As a Lit major and a lifelong lover of books, it took me a long time to feel okay with abandoning a book. I think I became predisposed to thinking that if a book is deemed IMPORTANT, I didn’t want to miss out on the cultural experience. I always want to enjoy a book and find something redeeming in it; but, ultimately, I’m coming around to the idea that life is too short to read a book I’m not enjoying.
Do you rate books after you’ve read them? I never did until I joined Goodreads. I like that I have a system in place for remembering my general feelings about a book and that my star reviews add to the book’s aggregate score.
Recent Reads is a series for me to feature the past few books I’ve read (or experienced) along with my verdicts.
This year, I’ve based my reading goals on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2018 Reading Challenge (listed here). I like that I was strategic about my book choices on the front end, and so far, so good. I’ve enjoyed almost every book on my list thus far (I’ve only abandoned one book — more on that in another post), and I’ve left enough room for the spontaneous reads that are starting to crowd my Kindle e-shelf.