Today, I’m participating in the Book Chat link-up hosted by Sweet Green Tangerines. The Book Chat is basically exactly what it sounds like; each Thursday, a topic is put forth for discussion and various bloggers sound off. I followed the chat last Thursday, even though I didn’t participate, and I liked the idea a lot so I wanted to try it. I liked how open-ended the prompts were and also how unlike certain link-ups and memes are focused solely towards the book blogging community, I noticed a lot of the blogs that participated in the book chat weren’t book blogs. I love book blogs, but I like other blogs too, so I thought it would be fun to participate in this!
This week’s topic is abandoning books.
It’s not a secret that I hate abandoning books. Maybe it’s the inner English major in me, or the idea that’s been embedded in me to never give up, but I have a seriously hard time abandoning a book. I mean, books are art! They contain words, my favorite thing on the planet. Why would I want to not finish one? After all, despite my feelings on a given book, just having a book out there in the open is quite an accomplishment, and it feels right to celebrate that by reading said books.
However, I’ve been trying to remember that these are books I read for fun. They’re not my school books or books that I have to read for a group. They’re books I choose to read as a way of living many different lives and being in many different places. In many ways, books are like a vacation. And why would I choose to take a vacation to somewhere I don’t want to go?
Just because I choose to not go to a certain area doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate it; it just means that specific location is for me. I’m not a fan of cold weather climates, so a ski resort is probably not the place for me. That’s how I want to view books I don’t finish. There may be a few books that I just truly abhor and think should never be read by anyone, but most of the time, books I abandon just aren’t for me.
So I’ll let other people go to the ski resort, and I’ll stay on the beach with the nice warm weather and the perfect read for me.