So, I didn’t post yesterday because I was basking in the delight of having two kids at camp and the whole day to myself. I went to the grocery store by myself (all of the moms reading know how glorious that is) and spent the rest of my day reading my book.
I read at the breakfast table, in the carpool line, lounging in my favorite cozy chair, even while on the elliptical. I could not put the book down! Which is funny, because just a week ago, I wasn’t so sure I was into this book. Maybe it was the author’s writing style, maybe it was because I’ve read a bunch of other WWII-era novels lately, I don’t know what it was– but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Which makes me wonder…
When do you abandon a book?
When do you feel like you just aren’t interested, or you’re not engaged with the characters and storyline, or for whatever reason the book is just not sucking you in?
When is it okay to just put the book aside and try something new?
Second Grade almost Third Grade readers, if a book or series is not engaging or feels too easy or too hard, it’s always okay to set it aside. Sometimes I think we forget when we choose good fit books that part of what makes it a good fit is our interest in the story or topic (remember the I-PICK song??? “Interest, interest, do I like it?”). If we are not interested, we are less likely to get in the “reading zone,” and then reading can feel like a chore instead of fun. When you really like a book and want to read it, you think about it when you’re not reading and can’t wait to get back to it.
Although a week ago I was ready to set this book aside for another time, I’m actually glad I stuck with it for just a little longer. Halfway through the book, it got very exciting, and I’m now fully engrossed. Should I have abandoned the book a week ago in search of something better? Maybe. Maybe not.
So…. when do you abandon a book?
I’m still not sure I know, but I do know that it’s always okay to put a book aside. Maybe you are just not ready for it yet.