Stop reading boring books

If you’re like me, you read for entertainment. Every once in a while, I come across a book that just doesn’t hold my interest. At those times, I feel almost guilty if I stop reading it, especially if it’s a popular book. There are a couple on the 2015 Hugo ballot that fall into that category. Here’s the thing. There’s nothing wrong with stopping. If I’m reading for entertainment and I’m not being entertained, the book isn’t doing it’s job, and I’m wasting my time. I’m not going to name any books in this post. Just because I find something boring doesn’t mean you will. I’m not talking about specific books. I’m talking about continuing to read any book you find boring. There was one book in particular that utterly failed to engage me, and so I stopped reading it about a third of the through. Later, I saw online that someone else saying they’d gotten several chapters into it and didn’t find it particularly interesting. Other people chimed in and told him to stick with it and that it would be worth it. Apparently, the payoff more than 20 chapters in. The said person thought it was a good event but didn’t really justify the book. I have to agree. If a book requires you to be bored for twenty chapters before it gets interesting, to me, it’s a bad book.

Now maybe there’s a particular classic you really want to have read. Certainly, reading Moby Dick is an accomplishment, one that I’ve failed at several times. I’ll probably try again at some point. It’s such an iconic book that I really want to have read it, but it certainly is a dense book. I’m not really reading that for entertainment, though. It’s more research than anything else, but if I’m reading for entertainment, and a book bores me, I put it down. If I’m bored when I want to be entertained, I’m just wasting my time.

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