This guilty reader

@cahaya1983 (10060)
Malaysia
September 3, 2016 6:51am CST
I've sort of temporarily abandoned this book that I started reading last month. Yes, last month and still not done reading it. I guess I don't really consider it a page-turner like some of the other books I've read. Being me though, I can't seem to leave a book unfinished no matter how boring or awful it is. So when I feel like reading I'd always go back to that book instead of picking up a different one from the shelf. Have you ever felt guilty for abandoning a book? Or is it just me?
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@marlina (71213)
• Canada
3 Sep 16
If the book is not well written or does not catch your liking, there is no point in continuing it .
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 16
That's the rational thing to do but I'm not, so Oh well...maybe it's just a matter of a few pages before I abandon it completely, who knows.
3 Sep 16
I feel guilty I haven't read the books I wanted to read. e book versions isn't as comfortable as real books
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 16
I'm not a big fan of e-books. The one I'm reading is paperback. I hope you do manage to read them soon!
@SIMPLYD (78094)
• Philippines
5 Sep 16
Yes, i had two of them left unfinished and returned them to my nephew . They weren't that so suspenseful that could make me read it even for a day only .
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 16
Good that the books were borrowed from your nephew. Mine was bought at a book fair so there's a high chance that it will continue to remain on my shelf.
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@SIMPLYD (78094)
• Philippines
6 Sep 16
@cahaya1983 I actually don't buy books anymore eversince i got married . But my nephew who is a bookworm is fond of buying them , even if he isn't reading them yet since he is still busy with teaching students . And those i borrowed and returned , he hasn't read them yet .
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
@SIMPLYD Oh wow really? I don't think I'll ever stop buying books haha. Well at least you have another source to borrow books from!
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@Marty1 (31956)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3 Sep 16
@cahaya1983 I read books all the way throught, too but there have been books I started and didn't finish and then put them away for a few months almost six months sometimes then start reading them again and find out it wasn't so bad as I thought it was. Give it some time and read another book that you like then go back to that book and you might like it!
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
3 Sep 16
Yeah I thought about doing that but I'd probably forget a lot of details if I leave it too long. I'm almost halfway through. Or did you mean you started reading it from the beginning?
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@Marty1 (31956)
• Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
3 Sep 16
@cahaya1983 I admit I usually forget the book, and I start over, but there are usually many months between the first and second reading because I find other books that I love! I have a few i have to start reading again!
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
@Marty1 I did that with one of the books I previously read - started over just because I remember it was interesting, but couldn't remember the plot. Worth it though!
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@KatILUs (46)
• United States
5 Sep 16
It depends on the book, and the situation. For example, just to give you a bit of context, I am a full time student, doing my studies online, and when I'm not working on school work, I'm actually working at my job. So that doesn't leave a TON of free time for things like reading. However, I absolutely LOVE to read. I bought a James Patterson book a few months back called "The Murder House" and was fully intending to read it. I got about a quarter of the way through, and then life just got in the way, and the book is back on the bookshelf not being touched. However, if the book is awful, then I have no guilt about closing it's cover and never picking it back up. I can't force myself to read something dull, when I'm doing it for entertainment.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 16
Good point! There's definitely a huge difference between quitting a good book because of not having the time versus quitting one that is super boring. Oh, talking about awful books (and James Patterson), I actually finished reading one of his books several months ago - The Big Bad Wolf which I thought was pretty disappointing.
• United States
5 Sep 16
@cahaya1983 You know I've never read that one before. Guess now I know not to! Haha I typically enjoy his books, however I've been disappointed in the ones where he teams up with another writer...I feel like, with some of them, he lets the other author write the book and he just slaps his name on the cover in order for it to sell better.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
@KatILUs Oh yeah I think I saw those ones where he teams up with another writer. I hardly buy jointly written books anyway. I've only read a couple of his books actually, and I forgot the title of the other one haha, it was quite a while ago.
• United States
6 Sep 16
I feel guilty about it, too! I've spent months trying to fight my way through a book! lol
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
Yes the struggle is real isn't it??
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• United States
6 Sep 16
@cahaya1983 Very real! lol
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@epiffanie (9703)
• Australia
5 Sep 16
I don't feel guilty if I don't continue reading .. But I would feel guilty if I waste my time reading something boring ..
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 16
Good point. Well I would probably feel guilty if I think it's a waste of time but the thing is I don't, thus the dilemma. The plot so far isn't that bad, it's just that it's full of superfluous details.
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@epiffanie (9703)
• Australia
5 Sep 16
@cahaya1983 Well, there's no reason to feel any guilt then if you don't think a is a waste of time ..
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• United Kingdom
11 Jan 17
I have many times, teh same with a film, if it's no good, it's no good, no point in putting the effort in if you're not enjoying it.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
11 Jan 17
Oh yeah when it comes to films I'm the same. Now I usually check the ratings and reviews first before watching any movie. At least I'd minimize the risk of wasting my time watching a horrible movie.
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@BelleStarr (36949)
• Portland, Connecticut
6 Sep 16
Yes frequently, if it is boring ditch it and move on, life is too short to be bored.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
6 Sep 16
Yes I think many people would agree with that!
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@marsha32 (6689)
• United States
6 Sep 16
Hubby's been home so I've not even been reading my devotions in bed at night. I did feel guilty last night not also picking up the book I've also started reading. Instead I had taken my tablet in to bed with me and was playing bingo on it.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 16
Oh, so bingo won! I've abandoned my book for many days now. Not sure when I'm going to pick it up again.
@jstory07 (65385)
• Roseburg, Oregon
5 Sep 16
It is just you. I have never felt guilty leaving a ook if I did not like it. Of course I have liked 75% of the books that I read.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 16
Yeah I thought so, it probably is just me. 75% is a pretty good rate, I would say.
@acelawrites (10929)
• Philippines
4 Sep 16
Sometimes, but I get back into it when I find time.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 16
That's good. I do that with some of the books I read whenever work gets in the way and I can't finish a book within a short time.
@paigea (21755)
• Canada
4 Sep 16
I rarely abandon a book once I've started. But now and then I do it
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
7 Sep 16
Yeah me too, I've always finished the books I started reading. Maybe I'll eventually finish this one too.
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• Australia
3 Sep 16
If you don't fancy it then don't waste your time reading it.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
Well I guess it's not really about wasting time...more about the dilemma to go on or not, hehe.
@Asylum (48283)
• Manchester, England
3 Sep 16
That would not bother me in any way whatsoever.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
Good for you!
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• United States
3 Sep 16
no ma'am, if'n one interests me, i'll not put 't down 'til 'tis finished. those i lose interest'n i jest walk 'way from.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
That's probably the best thing to do. Oh such a dilemma
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@lealuvy2j (1989)
• Philippines
3 Sep 16
I'm guilty of this all the time. The book I'm reading now, I have been reading for 4 months now so yes I would love to finish any time this year.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
Finally! Haha. I thought I'm the only one! It has been only a month for me so I guess there's still a possibility of finishing it
@salonga (27998)
• Philippines
3 Sep 16
When I like a book I won't stop reading till finish it. But when I find it not interesting, I just leave it without any guilt at all.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
Seems like that's what most people would do.
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@shaggin (36321)
• United States
3 Sep 16
I HATE when I can't get into a book and get halfway through and have to decide if I can finish it or quit. Usually no matter how much I hate the bookI will finish it. I read about 40 - 50 books a year and usually I quit one a year.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
Yay! Let's form a guilty readers club haha. Well I've always finished whatever I started, it's just that I wouldn't remember too many details from the books that I find uninteresting.
• Pune, India
3 Sep 16
I have so many books that I just stop reading halfway and I buy new books. I feel so guilty for not finishing the previous ones.
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@cahaya1983 (10060)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 16
I don't go out to buy books often since I always buy them in bulk. I try to finish reading one before picking up another.