Is Abandoning a Book Okay?

As an avid reader, it used to be one of my biggest fears to be reading a book and then for some reason want to abandon it. I don’t know why, but personally, I never used to like the idea of not finishing a book I started.

Now, my opinion on this topic has changed slightly (drastically).

This blog post will discuss the controversial topic of abandoning books and whether or not it is okay.

Is abandoning a book okay?

I rarely abandon books, I have honestly only done it a few times in my life, but with that being said I have done it before. It doesn’t happen often because for the most part when I’m buying a new book, or when someone lets me borrow a book, it was recommended to me and I’m almost positive that I’ll like it. However, there has been that odd time where I’ve been strolling through a bookstore and purchased a book that seemed interesting at the time but very quickly, for whatever reason, made me lose interest.

As mentioned, I never used to like the idea of abandoning a book. I think this is because I always used to believe that you should finish what you’ve started, but I have now learned that this is not always the case, especially when it comes to reading.

Since shifting my thoughts, my main reason for abandoning a book is me losing interest which often will result in me not enjoying taking the time to read. This seems so obvious looking back at it. Why should you finish a book for the sake of finishing it if you’re not enjoying it?

Furthermore, reading is very therapeutic for me. It calms me down when I’m anxious, helps me relax at night, and can help get my mind off of something that may be stressing me out. With that being said, if for any reason a book makes me anxious (in a bad way), or just in general, is not enjoyable and becoming more of a chore to read then a pleasurable activity, I will stop reading and abandoned it.

The reason for abandoning a book could be very big, or small, you may just want to abandon a book because it’s not matching with your particular mood at the time and that’s okay. The point is that the reason for abandoning a book, or books, will be different for everyone but it is okay and you shouldn’t feel bad for doing it.

What are some of the reasons you’ve ditched a book?


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