I did something night I don’t normally do. Last night I finally abandoned a book I have been laboring through. While I know abandoning books is something all readers do, it bothered me to give up. I felt like I failed myself and failed the author in a way.
I am a huge historical fiction fan with a special affection for all things Tudor. Thomas Cromwell is fascinating to me, and I was excitided to hear about Wolf Hall. A book dedicated to uncovering the mysteries of this complicate man. It started off slow, but I am persistent. I found the style of writing difficult to follow, but I dug into my toolbox and kept going. I reread, tracked my thinking, used my prior knowledge but by 35% in, I was done. I don’t mind working hard as a reader, but this was putting a bad taste for reading in my mouth. At that point, I had to let go.
It is important for us to teach readers when it is okay to let a book go. Just like we think about which books are the right books for us, we need to know when the relationship is no longer working. Thoughtful abandonment is a skill we all need to learn.
I may decide to revisit Mr. Cromwell in the future. For now though, it was time to let go. My reading time is too precious.