Stop Reading That Book

For the past several years, I’ve tried three times to read A Feast for Crows, the fourth book of the “Game of Thrones” series. I had read the first three books of the series in relatively short order, but I couldn’t get more than 100–150 pages into the fourth.

I’ve tried everything to motivate myself to finish it: downloaded it to my Kindle so that I wouldn’t have to lug around the giant paperback, bought it on Audible so that I can listen to it on my runs, and set it up to sync my progress between my Kindle and Audible, so that I was always ready to jump back into the book.

It wasn’t taking. I would get my Kindle out, or open up the Kindle app on my iPad, and after 10–15 minutes of diligent reading, my mind would wander. I’d open up Twitter, check e-mail, or just sort of stare off into the distance.

I really wanted to read the book, but my heart wasn’t into it.

This weekend, I came across a great podcast that gave me some great advice:

Stop Reading That Book

The gist of the podcast, as you can guess from the title, is to stop reading books that you’re not enjoying. It’s just not worth it. In particular, I wrote down this great line from one of the hosts:

“The great thing about stopping reading a book if I don’t enjoy it, is that now I have more time to read the books that I do enjoy… Now that I really allow myself to stop, I get so much more reading done, because I’m racing through books that I’m excited to tackle.”

Message received, loud and clear. So, sayonara, Game of Thrones. I guess I won’t be one of the folks who has read the entire Song of Ice and Fire.

It’s summer. Why waste it reading a boring book?

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