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How often do you quit reading a book? I am not a quitter. Period. I tend to stick with my goals until the bitter end, even when doing so becomes cause for concern. In order to keep writing a new critical book review each week, I challenged myself to read 50 books this year. Today, I admit defeat, but happily so. More freelance editing work is coming my way, so something has to give. What gives me cause for concern is my bad habit of not being able to quit a book.


How often do you quit reading a book?

For years, I’ve averaged two books a month, but that figures in extra time to read during summer vacations when I wasn’t in the classroom. I can recall past instances when a book sat on my nightstand for one, two, or three months as I slogged through its semi-interesting pages. If I started the dang thing, then by golly, I was going to finish it!


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The Time Traveler's Wife
Lonesome Dove
The Road
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A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Revolutionary Road
The Shipping News
The Grapes of Wrath

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Typically that approach worked because I would start reading another book simultaneously, one which better captured my interest. But now with blogging book reviews, I can’t afford the luxury of putting a book on the backburner. Even though I read analytically and as an editor, I still want to enjoy the books I read for this blog.


Alas, I am unable to post a book review today. Out of six months of reviews, I’ve had to let authors know twice that I would be unable finish their book and/or write a review. It is my policy to not post one- or two-star reviews for books by indie authors. Even though I carefully consider each book review request, deciding if a book is a perfect fit isn’t always an exact science.


When it comes to reading books, being a quitter can be a good thing. Which is why I think my reading and reviewing challenge may be the biggest reading favor I’ve ever done for myself. I’m changing my quota to a much more doable two book reviews a month. I also want to fit in one short work a month as well, but those less lengthy reviews won’t be posted here. Viola! My new challenge now entails reading 36 titles a year.


So, my burning question of the day is this: How often do you quit reading a book and why?


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