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Finishing a book

3rd July 2011

I have forgotten what it feels like to finish a book.

The physical turning of a page, or the filling up of that electronic status bar. It’s all the same to me, really. At this point I just want to pick up something and read it from start to finish and I just can’t seem to do that any more.

I’ve never had to beg anybody to lay my hands on something interesting to read, I’ve been lucky that way. I remember how I felt while reading (and watching) Roald Dahl’s ‘Matilda’ – her dad ripping that book to shreds, I could feel my own eyes tearing up. Anyway, the point is there has ALWAYS been something to read , and it’s very rare for me to leave the house without a book in my bag.

But that’s the problem. I’ve become so superficial, floating from one book to another. Disrespectful, I want to cringe with embarrassment, but it’s the truth. At the back of my mind, I know there’s no time limit, no ‘form of the book’ limitation either. Earlier, I would carry only one book with me pretty much everywhere I went. This meant I had no choice but to read that one, single book when I had the chance. If it was a library book (oh, those Mills & Boons!) I would  try to not take them out of the house for fearing of losing them. So I’d end up rushing home after school or college, waiting for the moment when I could delve back into it. Now, I rarely go to libraries anymore because I  hardly read physical books.

Ebooks are wonderful. But ebooks have spoilt me. I carry them on every device I have with me – my Mac, my phone, my iPod. I have multiple forms and copies of the “current book I’m reading” – and at least 15 other ones. Hypothetically, I should be reading more books right? Wrong. I think I’m over-prepared. I’ve lost that NEED to finish a book, because I know it’s always with me.

Anyway, I just wanted to get this out of my system. It isn’t a debate on whether ebooks are good or bad. It’s just something I noticed, and something I really need to do something about. So I am going to try and write reviews of whatever I read, hopefully that will push me to actually go through with completely reading a book. Any other suggestions?

 

4 Comments

  • Reply Brijwhiz 3rd July 2011 at 11:02 pm

    It used to be the same case with me for e-books. I guess part of thevreason is that there isn’t the guilt that one felt when glancing over the unread tome on the coffee table. In our readers out of sight could very well be out of mind. I am trying to discipline myself to stick to max of 2 ebooks at any given time. It is easy to follow for pulp fiction but not so much for the more serious books 🙂

    • Reply Geetanjali 3rd July 2011 at 11:05 pm

      Very true, what you say about “there isn’t the guilt that one felt when glancing over the unread tome on the coffee table” ! I think I’m going to stick to a similar rule as well! Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Arun Chitnis 1st April 2016 at 11:02 pm

    My biggest problem with books these days is that I’ve been accepting too many suggestions on WHAT I should read. Friends are the least of the problem – the Internet and social media are the biggest culprits. Back when I thoroughly enjoyed and looked forward to reading, I knew exactly what I wanted to read, and that’s all I read. Now, because of the massive information overload, I’ve lost that quality. These days, I have so many unread books that I wouldn’t know where to start, so I don’t. The only exception is when a new Stephen King rolls around – that’s the only time I’m not indecisive about whether to read or not

    • Reply Geetanjali 1st April 2016 at 11:11 pm

      Yup, same here. Goodreads is the biggest culprit 🙁 And I just seem to lose interest really quickly, maybe because I know there are a 10000 more available at the click of a button.

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