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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.


National Readathon Day January 24th, 2015

The National Book Foundation, Penguin Random House, Goodreads, and Mashable would like to invite you all to read. It’s as simple as that. This Saturday, January 24th, 2015, at noon, people are encouraged to pick up a book (or two) and read for four hours.

The goal is not just to read, but to raise the literacy levels of the nation. Teachers, librarians, bookshop owners, and bloggers (like us!) are encouraged to spread the word and get people reading. You can do your part by sharing this information with friends, family, and coworkers over social media, but there’s also more you can do to help literacy levels in America.

There is also a fundraising aspect of this readathon. The National Book Foundation has formed a page over at FirstGiving.com to help raise money to:

…expand the audience for literature in America. Through programs like BookUp, our afterschool reading program; 5 Under 35, our annual award celebrating young writers; the Innovations in Reading Prize, which recognizes programs and individuals doing remarkable work in ther service of literature; and the National Book Awards, we strive to ensure Americans of all ages and backgrounds can attain and engage with literature in a meaningful way.


Goodreads Challenge 2015

Last year I pledged that I would read 100 books in 2014 on Goodreads. How’d I do?

Well, okay, I guess.

Percentage wise, I failed. But, when it comes to reading books, everybody wins! Plus, reading 53 books in a year is nothing to turn one’s nose at. In other words, I didn’t reach my goal, but I’m pretty happy with where I ended up.

Missy Lacock, one of our writers, read 10 of her pledged 25 books. But, being a grad student, she has a good excuse.

How’d Melanie Figueroa, co-creator and editor of this blog do?

That’s not so bad.

All in all, 2014 was a good year for books. According to Goodreads, at least.

That's a lot of reading.
That’s a lot of reading.

So how does it look for 2015?

Goodreads Challenge: How are We Doing?

We’re about one-fourth of the way through the year, and that means I should have about twenty-five books read as part of my one-hundred-books-this-year Goodreads challenge. Now, I have been reading a lot, but, I’m afraid, I’m not quiet at twenty-five books yet.

I'm not doing too badly though, either.
I’m not doing too badly though, either.

Nineteen books is a lot. I am proud to have gotten this far, but I know I still need to read more. Most of these nineteen books were for classes at school, and I want to add a lot more books that I’ve read for pleasure to that list. I’m on a one week break from school, so chances are, I’ll at least get three or four more books added to my challenge before my vacation is over.

Now, let’s see how Melanie is doing.


I Ch-Ch-Choose You!

It’s no secret that I read a lot. For school this quarter, I have read Moby Dick, Sheppard Lee, Ruth Hall, Clotel or The President’s Daughter, The Colonizer and The Colonized, Discourse on Colonialism, A Small Place, Black Shack Halley, So Long a Letter, Lesson Plans for Teaching Writing, Going with the Flow: How to Engage Boys (and Girls) in Their Literacy Learning, Teaching Writing in Middle and Secondary Schools: Theory, Research, and Practice, and, last but not least, Hong Kong Nights. I still have three weeks and about six books left of this quarter.

I, like many other English majors, have finally conquered the white whale. And by conquered I mean read and by white whale I mean Moby Dick, the book.
(Credit: Dovga.com)

While I enjoy my field of study and the work that I do in classes (a majority of these books have gotten 4 or 5 star ratings from me on Goodreads), I also like to read for pleasure. Recently, Goodreads had a poll asking users to identify how they pick out the books that they read for fun.

I’ve decided to explore the question in a post and look over the last three books I’ve read, outside of school, and how I came across them.


Goodreads: What’s your Number?

There are many things I love about Goodreads, one of which being the fact that it challenges its users to read more books.

71 people have already finished? What, was their goal 1? January isn't even over yet!
71 people have already finished? What, was their goal 1? January isn’t even over yet!

I’ve always loved a challenge.

So, did I do the sane and rational thing here and pledge the average number of books or thereabouts, 58?

No. That’s too logical.

Did I go for an easy number so I could feel a sense of accomplishment when I finished?

No, that’s also too rational for me, dear reader.

This is what I did:

And I'm already behind.
I don’t think I’ve been this excited for 2% before–including milk.


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.