There was a time when I held the belief, "If you start a book, you finish a book". I'm sure this came from 18 years of schooling when teachers and professors picked books for me to read, and, if I wanted to do well in school, I had to read the selections even if I thought the books were rubbish. This was closely followed by years of belonging to book clubs where I read the books other people suggested. You would hear comments like, "I know it's long and tedious, but the end will make you glad you read it." So, not wanting to hurt anyone's feelings, I diligently read through books even if I thought they were rubbish.
Eventually, my philosophy on reading changed. Two major notions brought about this change. First, life is short. Second, there are more wonderful books out there than I could make my way through in 10 lifetimes! Conclusion... I now only read books that I enjoy cover to cover. Does that mean I think every book I read is fantastic? Of course not. There are books I read that I wouldn't recommend to my friends, others that are certainly...Read more