i don’t finish every book i start

by Joanna on July 10, 2013

I was reading The Dinner recently. Even though I was more than half way through, I just wasn’t into it. I was bored. And even though there is supposed to be a twist or something interesting happening at the end, I didn’t really care to get to the end.

One of my core desired feelings (Danielle LaPorte, anyone?) is to be engaged. To be excited and pulled into something. And this book just wasn’t doing it for me.

So, I let it go. I closed it with no intention to pick it back up. And honestly, that small decision made me feel powerful.

Life’s too short to do things that don’t make you feel good. Life’s filled with too many opportunities for things that make us feel good to hang on to arbitrary obligations. So I try not to do that anymore.

Ok, talk to me in the comments:

What’s something in your life that’s not grasping you in the way you’d like? What would it be like to let it go?

What’s the last book you read that you could. not. put. down??


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jacquelyn @justjacq July 10, 2013 at 5:20 pm

I read an article recently that people who don’t always finish their books are really good at getting things done. I think that was it? I just remember thinking, yeah my Mom doesn’t finish books and she gets shit done! And I do finish books and I don’t get shit done. I think it is the whole sitting around and letting one thing occupy your mind for hours idea.


2 Leslie July 10, 2013 at 5:49 pm

Ugh Jo – I just finished reading The Dinner last night for Scott’s sister’s book club – not my favorite book at all. Trust me, the “twist” at the end was pretty lame. Basically, there was no climax, very monotone and rather blah.

What I’m trying to say is… you made the right decision. The only reason I finished it was because of the book club meeting!



3 Meaghan {for a song} July 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm

ha! too funny. I’m in the middle of The Dinner right now, and I’m enjoying it. I love untrustworthy narrators, and colloquial writing, and family dramas, so basically it’s a win for me. I feel like I’m at the table with them.

Anyway, I respect people who put down books that aren’t good, but I could never do it. If I reach the 50-page mark, I gotta take it to the end. Even if it takes me forever.


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