How often, if ever, do you stop reading a book once you've started it? I used to consider myself a person that only does it rarely, but I've noticed myself doing it more and more often.

I think this has to do with the fact that I rent my books from the library, so they have a due date and if I think I'm going to struggle through a book, I don't bother and just return it.

On multiple occasions I've put down a book that I was over 90% done with. Two of these include: The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien and The Last Battle by CS Lewis. The weird thing about The Last Battle is that I've read the rest of the Narnia series a million times (Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the best, just deal with it), but I have picked up and put down The Last Battle at least 5 times. It's not even long!

I was thinking about this because last night I decided to ditch The Living by Matt De la Pena because the characters are two dimensional and dull and he always referred to women as either females or girls, which is one of my biggest pet peeves.

Other books I've quit on recently(ish):

  • Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges
  • The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (I think I'm going to get some flack for this one)

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Do you guys give up on books often? How do you decide to put it down? Which popular books have you not been able to get into?