To finish, or not to finish…

I’m reading Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings right now.  I’ve been reading it for a couple of weeks and I’m well over halfway through.  When I first started it, I looked forward to picking it up each evening:  I found Handful’s relationship with her mother touching; I was eager to read how Sarah’s intuitive revulsion toward slavery took shape.  Reading and the importance of literacy plays an important role in the story, in theory I should want to know what happens next… but I don’t.  Will I finish the book?  I don’t know.  Should I?


Common wisdom tells us that it’s not the destination it’s the journey that is meaningful.   But does this wisdom apply when we’re talking about books?  This week I’m opening things up to you.  What kind of reader are you:  do you always finish a book no matter how joylessly you have to trudge through the final chapters?  or do you abandon books when they no longer work for you?

Take our poll, or let us know in the comments below.   


*Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced readers copy of this title.


  1. To quote Nancy Pearl’s “rule of 50”: “If you’re fifty years of age or younger, give a book fifty pages before you decide to commit to reading it or give it up. If you’re over fifty, which is when time gets even shorter, subtract your age from 100—the result is the number of pages you should read before making your decision to stay with it or quit. Since that number gets smaller and smaller as we get older and older, our big reward is that when we turn 100, we can judge a book by its cover!” Source: “Pearlisms” from Nancy Pearl’s Book Lust,

  2. I hate to leave books unfinished. I rarely will officially abandon a book, but I’ll find that I’ve just abandoned it without thinking, by starting to read something else. Then ages later I’ll find it and go ‘Oh yeah, that….’

  3. I often quit books well before the end. If it’s not doing it for me by about page 20 I’m done. If I’m curious to know how it ends I’ll find out more about the book on Wikipedia or by reading others’ reviews.

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