I love reading. There are so many books in the world that I want to read, but I know I will never have the chance to get to them all. Here is my dilemma -- I am currently chugging through a book that is taking me a really long time to finish. (I will not name it, because I might eventually review it, if I ever manage to complete it.) I've managed to get through more than half of it, so I feel almost obligated to see it through to the end. The book isn't garbage, there are plenty of great moments in it that make me wonder if I'll be missing out on something great if I give up now, but there are reasons that it's taking so long for me to wrap it up. When is it okay to call it quits on a book that I've invested so much time reading? When do I decide that the negatives outweigh the positives? When do I close the book and never open it again?
The problem is it keeps calling to me. I'm drawn back to it again and again to give it another chance, to see if a new chapter takes the story to the next level of greatness that the earlier sections hinted at but have yet to realize. Or shall I surrender to my fears that there will in fact never be any payoff, that the sluggish parts of the book are the dominant traits of a tale with promise but when all is said and done is just another mediocre work of fiction?
What's worse -- abandoning a book that might prove to be brilliant (making me forget all its negatives) or sticking with a challenging book only to finish it and have my worst fears confirmed that it was in fact not worth the bother?
The book calls me again. Will I answer it one more time? What would you do?