Quit a book if it does not interest you. That was the advice the well known author had put forth in an article. Sacrilege! I thought. I never quit a book. Not only that, I read it from cover to cover. When I say that I mean it literally. I read everything from the front matter down to the last word in the acknowledgments. But truth be told there were quite a number of books I was stuck with. I wouldn’t admit even to myself that I had quit reading them. But there they were on my bookshelf with the bookmarks pointing an accusing finger at me. So why not quit a book if it doesn’t interest me? That was dangerous. I’d lost count of the number of books that had turned out to be excellent though they had uninteresting beginnings. I wouldn’t want to miss an interesting book that had come my way. So was there a solution? Yes. Quit a book if you’ve read a third of it and still find it dull. That would be safe. But then again, one couldn’t be very sure.
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