Or, life’s too short to finish bad books…
Have you ever walked out in the middle of a bad movie? (Once.) What about given up on a book that you aren’t enjoying?
For the last year, I’ve been trying to read Netherland by Joseph O’Neill. I bought it three years ago during a trip to New York City, at the wonderful Word bookstore in Brooklyn. The novel was critically acclaimed, and was named one of the best books of 2008 by the New York Times.
I wanted to like it. I expected to like it. And yet… I find it kind of boring. Couldn’t get past the first couple of chapters. Every few months, I pick it up again — wanting to give it another chance — only to return it to the shelf after a few pages.
Although I have a ton of unread books lying around, I can’t think of another novel that I’ve failed to finish once I’ve started reading it.
So what do you think? Do I keep reading, or call it a night for Netherland?