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What Makes You Put Down a Book?

By Mariagrazia @SMaryG
WHAT MAKES YOU PUT DOWN A BOOK? Daniel Pennac in his Reads Like a Novel stated it  as one of the rights of the readers: the right not to finish a book.  How often do you avail yourself of that right? Well, you are not on trial, don't worry! I just would like to reflect with you on the reasons which bring us to put a book down at times and how often that happens in our reading life. 
Among the reasons I personally stop reading a book
- reason 1.  is  usually bad writing, - reason 2. I  can't relate to any of the characters at all 
- reason 3. I find it boring and of no interest.
The books I couldn't read to the end are less than the ones I completed, actually. Among the ones I still remember putting down after attempting reading them for a certain sense of duty, Jack Kerouac's On The Road (yeah! never finished) and Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being. I know, I know. They are best favourites of so many readers but I just couldn't like them nor convince myself to get to the end. There are many other books, especially in my recent reading life as a book blogger, that I couldn't finish reading. No sense of duty could  prevail and help me in those cases. Do I feel guilty? No, not at all. Reading must be a pleasure to me, not a duty, even less mind torture. 
WHAT MAKES YOU PUT DOWN A BOOK? Goodreads posted Top Five Most Abandoned Books. Among the recently published:  1. J.K. Rowling , The Casual Vacancy 2. E.L.James, Fifty Shades 3. Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love 4. Stieg Larsson, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo 5. Gregory Maguire, Wicked
Among the classics: 1. Joseph Heller, Catch 22 2. J.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the Rings (incredibly enough!) 3. James Joyce, Ulysses 4. Herman Melville, Moby Dick 5. Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged  
WHAT MAKES YOU PUT DOWN A BOOK?
What book/s didn't you make it to the end?  What are the reasons why you decided to put it/them down? 
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