I love the feeling of finishing a book. The sense of accomplishment. The closure…or a successful cliffhanger making me want to read more. And, of course, the search for my next book
Typically, even if I’m not a huge fan of a particular book, I will still see it through to the end. As an English major with a focus in literature I have had to read multiple books that I just had to trudge through because of class (sorry Heart of Darkness, but you make this list).
The thought of stopping a book, like actually stopping and not just slowly getting through it, hadn’t really been on my radar until I started listening to the podcast “What Should I Read Next,” hosted by Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. I started to hear different readers say that gave up on books they just couldn’t relate to and had no desire in finishing. Could I do this too? Should I try it?
Though I have been listening to the podcast and considering this idea for almost a year now, I hadn’t come across a book I disliked enough to stop in the middle of the story. And then earlier this week I began to read Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater.
I really, really wanted to like this book. Shiver is the first book in The Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, which has been on my to-read shelf for a few years now. I had even moved these books onto my Top 25 Books to Read in 2018 list! I really wanted to like it.
But, unfortunately, I just couldn’t get behind the story. Now, it has a 3.78 rating on Goodreads and has been on The New York Times Bestseller List. Clearly this is a book that’s enjoyed by some, just not me. I’m not saying this is a bad book…just a bad book for me.
I’m not sure if it was the plot, or the characters, or the writing that made me decide to close it and not pick it back up again. Maybe it was my age, and I could couldn’t relate to this teen romance anymore. Whatever the reasoning, I only made it to chapter 10 before stopping.
But now I am at a crossroad…what book will I read now? What book will blow my mind to keep me motivated to read instead of falling into a reading slump?
Here are three tips I have tried in the past when I’m struggling to chose a new book:
- Re-read a book you already know you love in order to capture the magic
- Listen to an audiobook, by changing the format of reading you also change your type of reading experience
- Ask for suggestions from a friend, teacher, parent, etc. (they might suggest something amazing that you have never even heard about before)