Book Abandonment– Reckless or Sensible?

I’ve done this thing for a really long time where I ditch books if I don’t feel like reading them just then, or if I think I want to read them but am just unable to, for whatever reason.
This happens a fair amount but I’m noticing it now because I did it to two books in the last week, and now I’m wondering: am I abandoning these books permanently?
I have historically always read all my books, even if it’s taken me years to get round to it. But I’ve never before had these many new unread books just sitting around and I’m freaking out a little.
I already broke my book ban today. Sigh. I was going to read The Lord of the Rings (Yes, for the first time. No, I don’t know what took me so long.) which I’ve had sitting around for ages when my friend said I should read the Hobbit first. She said she wishes she’d done that too.
So I went and bought the Kindle edition of the Hobbit. -eyeroll- I could have just borrowed it but noooo. Where’s the fun in being so sensible?
Now, I have panic attacks thinking I’ll never read these books and that I’m a huge wastrel.
At the same time, what’s the freaking POINT of spending ages on a book that you’re not in the mood for just then? Life is short, time is limited and the books you buy won’t run away. Right?
The book ban continues, but I need to read what I’m in the mood for even if it means getting around to certain books a little later. Don’t you think?
Like right now, I’m just speeding through the Hobbit like an excitable child. It makes a nice change of pace from the painfully flowery writing style of Jeffrey Eugenides’s in The Virgin Suicides. I put up with it in Middlesex, and yes, it was worth it, and I absolutely will read it, but I feel up to something more fast paced right now. You know?
So what do you guys think? Should I continue to read what I want when I want or should I stick to the books I pick up till the end, or decide once and for all never to pick them up, and refuse any flexibility?
What do you prefer to do personally? ๐Ÿ™‚ Let me know in the comments!
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7 thoughts on “Book Abandonment– Reckless or Sensible?

  1. I always say to read what you want to read. Sometimes that includes putting a book down and coming back to it–or not. I find that when I’m not really getting into a book, I pick up something else to read and I’ll usually read them side-by-side depending on my mood.

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  2. I give myself the option to try out a book, to be a bit flexible – perhaps read about 50 pages and then decide to abandon or continue with it. I used to be all about completing every book I picked up but then realized that life is too short to be reading things that I didn’t like. Imagine books as people – would you be friends (until the end) with someone you couldn’t tolerate?

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    • That makes sense. A lot of sense, actually.
      I’m largely a mood reader though, so it’s a bit more confusing for me. I’ve been known to read a book in one sitting on the 5th attempt, based on my mood at the time.

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    • For instance, I bought The Color Purple in 2012 and I tried reading it twice before and just couldn’t get into it.
      And now I finished it in a day and a half. ๐Ÿ™‚ and I really loved it too!

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