Wednesday, September 8, 2010

I Hate My Book

I've gotta read it because I said I would, both for a challenge and for my own personal goal of reading all the Booker winners.


Currently I'm coping with the fact that I don't like it by "cheating" with magazines and other books. Anything to avoid picking up that nasty thing looming on the coffee table (not to mention my conscience).

I think that coping mechanism is called "avoidance." Double sigh.

Admitting I have a problem is the first step to . . . something, right?


  1. Keep at it! Remember my post about The Green Man? Had to do it though....

  2. I hope it's not long! I've never even heard of it. I have a lot of magazines I'm behind on--maybe I should read it too!

  3. The only problem with avoidance on a book you hate - and I do exactly the same thing till I bail on it - is that the darned book never ends. It just keeps hanging around fore.v.e.r.

    Good luck.

  4. I'm dying to know, what's the book? (So I can avoid it.)

  5. I've gotten more and more merciless about abandoning books. I've even come to think about challenges and goals as being goals to *attempt* certain books, not to finish them. If I'm avoiding, I'm done.

  6. Poor you! You know, it is okay to abandon it. You gave it your best shot; if it's terrible for you, there's no point carrying on. Also, you can skip ahead and read the end now, and then at least you'll know where it's heading. Sometimes if I am hating a book, reading the end helps give it direction and urgency for me. Sometimes. I nearly gave up on Revolutionary Road, but then I skipped ahead and read the end, and it turned out ultimately I loved the book.

  7. Server is down at home so I am commenting from work . . . briefly.

    The culprit is How Late It Was, How Late by James Kelman. I'll post an excerpt soon so you can judge for yourselves.

    I'm not sure reading the ending would help. It is one long sour note, from what I can tell.

  8. I do hate to abandon a book, but I can. It took me years before I could do that. I was struggling so with reading time recently that I finally put down all books and just read magazines for about two weeks. Last night a started a fresh book and haven't been able to stop reading. I think I needed to clear my head.


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