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Unfinished Books; Why Should I Feel Guilty As Reader

I love reading books and I like reading them in parallel. At any time, I may have 10 of them going on. Depending on my mood I may pick up one of them during my night-time reading. Some of them will capture my attention and I end up reading without diverting to another book. But there are many of them that I have read, left, come back, left again multiple times before I finished reading it. The nature of story and my mood do not coincide always.

What happens when I leave the book midway and unable to return to it for a long time or forever. It is different when I read a small part of the book and do not like it to continue. But in many cases I like the book, continue to read it almost till midway and then lose interest. Currently there are so many of these books that are unfinished. “Sons and Lovers” by D. H. Lawrence, “Museum of Innocence” by Orhan Pamuk, “Social Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman, “Nineteen Eighty-Four”, by George Orwell, “Madame Bovary”, by Gustave Flaubert are some of these books that I remember now. There have been many more.

Sometimes even the authors that you like may not capture your attention for some of their books. I love reading P. G. Wodehouse. But there are some books of Wodehouse that I have started and just could not finish them.

I wonder whether I should feel guilty about not finishing these books. Did I not show enough patience to finish the book? How do I really know if the book is good or not by reading only half of it? I can’t be feeling guilty if the story or writing did not keep me engaged. It may be a great book and liked by many others but if I have to struggle to finish it then it is probably not meant to be for me. I may return back to these books someday but till then there are more than enough books and writers to explore and keep me engaged.

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Started But Not Finished…. Whether I Will Return To Them Or Not

I like buying and collecting bookmarks and I have many of them with me. But whenever I start reading a new book, I find it difficult to locate one. Where do all my bookmarks go? Well, they are where they should be; that is inside books. These are the books that I started reading but have not finished reading them yet. There must be around 30 or more such books which are occupying my bookmarks and not releasing them for new books.

Some of these books I started reading many many years ago but somehow did not finish them. But still I do not feel like removing that bookmark thinking that someday I will return to this book once again and this bookmark will remind me from where to start reading it. In some cases I have forgotten most of what I read in the book. Also, if I have not finished it in past 3-4 years then I must have hit some bottleneck while reading it and mostly I must have stopped liking it. But I always think that maybe next time when I pick it up, I will start to like it once again as same books can have different effect at different time


It is really not right to say that these books are un-finished. It is just that I have paused reading these ones and moved on to reading something else for the time being and one day I will surely return to these half-read books and recover my bookmarks from them. Till that time, I will have to keep on buying more bookmarks and keep on reading new books. One thing that surely happens is that if an un-finished book belongs to particular author then mostly I do not start reading another book by same author.


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