There are legitimate reasons for reading books other than enjoyment. Ideally you enjoy your reading, but not loving a book is not necessarily grounds for not reading it. Sometimes it is useful to read a book to understand what people are talking about, for example I read the *Twilight* saga when I was in grade 8 because so many people were talking about it and I was clueless, even though I hated it. Also, classics are frequently referenced and it can make reading other books more enjoyable if you have read a variety of Shakespeare (including *Hamlet* and *Macbeth*), and books like *1984*, *Frankenstein*, etcetera.
There are also books that are uncomfortable to read but leave a lasting impression. I found reading *Of Mice and Men* torturous, back in high school, but I do not regret having read it. It is a very powerful book, and it is well worth reading, even if (or maybe because) it is so devastating.
It is easy to dislike a book that takes you out of your comfort zone, either because it is an uncomfortable topic, style, or other parameter, or because it goes against something you believe, but this type of book can be rewarding. They can make you think in a different way and reassess your view of the world. It can be especially beneficial if you are also able to discuss the book, including your thoughts about it (including how it made you uncomfortable). It could even be enjoyable overall even if it was challenging, uncomfortable, and not particularly fun while you were reading it.
On a related note, if you dislike a book for any reason but are going to be able to be part of a discussion about it, it's likely worthwhile to read it. Hearing other people talk about what they liked in a book can help to change your mind about it.
I am not saying that these are all of the reasons to read a book you dislike, nor that you shouldn't read books that you enjoy, nor that there's anything wrong in principle with quitting a book part way through. Goodness knows there have been books that I couldn't stand and I gave up on part way through (*The Book Thief* being the first that comes to mind), and there are certainly books that aren't worth reading. There isn't enough time to read everything. However, if you only ever read books that you love, you will miss out on a lot of great books. You might even miss a large chunk of books that you would really love because you never tried them, thinking that you wouldn't like them.
In essence, keep an open mind and read a variety of books, even if you don't love every one of them!
I generally agree.
Stopping something cause it’s hard or not as enjoyable as something else is usually considered being lazy...ok. Not saying we’re lazy just making a comparison...
Just because initially I sucked at soccer, doesn’t mean I should stop learning...once I have mastered the skills maybe I’ll like it more...maybe I won’t but I won’t know that if I quit early....I have experienced this enough with books that I just at least finish the book. Not always the series. But at least the book.
This could apply to reading...just my $0.02...
Let some discussion happen.
I think it's the money spent on books that make me feel like I have to read it. Sometimes I'll take a break and see if that changes anything for me like my mood might be off affecting my enjoyment of books but if it doesn't change on the second try then it's time to call it quits on that book. Life is too short to do things that don't make you happy.
Also, I frequently see people on here with a list of books to read that reads like something the think they "should" be reading, rather than what they really think is the most interesting. There's only so much time in the day to read and so many books. Don't waste time on the ones that feel like a chore.
I agree! Wish I would actually follow this for myself though. Once I’ve spent money on a book I force myself to read it in the end because I otherwise it’s £10 wasted.
Sadly, the Aftermath trilogy does very little the fill in the gaps between the movies. About all it does is explain why there's a bunch of spaceship wrecks on Jakku
I read for pleasure. At some point I realized that if I don't like it, I don't HAVE to finish it or even attempt it just because someone said I should. One of the better epiphanies of my life
There are certain books that I've wanted to check off my list, like On the Road by Jack Kerouac. I didn't enjoy it but I'm glad I read it so I could try to see what all the fuss is about.
You're right, though, reading books you enjoy is much better.
That's fine and all. But it's also okey to read books to challenge yourself, you know? Getting out of that comfort zone once in a while.
I have 2462 Want To Read books on Goodreads. I have no time interest, or patience to "struggle" with a book. My only exceptions have been: 1. Reviews are incredible; so I plod on. 2. I am participating in a "Book World Challenge" where you read a mystery/suspense/crime novel based in every Country - sometimes a book based in obscure Countries are difficult at best. Sometimes I didn't like a book, but read it anyway to fulfill the requirement.
Agreed. I read Pride and Prejudice because every says you have to. Man was it boring though. I decided then that I don't care what people think about my choices in books, I'm reading what I want.
I once heard bill gates say that he finishes every book he reads, even if he hates it.
I stared a book by peter orner, am I here alone, and didn’t like it at first. But half way though i really developed a liking for it and am happy I stuck with it
I just had to put away "Gravity's Rainbow." I need to come back to it later when I have the space to give it the attention it deserves. It's not the casual kind read I hoped it would be.
I agree that if you are reading just for yourself and purely for enjoyment, there is no shame in not continuing a book that doesn't entertain you. If you are reading to learn or to improve your skills, I don't think you should give up a book because of difficulty.
But you are right about Aftermath. I couldn't stomach it either. There are so many entertaining books in the Star Wars EU and Legends, don't bother with something that you don't like.