We begin books with the best of intentions, wanting to read through to the last page. But certain books start out well and then 100, 150 pages in they become a chore to get through. I'm in that position now with a critically acclaimed book I have wanted to read for some time but I'm struggling with it and have decided to put the book down for awhile and move on to something I might like better.
There is a guilt I feel in not finishing books because for years that's all I did, get to page 70, 80 and move on to the next thing. And if a book is a classic there is a sense of obligation to finish it as well. But life is short and when a book becomes a desert that you've been walking through for weeks hoping to see water up ahead, maybe its time to move on. Reading should be fun.