The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn’t Finish

The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn’t Finish

Book Culture

There’s been some hot debate over whether or not it’s a mortal sin to put down a book before you’re finished reading it: The Atlantic commands its audience to finish the damn thing or risk missing an excellent ending; conversely, The Guardian talks up the simple joy of dropping a boring read, akin to the instant high of cancelling plans. Personally, I am firmly in camp DNF (Did Not Finish). Is this because I have many unfinished books, tragically abandoned on nightstands and bathroom radiators and don’t want to be called out? Okay, maybe. Or is it, perhaps, because I prefer not to waste …

The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn't Finish

The 7 Kinds of Books You Didn't Finish

Book Culture

There’s been some hot debate over whether or not it’s a mortal sin to put down a book before you’re finished reading it: The Atlantic commands its audience to finish the damn thing or risk missing an excellent ending; conversely, The Guardian talks up the simple joy of dropping a boring read, akin to the instant high of cancelling plans. Personally, I am firmly in camp DNF (Did Not Finish). Is this because I have many unfinished books, tragically abandoned on nightstands and bathroom radiators and don’t want to be called out? Okay, maybe. Or is it, perhaps, because I prefer not to waste …