Quitting Books

I'm feeling...dare I say it...refreshed.

2017 is just around the corner and I am ready for it. 2016 was a garbage year.

Personally, it was fine. I learned to knit early in the year. Took a nice "staycation" with my family. (It had its ups and downs, but what vacation doesn't?) I reopened my Etsy Shop and it's been doing okay. I went back to work this summer too.

I was busy. I felt like much of my time was filled with activity. As a result, my reading suffered. When I was reading, I often felt like I wasn't reading anything that excited me. There were some great books, but a lot of forgettable ones. And ones I never finished. My DNF list for 2016 is loooong.

This week I'm reading something great. Something that really speaks to me: They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple. I don't want to get up from my couch. I don't want to check my phone, or do anything else. I can't remember the last time I felt that way.

My wish for 2017 is more books like this. I want to feel this way about everything I read. What that means for me is that this year, I'm going to give up on a lot of books. That might sound terrible, but I feel like that needs to happen. Reading shouldn't feel like a chore that needs to be done. I'm going to be a quitter. I will get myself out of this reading slump by quitting books that don't make me feel something. I will overwhelm my brain with books that excite me and toss the ones that I can't get excited about. It's not that these books are bad, they just aren't doing it for me. It might mean I read fewer books in 2017, but that's okay.

I'm ending this year with a book that makes me feel happy, and I hope to go into 2017 feeling more optimistic about reading, and possibly the world (I can hope). I am hopeful that reading great books will make me want to write about them here on the blog too.

2017. Here I come.


  1. I hope your 2017 is filled with books that make you happy and that the number you DNF is minute. Happy New Year!

  2. I noticed that most of the books I loved were read early in the year and I'm not sure if it's a matter of picking better books then or a matter of having more time to focus on what I was reading then.

  3. Good for you! Happy reading and happy New Year

  4. It's the best feeling! And I agree that it was far too rare for me in 2016. Hoping for more in 2017.

  5. Good plan! I am kicking my reading slump by only doing audios and graphic novels in December and hoping to be more excited about books in general in 2017. We will see how that goes!

  6. Yeah! BE a quitter! Do it! I DNF loads of books -- when it's not the right time for me and that specific book, I'm not doing it or me any favors by persisting with it. So much better to spend that time on books that genuinely make you happy or change your viewpoint.

  7. So many amens! I am NOT going to be shy with my DNFing in 2017 if it'll keep me reading. Goals!


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