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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.

Feminism in the Literary World

This blog, in case you haven’t noticed yet dear readers, was started by two women—Melanie Figueroa and, well, me. Most of our contributors, both past and present, have also been female. We’re all concerned with women’s issues in politics and often have discussions on how frightening some of the issues facing women are, such as state’s placing restrictions on women’s reproductive rights to Darren Sharper being able to rape seven women before he faced any charges.

The world of male dominance doesn’t end at the political or social spheres of our world, but leaks into the literary world as well. VIDA.com is dedicated to counting. What does it count? Well, it counts women in the literary industry, since 2009, and reports on how women are doing, number wise.

Some numbers are encouraging, like the fact that more women are writing for magazines now than ever before overall, but some are saddening, like seventy-five percent or more of the writers at The Atlantic, London Review of Books, New Republic, The Nation, New York Review of Books, and New Yorker being men.

So what? Some might ask. Well, so a lot of things, actually.