An Odd Habit

I feel that everyone has at least one odd habit. Or one that they feel would be odd to others but really may not be odd at all. Here’s mine.

I tend to read a lot of different books at the same time. I can keep them all straight in my head, but when the book is a hard read I will take a break and start another book. When I get bored of that one, instead of reading the first book I will start another one.

Right now I am reading a total of 5 books. In case you were wondering they are “A Beautiful Mind” by Sylvia Nasar (the story of the economist John Nash who recovered from schizophrenia. An award winning movie, too), “Games People Play: The Basic Handbook of Transactional Analysis” by Eric Berne, M.D. (basically a theory of destructive social interactions and how to change them), “My Grandfather’s Blessings: Stories of Strength, Refuge and Belonging” by Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D. (life lessons disguised as short stories that are food for thought), “Reached” by Ally Condie (the third in a teen dystopian romance trilogy. Good but slow), and “The Healer’s Apprentice” by Melanie Dickerson (a fairy tale retelling loosely based on Sleeping Beauty).

Does anyone else do this? I’m sure at least one bibliophile does. But I have to finish almost every book I read,  otherwise it bothers me. It may take me a while but I eventually finish it.

I remember when the Divergent series was popular, my Mom had read the last book, “Allegiant”, before me and I knew something I wasn’t gonna like was going to happen and I asked her. She was hesitant to tell me but I coaxed it out of her.

Mom and I agreed that that ending ruined the whole series and why did we waste our time reading them (because they were pretty good and interesting, that’s why!). But I never finished the book and it bothers me to this day. But it was several years ago that I read the book and I feel so far disconnected from the story that I feel it would be a waste of time to try and finish “Allegiant”.

Has anyone else ever regretted never finishing a book?


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