I just stopped another book midway because I was bored and didn’t want to read it anymore. It’s a growing trend for me this year, if a book doesn’t hook me right away I just give up.
I remember when I was younger I never picked up a book and didn’t finish it, but the older I get the more impatient I seem to become and I find myself not finishing all the books I pick up. But why? Books have always been my haven and I hate not finishing something I’ve started, so what’s changed? Well I have a few theories…
(1) Kindle Unlimited.
I have never cancelled and then reinstated a program so many times in my life! Honestly I have found some amazing books that I’ve loved on KU but let’s be honest, there is a plethora of books and not all great, this had made me much snappier with my decisions. If I don’t like it in the first 20% I didn’t pay extra for it and I just don’t believe it will get better.
This one is tricky. On websites like netgalley you’ll notice when you get your approval letter (maybe not for all but for most) they basically ask you, if you are not enjoying this book just stop rather than power through and bash it.
Now if I pick your book up from you, if I’m tortured I’ll give you that option as well and most prefer you stop. Though it doesn’t happen often, it can.
Even without KU there is a lot of discounted books out there, even just 10 years ago I remember making a list of the books I would buy for the year. You didn’t get books for under $2 or even $1 so you were very picky about what you got. Now if I spend $1 on it and I don’t like it…well I don’t have time for that.
Libraries will always be a good thing don’t get me wrong but they are getting better and better at getting more people better access to a larger selection. Ebook sections of libraries are becoming bigger and most libraries will order books per your request. What that means? Books I might never have read I’m taking a chance on. But it also means some of those books I’m just not going to like.
So what about you, do you finish everything you read? If not have you found your finishing less books? Comment below!