Giving up a long way in

I’m on page 380 of 500 of Philippa Gregory’s A Respectable Trade and have no desire whatsoever to actually finish it, but am annoyed at getting so far and not at least finishing it. My choice now is to abandon it as the path of greater resistance, in protest.


This is my third did-not-finish (DNF) of 2014 (out of 4 books read), so I don’t know whether 2014 is destined to be a poor reading year for me, whether I am particularly out of sorts at present and thus quicker to abandon a book, or whether it’s just a run of bad luck.

It feels wasteful to abandon the book at this point but I just can’t bring myself to care about any of the characters!

Review Friday.


7 thoughts on “Giving up a long way in

  1. mrsvjdw 29 January 2014 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Much better to give up than waste time on a rubbish book!

    • readingwithtea 30 January 2014 at 9:39 am Reply

      Definitely! Said book is still sitting on my desk waiting to be reviewed…

  2. Andrea Stoeckel 29 January 2014 at 5:08 pm Reply

    Been there, done that….it’s ok to not finish books. Not a lot of stuff out there is worthy of what little time we do have.

  3. ohsacrebleu 30 January 2014 at 10:10 am Reply

    Oh I feel your pain! Unfortunately I’m the type of person that would slog my way through it, because if I put it down I’ll keep telling myself I’ll go back to it and still won’t want to be spoilt for the ending despite not enjoying it.

  4. Alex 7 February 2014 at 12:02 pm Reply

    Give up! Life’s too short, even if it’s frustrating because of the time already invested. NEXT!

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