Another bookish quirk that I hear people talk about is needing to finish a book regardless of how much they enjoy it. I know a few people who are absolute completionist and must finish a book once they have started, regardless of how much they enjoy it.
I once even heard a story about a man who started reading a book and hated the experience, but he felt he needed to go ahead and finish the book. Unfortunately, the book turned out to be part of a series, which he then felt compelled to finish. I am unsure about the validity of this story, but honestly if I felt a similar compulsion I would become so hesitant to start new books!
Personally, I don’t have a problem stopping reading a book. I mean, I will lose interest very quickly in a book I do not enjoy, and can rarely force myself to continue reading something I don’t get pleasure from.
But, I do understand the feeling that I imagine people how must finish their books have. Stopping reading a book before it’s intended end does seem like such a shame. I always go into reading a book hoping the best, and I do feel quite bad about having not been able to finish it. I also don’t like the knowledge that I own several unfinished books, that will most likely stay that way.
But I really just can’t bring myself to continue on with a book I don’t enjoy when there is so many other amazing books out there!
If you are one of those people who needs to finish books they have started I’d love to hear from you! I’d also love to hear from people who put down books they don’t enjoy as well!
Regardless of your book completionist tendencies I hope you have a lovely day!