Reader's Guilt

Ever pick up a book that you’ve had your eye on and find out that after investing some time into reading it, you’re just not that into it?  Our “reader’s guilt” tells us that we should stick it out, that the book will get better.  That might be the case, but what I’ve come to realize is that it often isn’t worth it.  Think about it – while you’re trudging through that book you’re wasting time that you could have spent reading a really great book that you wouldn’t be able to put down.

As a librarian, I see a lot of books and I hear about even more.  Some sound really good, or they were recommended to me, or they’re books that I just never got to read.  There are a lot of good books out there and there are more and more every day.  Just like there are more books every day that sounded good at the time, but just didn’t work out.  I’m telling you – it’s OK to give up on a book … guilt free.*

*sorry, this does not apply to required reading



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