Lit: The books I abandoned

When do you give up on a book?

For me the answer always used to be ‘never’. I can’t recall an exact moment, but over the years I accepted as fact that I could not possibly start reading a new book before finishing my current one. Yet some people have several on the go at once!

On many occasions I tried, but I could never fully immerse myself in a new read. My mind would wander to incomplete plot lines or wonder how the characters fared in an unfinished novel.

can recall the moment this spell broke, and the three books that followed it.

Spring 2016, after slogging through a meagre 26% of The Zoo- Jamie Mollart I finally gave myself permission to give up on a book.

Not long after We- Yevgeny Zamyatin followed suit at 32%, and finally last month We Need To Talk About Kevin- Lionel Shriver took a dive into my do-not-finish pile.

With a TBR of 100 or more there just isn’t time to invest in anything that doesn’t grip you.

Anyone else have books gathering dust?