There is this phenomenon I've recently discovered called "hate reading." I've absolutely read a book I hadn't liked before, but never had a name for the process, until now.
Some books I did suffer through like The Girl on the Train. Some I've put on pause such as, Eat Pray Love and The Magicians and despite my natural desire to finish every single book I pick up, I have wholly abandoned at least one title, specifically Deleted.
Are you struggling with a book you hate? Here's what to do...
1. Ask yourself if you truly want to read the book. If deep down, you know you will never finish it, it's okay to put it back on the shelf or give it to a good home. Some books aren't meant for us, and that's fine!
2. Ask yourself if you need to read the book. If it's a book required for class or if the title was a gift and you don't want to disappoint anyone, suck it up and finish. If you don't want to binge-read, you can always set aside time to read at least one chapter a day. Slowly, but surely, you'll eventually finish and it will feel like such a relief!
3. Ask yourself if you're simply not in the mood to read it. If you feel like you have a desire to finish, but require a certain mindset to do so, it's okay to press "pause" and pick something else up. Some books are inspiring and some are heartbreaking. If you don't feel like being inspired or having your heart broken, you don't have to!
It's okay to let some books go, not every story was written for everyone. Don't waste your time with a book you hate, when there are plenty of other titles on your shelf that can make you happy!
Have you ever hate-read a book? If so, which one(s)?!