those years ago.
But other than that, I do read every book to the end. I do this not out of any sense of obligation but more because I want to do so. I remain optimistic that a book will get better or that I can find something redeeming from it, even if it takes me to the very last page to find it. Is life to short to read bad books? I know that it is a very popular idea, but then again, I really do not think that books are bad. We might dislike the plot, the writing, the character development or something else, but the book itself is still a learning opportunity – whether about the subject matter or more insight into your own personal likes and dislikes.
What do you do?