Musings From A Bookmammal


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Musing Mondays–I’m Not A Quitter, But . . .

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my Musing Mondays ramble for this week:

stack of booksWell, the first book I started in 2014 is not going along as I’d hoped. I started reading Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery by Robert Kolker because I enjoy reading true crime and the premise sounded intriguing—a series of unsolved murders of Long Island prostitutes whose common link was that they had all advertised on Craigslist.

Now, I knew going in that this book wasn’t going to be a lighthearted read. However, so far it is beyond depressing—and I haven’t even gotten to the parts where anyone gets murdered yet. I’m often reading more than one book at a time, so I’ve already started another, very different book that I’m really enjoying. I’ve read about 100 pages out of nearly 400 in Lost Girls, but I haven’t touched it in a couple of days.

I don’t finish every book that I start. My feeling is that unless you’re required to read a book for a class, it’s OK to put a book in the DNF pile and move on. There are just too many great books out there to spend valuable reading time on books you don‘t enjoy. Sometimes, though, I think I’m too quick to abandon a book.

So, my questions to you—my fellow booklovers–are these:  How do you decide when it’s time to abandon a book? Do you give a book a set number of pages before you move on? What was the last book you abandoned, and why? Or are you a reader who makes a point of finishing every book that you start? Please share!