Book Quitter

Once upon a time, I would muscle through books that I did not like at all. It was grueling and uncomfortable. I don’t know what it is that made me feel guilty for not completing a book once we started it.

I cannot blame it on high school trauma.  Reading classics was not an arduous task.  I had a harder time reading Lord of Flies than The Scarlet Letter.

As a means of embracing my book quitter-ness, I’m going to list three books that I recently have started and have not yet finished.

Only one of the books listed below is what I would call it challenging read for me.The other two books I got from the library, and I simply ran out of time.

The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck

Despite immediately liking this book, I did not finish it.  I checked it out from my local library. I did not schedule sufficient time to read the whole thing.

This is not a book to speed through. This book is meant to be experienced.

St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves by Karen Russell

This is another library book that I simply did not time appropriately.

I have always been a fan of short story collections, and I am very happy to see that short story collections are becoming more and more popular. The short story collection is full of magical realism and colorful characters.

I really enjoy the way Karen Russell writes.  It is because I enjoy her writing so much that I did not rush through this book.  Having read the first story, I am ready to purchase, hold, and read cover to cover deliberately.

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

I do not know how I missed reading this book in high school. But, I did.

I recently purchased a copy from The Book Depository, and I was both happy and surprised at its thinness. I did not realize this book was crafted from an essay. I thought the brief text would make this a quick read. I was totally wrong.

I find this book to be chewy.  The language is thick and long-winded. This doesn’t mean that I do not like the writing. I’m really not sure if I like it or not.  The only way I will know for sure is to read the entire thing no matter how long it takes.

Which books have you recently read part of and put it down? Have you read any of these books that I have listed? if so did you like them? Feel free to comment below! If you have a book recommendation or five, I’ll take this too!

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