For the past few years as part of my goal planning as it relates to books and reading, I’ve endeavored to abandon more books. My TBR shelves are heavy laden, there are just too many excellent books out there (or even in my own house!) to spend my time reading dreck. Or even just books I’m not enjoying or gaining valuable knowledge from.
I haven’t exactly succeeded, though. I start the year off mindful to my commitment but then somehow as the year progresses, I just don’t abandon any books. Well. Not *none*. In 2011 I set aside two books. In 2012 I abandoned one, according to my records. And while I am generally pleased with all that I read — especially last year — I become more convinced every year that I really should be walking away from more books. I don’t pick my reads perfectly (Who does? I want that skill!). My reading time has diminished.
And the answer to the question you’re asking yourself: I did just abandon a book. It’s so incredibly hard for me to walk away from a book, though! It’s a fine book, I know lots of people love it, but it’s slow-going, I just wasn’t looking forward to getting back to it, and I had other titles loudly calling my name. Right now I’m trying to convince myself that it’s OK to rid my shelves of this volume, that I won’t have a drastically better reading experience in a few months or a year. The book: The Yellow-Lighted Bookshop: A Memoir, a History by Lewis Buzbee.
Do you abandon books? What guidelines do you use to determine when a DNF [did not finish] is in order? Compared to how many books you complete, what percentage of your reads are abandoned? When you set a book down, is it relatively simple or hard to get rid of it, or do you keep it around, thinking next time might be different?
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