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Book Abandonment, and Why It’s Okay

Readers often feel a sense of guilt when abandoning a book. It could be simply that we’re not quitters, determined to finish a project or task no matter how unenjoyable. We’ve committed to this book, checked it out at the library or paid good money for it at the bookstore, and we are damn well going to finish it. Even if it’s the last thing we do.

Maybe we’re also competitive or, if you will, gluttonous. We want to read as many books as we can get our hands on. We’ve told ourselves we were going to read X amount of books this year (I’m currently behind on my personal 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge). If we can simply push through this book, it’s one more toward that goal, but in doing so, we end up slowing ourselves down.

The reasons we choose to give up on a book vary. It’s naive to assume that because you like a book everyone else you know will too. Reading is subjective. Sometimes your favorite blogger or Goodreads reviewer will fail you.

Here are a few reasons it might be time to let a book go.

5 Reasons Everyone Should Sign Up for Goodreads

Goodreads is a website/app that I love to use, and below are some of the reasons I recommend it to everyone and anyone.

1. It’s free! Mind you, this isn’t the kind of free where you spend money later on or for premium benefits. No, Goodreads is 100% completely free and a website designed for book lovers and book novices alike. And it’s not one of those websites that is free to access on your computer but then charges you for apps–no, Goodreads is completely free, from the website to the apps, and the apps are available on both the Apple and Android markets.

You can see what I like to do in my free time on my iPod...which is come up with clever 'i' names for my groups of apps.
You can see what I like to do in my free time on my iPod.

2. It gets you to make yourself read more. Goodreads has a book reading challenge on the website where you set your own goals–from 1 to 100 books, you can select how many you want to read that year and challenge yourself to meet that goal. I personally have a goal of 75 books for the next year and I’m about 12% done. That reminds me, I need to read more.

The percentage was much lower when I decided to try to read 100 books, then lowered it.
The percentage was much lower when I decided to try to read 100 books, then lowered it.