A Book A Day #25 – Never Finished It

The Shining, Stephen King


This thing has been sitting on my shelf for about eight months.  I am not even kidding.  What’s worse is that it’s also on my Goodreads shelf so I am definitely ‘Currently Reading’ it.  It’s not that I wasn’t enjoying it, or at least the fifty pages that I’d read so far.  My To Be Read list got snowed under, I left it in my room and then went back to my parents for Christmas and at this point I start to sound like Elwood Blues trying to justify himself to Carrie Fisher.  I don’t tend to read horror and not even in the way that I don’t tend to read science-fiction or fantasy but in exceptional circumstances I can be persuaded – I just don’t read horror.  I scare easily and I don’t like violence.  Still, Stephen King is a great author and I did read Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption (which did nearly make me faint during the rape parts) and also The Green Mile, both of which I ultimately enjoyed.  Plus, if you’re going to sample horror, I felt that The Shining was the place to start.  I do want to read it.  But I also have well over a hundred books that I also want to read.  The problem is that having officially committed to this one, I feel guilty.  I hate leaving books unfinished – I find myself pondering what could have befallen the characters even with stories that I wasn’t enjoying.  This book will be completed and when it is, I will breathe a sigh of relief.

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2 thoughts on “A Book A Day #25 – Never Finished It

  1. I used to always make myself finish books, but recently I've started recklessly ditching them about halfway through if I feel they're not worth it. However, one book that is NOT in that category is Hild by Nicola Griffith, which I stopped halfway through because I knew I would love it and I wanted to carve out more time for it than I had remaining in my library checkout period. I bought my own copy but haven't started on it again. Now that summer vacation is here, I think I can give it the attention it deserves.

  2. Haha yes, I've had books like that too! I always feel guilty if I don't finish a book – plus it tends to niggle at me if I don't know for certain how things work out. I did get sent a really terrible chick lit book a while back and I gave up on that with no regrets but in general I tend to tough it out until the bitter end. I have so many books on my TBR pile I don't dare go near the library but I do need to give some of them back to the Basildon Free Books Project …

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