This morning I read a post on Facebook that contained a ‘chart’ of reasons why readers put down books without finishing them.
The original article can be found at the following link:
The article also shows top five most abandoned books. I’m amused to see ‘Wicked’ there, and the reason (that people saw the Broadway show and it’s not like that). Wicked, The Musical focuses on a ‘segment’ of Wicked, The Novel…not the entire novel. Having first read the book and then seen the musical, I can say I enjoyed each one just as much as the other.
Presently I’m reading a book by one of my favorite authors that I have owned since its release in 1994 but have never been able to get into it. It’s John Irving’s ‘A Son Of The Circus’. I’ve tried before, numerous times, and always put the 600+ page work back on a shelf before getting too far into it. Recently I read Irving’s ‘In One Person’ and decided to revisit this book again, years since I last tried. I’m now 250 pages into it, and looking forward to finally plowing through it. I’m even enjoying it.
I have several things that would make me not finish a book, though that is a rare occurrence for me. The reasons are as follows:
1. The story doesn’t draw me in after several chapters of reading.
2. The writing style is off-putting and pedestrian in nature.
3. The story itself contains something off-putting or offensive to me personally.
4. A new release from a favorite author comes out before I have a chance to complete what I’m already reading.
5. Whatever is going on in my life is too thought and time consuming for me to read what I’ve chosen, so I pick up something more frivolous instead.
As I said, it’s rare that I put down a book without finishing it, and oftentimes I go back to it eventually and complete it. Even some of my favorite authors have fallen prey to this. Anne Rice’s ‘Servant Of The Bones’ took me three tries to get into, but I made it eventually and really enjoyed the story. In some cases it’s just about timing for me.
When I complete a book, I immediately pick up another one. I either have one that I’m certain I want to read next, or I pick up three or four and read a chapter of each (what I call auditioning books) and whichever draws me in the soonest or most completely is the one I go with. I’ve put down books without finishing them, certainly, but I’ve not gone without reading ‘something’ for at least two decades, even if it took me a month or two to finish a book due to other outside obligations.
For other avid readers, I’m curious as to what makes them put down a book without finishing it. I’d love to hear the reasons.