I’m Struggling to Finish a Book That I Love

I’m usually a pretty fast reader. If I start reading a book and it captures my attention I will typically finish it within a day or 2, depending on the length of the book.

I know a lot of people out there read even faster than this, and that’s awesome! That means they can read even more books, lucky them! And I know plenty of other people read at a much slower pace and might only finish a book every month or so, which is great too, it’s not a race and you’re already winning anyways as long as you try to make time to read. But this is roughly the pace at which I read.

Sometimes however, I will start to read a book and despite my best efforts to sink into the story I just can’t get lost in it and I find myself making excuses to put it down and do something else. I’ll read half a page then get distracted by something I find more interesting and put the book aside, though I’m not quite willing to fully give up and move on to another book yet. This was a problem I had in January, where I started to read a book I expected to love and it took me weeks to get even halfway through because I just wasn’t enjoying it as much as I hoped.

Right now I’m having a similar problem, except for a completely different reason.

I’m struggling to get through The Starless Sea because I love it too much.

Please tell me I’m not alone here, maybe not with this particular book, but with any book. Have you ever struggled to finish a book because you loved it too much?

I’m worried that if I read it too fast it will end too soon.

I find certain parts so beautiful, that I need to put the book down and absorb what I’ve just read before I can continue. There have been multiple times where I

I’m so inspired by this book that it makes me want to write stories of my own and I have to keep taking breaks from reading to go write out all my own thoughts that won’t stop filling my head.

This is a terrible problem to have when you’re trying to work on a reading challenge, but a wonderful thing to experience as a book lover.

I have been reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern (author of the Night Circus, which is one of my favourite books, Ever) for about 5 days now and I’m just creeping up on the halfway mark. I don’t know what’s going to come next. I hope I will love it as much as I have loved the first half, I have a feeling that I will.

But I am opting to not commit to an opinion until the end of the book.

4 comments

  1. – I’m struggling to get through The Starless Sea because I love it too much.

    – I find certain parts so beautiful, that I need to put the book down and absorb what I’ve just read before I can continue.

    – I’m so inspired by this book that it makes me want to write stories of my own and I have to keep taking breaks from reading to go write out all my own thoughts that won’t stop filling my head.

    I HAVE NEVER SEEN SOMEONE ELSE WITH THIS SAME PROBLEM!! 🙂 I just wanted to pop in to say I “get” this in all the ways & do the exact same thing. It’s SO HARD to finish amazing books because then they’ll be over. & literally, I stop every two seconds to write something. Sometimes I read one line all day & that’s enough. I thought I was the only one who did this. x

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